March 4th, 2015
Tailoring and sneakers are two loves of mine. When I’m in a pinch, I usually resort to pairing them together. I feel comfortable in this combination because I think it gives a good representation of who I am, a basketball junkie who loves classic menswear.
One of my go-to sneakers in these occasions is a pair of Nike blazer mids in white-on-white perforated leather.
Here’s three examples from the Liberty Fairs show in Las Vegas, where you want to look sharp but be ready for long days, and nights, on your feet.
On the Go 3-Piece
I like my outfits to show my appreciation of fine tailoring, but not in a stuffy way. In an approachable way that also allows me the comfort to move. Also, believe it or not, I don’t like having to change outfits. So if it can take me from morning, to afternoon, to night, that’s an ideal look.
I find that a waistcoat with a complementary trouser and a simple band collar shirt is an easy tailored “base” that’s very wearable and moldable. Just add a sweater (knit blazer, chunky cardigan) or light jacket (leather, suede, denim, etc) and finish with pair of sneakers, loafers, or boots.
I love the idea of tailoring that is not meant for the office. Tailored by choice. Let’s bring it back. Casual tailoring is a great look, for any guy.
That was the idea behind this quilted flannel waistcoat from my design collection at FIT. It’s a nod to classic tailoring, and a reminder that it doesn’t have to be restricted to office wear. I always get a sense of pride when I wear this thing (along with flashbacks of many early mornings on the sewing machine) and it’s never looked better – layered under a beautiful handmade blackwatch overcoat by Lardini.
The New Casual
In menswear, usually less is more. A slim black suit, a nice cashmere sweater, and a go-to pair of sneakers is a simple outfit that can take you virtually anywhere, especially in Los Angeles.
This is something that I wear in casual settings when I want to look good, but not overly dressy…like a game at the Staples Center, dinner downtown LA, or a night out in Hollywood.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.