Dreaming in Spring Colors feat. Wale Soluade
April 12th, 2013
The spring flowers haven’t bloomed yet, but the weather is warming up.
“I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the U.S when I was 16 to start college. I had family in Philly and St. Louis… My dad and I flipped a coin and that’s how I ended up in Missouri. Now I live with my wife in St.Louis and work in management with one of the top super-regional banks in the country.”
1. Cornflower & Mint
“Growing up, I developed an appreciation for style from my father. He had, and still has, one of the most impeccable wardrobes I’ve ever seen.
I still remember going with him to his tailor and sitting in a corner while he got measured or had something altered. Now, my relationship with my tailor is one of my most valued ones.
I’ve also got to say that Articles of Style has played a role in helping me refine my style even more over the last couple of years… I’ve learned to be more intentional with the pieces I buy or thrift into my wardrobe, hence the name of my blog A Curated Man.”
“One of the very first things I learned when I came on with the bank is how important the power of presence is when you’re dealing with people’s money.
From day one, even in situations where I could have gotten away with not wearing one, I always wore a suit.”
“This cornflower blue number was my first foray into non-traditional suiting.
My friends used to always comment that I only wore dark colors… So, even though I’m the last person to make an impulse buy, when I saw this I figured: what the hell?
I bought it and it hung in my closet for a year until I got to a space where I was really comfortable with color. Thanks to some minor tweaks by my tailor, it’ll be working hard this spring, both as a full suit and individual pieces.”
2. Teal Transition
“I came across a quote by Hardy Amies that resonated with me: ‘A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten all about them’.
For me, this covers everything from doing research and planning a versatile wardrobe, visiting a good tailor, and most importantly, dressing with a natural comfort that comes along with not taking oneself too seriously or caring about accidentally spilling something… That’s the place I want to be.”
“How an outfit comes together, and how comfortable you are wearing it, is far more important than how much it costs.
I wanted some colorful unstructured jackets for the Spring/Summer and figured I would have to shell out a fair price for something that would fit well, but this entire outfit is an example of a look that can come together on almost any budget – if you’re intentional about your purchases.”
“Although getting emails from retailers and blogs everyday can get out of hand, the internet has served me well by putting me on to quality items at unbelievable prices (the jacket and saddle shoes here are great examples).”
3. Tangerine & Mustard
“Spring is about nature’s transition from cold and dreary to warm and colorful, right?
Unfortunately the temperature doesn’t always get the memo, but it creates an opportunity to work some color into your layers.”
“I appreciate things that have some sort of history. For that reason I like thrifting and hitting estate sales, which is where I found this early 2000’s Rolex Yachtmaster at a heavy discount, even compared to pre-owned prices.
Minimizing what I spend on certain items allows me to save for the big things I really want. This outfit is an example of that.”
“I try to maintain a balance in my wardrobe of inexpensive basics and ‘investment’ pieces.
Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean it’s a good purchase, especially if you end up donating it to charity in a couple months.”
Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Wale for participating.
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Patricia Watson-Soluade