The Art of Simplicity feat. Armando Cabral

April 15th, 2013

If you’re a fan of menswear you probably recognize Armando Cabral.

The Portuguese fashion model has worked with countless brands throughout his prolific decade-long career. But he’s not just a pretty face. Cabral speaks three languages (French, English and Portuguese) and has a business degree from London Metropolitan University.

As a footwear fanatic who’s worn just about every label, the next chapter in Cabral’s fashion career seemed obvious: shoe designer. A few seasons ago he began designing sleek, wearable pieces under his namesake label Armando Cabral.

What we love about Cabral’s designs is that they speak to his authentic personal style: minimal and luxurious combined with laid-back and approachable.

1. Tailored Casual

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Armando understands the power of keeping it simple and has knack for wearing tailored pieces without looking stiff or “corporate”. This green washed-cotton jacket, for example, is perfect for a Spring weekend.

“Modeling has definitely helped me define my personal style. Having access to the best fashion houses gave me the privilege of learning quality over quantity and understanding the importance of fit and silhouette… This is my kind of weekend outfit – casual but dressy.”

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Even when it comes to accessories Armando keeps it minimal: the one simple orange bracelet adds a nice element to the look, without drawing too much attention.

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“Everything [with the shoe line] started about 3 years ago. Shoes have been a life-long passion of mine, ever since i can remember. I wanted to create a brand that is distinctly affiliated with myself in terms of my personality, style, and individualism… I make versatile shoes that cater to men for every occasion.”

I’ve been looking for a good pair of leather espadrilles (I think they’re going to make a big splash this summer) and I think I finally found them.

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  • Green Cotton Jacket by Burberry ·
  • Grey cotton crewneck sweater by J.Crew ·
  • White Jeans by J. Crew ·
  • “Bula” leather slip-on shoes by Armando Cabral

2. Smooth Drape

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If you’re a tall slim guy, not everything has to be tailored to the bone.

Armando keeps a little drape in his clothes, which makes his style appear easy, natural and comfortable. A subtle drape also romanticizes his slim frame, rather than accentuating how skinny he is.

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“This look defines the essence of my style… I like classic menswear with a modern edge.

This suede tassel loafer is my favorite pair from my next collection A/W13… They can compliment any look.”

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  • White Striped Shirt by Massimo Dutti ·
  • Cotton Navy DB by Dries Van Noten ·
  • Gray Slacks by Reiss London ·
  • Brown Suede Loafers by Armando Cabral

3. Simple is Sexy

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I love when a designer’s creations truthfully represent their personality and style.

These shoes, for example, really represent Armando. They’re technically dress shoes (leather captoe lace-ups) but the shape, fabric and soft construction make them appear laid-back and comfortable.

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Simple is sexy.

No pocket square, no belt, no socks.

Just me and a couple well-tailored pieces.

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Like Armando said, the attitude is “casual but dressy”.

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  • White striped Shirt by Dries Van Noten ·
  • Blue Suit by by Dries Van Noten ·
  • Navy Tie by by Dries Van Noten ·
  • Brown Cap Toe Lace-Ups by Armando Cabral

 

Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks Armando for participating.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

 

Photography by Alex Crawford