12 December 2008

Uniform Inspirations


I realised that I seldom write of direct inspirations to any specific outfit, rather conveying a concept or idea behind a way of dressing. As such I thought that my outfit today would help me in discussing an overall look, which I was interested in using as part of my own way of dressing.

The Bottega Veneta FW08 collection was by far one of my favourite concepts for this season. I was attracted to Tomas Maier's inspirations of the polarity within male 'uniforms'. There was the dichotomy within the collection between the utilitywear of the overalls and workwear, and that of the smart eveningwear, both relaying similar yet contrasting ideas of uniform. Maier stated that he was inspired by workers in London of the 1940s, the idea of a painter or factory hand donning a tailored pea coat on top of their overalls, on their way home in the chilled winter evenings.

The idea of creating a collection based on uniform struck me as a precise comparison of fashion shows in general. Each designer does indeed showcase their latest 'uniform' for the season. As such I kept these elements in mind with my outfit. I decided to pull on a double breasted cardigan, my version of wearing the double breasted tailored jackets of the collection. Rather than wearing a plain coloured shirt, I wore instead a micro print shirt, the small patterned detailing appealed to me.

I was highly intrigued by the wide leg trousers of the collection, to say the least, however felt that a slightly slimmer version would suit my frame better. The trousers are actually a slightly unorthodox baggy suit trouser, with unfinished ends and a 36 inch inseam, which is longer than my usual 34. I thought the cut of the trousers and slight stacking of the fabric, following a small pegging of the ends, would work well with the look. I again took inspiration from the collection with the choice of footwear, utility and practicality combined in the Doc Martens.

Hopefully the look works well as a whole, whilst still maintaining my own personal aesthetic.

Currently playing: Single ft. Neyo - New Kids On The Block

xxxx

33 comments:

  1. i like Bottega Veneta, i think it done a step forward with the last collection. and i must notice something, if you were in that show stylista, joe zee would never say anything bad about you. always very sophisticated.

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  2. you've got to love a shirt buttoned all the way to the top!

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  3. your sweater is amazing...i'd love something like that for my boyfriend, but i'd also be town throwing that over one of my many lacy dresses!

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  4. Ohman, I love how you always pay attention to details so well! hahaha I got a brother sewing machine! they say its the best?! Ohyes, you totally need to get one! I can already tell what you'll make will be so damn amazing :)

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  5. i LOVE that sweater on you, i saw a similar one at zara! :)

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  6. So psyched that NKOTB are back -woo hoo!

    Love your double-breasted inspiration and sweater look, DK; so sophisticated and professorial!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  7. HI Dapper, I love your outfit. The cardigan is a knock out. Very cool post. Thanks Carla

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  8. Nice sweater man...love the look!

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  9. I really enjoyed your interpretation of the uniform look. The use of the cardi had a great softening effect.

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  10. you have put together a most excellent uniform - the docs are the icing. ♥

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  11. I love it; your sweaters are always luxurious. Your slimmer version is very flattering too.

    peace&love
    nicole.

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  12. It certainly meshes well with your personal aesthetic.

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  13. How handsome are you!

    Loving that cardigan jacket thing on you. Great colour. Very nice indeed.

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  14. Love your interpretation! That cardigan looks great and warm too!

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  15. Oh youre from pakistan cool :) I really love your style ! do you live in London ??
    ps : thanks for your coment !
    Bouchra

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  16. I soo love your sweater! great outfit

    C.

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  17. boubou: Oddly enough, although both my parents were born in Pakistan, I am not actually ethnically Pakistani. It is all rather convoluted, but suffice to say I have three ethnicities mixed away in the least!

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  18. I love your header/banner. fantastic.

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  19. thanks darling! by the way.... looking chic like always! :) love those inspiration pictures! i wish all my closet was grayyyyyyyy!!!!!! hooray for neutrals!

    love,
    the.ramonas

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  20. I love the story/inspiration behind this outfit. The cardigan is amazing, if I knew you in real life I would definitely steal it :D

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  21. Not sure about wide leg trews. They look unfitted.

    Good to see you 'well'. Hope you are.

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  22. Great outfit indeed I love the sweater.
    You did a great work with the interpretation of the look.

    Hope you're having a wonder weekend.

    xoxo

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  23. Nice interpretation! That cardigan looks comfy...love that particular tone grey; there r 2 kinds of greys... some can be quite blah sometimes... Have a fab weekend dear*

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  24. i love your double breasted knit! looks so warm in this god awful weather..

    xx- LJ from SOS!

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  25. i like yours better. Glad you were inspired.

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  26. wish there where more boys with your style haha
    very nice!

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  27. Double-breasted cardigans are a definitey obsession of mine.

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