13 June 2014

Crazy for navy

I'm having a navy blue moment. The colour bleeds from my wardrobe like ink oozes from a fountain pen, all over my shoes, shirts, jumpers and jackets. I confess it isn't the most exciting shade of blue for summer; its versatility makes it a very safe colour to wear. As part of an "Ask The Expert" campaign for Tokyo Laundry, I even wrote how men should swap the neutrality of navy for brighter hues. But in all honesty, navy needn't be so plain. You just have to find fun ways of styling it - say a polka dot shirt and two-tone brogues?

Until the menswear industry rectifies the obvious shortage of cat print shirts, polka dots are my favourite pattern right now. They make an outfit more playful and light-hearted, perfect for summer frolics. This shirt in particular, from ASOS, was one of two polka dot pieces I picked up during my usual late-night shopping antics. The fabric is soft and light, and I can't get enough of its spotty charm.

ASOS polka dot shirt

Another of my greatest loves are wingtip brogues, arguably the most dapper footwear in existence. Though I probably have more than enough shoes as it is, I thought to myself, how much could it hurt to have two more? (When I reach my fiftieth pair, I shall have to ponder that question again.)

Since finding affinity with vintage-inspired fashions, I have longed for a pair of two-tone brogues. I imagined my first might be a classic black and white, but these blue suede and leather brogues from Clarks are even snazzier. Smart yet colourful, with a retro aesthetic. I especially admire the contrasting welt with white stitching, accentuating the sleek shape of the shoe, as well as the rich blues. The best part, however, is the cushioned sole, which so happens to make these shoes astonishingly comfortable.

Clarks two-tone brogues

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