It’s Cooler Down Below

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Austin Cooper’s 1924 posters for the London Underground. As suggested by the title, I took my inspiration mostly from the “cooler” poster, rather than the “warmer” poster. I didn’t go for the exactly colors, but the pattern on this short-sleeve sweater is a perfect match for the graphic of the poster, and I paired it with my navy pants for the “cooler” part. The blazer doesn’t really match the colors of the poster either, but it’s a match for the pattern on the sweater, so I added it for some extra patterns and textures. All in all, I’m quite pleased with this outfit, and I can’t wait to see what everybody does – make sure to check out the round-up post on Wednesday!


The Professor Part 2

I’ve talked about my obsession with waistcoats before, but not so much the sweater vest. I’ve always thought of sweater vests as rather dumpy/dorky, and the fact that they’re on trend makes me even less inclined to wear them. However, I’ve been following some menswear blogs and was finally convinced of the value of a nice Fair Isle sweater vest, especially worn with a tweed jacket or blazer, like here. It’s a classic/professorial look that is much more “me” than the current trend, and yes, it’s still a bit dorky, but then again, I’m a dork too, so it doesn’t matter.


Wearing The Pants

Here I am, continuing with my 1940s-inspired outfits. I meant to use these jeans as a stand-in for those straight-leg/wide-leg 1940s pants (something like these or these), and the blazer, with its strong shoulder, is also vaguely 1940s. Luckily for me, “80s/90s does 40s” garments are in abundance in secondhand/vintage stores around here, so I’m able to find a lot of pieces with that vintage vibe. I know they’re not exactly accurate, but then again I’m not a cosplayer or reenactor – and besides, if I ever find an authentic 1940s piece, I would probably be too scared of damaging it to actually wear it!