A vintage look with a modern twist.
In the 1940s/1950s when tailored pants were well in vogue, it was common to see them paired with just about anything; including the classic leather jacket. This take on a vintage look gets a modernised touch with the addition of the colourfully adorned polo shirt and colourful socks.
Breaking Down the Look:
For each garment I have tried to find identical or similar alternatives so that you can shop the look if you like it!
Jacket: Kenneth Cole modular collar leather jacket, wearable either as a Harrington style (collar on) or racer style (collar off). I like to wear it sans collar as a racer jacket; I have found the collar part never seems to sit right when it is on. (similar)
Shirt: Ted Baker polo in navy with a red/blue patterned collar and button-through chest pocket which also features a small patch of print identical to the collar. This shirt also features a hidden button down collar, which is great since it gives the benefits of a button down without having to have the buttons visible.
Pants: Country Road cotton herringbone tailored pants with upturned cuff. (similar)
Socks: Red patterned socks which harmonise with the detailing on the polo.
Shoes: Vintage Timberland Earthkeepers brown leather chukka boots in a similar shade of brown to the jacket. (similar)
Watch: Citizen FA0024-53A two-tone quartz chronograph. This is my go-to daily watch, the two-tone makes it easy to pair with other accessories.
Brown, blue (various shades), grey and red.
Some takeaway tips from this look:
Choosing a colour for tailored pants
Grey pants used to be the casual wear equivalent of blue jeans today. If you are looking to add tailored pants to your casual rotation, a mid grey is a fantastic starting point as it works with just about any colour.
If you feel like your outfit is too plain, it is probably because it lacks a statement piece. A statement piece is the part of your outfit that catches the eye, and it does not have to be loud. In this outfit, the statement piece is the polo; this is a more subtle statement piece because it is only the detailing that really pops.
A vintage inspired look is fun to put together. Want to see more of this type of article? Drop me a line in the comments!
Photo credit for all shots (except wristwatch pic): Josh Thompson