Style Quickie – Sherlock Holmes (BBC Sherlock)

Is it just me or are we getting an influx of extremely well-dressed male characters lately? Or shall I say, GQMFs? Even though I’m probably the only geek in existence who isn’t watching the new Doctor Who I decided to check out Steven Moffat’s new Sherlock series because I’d heard such rave reviews about it.

Sherlock, my friends, is GQMF (I mean he’s actually in GQ). No deerstalkers to be seen (not that there’s anything wrong with deerstalkers), only shirts, suits, scarves and a magnificent winter coat that GQ says only cost oh £1000. He also inexplicably wears designer shirts and suits but I don’t care because the costume designer Sarah Arthur is my hero:

“Holmes would not have any interest in fashion so I went for classic suits with a modern twist: narrow-leg trousers and a two-button, slim-cut jacket,” she told us. “I also went for slim-cut shirts and a sweeping coat for all the action scenes – it looks great against the London skyline.”

It’s getting a little warmer here in the Southern hemisphere while it’s getting cooler in the North but during temperature and weather-appropriate times, do consider wearing a great large winter coat over a suit. Even better – pop up the collar for that sort of film noir look and say that you were just uh, keeping your neck safe from the elements. Specifically you might want to look for a double-breasted black coat with large lapels that goes down to just past your knees. A super-nice version of said coat would be pleated from the lower-back and flare whenever you whisked around the streets of London.

Unfortunately I can’t direct you to where you might be able to buy such a coat but the one I own I grabbed at a thrift store for $30 in the height of summer (it’s double-breasted and tweed-ish and finishes mid-calf and fits me perfectly and have I mentioned that I love it? Yes, I’m just bragging now).

Linkage: Suits

Usually I wouldn’t create a new post for a new resource, but this link has stuff I wanted to write about but after reading it I decided there was no way I could do a better job and squeeze in that much content.

I don’t believe in doubling up labour so I bring you this Livejournal post which will probably teach you more about suits than you ever thought possible to know about suits. And yet, there’s more.

The post is made for Inception fans, but most of the info is pretty general and it has pretty pictures to illustrate different cuts and styles. Happy reading!

Style Quickie – Arthur (Inception)

You know who looks bad in a suit? No one. (And if you do look bad in a suit either a. you don’t, or b. you’ve chosen something with the incorrect fit, style and/or cut.)

You know who looks like sex incarnate in a suit? Joseph Motherfucking Gordon-Levitt.

You know who else tells you to suit up? Barney Motherfucking Stinson who is played by Neil Motherfucking Patrick Harris.

Most of the role of JGL had in Inception is to walk around in tailored suits looking classy as hell and generally serve as eye candy for the audience. The film is worth seeing just for that. The man has a zero gravity fight scene… in a suit. He blows shit up… in a suit. He listens to Edith Piaf… in a suit. In fact after some Googling it turns out he models for Esquire and stuff in his spare time… in a suit.

Look, neither you nor I have any possibility of looking nearly as good as JGL or Isaiah Mustafa but that’s not to say we can’t get a little closer by wearing a suit.

I don’t have the money to buy a suit but most people should have some nice business pants, a waistcoat/vest and a button-up shirt in their wardrobe anyway. This is a bit of a hark back to Sweeney Todd with the whole vest + shirt but you probably want to find something with a lower, more business-like cut instead. Also something of a longer length so you can tuck your shirt in without looking funny.

Alas I have no sleek looking briefcases, but I assure you I will be wearing this look frequently while I shake my fist at the universe at the unfairness of how I wasn’t born to like look like JGL. (If you want see more ladies wearing this look, check here and with the women who work at Anton’s in Melbourne Central.)

I would not recommend you slicking your hair back however. JGL somehow pulls it off LIKE A BOSS, but I suspect this is the exception not the norm.

And lastly: Oh My Lord.

Edit: You guys might be interested in this interview with Inception’s costume designer.

Edit 2, 16/08: So I don’t usually edit entries like this but this is by far the most popular entry on my blog ever (it averages 100 more hits per week than my Noodle/Gorillaz post which in turn averages about 100 more hits per week than every other entry on here). Some people have commented this sort of outfit would be expensive to get. Well here’s my recreation below:

Waistcoat and pants from Target, shirt from Rivers. Tie was thrifted, pocketwatch from eBay. All up I think it cost me under $50. You’ve just got to find items that fit you comfortably and it’s not always expensive. (That said I’ve never bought something expensive that didn’t fit well.)

I feel like I should also put the word out on Janelle Monae who is another lovely lady who knows how to rock a suit.

Edit 3, 19/8: Possibly more than you ever wanted to know about suits.

DIY Unisex Scarf Collar Cravat Bandanna NeckThing

I’m back from my long exam hiatus with an easy but super-effective DIY.

I love things wearing things around my neck. Give me high mandarin collars, lace chokers, scarves, ribbons, I don’t care! They frame your face and give your chin and jawline more definition AND they can keep your neck warm during Winter. What’s not to like?

Recently one of my favourite fashion blogs made a guest post on Etsy featuring their favourite handmade designers. What really caught my eye was this “Asymmetrical Starfish Scarflette Collar“. Kinda pricey but you could wear it a bajillion different ways and it looked freakin’ awesome. It was also very unisex and could look professional or funky depending on how you wore it and what you wore it with.

I thought I could probably figure out how to remake something similar, but little did I know how easy it would be. After one of my exams I spent a total of about 1 hour making this, and the next one will probably take no time at all now that I know what I have to do. (I made this with a sewing machine but it’s very achieveable with handstitching although realise it will take a lot more time.)

Here is the pattern:

I think the picture really speaks for itself but here’s a step-by-step should you need it:

  1. Cut out two rectangles from different but complimentary fabrics.
  2. Sew together inside out, leaving a small hole.
  3. Pull the material right way out.
  4. Using a ribbon make a loop that will fit your two buttons. Make sure the buttons are of similar size.
  5. Insert loop into the small hole and sew shut (invisibly if you can).
  6. Measure material against your neck and sew on two buttons back-to-back in the centre of the width measurement.
  7. Fold and play around with the NeckThing! Figure out different ways to wear it.

I would not recommend everyone using the measurements above since they specifically fit my neck but it’s easy enough to grab a rectangle of material and guesstimate how big it should be.

If I make the NeckThing again (and I will) this is what I’d change:

  • Increase the length a little from 55cm to 65cm.
  • Increase the width a lot from 20cm to 30cm or maybe even 40cm. This is so the NeckThing will have more support to stand and cover more of my lower collar area.
  • Experiment with different positioning of the button hole and buttons. Experiment with more buttons at different places.

Go forth and create! I’d love to see your versions and the different ways you find of wearing this NeckThing, so send ’em in.

Style Quickie – Brian Molko (Placebo)

I watched the videoclip for the song Twenty Years by Placebo and was immediately taken with what Brian Molko’s wearing. Take one black necktie, one black shirt, eyeliner and you look awesome.

Note that the tie and shirt are roughly the same texture and lack any designs. The similarity of black on black draws attention to the structure of the whole outfit rather than individual items. Because it’s all one colour your brain doesn’t see the tie as a separate entity; rather, you see the tie for the additional shape and form it adds to the front of the shirt.

I only have a black tie to experiment with, but in the future I’d like to try to the same monochromatic principle with different colours and different accessories.