Saturday, 23 June 2012

An outfit of combinations

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com·bi·na·tion/ˌkämbəˈnāSHən/ 
1. The act or an instance of combining; the process of being combined. 
2. Uniting different uses, functions, or ingredients.

From eggs and bacon to Simon and Garfunkel, Walcott and van Persie to gin and tonic, De Niro and Scorsese to absolutely anything and butter, the world is full of individuals and/or components that combine to create something better. For me, the best menswear does just that. Given the perceived confines of menswear design, the real fun can be had following a gulp of a cocktail that mixes the bold and the subdued, the soft and the hard, the formal and the casual and so on. Menswear can always be surprising. As the great beard stroking military strategist Sun Tzu noted, "there are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted.” With so many options, there should be no excuse for repetition or boredom. 

This morning I noticed that each part of my outfit contained an interesting combination. The mix of grey marl and abstract balloon print of my Christopher Shannon Kidda sweatshirt. The conjoining of plain polyester and herringbone wool in my Comme des Garcons Shirt suit. The smart and casual feel of my trainers by H? Katsukawa from Tokyo...

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Sweatshirt by Christopher Shannon Kidda, trousers (as part of a suit) by Comme des Garcons Shirt and shoes by H? Katsukawa from Tokyo.

Do you have a particular favourite combination in menswear?

5 comments:

Mat said...

those shoes are insane, for sure i have not seen those before. it feels good to mix things doesn't it, you always do that well. i've got my eye on some watermelon print swimshorts from m&s, reckon they would beef up a holiday outfit for sure

Style Salvage Steve said...

Mat: Thanks man, always good to mix things up and experiment. Ooh where are you off to on your hols? The only downside of my trip to Tokyo is that I've barely got any holiday left from work.

Jordan Porteous said...

I personally like to mix textures all the time, I don't know how many times I've been wearing corduroy, leather and suede at the same time. Love your shannon sweatshirt too.

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Style Salvage Steve said...

Jordan Porteous: There's something quite special about mixing different textures in an outfit. Thanks, it's just gone on sale actually over on ASOS (http://www.asos.com/Christopher-Shannon/Christopher-Shannon-Kidda-Balloon-Print-Sweatshirt/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=1995879&SearchQuery=kidda&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Navygrey).

Mat said...

wishful thinking really, i'm not actually going on holiday and i can't even swim. i do enjoy a nice print though, here they are -

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Blue-Harbour-Watermelon-Print-Shorts/dp/B007CSKM7E

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