Adding Patterns

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I spoke about balancing effects. Here’s another example. The palette is densely blue. To add some interest the man uses patterns in shirt, tie and hosiery, that is, stripes and foulards. Maybe he is overdoing it a little. Black shoes and no fancy glasses might have been better choices. Nonetheless I like it.

Source: The Journal of Style in Florence

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The Symbolic Life of Tassel Loafers

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Clothing and shoes are not just fabrics, leathers, cuts, colours and patterns. They are symbols as well, even though we try to ignore it. Tassel loafers are an example. They encounter resistance from some classic style aficionados, simply because they represent certain lifestyles and classes, say, yuppies of the 1980s or rich old WASPs. Ironically, to others the very same symbolic power makes tassel loafers attractive.

Anyways, in these years unlined tassel loafers in suede are popular during summer. Moreover, if you wear them, you wear them sockless. The Pitti Uomo gentleman above gives an idea.

Source: The Journal of Style in Florence

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Accessorize Drab and Solid Colours

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Dressing is about striking a balance. If patterns are busy, cut down on colours. If you sport dominant colours, remove patterns. If you dress in drab and solid colours, accessorize your attire. It doesn’t have to be much. A pin collar and a hat can be a solution.

Source: The Journal of Style in Florence

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Bring an End to Stuffocation

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“Stuffocation”, a nice concept. I’m not sure I know the exact opposite concept but here you have an example. The man has removed socks, belt, laces, turn-ups and patterns, and, besides white, he has left only two colours: cream brown and wine red.

Can you feel the freedom?

Source: The Journal of Style in Florence

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Sir Roy Strong

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Sir Roy Strong, former director of The National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, in a personal and brilliant summer attire.

NPG P1258; Sir Roy Strong by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz

Brown suit & brown necktie, the swingin’ 70s.

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Bright linen in the garden.

Sources: Jonathan Pilkington, Bernard Lee Schwartz & The Times

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