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March 16, 2011

Man About Town

I recently got told that while my blog was amazing, it was seriously lacking in posts about menswear, so to all my male readers...sorry! Today's post is especially for you! As you may or may not know, the reigning champion of online designer shopping, NET-A-PORTER, has just launched a brother site for the...brothers...out there (wow I'm witty). Tailored specifically for menswear, MR PORTER is the site to go to if you want to buy high end fashion online. 

I had a decent peruse and the site is pretty good. They obviously don't have as much stock as their sister site, but I'm sure this will change with time. I saw a model-esque man carrying a huge MR PORTER bag in my office building the other day, which naturally increased my interest in the site, plus my interest in the other companies within my building...is there a modelling agency there that I don't know about? Why doesn't he work on my floor? Why did he not ask me out on a date when we were in the lift together? He must have been gay!

Anyway, I digress.

Back to the clothes...

So am loving some of the styles / trends on MR PORTER, below are a few of my faves!

I love a good khaki jacket and have been slightly obsessed with the colour ever since this post. I can just imagine this on a rugged man, who has facial hair and is wearing dark dark blue denim jeans, with some of those camel working-man boots. Very city man meets outdoor explorer! You had me at Burberry, sunshine.

Burberry Brit Cotton Military-Style Jacket

Another favourite of mine is the classic Breton tee. This version by Marc from Marc Jacobs has a slight twist on the classic, with varied colours in the stripes which seems to modernises the look a bit. I do love a good ol' tee on a boy, you just can't go wrong with it.
 
Marc by Marc Jacobs Contrasting Stripe Cotton Breton T-Shirt

I have majorly heart this style of boots for guys...somewhat high tops, somewhat dressy, somewhat yum. Lots of guys in Londontown wear these bad boys and I'm not complaining. I love this pair from A.P.C. - great cut, great material & great colour, nice work.
 
A.P.C. Suede Desert Boots

A good looking man is made that much better looking by a beautiful scarf. This scarf is just where it's at in terms of style - subtle colouring, striped detailing, cosy & snuggly, it has hot boy written all over it. I can imagine this on a boy with a big rugged jacket and geekchic glasses (yes I just made up a word) - how divine. This is definitely the kind of scarf that a girl would buy for a boy and then end up wearing herself because she loves it so much, and yes, that HAS happened with friends I know before!
 
Hartford Linen-Blend Scarf

I love cardigans on guys, and in my opinion, not enough boys wear them. There are so many variations of cardigans out there that suit the many different masculine styles, they shouldn't just be worn by the more feminine, style-conscious or metro men out there. Embrace the cardy boys! This is a great one to start off your cardigan relationship with...minimalist style, macho shade & effortlessly cool. Much respect to my brother & Mr. Flaherty who are big cardy campaigners.
 
Mr. by Rolan Mouret Cashmere Low-Button Cardigan

I loved the section of man bags on MR PORTER, although noticeably, the word combination of man & bag was nowhere to be seen! And fair enough too, as man bag has such horrible connotations. Is it so wrong for a man to own a bag which he carries around on a daily basis without being considered effeminate? I think not. And with a great selection of bags to choose from, like this rugged beauty from Mulberry, how could you deny such a necessary accessory! Again with the khaki too!
 
Mulberry Medium Clipper Holdall Bag

A good friend and I were recently singing the praises of a classic red checked shirt on a guy, and we both agreed that there's almost nothing better. The lumberjack look, as she named it, makes a man seem more masculine & tough, while still looking like a suave city slicker. And with Rag & Bone, you're onto a winning combination!
 
Rag & Bone Cotton Check Shirt

Beautiful jeans (in terms of colour, cut & brand) + boy =  sartorial win. Need I say more?
 
 Yves Saint Laurent Skinny Fit Denim Jeans
All images sourced from www.mrporter.com

So there you have it. A post for the boys. Although that was really a post on the clothes I like to see boys in...but it's my blog and I make the rules, so that's how it works.

Hope you all have fun plans for St Pat's tomorrow! I'm getting dinner cooked for me by a flat filled with boys...I wonder what they'll be wearing?

xxx L

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