Well worn. This 3 year old custom made shirt has come to the end of its life cycle. It was worn at least once a week for the entire duration.
It’s no secret that J. Crew is hands down my favorite mall brand. Their customer service is great, and pieces can be had on deep discounts at times. However, sometimes they do things that don’t really make sense to me, ie my seersucker jacket is fully lined while my Harris Tweed black-watch jacket is partially lined. It should be reversed.
The tuxedo jacket came with pocket flaps, which aren’t too flattering. I had my tailor take them off. They should’ve come like this from the get go!
Took a trip to the MyTailor office to commission some shirts today. Friendly folks that are able to accommodate on weekends are appreciated! Will be coming back soon.
Kent Wang came through with the awesome customer service yet again! I have bought the shoe horn on the left quite sometime ago. It somehow formed a crack. The right is their response. Small things like this is how you retain customers.
Anonymous asked: Is there a particular reason why you bought a tux? Just wondering haha
Haha. Not really. It was on my to do list and had been for a while. I saw the jacket on sale in my size so I took the initiative. It will serve me well when a dinner jacket is required or when I attend weddings, since I am around the age where folks usually get married.
Clothing is indeed a form of self-expression, in addition to being functional of course. An outfit can be used to silently voice out details about yourself, such as interests and emotions/moods.
I think this can be applied to all sub-fields of fashion, be it the avant garde crowd, sneaker-heads, or traditional menswear.
I personally have never worked in a setting where ‘suits and ties’ are required. I could have probably gotten away with just a polo shirt, chinos, and some square-toe slip on shoes since that qualify as ‘business casual’. I do enjoy wearing suits and hold an interest in menswear so that is why I choose to wear them at times. There are also other times where I feel casual/laid back so I may swing on the other side of the spectrum with just a t shirt, jeans or sweatpants and sneakers.
The most important aspect is to find your own aesthetic. It is not to carbon copy a mannequin you see at a store or an outfit displayed inside a magazine just to follow the currently trend that is in. There is nothing wrong with taking cues and ideas, but it is as equally important to add your own twist to it if you have to. When you try to copy something down to the tee, something will always be off somehow.
A young man may try to look like the big man on campus by buying the latest pair of Lebron sneakers with the matching Elite socks and all the gear he saw on a mannequin, but has no idea about the concept/execution. Another guy may look as equally nice in the same pair of Lebron sneakers paired with a low-key outfit like a plain ole’ t shirt and shorts so the sneakers can be the center piece. I used sneakers as an example in this case since they have become cool amongst the urban youth in the recent years.
The awesome part about finding your own aesthetic is that when you actually find it, it is timeless and yours since it depicts who you are. Current trends do not have an effect on it.