12 April 2010

Seeing Red

Real (cheap) men cut their hair at home.



Just a bit of colour blocking from the end of last week. I thought it would lead on nicely from thinking about outfit basics and keeping things simple but effective. The raglan sweater is actually a soft red cotton velour (it has to be stroked up to feel smooth, not down, which always confuses me for some reason). Although perhaps a retro fabric, I have always liked the way velour plays against light and the tactility of it. Clothing is after all about sensory experiences for the wearer, so it is always fun to wear such a material.

I paired the sweater with slightly faded skinny jeans, which I pegged and cuffed. I keep seeing kids around South London pegging baggy jeans in order to better display their newest kicks (usually a pair of fresh out of the box Nike Air Max 1's or Air Max 90's), however I have to admit that I do not think it really works proportionally. Unless of course the wearer is looking for the MC Hammer effect - but then again I think a pair of drop-crotch trousers or carrot leg jeans would perhaps serve those purposes better. I think the taper is otherwise too abrupt and does not provide the nicest silhouette, as a simple cuff or stack with a pair of such baggy jeans would give when breaking on that type of footwear.

Anyhow, I went with a pair of skinny jeans, although I prefer to call them fitted, because skinny always makes me think of skin tight jeans. I finished off with a pair of red socks to play off the sweater and a simple pair of navy Vans. Overall perhaps a plain outfit, but I think the basics were there for a little subtle play.

Currently playing: Lawless - UNKLE

xxxx

27 comments:

  1. well we are both real(cheap) men as i cut mine at home too, saves me some pennies thats for sure.

    i'd wanted a velour sweater for a while actually, did want the purpley one they sold in american apparel but haven't got round to it. i've started going for more slim trousers and jeans that tight, though i don't like the "skinny" word either. not too loose and still fitted up top but a bit looser all round. feel like im growing up!

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  2. Such a clean, chic look.

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  3. I don't like the "skinny" jeans either. I prefer "slim." I don't like the skin tight effect, it's very unflattering (on me) at least.
    The hair looks good, the red socks are a nice touch of course.

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  4. It's a wonderful outfit. I love that you matched your socks to the sweater.

    I cuff my skinny jeans too, not so much for the fashion effect, but more because I'm rather short and therefore the bottom of my pant legs are always touching the floor.

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  5. You did a great job on the home haircut! Sometimes I'm tempted to trim my bangs myself--not because I'm cheap but because I find it hard to get to my salon and take advantage of their free bang trims.

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  6. Wow great haircut.

    Also, I am a fan of simple outfits, comfort and chic. I love the crisp colour blocking, so co-ordinated!

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  7. why don't i own red socks? i need some now! thanks! great outfit, too ;)

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  8. You are so handsome in these photos! Red is a fantastic color on you and I love this outfit. Also, your hair looks amazing. Great job! :)

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  9. My hubs is ALL about the "skinny" jeans....he wishes he was in a band!

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  10. Oh..I go for the cheap..hehehe..

    love the red. It just pops with the blue. Love the red socks and those cool shoes.

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  11. the skinny jean looks great. and wow red. good looks.

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  12. well. i really love the hair!

    Yaryy.

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  13. i love the jeans! good balance on u!

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  14. Red is a very flattering color on you. Glad you are back to blogging. Hope you are feeling better!

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  15. you got your reds just right with the blues.

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  16. Red looking good and clear on you...


    Jolliieess:)

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  17. In Ghana, one can go under the clippers for little over a pound

    If you ever fly down here, I've a spare room. But you must bring reading material

    All best,

    B

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  18. There was a time (thankfully a brief one), when I would cut my hair myself. I was a student and high profile hair-styles were off limit. You have done a far better job than I ever did, though.

    You look great in the skinny jeans. I love the sweater-socks combination. It's very vibrant, yet sets in nicely.

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  19. love the red with the jeans ~ great look!

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  20. I really want to grab your thick luscious hair. roarrrr.

    - Anna Jane xxx

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  21. That color really works for you! And I dig the jeans!

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  22. hey you! love the brightness of this outfit.. looks good.

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  23. you're so stylish, and love the hair cut despite it being cheap!

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