My Style Portrait

What I like, at a glance.

I saw a really cool idea over on the perfume blog Undina’s Looking Glass, which was a ‘perfume portrait‘, showcasing a snapshot of what she likes and dislikes.
This got me thinking that it’d be cool to do this from a style perspective, and have a style portrait.
A little bit about what gets me going sartorially.
People who inspire me,
And the things that grind my gears.

So here goes.

Styles and clothing I love:

Linen Jacket Knitted Tie Summer Style
Harris Tweed and Cricket Sweater Ivy Style

Styles I want to explore in future:

  • Shawl neck cardigans
  • Corduroy suit
  • Chalk striped suits
  • Tuxedo
  • Classic Americana and workwear
  • Hats (other than caps)
  • Cowboy boots
Barbour Beaufort Layer Outfit

Things that don’t work on me, but I like on others:

  • Traditional Harrington jackets
  • Scarves (for the most part)
  • Wearing shorts!
  • Garments in light shades of grey

Who inspires me?

Old magazines. Ralph Lauren. The Duke of Windsor.
Pattern. Colour. The sky and the earth.
Steve McQueen.
Stars from Hollywood’s golden age.
And sometimes, maybe more often than I’d care to admit;
My friends on Instagram.

What I dislike:

  • Three piece suits worn tieless
  • Skinny fly-away collars
  • Bad fits (especially too tight)
  • The word ‘dapper’… more on that later.

And most importantly, I find poor quality clothing and fast fashion offensive. It’s a waste of natural resources and harms the environment for nothing more than $5 tee shirts that get thrown out after two washes.
Quality is more sustainable than wonton manufacturing.

As G. Bruce Boyer said:
Buy the best, and you only cry once.

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With content features ranging from appearances on popular menswear hubs (The Rake, StyleForum, Put This On) to French perfume newsletters and university course readings, Sam is a writer, designer and enthusiast in the fields of menswear and fragrance.

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