4 October 2009

Formal Fridays


Apologies for the lack of posting and delay in getting around to all of your wonderful blogs and emails. My first week back at University has been rather hectic, if only with having to adjust to the fact that I may actually have to work (shock! horror!). Further evidence of me falling behind is an outfit post which is actually from this Friday as opposed to today. However in truth it is probably a touch more interesting by comparison, so I hope you can forgive me the lapse of time.

My University friends will know of a little tradition I have by the name of Formal Fridays. The student stereotype is one of lazy youth strolling into morning lectures to doze off in a hungover stupor whilst dressed comfortably in sweats and an old t-shirt. Whilst that is a perfectly understandable style, my own preferences are somewhat dichotomous to that particular image. With the prevalent trend being one of under-dressing, I personally like to switch it up a little with an extra effort to present myself. In truth I am actually curiously comfortable in a suit and tie. I suppose it is the inevitable result of having worn school uniform from the age of five and years of trying to create an individual style under the daily constraints of a suit and school tie.

Having thankfully been removed from the chore of a school uniform, an outfit based around a suit now offers me a beautifully wide array of choices and possibilities. For my first Formal Friday I decided to keep it reasonably understated, but relying on smaller details to really express my concept. I wore a fine woolen pinpoint grey suit, the texture of which, although only really appreciated upon close inspection, I find particularly fascinating. Being fine wool it works well for the Autumn months, being temperate enough for both warmer and cooler spells. It actually has surgeon's cuffs, which I have always been rather tempted to roll, although perhaps only really suited for a more summery look.

I have always felt that a crisp white shirt makes the best first impression, so I decided to wear one for that slightly cleaner look. Indeed in order to create that more clean and understated look I kept to a plain white cotton pocket square, simply folded so as not to overpower. I paired my shirt with a woven navy tie, feeling that the texture worked well with my suit, as well as being seasonally appropriate. I believe that one's choice of tie should always be influenced by both suit and shirt. Indeed in this case it was more a decision based upon my suit, what with it being a wool, requiring a similarly woolen or textured tie. Given the spread of my collar, I went for a classic Half-Windsor knot, which I feel to be that touch smarter than the basic Four-In-Hand.

My love for tie bars actually stems from having watched the amazing James Stewart on-screen. The gentleman always accessorised his suits with a tie bar, even during holiday and weekend scenes. Perhaps an overlooked touch for most, but it creates a distinctive style that seems far too rare these days. I personally prefer a smaller length bar, for the larger clips tend to be somewhat harder to pull off. I matched the plain silver with that of my belt buckle in order to create a better visual cohesion. Out of shot I was wearing a pair of black leather brogues. And for that slight flash of colour I went for a pair of red socks, which I thought would contrast nicely with my navy tie.

I always feel good in a suit, and there is nothing better than an outfit which makes you feel good.

Currently playing: Still Dre ft. Snoop Dogg - Dr Dre

xxxx

68 comments:

  1. it is all about the socks;

    until you meantioned them I couldn't see the outfit as something alive, but now it is walking itself around in my head.

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  2. you are ready for Mad Men!
    Dapper indeed. I think every man should own a grey suit, i think it is the male's closest equivalent to the LBD.
    And i love a knit tie!
    Bravo!!!

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  3. I love the idea of Formal Fridays. I try to dress up for uni as well, I don't want to wear ugg boots and PJ's for every class! Glad to see you are well and back to posting :D

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  4. Ohhh my,boy !!! You're looking so so smart and well dressed:)

    Where you heading to ?! The suit really fits you well.And to me,its important that every guy has one good suit at least in his closet:)

    And its a change for school attire. Enjoy your weekend <3

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  5. no wonder ur friends nick named u Dapper :o]........ grey works well on u :o]

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  6. WOW dear!

    U look so stunning! :-)

    X♥X♥

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  7. You look stunning !
    So chic my friend !

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  8. Formal Friday?! What a fabulous idea. When I worked in an office I didn't like Dress-Down Fridays :( I love dressing up for work.

    You rock a suit! Not that I'm at all surprised.

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  9. love that tie ... my boyfriend has one just like it .. it was his dads, form his university days

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  10. formal fridays sounds like so much fun, id be looking forward to spot you every friday if i were in your school! haha soooo refreshing to hear that a guy actually enjoys wearing a suit! that good looking suit you're wearing fits you like a glove, makes you look so polished but fun, crazay. hope you had a lovely saturday and sunday :)

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  11. Looking quite snazzy!!

    and have fun going back to school, learning and what not!

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  12. I love that you have 'Formal Fridays'. In my book that makes you totally awesome. You look great!

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  13. I'm excited for you. Great suit! All the best on getting back in the swing of things at Uni.

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  14. Fabulous outfit!
    You a def. living up to your name, a dapper kid indeed!

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  15. Wow. You look fantastic. Very stylish and cool. I wish you the best. Good luck. Have a great week.

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  16. I love the tie pin and the suit's detail! Tres terrific!

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  17. looking so sharp! oh, I would have never thought of Friday..what about Monday?

    Thanks so much for the note.

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  18. You look so sharp DK!
    Love the close up photo as well, the details are amazing! Great new week to you okie*

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  19. Thank you dear ! :)
    You look great in that suit ! Really nice!

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  20. I agree, nothing is better than an outfit which makes you feel good. You can definitely tell when someone doesn't feel good or comfortable with what they're wearing. You look great, though!

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  21. you OWN the word dapper, it's yours. x

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  22. you look so nice!! good luck at the university. school is so hectic sometimes!

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  23. Darling, you look absolutely lovely! Seriously, I love the way that you put things together, and I adore the concept of formal Fridays! After seeing so many people at my university wearing pajamas, sweatpants, Crocs, overalls, etc. to class, it would be so lovely to find someone all dressed up and looking as wonderful as you do!

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  24. OMG, you look so handsome. :) Love the suit. Very James Bond of you.

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  25. DK,

    You do indeed look at home in tailoring - more comfortable than a variety of i(nternet)Gents I've seen over the years

    If you want any tips down the line, just shout. I'll look forward to a future photo with a boutonniere present

    All best,

    B

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  26. wonderful! you look dashing!

    i've always disregarded "casual friday" haha.

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  27. You're most certainly living up to your blog's name and that fabulous look!

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  28. you cut your hair! It looks great. Super suave!

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  29. I might have to steal Formal Fridays from you. It could turn into a worldwide phenomenon (if only...)

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  30. uhhh beyond dapper! i die !!! and wish i could come across a man so distinguished looking .

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  32. you look really nice! thumbs up for formal fridays.


    http://alectonyx.etsy.com

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  33. You looks so spiffy! I wish all guys felt as comfortable in a suit and tie as you do.

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  34. this suit is perfect. i love well tailored suits with skinny ties. you look amazing!

    x

    www.tittees.blogspot.com

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  35. You look so handsome! Men in suits is always the way to go. Totally appropriate that you were listening to Dr.Dre too! Rock star.

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  36. You are stylin'...I love a nice grey suit, very GQ!

    P.S. Your close up photos are much appreciated, details such as these shouldn't go unnoticed. :)

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  37. That's an awesome tradition and you look very "dapper." :)

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  38. You look like a million dollars in that suit! The cut is so perfect for you!

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  39. Awww you are SO handsome!! That suit looks great on you. You're so classy too, with the tie bar. This is an amazing look. I wish my school had had formal fridays. It sounds fabulous!
    And I like how you said you feel good in a suit. Not many men do these days and that is a shame. I feel the same way when I dress up in a nice dress or skirt. There is something so glamorous and elegant about dressing up that makes a person feel beautiful. :)

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  40. DK, you look fabulous! I love that you and your friends created a tradition of Formal Fridays. Over here - at most companys, it's casual Fridays :)
    I love this though, a lot of times I'd go to work and my manager would be concerned I had an interview scheduled somewhere else, they never saw the need for "dressing up" - I didn't do it often as an Assistant Manager, I didn't think it was wise to constantly be overdressing my Manager.
    Have a wonderful, dapper week!
    p.s. left you an award today :)

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  41. What a great little tradition to follow! I wish more guys take the time to dress up like you!! Makes the world a more colourful place:)

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  42. oh, smart friday is back! you look great in that suit, DK!

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  43. True to your name, you look VERY dapper in the formal Friday suit. I love this tradition of yours. I say-- bring back men and women in suits and hats. So glamorous! Hope you're enjoying your week, dear.

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  44. I LOVE YOUR HAIR! PLus that jacket is amazing.

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  45. I love the idea of Formal Fridays, and kudos to you for making your university days as stylish as possible! Back in my uni days, I would resort to hoodies, cotton twill trousers, and sneakers whenever the stress of exams and term papers got to be too overwhelming, which was pretty much all the time after the first month of classes. :-)

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  46. hey i know i dont blog very much anymore, but im just dropping by to say hi and nice hair cut!

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  47. OMG what a fantastic suit that fits you in perfection!!!!
    You look so handsome, dear!!!

    I think every man should dress from time to time with a suit :)

    xoxo

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  48. DARLING!!!You look so handsome, I've never seen anything so cute in my life =D

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  49. Oh YES! I totally approve. Love the close up details too - the tie fabric is gorgeous as is the suit itself!! I think we need more of this DK!! Have fun at Uni and good luck!!

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  50. You look so handsome! I adore the idea of a formal day....you have magnificent style!

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  51. wow, wow, wow, you look absolutely spectacular!

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  52. As always your taste is Top Trumps. I love the exploration in texture. I'm so glad you zeroed in on the suit fabric, as I'd have missed the nuance if you'd only posted the larger photo.

    I really love how well you clean up, DK. Just wonderful.

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  53. Well aren't you truly the dapper one! You look so SHARP - break some hearts darling!

    XOXO
    Amy

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  54. you look so snazzy. good luck with university. : )

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  55. So dapper, for sure!! heh, heh.----and your haircut is splendiforus!!

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  56. i immediately thought of cary grant in north by northwest, its hard not to make comparisons with a name like dapper. UGH i wish i had a gray suit. and the woven tie whispers cool...
    have a lovely week my refined friend!
    xo s

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  57. love your look...and you have to work? than good for you! ^.^
    kisses

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  58. Looking very dapper there mister! I love the added touch of accessory with the tie clip! Tres chic!

    www.thestarvingstylist.com

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  59. After I read this post, my first thought was this Tom Ford quote:
    "Dressing well is kind of good manners, if you ask me. When you're standing in a room, your effect is the same as a chair's effect, or a sculpture's. You're part of someone's view, you're part of that world, and so you should dress well. I find it's a show of respect to try to put on your best face and look as good as you can."

    -Jason

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