A little bit of tailored city casual.
The jacket from the MTM suit I ordered from Zaremba works very nicely as an odd jacket, even in the essentially smart casual outfits like this one. A departure from the ubiquitous navy, gray Prince of Wales on a seasonal fabric like flannel might look really good with jeans and sans tie.
A popover shirt has been a popular trend recently – at least on instagram. It’s very informal, both in cut and the fabric (soft cotton piqué); it differs from a polo shirt in that it has a real shirt collar with a collar band, as well as buttoned cuffs, and is cut longer to be worn tucked in – but this distinction is somewhat blurred. For example the famous Luca Avitabile Friday Polos are called just that, despite being essentially popover shirts. I first tried on one of the Friday Polos at Zaremba store in Warsaw, unfortunately the sleeves were definitely too short. The one I have on me on the pictures is the Zaremba RTW one I bought instead, and also features a longer placket (four instead of three buttons), which I like a lot.
The jeans are a trusty pair of Levi’s 501 CT, the model with higher waist, fuller thighs, and tapered leg. The tiny sliver of the pocket square is made by Poszetka.com from blue wool-silk blend Macclesfield fabric.
Now, I own a few pairs of nice shoes. Goodyear welted, made of nice leather, with leather soles and quite great lasts. Very comfortable, especially after I’ve walked in them enough to mould them to my feet. And yet I recently find myself mostly wearing this pair of rather inexpensive suede chukkas I bought on sale in Gant.
It’s not exactly a testament to what a great shoemaker Gant is; rather, what a great type of footwear chukka boots are. I will most certainly need to replace them in a year or so, when they inevitably become destroyed from constant use; I know I will look for a much better quality pair.