As of late, the weather in Toronto hasn’t been the greatest. Temperatures are rising, but not by a long shot. The weather station forecasted a windstorm on Sunday, forcing temperatures to reach down to -5 degrees. So much for ‘Spring’ I guess. I made an Instagram post in early April, sending off my regards to Flannel but now it seems that I am still in need of its services.
It was pouring today and I had a dinner appointment to attend to. It was a semi-formal occasion and I needed to look somewhat dressed down and ‘water-resistant’. This is what I wore today.
To counter the rainy day and colder temperatures I wore my favourite F/W suit, the burgundy flannel suit. I LOVE this suit. It’s that perfect burgundy shade, not too dark and not too bright. It’s shade allows it to blend within formal and casual environments. Though, for casual settings, I would be more inclined to wear the suit as separates.
I paired the suit with a band collar denim shirt from Frank & Oak and a ‘waterproof’ brown leather Chelsea from Cole Haan. A few people have asked for my opinion on Frank & Oak, and I interpret the brand as a store that you should never pay full price for. I bought this shirt from the Toronto store in Queen Street during their Black Friday sale. The shirt was marked down to $40 and had a solid denim hand-feel. However after the first wash, 3 buttons fell off and the others were on the binge of dropping off. It’s safe to say that I wasn’t exactly pleased with the stitching. I am not going to rule out the possibly that this shirt might be a one-off. After all, I respect their mission to help guys dress better through it’s Elevate program and the desirable Naked & Famous Collaboration. Seriously check out the collaboration, the long denim bomber is to die for…
Instead of opting for a trench coat or a waxed canvas jacket, I decided to lug around a camouflage umbrella instead. Having served my two year military service in Singapore, I have taken quite a liking to non-pixelated camouflage prints. Also, Camouflage, or green tones rather, compliments burgundy all too well.
Save to say that with the exception of my boots, I managed to stay dry and dashing in this ensemble. Well, the latter is up to your discretion.
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