Menswear

It is unofficial Fun Socks Week here on 14 Shades of Grey (or is it official? I make the rules around here, don’t I?) Since I already posted two outfits with colorful/patterned socks, I decided to close out the week with another similar outfit. I’m a big fan of the “formal suit + fun socks” look on guys, so I thought I’d try it for myself. The result was… okay. I like each piece, but the proportion is all wrong. That’s why I opened the post with the photo with my dog, even though it’s technically an outtake – it hides how long the blazer is and how short my pants are. Plus I just like the photo 🙂

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Where Did Time Go?

Oops, sorry for the tardy post. I kept reminding myself to write up the post when I had time and scheduled it, but I never had time, and before I knew it, it was already Wednesday and past the time my posts usually go live. Usually I would write all the posts  during the weekend and just schedule them for the week, but as I said, work has been so busy lately that my weekends were spent catching up on other works and errands I didn’t do during the week, and blogging is never very high on my to-do list.

Oh well. Next week I’m going wrap up all the end-of-semester work and head into the new semester, so things should calm down by then. In the meantime, here’s something a bit different because I don’t want it to look like I wear that brown tweed blazer all the time. I occasionally wear my other tweed blazer too.

 


Discourse On Turtlenecks

Ever since Kezzie mentioned that a turtleneck always makes her think of Armie Hammer’s character in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I haven’t been able to get that out of my head. Of course, I’m not trying to channel him with this outfit – due to the blazer, it is less “Russian spy with an anger management issue” and more “aging philosophy professor trying to look cool” – but I think the turtleneck does give the outfit a European flare. And because of that, I decided to give the post a pretentious title.

Yes, I do spend time thinking up bizarrely specific descriptions for my outfits. What, you guys don’t?

Turtleneck: Uniqlo, Jeans & Boots: local shops, Blazer: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage


Gone Sailing

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Yes, I’m wearing the same jacket from my Tuesday post. And almost the same jeans. And… uh, almost the same boots. But my shirt is different and my accessory is different, so it totally counts as a different outfit. Look, I’ve been working non-stop since Christmas, so give me a break, OK? No, seriously, do you guys have a spare break? Because I need one. Badly. I’m still trying to make it until the end of next week when the Lunar New Year break starts and maybe I can catch up on work and meet the deadline.

Anyway, back to the outfit. Does this look like a 1980’s Ralph Lauren ad to you? Maybe it’s the ascot. With sailing boats printed on it, no less. You can’t get preppier than that. I don’t usually go for super preppy looks like this, but this ascot/bandana thing is also a gift from my students and I wanted to give it a try. I should have worn my riding boots to complete the look (but it was a bit too warm for riding boots. I doubt I would even wear my riding boots this season at all – there’s the evidence for global warming for you.)

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Shirt: local shop, Jacket & Boots: hand-me-down, Jeans: Mango, Scarf: gift


Old And New

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When my mom saw this outfit, she commented that the blazer paired with the brooch looks a little too old for me. To which I replied, “What you call ‘old’, I call ‘classic’.” Actually, I didn’t say that. I just shrugged and continued with my breakfast. That’s because I’ve always known some of my style choices are a bit “old lady” (especially the brooches and cardigans), but I always make sure to pair them with more modern-looking pieces (like the striped top and the boots, in this case) to balance them out. Besides, of course my mom would say that the blazer was too old for me. It used to belong to her!

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Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Blazer: hand-me-down, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: local shop


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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I wore this last week to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter spin-off and sort-of prequel. Even before I saw the movie, I’m already in love with all of its 1920’s costumes, especially Tina’s menswear outfits (although the Aurors’ leather dusters are pretty fabulous too). So I was trying to recreate her look here – a button-up shirt, a tweed jacket, wide-leg wool pants, oxfords, a cloche, and a pendant. I could’ve added my trench coat or wool coat as well, but it was too bulky on top of my jacket. Besides, it’s not that cold yet, and this is supposed to be an “inspired” outfit, not a cosplay. Of course, that didn’t stop me from using my copy of Fantastic Beasts as a prop though 😛

As for the movie, it’s definitely fun and magical, but I can’t help feeling it was two movies crammed into one. The Grindelwald storyline was shoehorned into it and had very little to do with Newt Scamander. It’s a shame, really, because they could’ve developed it into two film series – one family-friendly series about New Scamander’s adventures in the world of cryptozoology, and a darker, PG-13 prequel series about the battle between young Dumbledore and Grindelwald. The movies would be better and the studio would’ve made twice the money. Ugh. Those foolish Muggles!

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Shirt: Topshop, Jacket & Pants: hand-me-down, Oxfords: Vagabond, Cloche: Target, Necklace: local shop


Tweedy

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I had a different vision of this outfit. When I first put it together, I imagined something a little preppy, a little avuncular, like something a college professor would wear (hey, I am a college professor. Kind of.) But then when I saw it was drizzling a little, I decided to switch my oxfords for my riding boots, and suddenly it became something an English country gentleman would wear instead. Hey, all I need is a deerstalker cap and a hunting rifle and I wouldn’t look out of place on a Downton Abbey Christmas special. And I am OK with that.

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Shirt: Esprit, Jacket & Cardigan: hand-me-downs, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Aldo, Brooch: local shop