Men, Shopping, Stylist Tales

1 Outfit, 3 Awesome Looks

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I do love a good shirt. Luckily there are a lot of different styles around for Spring / Summer, and lots of prints too if you dare. As you can see in this look that I sourced for a client, the shirt is definitely the hero of this great semi-casual Spring outfit.

1. Worn unbuttoned and untucked for an easy and casual overshirt look.
2. Worn buttoned up with rolled sleeve for a neater but still casual look.
3. Worn tucked in with a nice belt for a more dressed up look.

Needless to say, this shirt was one of my client’s favourite pieces in the end…Excellent tailored cut, cotton linen fabric in tiny polka dot and sweet little pocket square detail made it a great buy and a pleasure to wear.

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Outfit consists of Scotch and Soda polka dot shirt, Light Comma Shadow patterned t-shirt, Maians Julian Shoes in Marengo, Carhart Sid Pants in Canyon.

The rest of the outfit needs a little credit too. Even though this look is a quite bold with the rust coloured chinos, a navy, olive or beige pant would work just as well and be more subdued. Black jeans would even work! And the shoes could change depending on the occasion of course.

Hope you like this outfit as much as my client did! I think it’s fun and relaxed, but still stylish. Really, that should be the aim of all outfits I think!

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Feel good, Men, Shopping

Outfits Aplenty!

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As a buyer for a store, you’re always working anywhere from a year to 6 months ahead. It’s a pretty big gamble. The most exciting part is when after hours and hours of appointments and showings and budgeting and culling and re-shuffling and more budgeting and then six months of waiting, the stock we painstakingly chose from a million and fifty things finally arrives…and it’s awesome! After a decade of being a buyer, I don’t have any major fails anymore (knock on wood…there have been some doozies in the past) but even nowdays it’s still a bit nervewracking when it all starts arriving.
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Style Tip: All-over-prints are everywhere this season for guys. Not keen to look like a Hawaiian tourist? Excellent! Stick to a small pattern in a subdued hue, and team with solid plains.jeans

Style Tip: Sworn off your jeans forevs now that you’ve grown to love chinos? Well there’s no need to go to extremes, jeans are and always will be a must-have wardrobe staple. They’re awesome! Stick to clean and structured if you are only going to get one pair.

chinosStyle Tip: Chinos are an excellent way to smarten up your outfit over summer. Opt for soft lightweight fabric, with a tapered leg. And do go colourful! I mean, it IS summer after all!

My favourite part is making outfits from the new arrivals, matching it all up and thinking about what kind of person would wear such an outfit and where they would wear it. I always think in outfits when it comes to buying…buying for the shop, for my Personal Shopping clients, for myself…anything that you buy needs to go with other things or you end up with a wardrobe full of “nothing to wear”.

So here’s a little outfit inspiration (for the guys…sorry ladies, your turn next) all these looks put together from the current selections at my store Alfie’s Friend Rolfe. Six months ago we chose all of these pieces from different boutique labels, and they all go together so perfectly! It takes a lot of research and planning, but the end result is excellent outfits aplenty.

If you need help with outfits then now is the time to contact me as it’s the beginning of the season and the perfect time to plan, source and buy…spend well and spend wisely.

All images sourced from Alfie’s Friend Rolfe  

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Feel good, Movies, Shopping, Women

Movie Moments: The Makeover Part V

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After last weeks man-makeover heaven thanks to ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’, we have one of my favourite movies ever…the storyline, the huge hair, the epic soundtrack (OMG Roxette!), the outfits, the megastars and one of the best movie moments of all time (“Big Mistake!”)…what didn’t Pretty Woman have? A sequel, that’s what. Pure 90’s gold that I could just watch again and again. Enjoy X Catalina.  

Pretty Woman (1990), Dir. Gary Marshall

Ahhh, the quintessential makeover film. Granted, Julia Roberts has the bone structure and long limbs to make for a pretty breezy makeover. This however, does not detract from the fact that any woman watching this film will not fail to feel a certain yearning over her transition from escort to society lady. The thing about this movie is that, speaking as a woman who loves to shop, it delivers satisfaction on many levels. It’s a fairly obvious Cinderella story, with a happy Hollywood ending (actually, the Cinderella comparisons are so obvious here, they are even worked into the script) but the genius of Roberts’ transformation is that the shopping sequence is drawn out and detailed. Down to the now famous shopping denied sequence: “You people work on commission, right? Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now”. Waves armfuls of expensive shopping bags in uptight snooty shop assistant’s face. Sigh and clap (and raucous cheering from me –  X Catalina). There’s talk of spending ‘really offensive’ amounts of cash on high fashion. Sigh. Sigh and clap at every new outfit reveal. The end. Way more interesting than a fairy Godmother, some singing, a pumpkin and some mice.

pretty_woman_shoppingOh yeah snooty shop girl…you got owned! – Catalina x

 

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Movie Moments: The Makeover Part IV

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Last week’s post on Working Girl got a lot of love…nostalgia for big hair perhaps? This week is the quintessential man-makeover (with mega bonus shirtless Gosling scene!), I love it when the dowdy guy gets hot.  Enjoy x Catalina

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), Dir. G. Ficarra & J. Requa

There are whole tumblrs dedicated to Ryan Gosling’s movie style. In Crazy, Stupid, Love he does his bit to further the style cause, even for suits which seem to have been inspired by traditional Bavarian hunting gear. He’s impeccably tailored here, and takes it upon himself to help a sad and defeated Steve Carrell (whose wife has just asked for a divorce) out of his funk. A barrage of insults coming from a looker like The Gos might not motivate anyone into rediscovering their manhood, but it seems Carrell has nothing left to lose except his tragic 90s dad style. Gosling gets to work getting rid of all fleecy fabric and ill fitting denim, but most brilliantly, he does something in this film I’ve dreamt of doing many times- mid mall, he takes Carrell’s functional but ugly New Balance 407s (actually, is there a stronger word than ugly for these eyesores polluting the urban landscape?) and throws them over the railing. It’s worth watching this movie just for the feeling of satisfaction you’ll feel in that scene. The fact is though, that this is actually a rather enjoyable comedy. And as we watch Carrell squirm in multiple fashionable layers, struggling to find himself, we empathise, and know that extremes, even in fashion, are not for everyone.

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