GOTHIC TROPIC at Crossrail Place
The heat has finally hit London, (just as I was packing up to leave!). But I did manage to sneak in some high-summer looks with a little help from Urban Outfitters Men!
I headed straight for Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf. Tucked away amongst the gleam of finance buildings is this urban oasis. Half greenhouse, half industrial awnings - the rooftop garden is the perfect for some quiet reflection amidst the buzz of London. The tranquil space is great for catching up with friends or listening to live music in the performance space.
Another cool feature of Crossrail Place is that it's divided in half by the Prime Meridian. The flora reflect that - so on one end you'll find plants native to the east like bamboo and Japanese maple, while on the other you'll find ferns more common to the west and even strawberry trees!
This Sunday summer look is the kind of easy vibe I go for on the weekend. To me casual is not wearing a belt. I was once taught that if a pair of pants has belt loops you MUST wear a belt! Which might explain why I own so many belts and why they are the first thing to go when I find myself off-duty. Anything with a print is a no-brainer for me which is why when I saw this shirt I knew I had to have it. Besides the camp collar (which I'm all over) this Hawaiian Shirt is printed on the reverse, so the usually loud palm prints are subtle and slightly faded. The shirt' black base makes it easy to pair with most shorts and can even be dressed up for evening. I'm also big fan of playing with convention when it comes to summer dressing. Like denim cutoffs with Doc Martens , which were surprisingly easy to break in! These are my first pairs of Docs as I'd been hesitant hearing stories about how long they take to break in! I'd say by my third outing they were already super comfy!
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Photography by Thierry Caro. Clothing provided by UO