The $1500 Wardrobe

Depending on your point of view, $1500 is either a lot, or very little; but if I were to suddenly lose all my clothes, and I only had $1500 to replace them, this is what I would buy.

The Shoes

Geoffrey Beene Tribeca Derby  – $99

Geoffrey Beene Tribeca

Leather, available from size 7 to 12

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey Beene Manhattan Monkstrap  – $99

Geoffrey Beene Manhattan

Leather, available from size 7 to 12

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Tan Derby  -$40

Tan Derby

Synthetic, but perfect for casual attire.

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Geoffrey Beene Williamsburg Sneaker  – $69

Geoffrey Beene Sneakers

Leather sneakers, perfect for pairing with jeans and a t-shirt.

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Total Cost: $307

The Trousers

Limited Editions Navy Chinos  – $40   (2 pair)

navy Chinos

Cotton chinos, perfect for smart casual attire.

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Adamsville Jeans Blue/Black  – $30    (2 Pair) (2 for $40)

Jeans

Dark enough to be dressed up with a jacket, but casual enough for every-day wear.

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Total Cost: $120

The Shirts

Charles Tyrwhitt White Twill  – $59 (4 for $199)

White Twill

Everyone needs at least one white dress shirt; this is my go-to pick.

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Charles Tyrwhitt Sky Blue Twill  – $69 (4 for $199)

Blue

Just like the white shirt, everyone need a light blue dress shirt.

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Charles Tyrwhitt Royal Bengal Stripe  – $39 (4 for $199)

Bengal Stripe

You’ve got to have at least one patterned dress shirt; I prefer stripes, and they really help hid that extra weight.

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Charles Tyrwhitt Pink End-On-End  – $59 (4 for $199)

Pink

It takes a real man to wear pink; it pairs particularly well with your navy suit.

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Green Cotton T-Shirt  -$15 (Buy 2)

Green Tee

Great for a casual afternoon in the park, or for sleeping in, or for a session at the gym.

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Sky Blue Cotton T-Shirt  -$15 (Buy 2)

Sky Tee

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Missoni Navy Polo  -$40 (Buy 2)

Missoni Polo

Pair with chinos or jeans for a all-purpose casual outfit.

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Limited Editions Navy Polo  -$35 (Buy 2)

Limited Editions Navy

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Total Cost: $409

The Suits

Limited Editions Navy Jacket  -$79

Navy Jacket

The first suit that I recommend is either navy or charcoal, so why not buy both? Sure, it’s a polyester/viscose blend, but at this price, it’s perfect for those on a budget.

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Limited Editions Navy Trousers  -$49 ($24.5)(Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price)

Navy Trousers

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Limited Editions Charcoal Jacket  -$119

Charcaol Jacket

It’s a bit more expensive than the other one, but that’s because it’s a wool/polyester blend.

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Limited Editions Charcoal Trousers  -$59

Charcoal Trousers

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Total Cost: $282

The Accessories

Ties

Navy  -$15

Solid Navy

The first on my list of 5 essential ties, navy is perfect for almost everything that you could need a tie for.

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Burgundy  -$15

Solid Burgandy

Just as versatile as the navy tie, you need to be able to mix it up once in a while.

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Black  -$15

Satin Black

Perfect for every formal/sombre occasion.

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Navy Silk Knit  -$25

Silk Knit

Great for casual situations; pair it with a white shirt, chinos, and a navy jacket.

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Belts

Stitch Detail  -$20

Stitch

For pairing with your light brown shoes.

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Wembley Westminster Reversible  -$30

Wembley Reversible

For pairing with your black and dark brown shoes

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Socks

Navy  – $8(Buy 2 Pair)

Navy Socks

Pair with your navy trousers.

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Burgundy  -$8(Buy 2 Pair)

Burgandy Socks

Pair with your casual outfits for a splash of colour.

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Speckled Charcoal  -$8(Buy 2 Pair)

Speckled CharcoalPair with your charcoal trousers.

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The Watch

Invicta 9204 Pro Diver Collection  -$50

Watch

If I could have only one watch for the rest of my life, it would be a Rolex Submariner or Omega Seamaster. This is the next best, reasonably priced thing. Transitions perfectly from an afternoon on a yacht, to a meeting in the office.

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Total: $218

 Activewear

Blue Running Shirt  -$20 ($10) (Buy 2, Second half Price)

Running Top

Activewear depends on what you like to do, I do mostly cycling, so I don’t need anything fancy. Go with what suits you.

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Blue Running Shorts  -$20 ($10) (Buy 2, Second half Price)

Running Shorts

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Spalding Navy/Lime Runners  -$40

Navy Runners

It’s easy to hurt yourself if you don’t have good shoes; I recommend getting some professional advice if you are going to be on your feet a lot.

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Ankle Socks  -$15

Socks

If you are wearing shorts, you don’t want your socks to be showing; go with ankle socks, or none at all.

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Total: $115

Total Cost: $1451

So, a whole new wardrobe for less than $1500, not bad at all. Of course, that doesn’t include shipping, but let’s ignore that, shall we?

 

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That’s What Style Means To Me

“Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” – Ralph Lauren

There is no one else on the planet who has the same style as you; they may be similar, you may have the same taste in clothing, and you may have the same style icons, but what you do with all that is completely unique.

You could walk in to a store and buy the latest outfit straight off of the runway, and be fashionable, but being stylish means making that outfit your own; in means being comfortable and confident in your sense of self, it means knowing who you are, and having your clothes reflect that.

“…You can have no money and have great style. You can have a lot of money and have great style. More often, you have a lot of money and you have terrible style; and you just plaster yourself in what you think you are supposed to be wearing and you’ve lost yourself. I actually hate to see my designs worn head to toe the way I show them on a runway… Style, for me, is someone who figures out who they are, what works on them, what they feel good in, and develops that, develops their character, and the outer expression of their character is what is style…”– Tom Ford

Quick Tips to Beat the Heat

So the temperature can reach about 40ºC (107ºF) in the Summer on the Sunshine Coast, and for those of us without an air conditioner, the temptation to throw on a pair of shorts and a sleeveless shirt is quite powerful. Unfortunately, that’s not an outfit that you can leave the house in (unless you’re going to the beach); so the question is: How do you look good, and still avoid heat stroke?

tl;dnr: Light colours, natural material (cotton, linen, silk), and lightweight fabrics.

Lightweight Fabrics

This is pretty obvious. The lighter and thinner the fabric, the easier it will be for air to circulate; and the more air that flows, the cooler you will be.

When looking for summer clothing, try them on first so that you will be able to actually tell the weight of the fabric before buying.

Synthetics Are The Enemy

Unless it’s specifically designed for activewear, synthetics like polyester and rayon are generally no good in summer clothing. The plastic-like fibers will trap sweat beneath the clothing, making you hot, and humid. Instead, stick with natural fibers like cotton, silk, and linen; they act as a wick for sweat, sucking it from your body and allowing it to evaporate, which is what cools you.

Light Colours

Dark colours absorb sunlight better, and therefore create more heat. Light colours reflect sunlight, and keep you cooler.

Fabric Pros and Cons

Linen Shirt

Linen Shirt

Linen

Pros:

  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Dries quickly
  • Unique and memorable

Cons:

  • Expensive to manufacture
  • Can be difficult to find
  • Creases and wrinkles easily
  • Less durable than cotton and wool

Cotton

Pros:

  • Cheap, easy to find
  • Light (in the right weave)
  • Durable, and easy to maintain

Cons:

  • Absorbs and retains sweat easier than wool or linen
  • Can lose it’s shape and droop in humid heat

Wool

Pros:

  • Neatest and dressiest fabric
  • More breathable and faster drying than cotton
  • Smoother drape and cleaner lines than linen

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Heavier than linen or cotton
  • Can be difficult to find in lighter weights

Silk

Pros:

  • Smooth and comfortable
  • Can be much lighter than other fabrics
  • Holds colours well

Cons:

  • Fragile, difficult to maintain
  • Retains moisture
  • Expensive

MJ Bale and the PayWave Suit

A while back I was taking up the sleeves on a new jacket, and thought to myself “maybe I could put one of my pay pass tags in the sleeve of this jacket; wouldn’t that be cool?”. I decided that I couldn’t be bothered, but it still thought it was a neat idea; to be able to pay for something with just a swipe of your cuff, you would never be without money in an emergency again (assuming you don’t lose your jacket). A curious google search that night revealed that I wasn’t the first to have the idea, but only one company had actually put it into practice: MJ Bale. I don’t usually have much to say about the Australian menswear industry, but it makes me glad to see an Aussie company at the forefront of such innovative technology.

Certainly, being able to pay for things with your suit jacket is a bit of a novelty, with new mobile phones already having the ability anyway, and it is just one more thing that can be stolen (though that can be helped by simply not taking off your jacket), but the idea of combining technology and style (my two greatest passions) in a functional and useful way is certainly something that I approve of. Also, it would look pretty cool, paying for something with wave of your arm.