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Fearless

By September 3, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Fearlessness is a quality oft sought-after but very infrequently is it possessed by an individual. We are now in a time where some of us live our lives dictated by fear. I for won, have never been one to worry about things outside of my control, or of other people’s opinions.

This crosses over into the fashion world as well. Being a person who possesses what some might call a “weird,” “quirky” or “androgynous” sense of style, you get used to being stared at. I’ve been stared at, shouted at, and had the worst putdowns you can imagine yelled at me. Does it phase me? Briefly yes, but you just have to move on and know that you’re fucking fabulous, even if the rest of the population haven’t quite caught up yet.

People fear what they can’t define. Transgression, liminality, androgyny. All of these concepts people fear, because it’s not what they’re used to. They’re used to people in a stained hoodie and thongs. They aren’t used to corset belts, chokers, fishnets, high fashion. Especially not on a mildly pudgy 6’2 man with highlight.

So I encourage you, be fearless. Whether you’re nervous about travel, what you’re wearing, or even just an exam. Be fearless and slay that fucker.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

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Shirt – Fabrixquare | Jeans, Corset Belt, Shoes, Fishnet Socks – Asos | Choker – Lovisa | Rings – Joshua Hall

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Why Relaxed Attire can be the Most Rewarding

By July 7, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Deliberately understated, carefree attire can sometimes be the most impactful clothing statement. You aren’t dressed to kill, you aren’t extra, you’re just unapologetically you.

Now whilst some people may take relaxed clothing to mean slobby, “comfortable,” or *shiver* a tracksuit, I for one don’t want to look like an extra in a John Waters film. No, by relaxed I mean carefree, artlessly disheveled if you will. The perfect visualisation of “model off duty.”

The crisp white button-up has certainly been making the street style rounds lately. But this truly is a classic piece that works with any type of look. I agree that the white shirt worn casually can get a little too romance movie 101, so I’ve created a point of difference here by unfurling the french cuffs into an insouciant masterpiece that Anna Quan would be proud of.

I’ve teamed this with a pair of cropped statement jeans, sans shoes and socks for maximum comfort, and I’m surrounded by my favourite things: magazines, books and coffee. My highlight is popping (MAC Lightscapade ftw) and I’m ready for a day of doing absolutely nothing.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.</

Shirt and Jeans – Asos | Rings – Joshua Hall

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Get The British Look

By June 16, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

In the olden days, Blackfriars was a salacious district of London. Prostitutes abounded and Shakespeare’s Globe was almost directly across the river. The area was a derelict hub of creativity, poverty and uniqueness. Today the area features Victorian architecture and is the setting for the film and TV versions of Sherlock Holmes and David Copperfield.

So when I happened across Blackfriars Lane in Sydney and I got the same Victorian British vibes, I knew that ti had to shoot a British-themed look there.

I’ve updated it somewhat – Victorian steampunk isn’t exactly in my repertoire – so it’s a modern take on British fashion. Naturally I’ve included the ubiquitous trench coat. This version is a wrap tie one in a thick wool. Obviously it’s completely impractical for Brisbane, but fuck it, it’s pretty.

I’ve also drawn inspiration from Anna Quan and the oversized cuff trend that’s dominating women’s fashion at the moment. By unrolling (and ironing the wrinkle out) your french cuffs you can achieve a similar look that’s still masculine. Plus I really love the crispness that a fresh white shirt adds to a look.

Topping off the ensemble with cropped, distressed jeans and cuban heel boots, I’m ready to tackle the London rain. Like not really cos these boots are suede, but ya get the gist.

Sidenote. Guys, invest in a good pair of cuban heeled boots. They add so much height, they make your legs look better, and they just elevate your outfit so much. It’s actually insane how much I love these.

What do you think of this outfit? Did I get tha lundun look?

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Coat – Topman | Shirt – Asos | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Asos (similar)

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Fashion Bravery

By May 3, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

The Met Gala is something that i look forward to each year. It’s a place where creativity and high fashion can be showcased on the highest people in the fashion, music and celebrity industries.

In case you’re brand new, each year the Met Gala runs to a particular theme, corresponding to the fashion exhibition that the Met has on. This year it celebrates legendary Comme Des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo.

Kawakubo is renowned for her sculptural avant-garde designs, a theme that (one would think) would be a relatively popular one to replicate. But alas not, apparently it proved intimidating to most, who ended up arriving in basic ass gowns. The very few who attempted (and largely succeeded) to stick to the theme were then lambasted by peasant outlets such as The Daily Mail. Long story short, people who don’t know fashion shouldn’t attempt to decipher it.

But that’s not what this post is about. This is about fashion bravery. Fashion is there to push boundaries and for you to take risks. Granted, I myself do not push the boundary in the biggest way possible, but I do so in a way that both suits my style, and the environment I’m in. Not to mention my budget! Fashion is about utilising trends and iconographic pieces in clever ways. Sure it may be great that your outfit is featuring every current trend, but why not take that Gucci shirt and fishnet tights and use it with other pieces to reference an iconic era or person. That’s truly fashion for me.

Take risks, push your own personal style to a new level, and ffs don’t wear a basic gown to an avant-garde event.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Jacket – The Bronze Snake Shop (similar) | Jeans – Topman | Shirt – Cotton On

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Vampiric

By March 10, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I feel like it’s no secret that I’m attracted to the darker style of things. A shaded corner, the colour black, notions of vampires, ripped clothing and gunmetal. All of these attract me like a piranha to a carcass and now that 90s grunge is back in fashion, it makes it all the more acceptable to start dressing like Dracula.

I’m also interested in playing with lengths. Long layers always flatter tall people, smoothing out any lumps and bumps and elongating your torso. They’re also the perfect trans-seasonal piece for – what is supposed to be – autumn. I’ve subverted the usual layering that I do (long shirt over jeans) and have instead opted for a long flowing coat over a shorter under layer – shorts in this case.

Breezy and dramatic, I think i’ve stumbled on to a winner, especially with the weather still being ridiculously hot.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Coat – Boohoo | Shorts – Ziggy Denim | Shoes – Oxford (similar) | Shirt – Connor

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Classing It Up In Summer

By February 19, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I am unashamedly a child of cold weather. I would like nothing more than for Brisbane to be swept up in an ice storm and to layer up the coats. But we all have hopes and dreams, and most of the time they won’t happen.

That being said, it’s hard to maintain some level of class and sophistication in the most humid of weathers. Nothing is more troubling than keeping fabric away from sweat-filled armpits whilst your contour is currently making friends with your collar. But don’t fret, there are still a few ways to remain your usual dapper self without looking like you’ve taken a dip in the blow up pool.

Firstly, invest in a nice pair of dress shorts. I’ve gone for a bright statement pair because you know I’m all bout that life. The benefit of these is that you’ll still look dressy enough for the occasion, without having to sacrifice your comfort. Makes perfect sense for a tropical climate.

Go for a loose-fitting button up to match. Whilst a black won’t show up sweat marks as easily, you really still can’t beat a classic white. Stay away from anything bias cut or slim fit. It will hug your skin and cause you to heat up faster.

But then again, if you’re one of those people who just don’t sweat… screw you.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – Myer | Shorts – Uniqlo | Belt – YD | Shoes – Zu | Bangle – Myer

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Marina

By February 7, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I was on a boat off the coast of Vietnam when the feeling hit me. A gigantic gut bubble that built in my stomach and expanded until I was drunk with queasiness. Stuff the buffet that was being laid out on  the upper deck. Screw the stunning views and humid sunshine. I had issues. A short, calorie expelling journey later, and I was feeling better. The eye in the storm some might say. Day tripping has never been more awful. Needless to say, ever since then, boats have been my nemesis. I have never gone on a cruise, floating pontoons are evil and even a trip on the CityCat renders me apprehensive.

That being said, naval-inspired fashion is an area that I do enjoy. Blues and whites, crisply starched shirts and brocade. It’s great. Navy and blue serve as a great way to break up the ubiquitous black, yet still staying within the cool-toned, darker colour palette.

I’ve taken those marine inspirations on board in this post. Mixing a navy coloured tie-dye shirt with white jeans and navy brogues allows that perfect blend of classic insouciance that is my forte.

So whilst I can’t go anywhere on a boat, at least I can feel like I am in my wardrobe!

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – Factorie | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Zu | Rings (assorted) – Joshua Hall and Michael Hill

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Revolution

By January 6, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

First of all. Yes I’m slack. Second of all, happy New Year! Believe it or not this March will mark my second year of existence as Infirm of Purpose. Yeah, you’ve been listening to my crap for that long.  It seems weird that exactly a year ago I was in India. It’s that time of year where every blogger is clamouring about “new year, new me, new plans” and all that crap. Well I’m here to tell you that I’ll be the same cynical wanker as I was last year. Just with hopefully more content. I am aiming to change that and consistently upload.

Let’s see if I stick to that.

To stick with the theme of revolution that seems to permeate every change of year, I’ve decided to put together a little revolution-esque outfit. Complete with layered gloves, because duh. So dystopian. The concept of gloves and gauntlets is something that has always appealed to me. They can toughen up an outfit, make it stand out, make you sweat profusely and enable you to be ready for everything. Heading into the hunger games? Pop on some gloves you be good to go.

On a more down to earth level, I actually layered these gloves together as part of my Halloween outfit (Dracula ftw) and thought it looked cool. The concept of pushing the bangle up high to add an extra dimension is something that also really appeals to me, and I think it’s an idea you’ll be seeing a lot more of over the next few months. #spoilers.

Finally, before I go. What sort of content do YOU want to see? Let me know in the comments below!

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – Myer | Bangle – Joshua Hall | Net Gloves – Big W | Fingerless Gloves – Vintage | Pants – Vintage | Shoes – Vintage

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Races Fashion 101

By October 31, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Spring has most definitely sprung, and that can only mean two things: Jacaranda’s are out in bloom all over the place, and it’s races season.

Whilst I’m admittedly not a races fanatic, the opportunity to get all dressed up for public admiration is something that I’m never going to shy away from. Fashion is a major part of the races culture, and whether you’re Jean Shrimpton in a white shift, or Samara Nilsson struggling with a playsuit, you’re going to be the centre of attention. So you may as well wear something striking to give the people something to talk about.

For me, the classic combo of navy, camel and red is one that you just can’t go by. Whilst a traditional summery suit might be the quintessential races outfit, wearing separates is also totally acceptable – and something a little bit different.

I’ve teamed this textured navy blazer with camel chinos, boots, a red pocket square, a white v neck (swap to a button up if you want to be dressier), stacks of rings and a houndstooth black and white scarf. It may sound like a lot, but all together it works.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Blazer – Oxford | Chinos – Industrie | Shoes – Vintage | Scarf – H&M | Pocket Square – Vintage | Shirt – Connor | Rings – Michael Hill and Joshua Hall

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Cool Shadows

By October 8, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Summer is coming, and not only is my summer body conspicuous by its absence, but I am positively lumpy. Shit.

On the plus side, hiding in the shadows has never been so acceptable in my eyes. The classic white and camel combo is one that I haven’t broken out in a little while, and I have no regrets. Wearing pale colours for summer is something that I’m probably not going to adopt (let’s be real, black is bae), but it’s pretty decent for a change. The addition of chinos instead of the usual jeans makes a refreshing change.

This look was shot by Ali Gordon, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @modestoblog or on Modesto Blog.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

Don’t forget you can get 10% off all ApoteKah products using the code MATTH10.

Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

Shirt – American Apparel | Chinos – Industrie

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