smart city look wearing slim fit suit white shirt knitted tie and pink silk Hermes pocket square
Fashion, Menswear

BEING A GENTLEMAN

I was recently contacted and asked what it means to be ‘the perfect gentleman’ and it got me thinking. Apart from the sartorial side, gentlemanly behaviour is paramount – after all good manners cost nothing. The ultimate gentleman will always behave appropriately in every situation no matter what he wears, he doesn’t forget to mind his Ps and Qs and diplomacy, dignity, tact and wit are all indispensable tools. You wouldn’t catch him in a drunken bar brawl that’s for sure.

Being a gentleman comes from who you are, not what you wear and whilst most some of the time I may dress in a more casual way, I certainly can suit up when necessary. A classic, well fitting suit is a staple for any discerning dandy and if you pick the right colour and fabric, you can wear it almost anywhere – maybe not to the gym, but you get my gist.

When choosing the right suit, you have to consider comfort. If you don’t feel right in what you wear, it certainly won’t look right. Find what works for your body and go with it. Just because a certain style is in vogue at the moment doesn’t always mean it can work for you. I prefer a slim fitting suit due to my gangly frame, but that’s just my style and something I feel at ease in.

The kind folk at Burton provided me with a suit of my choice to show how I would best exemplify the perfect gentleman. I opted for classic navy as it really does go with everything and it’s thoroughly versatile, plus the fine stripe was a nice touch. Now the devil really is in the details, so I went for a white shirt from my tailor, a navy knitted tie, brown Paul Smith brogues, belt and pocket square both by Hermès and Tom Ford sunglasses. Bonus points if you spotted the bright pink socks for added panache.

Click the links for my Burton suit jacket and trousers, plus also my two other favourite suits here and here. If you are going down the traditional gentlemanly look and like me want to add a splash of colour, I would also recommend this gorgeous pink silk tie and green textured pocket square.

Just because you’ve got your hands on the right suit doesn’t mean it has to stop there, you can still channel your own gentlemanly style into a more casual look. Why not wear your suit jacket with jeans and a jumper for a more off-duty look? Pair it with a nice pair of shoes and you’re onto a winner. It’s tried and tested for a reason you know.

Now even after this, if you’re still struggling to find your inner Don Draper, then worry not. Channel your own ‘rock and roll gent’ by putting a blazer over a hoodie or t-shirt, and slip on some skinny jeans and killer boots. It really is about letting your own personality shine through.

 

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street style shot in brighton wearing black outfit and camel coat
Fashion, Menswear

YESTERDAY’S LOOK

I had intended to post this yesterday, so technically this can’t be classed as a ‘WIWT’ (What I Wore Today) post, but ‘WIWY’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Que sera sera.

To set the scene, Shaughn and I spent the day in Brighton looking at interior furnishings for my flat. Sounds fun, but finding the perfect pendant light is a tricky task when you’re a hideous perfectionist. Whilst wandering through the North Laine I found a spot perfect for an impromptu shoot. I’m all kinds of crazy for punchy graffiti and this neon number did the trick nicely.

Outfit wise, I wanted to keep it quite simple. Black and camel is my current colour combo crush, so I chose a Givenchy t-shirt, Fendi jeans and cashmere coat – total godsend when the sun disappeared and the chills came a creeping. For the accessories I chose white Christian Louboutin ‘Louis Junior Spikes’ trainers, an Hermès cuff, Dior ‘So Real’ sunglasses and my Fendi ‘By The Way’ bag.

What are your thoughts on this look?

 

close up of black leather fend by the way bag with graffiti in the background looking up wearing black jeans t-shirt and back with camel cashmere coat detail shot of hermes CDC cuff dior so real sunglasses and fendi by the way black bag worn with camel coat

street shot wearing black Balmain biker jacket and drole de monsieur sweatshirt
Fashion, Menswear

NOT FROM PARIS MADAME

When I asked what you would like to see more of on my blog, Lena from felinecreatures.com said more OOTD posts. So after a little delay (I’ve been MEGA busy), here one is.

I am going to keep it pretty simple and try not to waffle, as the main focal point of this outfit was the ‘Not From Paris Madame’ sweatshirt from Drôle de Monsieur. It’s an item I had been coveting for some time now and finally I managed to get my paws on one. Not only are these unisex sweaters wonderfully warm and comfortable, they are also made (extremely well I might add) in France. So it really does feel like you get a little piece of Paris with every order.

Flying the French flag, mon père will be proud, my jeans and biker jacket are both Balmain, worn with Christian Louboutin high-tops and a grey Goyard Ambassade bag.

Thank you to my amazing bestie Lorna for her photographic skills. She’s bloody good when it comes to blurring and she’s pretty damn haute.

 

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Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wearing full denim outfits at the 2001 American music awards
Fashion, Menswear

DOUBLE DENIM: DO OR DON’T?

Double denim is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Add the fact that it’s a hard look to pull off (I’ve personally tried and failed many a time) and you are on dangerous ground. So what is it exactly that sees the look constantly resurfacing year after year? Is it an anti-fashion statement? This in itself becomes a fashion statement – but that’s another post altogether. A nod to the seventies? Bell-bottoms and beards are back in a big way baby. Or is it just the simplicity of it all?

Whatever your thoughts on an all-jean ensemble, it shows no sign of stopping just yet. Unless of course you are Jeremy Clarkson, then please, I implore you, stop.

So here are a few images I found showing how to style this tricky template. Dress it up with a smart shirt, tie and pocket square. Go casual with the humble white t-shirt. Keep it street rocking total blue (props for the tonal tie-ins). Or when it doubt go for total all-out Britney and Justin’s 2001 MTV American Music Award amazingness. Simple, no?

 

street style man looking slick wearing double denim with brown hat and pocket square street style shot of man with sunglasses and top knot wearing double denim with a white t shirt street style shot of bearded man wearing double denim outfit

saint laurent paris suede boots with an all black ensemble
Fashion, Menswear

GETTING THE BOOT

Ask and you shall receive. I asked in my last post what you would like to see more of on my blog, so now it’s answer time. The lovely Lorna, of www.lornaluxe.com, asked what luxe items the stylish man (or his wife) should be buying right now. My answer? A good pair of boots.

There’s only so long a man can get away with wearing wear high-tops and what about the evenings? High-tops? Highly unsuitable if you ask me. Putting your money into a decent pair of boots is a sartorial no-brainer. Putting your feet in said boots is the next step.

Whatever your style, you can find the perfect pair to suit you. Chelsea boots are always chic and every country gent needs a pair of Hunter wellies (you won’t catch me in any other), but my current obsession is the suede boot; Saint Laurent’s are saintly. Not only are they thoroughly versatile, pair with skinny jeans or smart tailoring, they’re also pretty damn cool.

So here’s my picks, all currently available: Balenciaga’s black offerings, Hunter’s classic Wellington Boot, the Saint Laurent Paris Holy Grail and if you’re feeling bold, the wildcard – black suede boots by Alexander McQueen. Just remember guys, please, no Uggs.

 

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new years eve flatlay of white shirt with cartier ring in box hermes cuff and dior black satin bow tie
Fashion, Recovery

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Here’s wishing you all a happy and prosperous 2015 – may it be filled with love and light.

I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your love, support and kind words. You guys are the best.

Stay tuned for a refreshed Style Over Substances – new year, new look. Same old Samuel though.

smiling wearing isabel marant roll neck sweater
Fashion, Menswear

CRUNCHY

One of the winter wonders I love most is frost, snow joke.  It just makes everything look so picturesque. Plus I like the fact that it’s crunchy when you walk on it. I’m strange like that.

So this morning I seized the moment and hotfooted (excuse the irony there) it over to Luxe Manor for an impromptu shoot. Sadly for me, Mr & Mrs Luxe are spending the New Year in Paris – I’m salivating at the thought of her Instagram account already… Sadly for Lorna it meant I finally got the chance to raid her wardrobe and shoehorn myself into all of her pretty dresses. While the cat’s away…

After failing to fit into a Saint Laurent number I had my eye on, I thought I’d just stick to my own clothing. Plus the massive tear down one side didn’t photograph that well (only joking L, all of your garms remain unharmed).

I crunched around the grounds wearing an oh-so-cosy Isabel Marant pour H&M roll neck jumper, Acne Studios ‘Max Satin’ jeans and Fracap boots. Now I’m defrosting; roll on summer. Just kidding.

 

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samuel from styleoversubstances.com walking through the streets of San Francisco
Fashion, Travel

SAN FRANCISCO STYLE

Christmas shopping is such a bore (unless it’s for yourself) and not to mention horrifically busy if you leave it this late; therefore Lorna and I decided to do ours further afield. New York is always great, but a little clichéd, plus it’s fucking super cold there at the moment. So where else better than sunny San Francisco? It has all the shops you need possibly think of, amazing restaurants, beautiful scenery AND loads of attractive men. Oh some of the buildings are really pretty too.

For this post I chose to wear my beloved Balenciaga ‘Join a Weird Trip’ t-shirt with a custom check flannel shirt over the top (you know I’m cray cray for custom shirts), distressed Balmain biker jeans, and white Louis Junior Spikes shoes by Christian Louboutin. I accessorised with my new Dior ‘So Real’ sunglasses, Hermès cuffs and a Marlboro menthol. Sometimes you just have to.

Thanks to my girl Lornaluxe for being a kick-arse friend, photographer and director all rolled into one. She even tolerated my constant selfie taking. Now that is what I call a keeper.

 

sat on the curb smoking looking at pictures on a camera taking a selfie as seen by someone else stood outside the cliff hotel San Francicsco shot from afar selfie sat on the curb smoking with lornaluxe

measuring sash window with tape measure wearing balmain
Fashion, Home

HANDY

I’ve been banging on about my newly acquired flat for a while now and rightly so. After being such a testing, not to mention lengthy period of time, I feel I am entitled to. Whilst most of the work thus far has been ripping things out, progress is being made even if it is somewhat snail-paced.

Originally I had planned not to show any pictures until it was completely finished, but I’m in a pretty sharing mood of late. So what started out as a bit of scouting for inspiration whilst the flat was swathed in natural light, turned into an impromptu photo opportunity.

Appropriately dressed as ever, here I am hamming it up handyman style. The jacket and jeans are both Balmain, worn with a Givenchy t-shirt and vintage Vivienne Westwood Pirate boots (seen in my previous post here). The cherry on top was my Finnish raccoon fur scarf, just in case the outfit wasn’t ostentatious enough.

Bonus points to my friend Shaughn for pointing out that the original floor can quite possibly be salvaged with a bit of menial work TLC.

Just don’t ask me what the difference between a Phillips-head screwdriver and a normal one is. Sorry Dad.

 

close up of Finnish raccoon fur scarf shot from behind giving thumbs up holding a craft knife vintage vivienne westwood pirate boots against an old wood floor

stood in the grounds of country house wearing checked coat and black jeans
Fashion, Menswear

CHECK MATES

Since coming into recovery I have always been willing to try new things, after all (and to quote) – “if you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got”. So when my friend Simon from www.theverysimong.com suggested a feature for both our blogs, I thought it would be rude not to consider it.

The idea behind ‘Ways2Wear’ is taking one item of clothing and each styling it our own way. As we both have completely different ways of dressing, I was a little skeptical at first, but I trust Simon’s judgement. The boy knows fashion.

When I received a mystery parcel in the post, I wasn’t sure what I had agreed to. I am extremely picky when it comes to High Street clothing, as it’s not really my thing if I’m being honest, but this navy checked trench coat from New Look managed to win me over. The colours were ace – I dig green and navy, it fits my frame surprisingly well and the details were great; nice yoke, good collar shape and appropriately toned buttons.

Interestingly we both went for clashing patterns and outdoor locations, completely unplanned but weirdly in-sync. Simon chose a check and splat print shirt from Lazy Oaf, H&M jeans, Poste Shoes and accessorised with those Alexander Wang x H&M sunglasses. I went for one of my bespoke white shirts (every man needs at least one in his wardrobe) worn underneath a confetti print COS jumper, Fendi black jeans and Paul Smith brogues. I’m super pleased how we both managed to wear the same coat two different ways, each putting our own unique style into our looks.

What are your thoughts on the coat? Would you style it differently?

Check out Simon’s original post here.

 

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