In this blog post, I will try to give an insight into my thought process when creating an outfit. Most of my outfits are based on a single piece of clothing. In this featured outfit, the core piece is a dark green unconstructed linen jacket. When wearing a combination, I like to create a high contrast between the trousers and jacket. Because the jacket has a darker colour, the shade of the trousers is much lighter. In this case, I chose off-white trousers.
I think it is important to have matching textures in an outfit. Because the linen fabric that was used to make the jacket is thick and wrinkly, I want to make sure the fabric of the trousers have the same textural ‘feeling’. The natural choice is to pick trousers that are made of the same material. Instead, I chose a pair of lightweight flannel trousers, because it was a cold and rainy summer day.
Both the jacket and the trousers have a solid colour. To create a visual interest and contrast with the jacket, I chose a light blue bengal striped patterned shirt. The same principle applies when choosing the tie. A solid tie in this outfit would have been too boring (although a knit or a grenadine tie would have had the same purpose). For this reason, I decided to wear a navy polka-dot tie.
When choosing the shoes for this outfit, I wanted to make sure the attention was not distracted from the top half of the outfit. This was accomplished by wearing shoes that have about the same shade as the top half of the outfit. These light brown whole-cut shoes are a perfect fit for this job.
Picking a pocket square is always a tricky exercise because it can either make or break the outfit. In this case, I chose a cream colour based pocket square with green accents that will be picked up by the colour of the jacket. The pocket square also has a few hints of gold, which go really well with the rose gold watch. Although I try to match the colour of the watch strap with the colour of the shoes, the shade is less important.
Jacket: Unconstructed linen by Rubinacci
Trousers: Lightweight flannel by PT01
Shirt: Light blue bengal stripe by Mazzarelli
Tie: Navy silk polka-dot by Luigi Borrelli
Shoes: Olga whole-cut by Berluti
Pocket Square: Real Teatro Di S. Carlo by Rubinacci
Bracelet: Green beads with silver by Tateossian
Watch: Vintage rose gold by Chronographe Suisse