So it's come to my attention that I really haven't posted in a while... My excuse? Just busy I guess, and most definitely out of inspiration. I've been wracking my brain for some new mind blowing ideas and outfits I can put together using the pieces I already have but they all seem to lack that certain something y'know? So I've just gone ahead and forked out on some new pieces, stuff to look forward to folks!
So I thought I'd give you a kind of middle ground post, the one between seasons and just generally chat about what I've been looking for/at in terms of fashion and style. Firstly, however, is my go to kind of outfit for this warmer weather (but not too warm).
I'm playing it very safe with this outfit and sticking to what I know. It's a light, minimal palette using small details to give it some life. Let's start with the pants, the piece you're bound to know and love, Dickies 873's (the Slim Straight ones). These are just the most solid pair of trousers, they've got a great casual look to them and can compliment almost any outfit. They're also incredibly lightweight and very durable. An absolute MUST for this kind of weather.
Working our way upwards I have this Muji tee from my last post. Again, another solid investment, if you're looking for those comfortable basics and don't want to pay a premium, places like Muji and Uniqlo are an immediate go to in this area. Having the subtle grey stripes really helps break up this outfit so you're not just seeing blocks of colour (although that doesnt sound too bad). And then to break it up even further I've tied my Dickies (again) sweater across my chest.
Not only do you have a big dark diagonal slash across the outfit now, you also have this lovely dark navy tone breaking up the beige, creamy kind of wash going on. Also it really compliments the dark footwear, just to keep it even. I've found that this sweater is perfect for just taking out with me on the off chance that it might get a bit cold and breezy, it's a perfect thickness to ensure that you won't get too hot either!
The next item is another from a previous post that I might have mentioned, but to be honest, with something this good, you just want to live in it. Yep, I'm talking about my Wood Wood cap. This bad boy has taken my head game to a whole next level, and to be honest with you, it's been in my position for around a year... I just never considered it, just one of those moments y'know when you're like "oh! I had this all along and I never wore it?". Anyway, reasons why I love this cap, it's minimal, clean and a great colour. Perfect to pair up with those Dickies.
So down to the good stuff. What does Anthony want now? Well, as you can tell, I'm really changing my colour palette and with it, my tastes. I've been obsessed lately with finding the perfect pair of white/beige/cream (all of the above) low sneakers. I'm looking for something not too expensive, but then again not too cheap either, finding the right ratio between quality and price is the never ending game that we all play. Trust me, I've done some serious searching.
So we're starting from least expensive (left) to most (right) and right here you can get a feel for the kind of styles I'm thinking. Clean minimal but still kind of structured if you get me? The first two are from New Look and Zara (in that order) and I'm really quite impressed with these designs and have never really considered these high street brands as somewhere to invest in my footwear. New look have a kind of plimsole / novesta vibe to them for a more laid back casual look, whilst the Zara sneakers have a lot more impact through the use of different materials and complimentary colours. My only doubts about these two is the quality, as the reputation for most high street stores these days isn't amazing.
The next two are both Vans, I know, iconic, I should be sold right? But the fact they're both £89 is really pushing what I'm willing to spend on, well, skate shoes. Yes they both have amazingly nice colour schemes and I'm a huge fan of the Vans Vault x Taka Hayashi collab, but at a price point that high, it just really makes you question worth. Lastly I just wanted to fit one in and really blow it out the ball park. The infamous Maison Margiela Replica sneakers that have been making waves on the menswear scene at the moment. As much as I'd loooooove to own a pair, again the price point is just ridiculous. I mean if you have a spare £300 going then by all means, I'd probably do exactly the same! But for the rest just getting by, I mean, some people live off £300... and well, I got a rabbit to take care of.
Okay so next up I've been dying for a new tote bag, but something a little more.. everyday. I've kind of been browsing various brands and juggling well, some insane prices!
Again, like last time, they're in order of increasing price. And let's just say, I've realised that for brands and quality like this, you're kind of going to have to fork out. So the most likely choice price wise in this small selection is the Norse Projects Tote. Made out of robust Ripstop this will make for a great everyday grab and go kind of bag, and with a plain black exterior and small logo on top, I just love the way it looks. Next is Filson, I've been telling myself for a while "next payday, I'm buying myself a Filson tote bag" and let's just say, it's been a while... Filson are great for all things outdoors, their quality in their goods is undeniable however you have to go a little out of pocket in order to pay for some of these pieces, this green camo 'Grab n Go' Tote costs £119 on it's own! If I'm spending £119 on a tote, I doubt I'll be able to afford anything to put in it! Same goes again for this last one. Universal Works, a fairly new brand to me however has been recommended by countless friends! (because I have... countless friends) Anyway, this little dream will put you a whole £195 back! But let's face it, these things are designed to last. All three companies have chosen the best materials in which to create their totes, with Norse Projects using the ever-trending ripstop, Filson staying true to their roots and opting for robust leather or Universal Works keeping it clean and traditional with heavy weight canvas. All three are excellent choices in my eyes, it all comes down to money.
And that's it guys! I hope you've enjoyed this one, trying to incorporate something a little more interactive into my posts these days. Sorry if it felt like I was moaning, just, y'know... The struggles of money and what not. Anyway, if you can get your hands on any of these pieces I'd highly recommend it, and if you have any tips for me for upcoming posts, do let me know!