I realize I'm biased towards all editorials shot with beach/water...but so what? This is an old Elle editorial featuring Mona Johannesson...and when I see it, I think...I would love to pack a suitcase full of fuzzy knits and a pair of wellingtons and head for the coast of France.
If you're wondering about the paucity of posts these past couple days...my laptop broke down and I will be without it for 5 to 10 American business days apparently. So to tide you over until the next time I can hijack the boyfriend's mac, here are some yummy pictures of what I've been up to lately: cooking, eating, drinking (and being merry). Happy Tuesday. xo
Mexican in Amsterdam: impressed with the cocktail, unimpressed with the food
Homemade falafel night
Chicken noodle soup made from scratch (including the broth!), for the sick boyfriend
(with much leftover for the assumed eventually sick me)
The boyfriend forced me to go shopping with him, after which I styled and photographed him. I'm not as comfortable with men's fashion. My take on men's fashion is generally pretty simple: jeans, a t-shirt and Chucks (the grungier and I-don't-care-how-I-look-or-dress-ier, the better) and you'll have me swooning as long as you're comfortable and confident and sincere. You could pretty much wear jeans and a t-shirt every day of your life, really. But...it's nice to have a little fun sometimes.
Outfit 1: I like khakis and think there is a way to wear them without looking like a total yuppy prep, even when worn with loafers. So I rolled the pants up and threw a plaid shirt on him. Plaid shirts are always in style and make me grunge nostalgic - when I see plaid, I see Kurt Cobain.
Outfit 2: Again, how do you avoid looking like a preppy asshole when wearing chinos and a dress shirt? Throw on something a bit tattered, a bit loved and with a bit of edge. Like a favourite army jacket you picked up at a flea market.
Outfit 3: I had to, right? Jeans and white tee = my favourite man outfit especially when worn with rockin' boots and a James Dean-esque smoldering look + cigarette dangling out of the mouth. You can't see the belt, but it's a favourite of mine. He's had it forever, this ridiculously old and worn studded belt with half the studs missing. Also, the skull necklace is a Tu-Linh original. It had a white skull too (whittled from Moroccan stones or something), but...alas, boys break and lose things.
Outfit 4: You can't really appreciate what I like most about this look due to my shoddy photography and my editing that fades out detail (I like the polaroid aesthetic ok?). 1 - The fact that it's a grey suit over a black vest over a white t-shirt - I have no explanation for that, I just like it. 2 - The suit pants are tucked into the same boots as the last outfit. Even when you have to be business or formal, don't forget you're a rocker at heart.
Here's a close up on the belt and boots:
Final thoughts: Boys, you can care about how you dress or look but don't care too much. Don't question it too much or fuss over your clothes - just keep it simple and be confident in your own skin first and foremost. Cultivate a style and not an obsession - nothing is a worse turn off than excessive man vanity. (Um, manity?)
I'd like to thank Emmanuelle Alt for this Vogue Paris editorial. Messily layered and heavily accessorized, the styling is perfectly balanced. It's got a cool (I know I used the word nonchalant in the last post AND I'LL USE IT AGAIN IF I WANT TO) and nonchalant panache I wish I could exude daily, with one sleeve rolled up and the other down in a way that says: "Yeah, just like that. I look this good."
Feel free to click on the images and zoom in on the genius.