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All Black, Always

By December 18, 2017 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Well, well. Long time no see blog. So where have I been? Taking some time out for me? Somewhat, but at least now I have a masters degree (and a few extra kilos courtesy of stress eating central). But more than just being hectically busy, I’ve been a bit disillusioned with the entire industry. Nearly everyone having fake followers (I guarantee you at least one of your fave instagrammers/bloggers/youtubers has bought), peasants thinking they can start a Wix site and that they’re a fully fledged fashion blogger, people without credentials or writing experience managing to get into fashion week, as well as the general favouritism that is the entire Brisbane fashion scene. The pressure and guilt that assaults you when you don’t post weekly, when your content isn’t up to your standards, or even when you’re unable to shoot just got a bit much. Not that it’s an excuse. But frankly this is my blog and I can take a break when I want to.

That being said, I am going back to my usual grinchy self (in complete reversal to my cheery xmas retail life) and wearing my usual uniform of all black.

Some people say that all black is safe. That it’s expected. I read a blog post today that made me chuckle. It said that black is a haven, it’s acceptable. My response, you’re simply not doing it correctly. Black is powerful. It’s edgy. Whilst it can camouflage you, it can also make you stand out. In a world of peasants in millennial pink and summery florals, black emerges as a vampiric beacon of hope. An antidote to the perverse positivity that is so ubiquitous in the middle of the Australian summer.

All black brings to mind Francophone style, funeral chic, Carine Roitfeld, Vera Wang, as well as every retail uniform known to humankind. And frankly I enjoy it. Once at fashion week, my friend Ali and I were invited to a last minute soiree, “what should I wear?” I panic screamed at her, “all fucking black always” was her frantic reply. And so the title of this post was born.

Coat – Boohoo | Chain – Joshua Halls | Gloves – eBay | Jeans and Shoes – Asos

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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Buy Sigma Brushes here.
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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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The Caped Life

By August 19, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I’m not sure when exactly capes fell out of fashion for me. The Incredibles certainly scared me off them a bit. For ten year old Matt, learning that capes would undoubtedly suck your superhero ass into a tornado really made him rethink his outfits. But thankfully they are now back in my life, and it’s better than ever.

The crossover of the cape and other poncho-esque pieces from womenswear to menswear is a move that’s both celebrated and vilified. The fashion world can’t get enough of a simple rectangle of fabric that covers all those lumps n bumps and improves your drama teacher credentials, whilst everyone else just thinks we look like shit.

But you know me, a good androgynous piece thrills me as much as a pair of jeans that doesn’t give me extra love handles. I was really feeling myself in this shoot yaknow.

I paired this knit cape with a dark red tee and the usual black skinnies/boots combo for a bit of a different take on 90s grunge. Think heroin chic YSL mixed with last season’s Burberry.

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.

Cape – Topman | Shirt – Connor | Jeans – Cotton On | Boots – Vintage

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Turtleneck’s Are Still In

By August 10, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Formerly reserved for 90s accounting students and librarians, the humble turtleneck has been unfairly loathed more times than Kim K has had plastic surgery.

But thankfully this throwback is no longer in the bad books. The classic black turtleneck (or rollneck if we really want to get fancy) brings both class and sophistication to your wardrobe, along with a snobbish air that we all know I’m digging.

This random piece that I picked up in a discount store in Barcelona is a button sided one, meaning that I can leave it folded back over asymmetrically – gotta love a point of difference. I’ve teamed it with a classic khaki jacket that vaguely resembles a retro upperclass hotel lift boy’s uniform. Black jeans and boots complete my ensemble and I’m totally ready for a day browsing secondhand bookstores.

What do you think of the look? Would you wear it?

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.

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Why I Love All Black

By May 30, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

You’d find it hard to believe looking at my blog recently, but there was once a time where I hated black. When I was growing up my favourite piece of clothing were some rainbow-striped overalls. I literally wore them every day. The devastation when I couldn’t fit them any more was real.

You would have thought that once I hit my teen years that the “all black emo” stage would have hit and knocked a little bit of style into me. Nope, wrong! My colour du jour was a rather muddy brown. Think a cross between 70% cocoa and poop. Bonus points if it was one of those spliced tops with a different colour sleeve from the elbow down (Sheldon who?). I was also a fan of those ugly ass fake rips that companies used to put on their clothing. And then there was my pied stage where literally everything was both black and white… I looked like a fucking human Magpie.

That rather inauspicious fashion start gave me a newfound appreciation for black once I started to move further into the fashion sphere and read a Vogue (thank god!). Whilst I know that all black is high fashion 101 and pretty bloody basic at the worst of times, it’s still comforting to me. It’s like a fashion security blanket if you will. Plus it was a great cover for that time when I was ballooning after a Macca’s binge.

Whatever your fashion story is, I think that we can all agree that all black is that one comforting go to that will always take pride of place in our wardrobes.

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.

Coat – Zara | Sweater – Asos (similar) | Shoes – Oxford (similar) | Jeans – Cotton On

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Nightshade

By April 8, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

I’m fully excited for winter. There it is. Damn the Aussie stereotype of tanned skin and crashing waves, all I want is chilling cold and translucent skin. With the advent of Autumn, I can finally start breaking out the long layers and draped clothing that gets me going.

But casual dressing at night can be tough at the best of times, particularly if you don’t want to go for the generic button up and chinos look. I picked up this overlong tee and hoody from H&M the other week and their draped monochrome really makes it a combo suitable for casual nights out.

I’m also really loving the choker/narrow scarf trend that’s currently sweeping women’s fashion, so I decided to do my own little take on it with this Demian Renucci choker that I picked up. It adds the perfect amount of punk to this look, taking it to the next level.

This look was shot by the amazing Ant Cox, check out his work @paintedrust on Instagram, or on his site here.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

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

Tee – H&M | Hoodie – H&M | Jeans – Cotton On | Boots – Vintage | Choker – Demian Renucci

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Black Widow

By February 25, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

There’s something effortlessly chic about dressing in all black. It perfectly straddles that line between Miranda Priestley and basic bitch. Basic because it’s literally a basic, and high fashion because lezbereal. Black IS fashion.

Whilst the middle of summer probably isn’t the most appropriate time for black on black, I refuse to compromise my sartorial ideals for mere sun. Having said that when I shot this it was a cooler day, near dusk and breezy. So that may have changed my perception. But yaknow. It looks cool.

I’m a huge huge fan of this shirt as you know. Being made of a bonded cotton, it’s a bit more rigid than other shirts, meaning that the larger box sleeve really stands out. Natch this got paired with the ubiquitous black jeans, they just make me so happy. I’m also wearing my new boots, which I bought in India. I’m loving the buckle detail on this, as well as the slightly-larger-then-I’m-used-to heel.

However the main feature of this look is obvs these super cool half gloves which I got off eBay. They just add that perfect touch of film noir to the look.

This look was shot by the amazing Ant Cox, check out his work @paintedrust on Instagram, or on his site here.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

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

Shirt – Yaly | Jeans – Cotton On | Shoes – Vintage | Gloves – eBay | Watch – Daniel Wellington

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Black and Brown

By February 4, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Brown and black is that colour combo that is so totally wrong and frowned upon, yet it can be so so right when done properly.

Here I’ve taken that common faux pas and re-worked it into something both wearable, and pretty decent if I do say so myself. It really just shows that you can take a fashion faux pas and use it to your advantage – the opportunities here are endless!

These brown leather brogues are from Zu and are now unavailable due to Zu going bust (cries forever). But most good shoe companies will produce something similar. The beautiful thing about brown shoes is that they can go with any sort of pant colour that you want. Literally any; black, navy, tan, khaki, burgundy. The skies the limit.

I’ve paired this black and brown combo with a burgundy oversize tee (which you just know is giving me life) in order to compliment both the black and brown neutrals.

This look was shot by the amazing Ant Cox, check out his work @paintedrust on Instagram, or on his site here.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

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

Shirt – Topman | Jeans – Cotton On | Shoes – Zu

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What To Wear When Travelling

By January 28, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

It should be no secret to some that one of my greatest loves is travelling. I cannot abide those people who have no desire to see other countries – what greater experience is there than immersing yourself in another culture?

As y’all know, I recently went over to India for a friend’s wedding, and whilst there did a bit of travelling around. For more deets make sure to check out my Youtube channel where I daily vlogged. Whilst you’re there make sure to give me a cheeky subscribe!

After this trip I definitely became clued in to what is comfortable and what is NOT when travelling.

My go to look wherever I am overseas – plane, cab, monument, whatever! – is the humble skinny jeans and oversized tee combo. Not only is it comfortable and flattering (lets be real we all gain weight overseas!) but it is also practical as well. The oversized tee is also handy as it covers your pockets – making it harder for pickpockets (which every country has) to gain access to your valuables.

I’ve paired this look with some cons as on this particular day I was doing a lot of walking. But you can swap it for whatever shoes you like. If I’m on a plane however I definitely wear points as they are usually the heaviest shoes I’ll be carrying. Ain’t nobody need an extra weight charge!

What are your go-to outfits when travelling? I’d love to know!

*This look was shot in the beautiful Amber Fort in Jaipur. For more info, check out my vlog from this day*

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Shirt – Cotton On | Jeans – Cotton On | Shoes – Converse

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How To Wear Linen

By January 20, 2016 Style

Words by Matt Huxley

Throw out that preconceived notion that linen is a fabric only suitable for peasants, linen is back on trend in a huge way.

I’ve been loving this long line linen (dat alliteration) shirt for ages – I had it made up from a self design back in Vietnam in 2014. Not only does it go with everything, but it’s that perfect shirt that can either be dressed up or down depending on how you choose to wear it.

The one major problem I have with linen is that it crushes super easily. But that problem aside, it’s a wonderfully versatile fabric that you should think about incorporating into your wardrobe more.

So if you’ve been thinking about adding a new texture to your closet, why not think about linen!
This look was shot by the amazing Ant Cox, check out his work @paintedrust on Instagram, or on his site here.

Buy Sigma Brushes here.

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

Shirt – Yaly | Jeans – Cotton On | Shoes – Zu

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