Style is one of those weird things. Some say you either have it - or you don't. I say "Style is subjective".
Recently I've found my sense of style in a state of flux. One of my coworkers is forever championing underground streetwear labels so I'm often following new designers on instagram or twitter. Their daily dispatches often lead to online purchases and more OTT wardrobe pieces. On the other hand I've recently had some amazing opportunities to work with a few really cool brands - all the while making sure it never looks like I'm playing "dress-up" or losing what I think makes me unique. On the occasion I'm given some clothes to wear - I try to make sure it's never a head-to-toe look less I end up looking like what happens when a model-drops-out-of-a-fashion-show-so-you're-forced-to-use-some-tall-guy-you-found-in-the-audience-for-your-runway-show.. you get the idea!
Yesterday I was seated at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch for some 1-on-1 press drinks, when the PR asked me to define my style, he said my look always seemed "smart but fun" and I guess that's a good way of describing my vibe. But it did get me thinking... surely I was more than just smart but fun? I had turned up to the meeting in nike mayfly's, Lanvin chinos, a white tee and a printed Christopher Kane "shacket", after all.
Then I remembered years ago being asked the same question and replying, "my style isn't ordinary. I always have to put a twist on things... like I could never just wear plain denim shirt". The person I was talking to (clad in a chambray shirt) could not have been less enthused. I can recall exactly what I was wearing that day, a denim shirt with a not-so-subtle overlay of a leopard print. Which I think is an excellent metaphor for describing my style "a leopard printed denim shirt". classic but with a twist.
Recently I was at Urban Outfitters on the hunt for a denim jacket, I reached for this one from Loom as an easy everyday piece. Cool details like the covered placket and yoke detail set it apart, and it's mid-weight seemed perfect for the unpredictable London weather. Paired here with foulard print pants and a white tee - it's a veritable masterclass in TK style. Cool details like the covered placket and yoke detail set it apart, and it's mid-weight is perfect for the unpredictable London weather. Paired here with foulard print pants and a white tee - it's a veritable masterclass in TK style.
A minimal jacket, printed pants, an oversized broken-in tee and charm necklace round out my look which I've come to define as gallery curator goes on global safari. Or to simplify 'Sale-rack chic'.
You see I've been blessed/cursed with the strange shopping ability to either pick the pieces that A) Sell out - if I don't buy at the beginning of the season or B) end up on the sale rack marked 60% off cause they were too weird for anyone else.
And yet here I sit - week after week- dispelling fashion advice.
Truthfully speaking London style is miles ahead of the scene I left in Toronto, so it's been a while since I've been sale-rack shopping. Here I think my style is generally quite tame by comparison. Creating a "uniform" of sorts, means I rarely end up buying things that don't seamlessly blend into my wardrobe.
the TK recipe
1 part minimal outerwear with elevated details. oversize tees , patterned button-ups or mesh for up top.
A dash of either super skinny jeans (with rips, zips or biker details) or printed trousers for bottoms.
with a serious stack of bracelets and comfy pair of trainers.
I limit my searches to a few high-end designers, with some space for supporting emerging designers and when it comes to the high street, I head to Urban Outfitters for that new-vintage broken-in look. Somehow a piece from UO always seem to tone down my looks with their casual vibes.
Shop the one-pocket Loom jacket from Urban Outfitters here