Outfit Overview #5 – Wardrobe Mix & Matching On Top of the Clouds

My mother-in-law turned 65 earlier this month so the whole family took her up Grouse Mountain for dinner. If you are not familiar with Vancouver or if you are but haven’t been up Grouse Mountain I strongly suggest you go! Normally when locals and tourists ascend Grouse it is up the Grouse Grind. A grueling hike that ends basically going straight up the mountain, it usually takes me about 50 minutes and buckets of sweat. However with my 32 weeks pregnant wife and us all well-dressed we took the Gondola.

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Mix and Match

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I don’t believe I am able to mix and match my wardrobe as much as I like but I did just that on this night. I started by choosing my Cardero Clothing navy blue glen plaid dress pants (can’t see the pattern in the pictures) and adding my Cardero Clothing light grey suit jacket. I preferred the darker on the bottom to break up the blue a little bit. The navy blue glen plaid suit I own is by far my most popular, clients love it and when I wear it I can almost guarantee they will be interested in a navy blue suit of their own. A side note, the custom lining I have on the jacket is a silver world map, again it is a highly favored by my clients.

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When it came to the dress shirt I was choosing between our solid white 100% cotton or our 100% 2-ply cotton grey that would off-set the grey suit a little bit but I went with the essential white. The grey almost swayed me because I love the feel of the fabric but I wanted the rest of the look to pop so I chose the white. From there the tie was easy, I chose our two tone blue argyle with silver since the navy matched the pants and the light blue in the tie matched the baby blue herringbone pocket square I wanted to wear. I love the pocket square because the pattern is subtle, and my favorite in a herringbone, and the color is very soft. I have added it to our essentials package because I believe it is extremely versatile.

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The Details

The tie knot is an oriental knot, something simple & of course I had to add my OneBarCo tie bar. I bought it on their first Kickstarter campaign and I wear it every chance I get. Since I chose to go sans vest it was only fitting to throw it on. As for the dress socks I went with my gateway to colorful socks pair that has received a lot of wear with the aqua to add another layer of blue to the look. I was going to wear my baby blue striped but they were in the wash since I wear those a lot with my chelsea or chukka boots. To top it off the brown shoes are from someone fashion I admire, Kenneth Cole.

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Conclusion

I had fun with it, playing with different ideas and I wore it with pride. On top of the mountain you get all different types of people, the birdwatcher, the avid hiker or the snowshoer, skier and snowboarder milking every last bit of the season, then you have us all dressed up going for a great dinner with a view. It is one of the main reasons I love Vancouver, no matter where you go you will find all different walks of life coming together.

-Derek Burbidge (Owner of Cardero Clothing)

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My gorgeous wife and I (32 weeks pregnant!)
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View of Vancouver from the Gondola ride down.

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Outfit Overview Guest Post – @Meeeotch

Throughout this year we will have a few guest posts by fashion influencer’s and fashion bloggers who have worn our product. They will give us a run down of their outfit and how they chose to put it together to give our readers & clients a better idea on how the “pro’s” dress. First up is our friend from Instagram @Meeeotch who currently boasts a following of over 20,000 and if you see his profile you know why, he does a great job at putting outfits together.


Guest Blog #1: Meeeotch

This look was planned around my purple Cardero necktie. When planning my daily looks I generally start out by first selecting a suit, but on this day I chose the tie first.  I really wanted to make the necktie speak for the entire outfit.  I chose a dark midnight blue suit because I felt the deepness of the blue worked very nicely with the vibrant purple tie.  The plain white dress shirt was a simple way for me to ensure that the purple popped properly.  The pocket square was chosen because the purple in the floral pattern went so well with the purple of the tie.  The lapel pin was selected because I wanted to highlight the color purple one more time.  This was a fun outfit for me to plan.  The necktie was an instant win for me, my peers and clients.  I love purple, and I love textured / patterned ties. I knew exactly what I was going to wear it with the moment I took it out of the box.

@Meeeotch


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Outfit Overview #3

The Well Put Together

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Let’s go straight to the windowpane suit pattern since it is very popular with our clients, if they don’t choose this pattern you can guarantee it’s in their short list. The above picture is a bolder pattern than what most people choose but it helps to illustrate the point. The windowpane pattern itself is blue, so it limits your options on what you can wear with it. Which is why most of our clients opt for a solid color suit or a white pattern instead.

Blue is the obvious best choice to pair with the suit but you can overdue it. So let’s go over the rules that were followed with this look and why it is so well put together.

  • The shirt is lighter than the tie. A good rule to follow when putting outfits together.
  • The shirt could be a solid blue color but they opted for the blue and white stripe which is further used in the rest of the outfit.
  • The blue in the shirt is a close match to the pattern on the suit, pulling the two pieces together.
  • The tie is darker than the shirt with a complimenting color. It also has white polka dots that tie (no pun intended) into the shirt and the pocket square.
  • The pocket square is the essential white that we highly recommend every Gentleman owns. It is a subtle match to the tie and even the shirt’s white stripes.

All together this outfit is very well put together with the color matching. Although we do not recommend this suit for your first, we do believe it is great once you have the essentials in your wardrobe.


The Try Too Hard

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Now most of these pieces separately I don’t mind, except the bow tie unless you are a Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan it’s not my style, but all together it is too much. The attempt at muting the look with the vest was a good idea but everything else is so loud and clashing it’s hard to look at. I see this as more of a clowns wardrobe at a Bombers CFL game, but anyways, let’s move on to specifics.

  • There are 3 patterns competing in this outfit with the check suit pattern (which I love) to the striped dress shirt pattern and the bow tie. I would stick to two and opt for losing the bow tie and maybe inverting the dress shirt pattern where the white is more evident over the blue.
  • The vest was a good idea to try and bring a solid color into the look but the cream to beige color was just another addition that wasn’t needed. I would opt for pulling one of the colors out of the suit instead.
  • With those two in mind I would add a white pocket square over the blue with a simple square fold. With everything already going on to add another dynamic to the look with the pocket square folded the way it is just draws the eye again. Pick a focal point and play off of it, don’t keep adding eye catchers.
  • The bow tie needs to go and a solid color needs to be put in place of it. It brings the look down to only two patterns in the shirt and jacket which simplifies the look.

The takeaways from this look are:

  • Choose one focal point and play off of that
  • Only have 2 patterns in your look unless the third is very subtle
  • Never have patterns the same size
  • Don’t overdo it with color.

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