I officially cannot wear sneakers for the next 5- 6 months! Winter has hit definitely hit Quebec and shows no signs of mercy (not that I expected Mother nature too). To aid myself and my toes this winter I got my toes stuffed in The black on black 8137 Moc Toe boots from Redwing. The past few weeks I’ve been working on hard on on breaking in the high quality leather, its tough road but well worth it. Another item I have added to my fall/winter rotation is a layering coat ( similar style ). Its the most ideal piece you would want to own this season. Especially if you’re not interested in committing having a massive bulky winter jacket on you at all times.
This past weekend I spent sometime out of Montreal to have a quiet relaxing time in Quebec City. Not much relaxing since I figured I would bring my office along with me anyway. But a change of scenery is highly encouraged in my book, especially when you is so little as a 2 hour drive.
When it comes to style certain garments sometimes get overlooked and sometimes forgotten. The hoody is definitely a garment that fits that list, they are mass-manufactured like the T-shirt or jeans, but with neither rock ’n’ roll credibility.
In the 1920’s sportsmen would mainly wear knitted wooden sweaters, typically grey, in order to keep warm before and after training. Inevitably it needed regular washing but was prone to shrinkage and slow to dry.
Champion was the first to create the hooded sweatshirt in 1930 which were produced in the united States, and marketed to labourers working upstate New York who spent their time working in freezing temperatures. But it wasn’t until the 1970’s that the hoodie began to get some shine. Hip Hop culture being born and bred in New York City, high fashion designers such as Norma Kamali and others are known to be contributors to the rising success of hoodies.
LEFT Hoodie by Mandatory X Champion RIGHT Hoodie by Reigning Champ
How to wear: When sporting a hoodie you’re want to keep the hoodie proton anywhere between slim and roomy, around this season hoodies are perfect for layering under a leather jacket or even a Mac jacket seen above. The slimmer the fit the better you can keep the bulking while layering to a minimum, but please refrain from extremely tight sweaters, not a good look.
Temperatures drop and coats come out, reasons why I love fall. But sadly here in Quebec it’s crazy how quick that turns to the dead of winter. So us jacket lovers got to flex our fits while we can.
You can say I’m romantic about my outerwear. A good coat is hard to come by, especially when you’re picky, have taste, but at the same time not into splurging if not necessary.
But when you find a gem, you find a gem. It’s just that simple. The Athletic Retro LA Kings jacket is definitely a gem in my books. Black, low-key, flattering fit, soft simmer. There’s no way I could pass up this piece, jackets are pieces that always try to never let go of. I surely will keep this bad boy in the arsenal of outerwear for some time.
When it comes to black denim I tend to keep it to fairly minimal slim silhouette. Style is to be explored, its always good to experiment with various styles you and try expand your range of style. The Broderick Slouch Skinny by Hudson Jeans has a great deal of unique characteristics that are far from my personal norm. Such as the two front zip pockets on each side of the hip and the light grey distressed pattern through out the jean. I find my self rocking them more often then I thought. I guess Hudson can is teaching your boy some new tricks.HA!
Jacket : Garbstore
Chinos : Bonvivant
Sneakers : Converse
The chino without a doubt is a must have essential in your wardrobe and with good reason. They are extremely versatile, don’t need to be a fashion enthusiast to pull them off, and lastly they are lightweight / comfortable ( giving you a free range of movement ).
Chinos, over the past few years are now being refereed to as ‘cotton twill trousers’. Like most contemporary wardrobe essentials chinos were initially designed with a militant purpose. Most notably for British and French soldiers uniforms of the mid 19th century. By the turn of the 20th century chinos moved on up and made it’s way to the wardrobes of the everyday working civilian. Strong and rugged, yet lightweight and comfortable, chino cloth was ideal for crafting fighting pants, and it took many years of khaki incarceration before chinos began to be rendered in the colourful styles available today.
In my humble opinion chinos always look better slightly tapered and either rolled at the hem or, for a more sartorial look, cut with a 1.5 to 2 inch turn-up. Fit and form are both necessities of function when it comes to chinos, meaning there is no one set of rules you should figuratively take into the changing room with you.
When dressing for more formal occasions, your chinos should be of a fine lightweight twill and fit pretty much as your suit trousers do, hanging perhaps a little lower on the hip, but maintaining the same rise and length in the leg and tapering toward the ankle.
If you would prefer to stay neutral and classic, navy and grey chinos are the very definition of versatility.