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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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We Are Kindred Resort ’18 Review

By May 18, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Have you ever wondered what Mary Lennox would be wearing if The Secret Garden was set in the 21st century? Well now you know. We Are Kindred presented a sophisticated, romantic and insouciant collection that answers that very question.

Wisteria-hued bishop sleeved dresses and blouses drifted down the runway, anchored by floral handkerchief hem slips. Dame Edna eat your heart out. An accordion-pleated sky-blue two-piece with japanesque floral motifs was a clear highlight.

The early 00s made a triumphant return with halter-neck wide-leg jumpsuits and handkerchief hems. But don’t think that you’ll look tragic a-la Britney and Justin. These are chic, elegant designs that will make a luxurious addition to your wardrobe.

A slouchy lace two piece was another highlight. The perfect mix between daywear and night(y) wear. We Are Kindred takes pyjama dressing to an entire new level, and I for one am damn thrilled. Ps this was one of my top 3 shows. XOXO

Photos provided by Getty Images exclusively for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

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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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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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Let’s Try To Be Different

By November 27, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

In a world full of basic fashions and people struggling to style themselves – even with the wealth of amazing fashion blogs out there – let’s try to stand out for the right reasons. Let’s be different and unique, and try things for shits n gigs.

Developing your own unique sense of style is so important to your development. I should know, I went from a lumpy kid wearing board shorts 24/7 who wasn’t confident, to a mid-20s guy wearing whatever I want confidently. I’m still lumpy though…

Why not switch up your style. Take me for instance. White pants and sheer shirts are by no means my usual uniform. But it’s nice to change it up whilst still sticking to the realms of what I consider both flattering and fashionable. You know I love a good longer length up top, and this long line shirt is both edgy, yet formal enough to be worn to a fancy event.

This look was shot by Amie Casey, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @amiecasey.

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 – H&M | Jeans – Asos | Shoes – Vintage

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All Black

By November 12, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

You all know that my fave combo of all time is definitely black on black. I love the statement that monochrome makes, and being a tall, pale figure in all black, it definitely cuts a striking look.

However to avoid looking like a makeup artist on a break, there’s a few things worth adding in. Texture is one of them. I’ve achieved this by tying a long, cheesecloth shirt around my waist. Not only does it billow out behind me as I walk like I’m batman, but it also serves to break up the silhouette of the look, taking it to the next level. Plus the contrasting fabric adds an extra dimension to the outfit.

I’ve also added biker jeans to give a tougher edge to this look. I’ve accessorised with my Vanacci beaded bracelet, the lockstone technology of this piece is really cool, it actually absorbs scent. So when I squirt it with the current scent on rotation (John Varvatos’ Vintage) it releases it slowly over a period of time. If you’re interested in trying anything from Vanacci, use the 10% discount code madeyoulook on checkout ;).

This look was shot by Amie Casey, make sure you go check her out on Instagram @amiecasey.

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 – Connor | Shirt (around waist) – HM | Jeans – Ralph Lauren | Boots – Vintage | Bracelet – Vanacci

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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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Texturally Appealing

By September 26, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

There’s many things that you have to take into consideration when compiling an outfit. Colour, length, cut, fit and occasion. But one item that has escaped the majority of us is texture. Certainly it may not be the most important item to consider, but including a textural element in your look definitely helps to take your outfit out of the basic category.

When adding a texture to your outfit, think of something that’s going to complement the look and not detract from it. A chunky knit, suede, velvet, neoprene or faux fur can all add that special something to your style. Here I’ve layered a knit cardigan over a faux suede shirt and ripped denim, building up those texturally appealing layers. Textures can go out of style pretty rapidly however, so make sure that you know something’s going to work before trying it – the fate of corduroy for example…

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 – The Eras | Jeans – Cotton On | Cardigan – Zara | Shoes – Zu

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