Don’t be fooled by my Instagram feed, I am not in a suit jacket and shirt everyday.
Most days, particularly school days, I lean towards my casual wardrobe. I sincerely believe that my tailored/formal wardrobe is still a work in progress. Currently, I have a preference for Neapolitan tailoring, namely soft shoulders, broader lapels, pleated shoulders etc. I am very comfortable, both physically and mentally, with such, but that might change in the subsequent years as one’s preference and lifestyle are consistently subjected to gradual refinement.
However, I do feel that my casual wardrobe is quite established. I draw a lot of inspiration from Ivy League, Japanese and Korean fashion. One aspect I absolutely love (and appreciate) about Korean fashion is their ability to effortlessly mix and match formal patterns, such as pinstripes, or designs with casual pieces. Something that I am still attempting to solidify.
My casual ensembles typically apply the same rule of thumb as my tailored pairings, lighter colours on the top and darker colours on the bottom to create a tasteful contrast or the reverse to create a stronger and more noticeable contrast. This is further illustrated by the image above: a medium grey turtleneck, layered under a “cookies & cream” shawl cardigan (off-white donegal) and a dark brown leather bomber jacket with a fur collar, paired with a pair of dark blue jeans and dark brown boots.