Broke My SuitSupply Virginity With The Madison

Throughout my menswear journey, I have always been told about SuitSupply. It’s a dutch company that sells mens clothing, primarily focusing on tailored wear, for an exceedingly good quality to price value.

I been thinking of pulling the SuitSupply trigger for the last 18 months or so. However, whenever I looked at their detailed size chart, I knew that I could never fit it without substantial alterations. I held off till recently, where they offered their newly implemented Madison unlined model for $429 CAD.

I have always been seeking for a navy double breasted jacket and the Madison, is arguably their most popular model. This is due to it’s theatric wide peak lapels, double breasted closure and functional patch pockets.

Furthermore, this unlined model features, well, an unlined jacket and no shoulder padding. It was essentially a true unstructured double breasted jacket.

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When I ordered it online, it arrived 3 days later in a TALL box that shocked me. In the box, the jacket was standing up straight; and that really impressed me. The shipping must have been so inconvenient… But it enables the jacket to remain rather unwrinkled.

Let’s talk about the fit. I ordered the 38L and the measurements were rather accurate. People have mentioned that SuitSupply fits rather slim. I am probably the worst model for this as I have a 9 inch drop. But from my experience with other Ready-To-Wear jackets, the Madison model is slightly slimmer, by an inch or so. Regardless, the measurements listed on the website was very accurate.

The features of the jacket is what surprised me. The jacket was incredibly light in weight, appeared rather structured even without a shoulder padding and the Spalla Camicia (pleated shoulder) was beautiful.

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I still have to send the jacket to my tailor to take in the body and lengthen the sleeves. Probably get around to it after the exam period. Once that is finalized, I should be able to upload more photos of me in it.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the fit or anything Madison related, give me a shout!

Jord Is The Word

Jord Watches sells, well, watches. But their watches are unique as they are all made from different kinds of wood. Now, that intrigued me. After much deliberation, I decided to partner with Jord for a giveaway, more on that at the end of this post.

Jord produces both men and women watches. Their designs are contemporary and their collection is available in a variety of movements, from quartz to automatic.

The watch I chosen from them is called the Dover Zebrawood & Dark Sandalwood. As most of you are familiar, I have a limited amount of watches and, most of which, are formal. I have been looking for a casual watch for quite awhile and the Dover Zebrawood & Dark Sandalwood was the perfect choice to fill that void.

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This watch is an automatic movement, one that I often recommend to avoid the hassle of changing batteries. Its a two toned watch, compromising of a medium and darker brown. When I first received the watch, I was utterly taken back but how well the packaging was. It comes in a wooden box that nicely protects the watch and comes with extra wooden panels (to add to the circumference of the watch if need be).

In regards to the fit, the watch fits superbly. The watches come in a variety of sizes. But if you are between sizes, Jord has a phenomenal service available that allows you to have the watch made according to your wrist for a small extra cost.

The wood composition makes the watch very casual by nature. However, considering how I love to blend casual and formal wear together, I put together three looks to reveal how versatile a wood watch can be in a man’s wardrobe.

Country Vibes:

Pairing the Dover with a charcoal turtleneck, layered with a buffalo check flannel CPO, raw denim, olive sneakers and a Barbour jacket.

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The Barbour jacket was the icing on the cake for this look. The wood watch pairs so well with the jacket that you could even switch out the flannel CPO for an unstructured blazer and still have the outfit remain cohesive.

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Tailored Wear:

The watch works well with tailored wear too. You just have to fine the right hues, namely brown and grey, and seasonal fabrics – flannel, tweed etc.

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I wanted to embrace the watches’s casualness and thus opt to unbutton the shirt’s top three buttons. This is not something I usually do, but I added a white scoop neck to ensure that not too much chest is showing.

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These brown herringbone trousers, part of a suit, along with this unstructured grey herringbone tweed jacket, compliments the watch all too well. The power of earthly tones paired together is inevitable.

Denim Jacket & Sweater:

Jord’s watches matches well with casual garments, which are, thankfully, items that every man already possesses – like a denim jacket and a sweater in this case.

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Notice that I am utilizing the same chambray shirt in look 2. Remember that versatility is important, you don’t want to purchase a garment that is only suitable for solely a certain type of look.

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I topped off the ensemble by pairing a brown glen plaid trouser that is also part of a suede, and a chocolate brown suede long wingtips.

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Jord’s watches, the Dover Zebrawood & Dark Sandalwood in particular, is surprisingly versatile, a stunning eye catcher and the “oak scent” from the wood smells marvellous. Additionally, Jord is doing a giveaway, where you stand a chance to win a free watch. And yes, any watch, no price or model exclusion. Also, if you enter, you will automatically receive a $25 discount code! In the end, we are all winners 🙂

How To Pair Grey & Navy (Winter Edition)

The premise of this post is fairly obvious, pairing Grey and Navy. These two colours are obvious choice for your F/W wardrobe. They go well with most other colours as, individually, are both neutrals. However, pairing both together might be a little tricky or even boring for some.

As I always advocate, when pairing two neutral colours together, use different shades of it to create a contrast. You will notice that the houndstooth waistcoat and the polka dot knitted tie is lighter than their parent colour, respectively blue and grey.

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I started this ensemble by picking the jacket. This jacket is from Uniqlo. As you might be familiar, they recently opened their first shop in Toronto Canada. This Tweed jacket is composed of a 70% wool and 30% poly. What I really like about this jacket is its relatively lighter weight, longer sleeves (its impossible to find anything off the rack that matches my long arms) and its lack of structure. The jacket has no shoulder padding, which makes it so easy to wear and comfortable to be layered over. I love unstructured jackets and it shouldn’t only be reserved for the warmer months.

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Next I did was to pick the tie. I was going to use this light grey knitted tie from SprezzaBox’s November box to create a nice contrast. With a tie, a button up shirt was necessary. Because I already had the intention of pairing it with navy, I picked a light blue shirt instead of a white. A light blue shirt is less formal than a white, making it perfect to go with the unstructured jacket.

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Next these navy flannel trousers from Club Monaco was picked. Subsequently, considering the inherent casualness of the ensemble – knitted tie and unstructured jacket, a pair of brown leather Chukkas from Johnson and Murphy and SprezzaBox’s November Box socks were chosen.

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However, after putting it all together, the ensemble felt a little wrong. The trousers are RTW, which signified a lower rise that threw my proportions off. Because I do not possess a higher rise navy flannel trousers, I decided to protect my visual proportions by utilizing a vest. I have a blue tweed houndstooth waistcoat and a grey flannel. The grey was substantially darker and would make the outfit more formal, which wasn’t my intention. Thus the blue houndstooth was worn.

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Pairing neutrals together is always fairly straightforward. But if you want a change or add a nice contrast, use different shades of the neutral.

Side note: As a blogger, you will often receive collaborative work from brands for promotion sake. Even though most of these brands offer free stuff, I find it important and imperative to be selective, and remain unaffected by the idea of “free” goods. However, I have been doing a partnership, the only one I have ever done actually, with SprezzaBox since January 2016.

They are a great company. It’s a subscription service based company that charges only $25 a month and offers men accessories, which often includes socks, ties and grooming essentials, of a guaranteed retail value of above $100. Additionally, they often partner with smaller brands, which is also a great way for smaller brands to receive recognition.

I have a promotion code if you are interested. It’s “TheZanification” and it gets you a nice % off your first box. I am aware that this part sounds like advertisement, but they are not paying me to write this up on the blog nor does my partnership include a blog post. I just really like what they do.

 

Another Monday Blues Edition

I am not too sure how the term “Monday Blues” came about. Much like you, I hate Mondays. In order to tackle the dreadful start of the week, I make a conscious effort to situate my ensemble around blues hues every Monday. Besides making you appear visually appealing, clothes also make you feel psychologically well. Which is why I always recommend wearing garments that feels “right” to you, and is aligned with what YOU want to wear as opposed to what society/trends/even bloggers (contradictory I know) propose. Never underestimate the ability of how clothes can make you feel.

Going back to this Monday Blue’s outfit, I used one single colour – blue. I am an advocate for monochromatic dressing, but, sometimes, such a maneuver can be stale or boring. If you are feeling this way, I recommend opting for different shades of your chosen monochromatic colour, such as green, blue or even brown – albeit this is impossible for black.

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When it comes to dressing, always pick one piece you want to wear and work around it. I picked these light washed jeans first. Keeping a cohesive blue ensemble in mind, choosing the rest of the other pieces were fairly easy. My goal, was to have two similar blue tones – the turtleneck and shoes in this case.

This blue turtleneck was from last years Gap x GQ David Hart’s collection. It’s a very strong blue, which makes it harder to pair. But, the saving grace is that it’s shade makes it inherently casual. There’s always a lot more leeway to pair louder casual items as opposed to louder formal pieces (like a loud plaid sports coat or topcoat).

The blue captoes from Johnston & Murphy, was given to me as a gift and rarely gets worn. It’s formality construction, goodyear welted and captoe brouging, together with its brighter colour, makes it barely appropriate for most occasions. Which is why I took advantage of the opportunity today to wear it.

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The last pick is the jacket, this blackwatch quilted jacket is one of my most worn, and favourite, casual jackets. The blackwatch’s hue (green/blue) is not overly saturated, making it less aggressive and considerably easy to pair. In hindsight, I would have preferred to go with a navy jacket, like an M-65 or a cardigan, but cold windy spell called for something thicker. Thus, this jacket was picked.

The overall look appears rather cohesive. Although, I do recognize that this might still be a little loud for some. To rectify that, I would recommend switching out the blue turtleneck for a navy one and the shoes for a pair of black wingtips or navy sneakers. The footwear, especially if you opt for a more formal pair, doesn’t have to be blue or even navy as, realistically, such a pair is redundant in one’s closet and should only be acquired if you have a vast number of shoes.

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The monochromatic look usually works better with browns and greens, as there are more footwear options for those colours. If you are adamant about going blue, just aim for different shades between the pieces with at least two shades being similar, a different colour footwear that contracts your leg wear enough and you will be fine.

 

A Bomber That Packs A Punch

What is a bomber jacket?

The bomber jacket was initially designed, by Lesile Irvin in 1926, for pilots in World War II. It helped them stay incredibly warm in the cockpits, were composed of either nylon or leather and features a collar. There are many types of bomber jackets, B3, G1 and A2 to name a few, and are still sourceable through your local vintage stores or on eBay and Etsy.

Being heavily popularized by modern Hip-Hop fashion culture, bomber jackets have been favoured as of late. Many street wear enthusiast claim that a bomber jacket is a curcial, and essential, piece in every man’s wardrobe.

Most easily accessible modern bomber jackets are usually in nylon and does not feature a prominent collar. The nylon’s lighter weight serves as a layering piece rather than an actual jacket; changing the intended purpose of bomber jackets.

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Saturdays Goose Bomber Jacket

I like the look of the modern bomber but it is a little too casual for my taste. I also do not own any long sweaters to accommodate the longline look and it just does not match up well with my wardrobe. I find the aesthetic of the vintage bomber more appealing and complimentary with my tailored-favoured wardrobe.

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The bomber is a beefy leather that can with stand temperatures up to -5 degrees. It features a shearling collar, thinsulate lining and ribbed cuffs & hem. Considering its application as an outer piece, these jackets tend to lack much shape or have very little slimness to them. If you are about to pick one up online, look for a retailer that offers free returns and size down. Alternative, your best bet, is to try them in store.

It’s surprisingly easy to pair this jacket with your tailored wardrobe. Usually the first thing I grab, once you decide on wearing the jacket that is, is a pair of flannel trousers – any colour will do. I had these charcoal flannel trousers (pictured) made in Singapore this summer, along with the cream and denim pair, by Dylan & Son. They have been getting SO much wear recently that I am contemplating commissioning another grey herringbone one from him.

Jeans, especially your raw denim pair, will work equally well.

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There is only one option for footwear here, boots. Sneakers will just look odd as it’s casualness does not blend well with the jacket’s ruggedness. Your dress shoes, such as wingtips or cap toes, are plausible choices but the structure of boots gives the jacket a more cohesive look.

With boots, anything type is appropriate – chukkas, chelseas or even wingtips. The only thing you have to be careful of is its shade. If your jacket is black, go with black boots. If your jacket is brown (mine is a very dark brown), go with brown.

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With the bottom out of the way, you are only left with the inner layer. I base my decision on what my weather app forecasts the day to be. If it’s cold, as it was when these photos were taken, I opt for a middle gauge or chunky knit turtleneck. If it’s a little warmer, I would (only sometimes) pair it with a white or light blue dress shirt or a cashmere sweater.

In regards to the colour pairing of the inner layer, look at the season for inspiration. If its Fall, wear Autumn colours – rust, dark orange, charcoal, grey, olive etc.

If you are looking for a slightly bigger contrast, a white turtleneck, like this chunky one from Reiss, will do just fine.

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Wearing Blues On A Monday

I am aware that I have been posting a lot of “OOTD” posts recently. I think outfit posts are great/fun (for me), rather intuitive and somewhat inspiring. But outfit posts generally lack solid content, which I consistently hope to provide. This is mainly due to the fact that School, and part of my personal life, has been quite chaotic recently. Once it has subsides, you have my word that I will be back on schedule in updating this webpage regularly.

Mondays are usually the busiest days for me. I start at 10am and finish at 10pm with a two hour break in-between. Today, in particular, I had a meeting during the two hour break. This meeting required a business casual ensemble. Thankfully, I have met this person numerous times and my dressing could be a little bit more lenient.

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Much like it is forecasted for the entire week, it’s a warm and sunny Fall day. I took advantage of the sun and decided to center my ensemble around no-show-socks with a mid-weight trouser.

The trouser I picked, which is one that I have been consistently raving about, is my bespoke Loro Piana denim trouser made by Dylan and Son. Despite being a cotton and linen blend, it is a heavy Summer trouser with a dense weave, making it perfect for warmer Fall days – like today. I usually opt to go for denser Summer fabrics as it flatters my (skinny) legs well.

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Because I personally know this individual, I know I could get away without a tie. However, because I am going tieless, a white shirt, as opposed to its more casual light blue shirt counterpart, would be more appropriate/formal.

Because the trousers are blue, not navy, I decided to anchor it down by using a navy jacket. In this case, a charcoal jacket will also just work as well. However, I opt for this navy jacket as it has been a while since I last worn it. This custom jacket, from Black Lapel, has wide lapels, strong shoulders, a slim fit and an elongated button stance – these attributes make it more formal.

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Lastly, the shoes. I established that I was going sockless, thus a pair of loafers was appropriate. The only question is, which one? The jacket and shirt is more formal, whilst the trousers are at a neutral point. The shoes can afford to be a casual pair and thus the burgundy tassel loafers were chosen.

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Once it’s all together, the outfit looks business casual appropriate and contains the (Monday) blue hue. Have a great week everyone.

How To Wear A Burgundy Suit

Although gaining popularity, Burgundy, not to be confused with bright red but dark red rather, is not typically a common colour in tailoring.

A burgundy suit has nearly no use for office wear. However, it does make a great substitute for the limited colours of evening wear, namely midnight blue or black, or as casual separates.

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Burgundy Suit: Indochino | Burgundy Loafers: Weejuns | Black Turtleneck: Muji | Watch: Orient | Olive M-65 Jacket: Gap

In regards to it’s evening wear purpose, you are usually safer with just getting a burgundy jacket as opposed to the entire suit. One I highly recommend is by Black Lapel, it’s slick and sharp. You could opt to get the trousers as well, but it wouldn’t be worth the investment due to the lack of opportunities to wear a burgundy tuxedo trouser as separates or a standalone piece.

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We established that a merit to owning a burgundy suit is to use it as separates. The goal is, as always, in finding the right shade of red. With burgundy, it’s safer to steer towards the darker spectrum as anything too bright will appear too outlandish.

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If you are hesitant about burgundy’s formal connotation, seek for one in a seasonal fabric. The one pictured here is a mid-weight flannel. Having a darker shade, I recommend picking a F/W fabric, as one in a lighter weight fabric, linen for example, would look too peculiar. This stems from the foundation that brighter colour fabrics are more suitable for the warmer months.

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Burgundy is surprisingly easy to pair. It works well with olive, black and navy – colours that almost every man already possess. Pictured here with a black merino wool turtleneck (that I mostly only wear for a night out), green M-65 military jacket, pair of burgundy penny loafers and sock less on a warm Fall day in Toronto.