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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
I’m just going to come right out and say it. I hate this in-between season period. I am definitely one of those people who just likes to plan out what they’re wearing for the day. I don’t want to have to worry about if it’s going to get cold or hot later. I want to whack on my clothes and go.
Unfortunately we aren’t in a luxury world where it is winter 24/7, and that’s where this little thing called layering comes into practice. Being able to peel off or add on layers to your outfit makes a world of difference in general life comfort.
By subscribing to a similar colour palette you can achieve a complete look. Adding in a bit of a pattern in the middle layer – as I have here, adds an element of contrast and interest.
It’s funny how we sexualise certain objects for little to no reason. Take for example this choker – and can we just admire how bloody awesome it is?! The choker itself is not an implicitly sexual object, yet when styling it I definitely decided to play up the BDSM connotations associated with it – particularly with the addition of fingerless pleather gloves and my usual all black aesthetic. In my head it conjures up 50 shades crossed with 70s Vivienne Westwood punk, with a smattering of film noir. Skulking around in the shadows is definitely the modus operandi of this character. Now if that’s not a gigantic reference drop I don’t know what is.
Speaking of characters, this entire discussion about sexualisation was brought on by thoughts I had during the premiere of Blanc de Blanc the other night. It’s one of the few shows that sexualises both its male and female cast equally and there’s plenty of nudity on both sides.
This fantastic production takes influence from 20s French cabaret, vaudeville, burlesque, Studio 54 and of course current nightclub craziness. The show resembles the frothy champagne that’s liberally splashed on the audience – crazy, bubbly, and a whole riot of fun.
This isn’t a show to walk into if you’re a prude. This is a nipple tasseled, sparkler-in-vagina, visible peen extravaganza. This show doesn’t hint at a bit of sexual innuendo, it rampages in like a sexually deprived Tallulah Bankhead.
The cast are all fantastic and amazingly talented, they soon had the (surprisingly elderly) audience clapping along and getting very involved. Although one guy received an on-stage lap dance that he clearly did not want, the show proceeded smoothly. With music that ranged from Etta James to Edith Piaf, some of the tightest lip synchs and miming ever – with the odd aerial performance, this is a show that you’d be dumb to miss. I mean if it’s good enough for the Opera House it’s good enough for you to go and see it, ya feel?
Make sure you pop along and see Blanc de Blanc at the Brisbane Festival, buy tickets here.
I’ve never been one to be overly classy. Whilst I might on the odd occasion come across a tad arrogant, when it comes to my dressing I definitely subscribe to the underground, edgy style of clothing for my aesthetic.
But that’s not to say I don’t appreciate and present a classy style of dress should the occasion or my fluctuating mood demand it. And if I get the opportunity to add that touch of edge in there? Well bitch you know Imma take it.
That’s exactly what I did here. Taking the classic white shirt/black pants combo, I’ve elevated it with the addition of a choker, cropping the pants (showing that mankle) and pairing it with monk straps – which incidentally are a bitch to get on if you’re in a hurry.
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.
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.
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