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Style Substitute: Jackets

April 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Style Substitute is a series that will show you how replacing just one item in your outfit can have such a large impact on the rest of your appearance. I know that most won’t have the time or resources to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe, so I’m going to start off one piece at a time.

A weird trend I’ve been noticing everywhere is topping off an office attire with a casual, sporty jacket (I am differentiating this from a”sports jacket” AKA “sports coat”, which is perfectly fine and will be discussed later) . This looks strange and has no place in a proper workplace. It’s like people are thinking “Oh I’m going to look uptight looking formal so I have to spice it up and look hip with a Nike windbreaker!”

What the hell?

I don’t even have to explain in-depth why this is a terrible look. It’s a walking contradiction. It’s akin to wearing sweatpants with a shirt and tie (I hope I’m not giving you any ideas) or wearing dress shoes while going to the gym.

Substitutes 

1) Cardigan

The cardigan has a rich and illustrious history. Unfairly labelled as clothing your grandpa would wear, a proper fitting cardigan can be an excellent business casual outfit: A step-up from a casual jacket, but not as intimidating as a blazer.

A cardigan can be dressed up with a shirt and tie or dressed down with a t-shirt. It’s one of the more versatile jackets one can find.

2) Blazer / Sports Coat

There are many who think that the difference between a blazer and a sports coat is worth arguing. I’m not one of those guys. A blazer/sports coat is a jacket similar to a suit jacket. The difference is that they aren’t meant to be worn as part of a suit, and thus have no matching trousers. Most will have different colored buttons or casually styled pockets, a dead giveaway that it isn’t meant to be part of a suit.

A blazer or a sports coat is an excellent way to look more professional, especially here in the Philippines where these are reserved for weddings, proms, and CEOs. If you don’t want to look too intimidating, you can opt to forgo the traditional navy blue or black and go for light blue or medium gray.

The key thing about wearing a blazer or a sports coat is that there should be contrast between the pants and the jacket. Keeping them too close to each other in terms of color makes it seem like you’re trying to make it look like a suit — which you’re not supposed to do.

In terms of material, I’d lean towards a cotton / linen blend, as opposed to a mostly polyester jacket. This is because of cotton and linen’s breath-ability compared to polyester. Cotton and linen are also low maintenance. They’re meant to look a little wrinkled, and they still look damn good. If your workplace allows track jackets, it’ll allow wrinkled cotton jackets.

Three blazers / sports coats. Note the contrasting buttons which characterize a blazer, not a suit jacket. Also note the clear contrast between the jacket and pants. Also look at the guy in the middle. He still looks extremely casual while looking neat and put together. That’s what a blazer will do for you.

“Can I also wear a suit jacket as a make-shift blazer?” Yes you may, as long as — again — you don’t try to match the colors of your pants to your jacket. Unless of course, you’ve decided to wear the matching pants. The most classic combos are a navy suit jacket and grey / khaki pants.

 

 

Do you have any other substitutes for the track jackets people wear on top of dress shirts? Hit the comments below!

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Style Substitute: Shoes

March 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Style Substitute is a series that will show you how replacing just one item in your outfit can have such a large impact on the rest of your appearance. I know that most won’t have the time or resources to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe, so I’m going to start off one piece at a time. Your transformation to a dapper gentleman will be a gradual one, also ensuring you won’t be the butt of your office’s jokes if you suddenly show up one day looking very different. Yes, it happens a lot here in our country, which should be the topic of another article entirely.

Your typical Filipino office worker probably goes to work in black, pleated “dress” pants, a billowy dress shirt, square-toed, synthetic loafers, and a too-wide necktie. While I can write an entire article on the entirety of this outfit, let’s take a moment to focus on shoes. Shoes make the man, as some say.

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Wearing shorts

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Shorts are part of everyday Filipino wear because it’s so damn hot all the time. However, so many people do it all wrong. Whether it’s wearing boardshorts to the mall or basketball shorts to class, it’s as if shorts are like a white flag that you wave. It’s a way of admitting you didn’t put forth any effort in presenting yourself on that particular day.

The folks over at Primer Magazine perfectly illustrate how to wear shorts with pride and dignity. All bases are covered, from the fit, the appropriate length, and what to wear with them. I was originally supposed to make a full post about shorts but since Primer already wrote about it so well, I might as well just share it with all of you.

Now make sure you save your basketball shorts for the gym and your boardshorts for the beach. You don’t even have to spend for a great looking pair of shorts, either, as I mentioned in my previous post. Buy two or three pairs of shorts in navy, khaki and grey. Boom, you suddenly have three pairs that can go with absolutely anything.

SURPLUS, SM HYPERMARKET, AND EXPORT OVERRUNS

September 18, 2012 1 comment

Yes. A ton of my clothes come from SM Hypermarket. I hate spending more than 500 pesos for ANY piece of clothing. I’m cheap, yet I love window-shopping. While I do like going to ukay-ukays once in a while, nothing beats brand new clothing.

Today I’m going to discuss Export Overruns and why they’re such a great buy. I’m not that well-versed on the concept, but all I know is that they’re original clothing that for some reason aren’t being sold in their real retail stores and are being sent here. I have no idea what I’m talking about. Let’s just get to the part where I discuss the advantages of buying export overruns from relatively reputable (not tiangge) sources.

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Why I made this blog

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Greetings. I am the headless chap. As my name may suggest, I prefer to remain anonymous. I am a young Filipino who only recently got into the world of fashion. As I browsed through popular sites such as Tumblr, lookbook, and even local magazines, I noticed some odd things.

Most of the “looks” seen in contemporary Pinoy menswear involve heavy layering and thick fabrics. Sure, a button-up under a cardigan under a blazer may be a classy look — if you’re living in sub 25 degree celsius temperatures. Unfortunately, I don’t. The point of layering is to feel warm. You layer when the layer you are wearing is not enough to protect you from the elements. Wearing something like that will only result in heavy sweating and great discomfort. Remember, if you aren’t comfortable in what you’re wearing, you won’t look good. In the Philippines, even jackets and sweaters over simple t-shirts or polo shirts can be uncomfortable on most days. The Philippines’ weather is so unpredictably predictable. Half of the time you get heavy rains and the other half is spent under hot, humid weather. 

Over time I may post a few of my “looks”. Unfortunately, I do not have the capability to properly photograph myself, nor do I have the editing skills that most fashion bloggers possess. Thus, these “looks” will be few and far in between. 

The blog will be written from the point of view of a college student with a limited spending budget: No huge splurges. I encourage thrifting (ukay-ukay), unbranded items, and local department stores. Unlike most bloggers with a large clothing budget, I can’t even afford Topman, Zara, etc. Style does not have to be expensive. A recurring theme is the search for value in clothing. You’re not looking to stand out with statement pieces, you’re looking to build a versatile and lean wardrobe. This is something I really want to emphasize in all of my posts.

Hopefully I do get to that point, as I’m quite new to this blogging thing and I created it just because of the severe lack of Filipino men’s style blogs. Unfortunately, I am no writer. I welcome suggestions on how to improve my writing style.

That is all for now. I’m glad to get that first post out of the way. Happy reading!