sat looking out at the sea with brighton west pier ruins in shot
Fashion, Menswear

BLACK FRIDAY

Two blog posts in one week – whatever next? Whilst I may not be fully back in the blogging game, it’s at least a start. Progress not perfection remember! On that note, this is a rather lazy post and I therefore give you another OOTD.

Mother nature is at last being kind to us Brits with a splash of much needed sunshine. So what better way to spend one of the hottest days of the year so far by wearing all black. Wise move Samuel. In my defence, it wasn’t searingly hot AND the breeze from the sea meant I wasn’t dripping in sweat perspiring. Plus I looked pretty damn cool.

Enough blowing my own trumpet and on to the details. I wore my staple Fendi black skinny jeans, that Givenchy t-shirt, Tom Ford sunnies and some cheeky Raised By Wolves pool slides. I’m now off to wash out my filthy mouth with a big bar of soap.

 

back view of black Givenchy pervert 17 t shirt wearing all black on brighton beach in the sunshine looking to the side wearing total black outfit black raised by wolves fuck off pool slides on brighton beach looking to the side on brighton pebbled beach in summer

side view with Fendi bag bugs backpack and Funich bag bug
Fashion, Menswear

BUGGING ME

Stop the press, I’ve published a blog post.

When you have picked yourself up off the floor, please accept my apologies for a rather long absence. With a gruelling work schedule and spare time spent either organising my flat (yes I still haven’t moved in) and attempting to enjoy some vague form of social life, I simply haven’t had the chance.

That said, the other day my good friend Simon, of The Very Simon G, came to visit me and we spent the day in Brighton enjoying the elusive thing known as the British summertime. Good job too, because it lasted one whole day. You read that right, *sigh*.

In between gossiping and gushing talking about all things fashion, we managed to take a few photos of my OOTD – that’s ‘outfit of the day’ if you still don’t know. I wore a speckled blue top from COS, Fendi black cropped skinny jeans, Adidas Stan Smith shoes and accessorised with my beloved monster backpack and bag bug (both Fendi obvs.), Tom Ford ‘Campbell’ Sunglasses – as blogged about here and an Hermès CDC cuff.

A pretty good outfit even if I do say so myself and Fendi obviously also thought so too, as they kindly regrammed my Instagram post. Kudos me.

While you’re here, feel free to check out said epic account.

 

close up of navy Fendi monster eyes backpack and green bag bug back view wearing navy Fendi monster eyes backpack smiling wearing blue COS t-shirt and Tom Ford sunglasses holding Fendi monster backpack in Brighton wearing Adidas Stan Smith sneakers

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.

 

New-York-suit-style New-York-Burton-suit New-York-city-style

descending an escalator at London Bridge looking at my phone
Fashion

WATCHED

Ever feel like you’re being watched? The thing is, you probably are. Observing the idiosyncrasies of others can be fascinating at times and ‘people watching’ is a term I hear bandied around so much, it barely even registers now – it’s practically a national pastime.

But what does it feel like to be on the receiving end? Does it make you self-conscious? Does it give you gusto? For me, it all depends on how I’m feeling at the time. If I know I look good, there’s a spring it my step and conviction in my eye; but catch me on a bad day and it’s a different story altogether.

I’ll let you be the judge on how I was feeling in these photos (taken by my insanely amazing friend Priscilla). Did I even know they were being taken?

 

looking at phone on escalator by The Shard London looking sideways on escalator in London

stood in doorway smiling wearing black leather biker jacket floral shirt army green trousers and holding grey Goyard bag
Fashion, Menswear

GROUNDBREAKING

Florals? For Spring? Whilst Miranda Priestly may not approve, I certainly do. Admittedly it isn’t groundbreaking, but it was the basis of my outfit du jour.

The shirt itself was made by my tailor from a fabric I fell in love with; not too girly for a floral print and overall, quite subdued – winning in my book. Especially as I struggle finding long sleeve shirts to fit these gangly limbs.

Picking up on the green in the print, I wore a pair of dark olive trousers (also by my tailor) and a black Burberry Prorsum biker jacket. Whilst head to toe floral is a major look, I wasn’t really in the mood to channel my inner Hyacinth Bucket (or indeed Givenchy Resort 2014 if you’re in a serious mood) today.

Accessory wise I wore my trusty Louboutin Louis Junior Spikes in white, a black Hermès belt and Goyard Ambassade in grey.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on florals. Yes way, or way too gay?

 

headless photo wearing floral shirt with black biker jacket army green trousers hermes belt and grey goyard bag side shot wearing black burberry prorsum leather biker jacket with floral shirt and army green trousers headless shot wearing bespoke floral shirt black biker jacket and black hermes belt walking past white classic house wearing army green trousers black leather Burberry biker jacket and floral shirt

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.

 

head and shoulders shot wearing black balmain biker jacket and tom ford sunglasses drole de monsieur not from paris madame sweater under balmain black leather biker jacket street style shot wearing balmain jacket and jeans role de monsieur sweatshirt and grey goyard bag grey Goyard ambassade bag with fend bag bug side shot wearing tom ford sunglasses and black leather balmain biker jacket

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.

 

walking in frosty country house grounds wearing isabel marant jumper details of isabel marant jumper and acne studios jeans fracap mountaineering boots on frosty grass headshot with blurred country background walking through a frosty garden wearing isabel marant jumper acne jeans fracap boots and celine sunglasses

posing on filmore street against a bright blue shop
Fashion, Travel

I’M FEELING FILMORE

Or San Francisco style part deux. Apologies in advance for the shameless selfies. Sorry ’bout it.

Filmore Street has long been one of my favourite places in SF. It’s got a gazillion good places to eat – I gravitate towards The Grove for breakfast (as shown in my Instagram pic here), although The Filmore Bakery puts up a seriously good fight with their amazing macarons. Perfect for anytime of the day. Or as a midnight snack for jet-lagged souls…

The other great thing about Filmore is the shops; unique boutiques, vintage delights, handmade treasures and some of the bigger names too. It has a relaxed bohemian-cum-cool-kid vibe that just can’t be described in words. So I shan’t even try.

Outfit wise, the details remain the same as in my previous post, apart from the carrier bag. The Marc by Marc Jacobs shop is another whoppingly awesome reason to visit. My credit card statement will disagrees on that part however.

 

walking down filmore street san francisco sat down outside the shops on filmore street san francisco sat on curb outside susan howell filmore street san francisco shameless selfie wearing red and black check shirt against a cerulean background

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