evolving-style

Learning

An important part of an evolving style is to learn what you like and don’t like. This is not synonymous with the norms and ‘rules’ of #menswear. It is about discovering your niche in relation to those norms. I would say 95% of what you wear should abide by the norms, while 5% pushes and crosses boundaries. 

None of your style choices, what you decide you like and don’t like, are written in stone. Your tastes will almost certainly stabilize, but you shouldn’t be afraid to change your mind. New experiences and new knowledge should cause you to reassess those likes and dislikes. 

My first forays into #menswear were through the Put This On video series. In one of those early videos host Jesse Thorn wore a knit tie. I’d never seen one before and I decided I didn’t like it. I thought it look juvenile. I embraced the idea of regularly wearing a tie, but decided it would certainly not be of the knit variety. Then, as I began to peruse Tumblr I encountered the knit tie more and more often. I learned of its long history in traditional meanswer. I learned of its ability to add texture to an outfit. I learned how it works to make an outfit a bit more casual. I saw knit ties in action and I began to change my mind.

Now, I could not imagine my tie selection without its knits. They are instrumental to my evolving style. I love wearing suits, but often want to push things in a casual direction. A knit tie is an unparalleled means of doing so. It is not wholly incongruent, but it definitely reads as casual; at least, as casual as any tie can be in our current style environment.

Another early attitude I had was in the adoption of over-the-calf socks. I believe it was an early piece on Die, Workwear that made me aware of their existence and the reasons for their desirability. I immediately ordered some Pantherellas from Sierra Trading Post. My colour and pattern choices were questionable, as I was still early in my learning. Later, I added some more conservative options, ordered from Lands’ End. However, I now barely wear them, quite assiduously avoiding them. I would go so far as to say, I hate them. 

I experienced a feeling of constriction that I didn’t like. I also experienced my pants catching on them, rather than moving nicely across them. Perhaps this speaks to the low quality of the socks I’m wearing, or that my pants are too close fitting for the size of my calves. But, many vouch for Pantherella and if I’m needing to jump to the next level in terms of quality to eliminate this problem, I’m simply unwilling to pay so much for a piece of clothing that endures so much stress and wears out so quickly. Also, I do not have a problem with mid-calf socks sliding down my leg. Maybe it’s the structure of my calves, but it does not really happen. Finally, I don’t mind seeing part of a man’s leg above his sock, even if it has slipped down. I think it speaks to a certain insouciance that I appreciate, and which fits my more casual dressed-up style. 

My style is ever evolving, although that evolution has slowed. Who knows how it will continue to develop. I may be brought back around to over-the-calf socks yet. I may decide knit ties no longer suit me. The most important thing is that I continue to think about these matters and be self-critical. 

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Dressed by (and stolen from) the internet.

When I saw EvolvingStyle’s latest WIWT I knew I had to steal it wholesale put my own spin on it.  So today I did just that.

Now, I’m no stranger to the plaid tie, or even the plaid tie/navy blazer combo.  But I really liked the bold use of red and the overtly casual “Jeans & Blazer” look is one I haven’t done in a while.  In this case, my spin got rid of the tie clip and made the pocket square a contrasting pattern/material in a complementary color scheme.  I also swapped out the shoes for work boots because we got 6 inches of snow last night.

Also of note, matching my scarf to the main color in the ensemble.  I could have gone with a navy scarf, but it’s such a nice day that seemed a little severe.  The red picks up on the PS, but with the popped collar on the blazer it gives it a slightly more “outerwear” flavor.

So that’s how you steal from bloggers you like.  Just make sure to cite your sources.

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Thrifted:

Stanley Blacker Blazer - $4

Jordan Marsh “A Fitted Shirt” OCBD - $2.50

Pendleton Red Plaid Wool Tie - $3

Pocket Square (Ladies Scarf) - $2

Black Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves - $9.60

*Ed Note: This exact scenario (20-25 degrees, & sunny, w/ scarf) is pretty much the only time I cosign popping anything other than an overcoat collar. 

Leigh and I really were looking through a binder that was filled with my old art. The stuff there dated as far back as 2000 and ended around my junior year of high school (2006) - I think that was because after that, I made sure to keep my drawings in notebooks.

Anyway, this was just ONE thing we noticed while looking through the loose papers. The most obvious joke, too. I had many OCs with the “sickle bangs”. Vemika here happens to be the oldest OC I have. She’s gone through many design changes (and three name changes…), and the one here was one of her more modern looks before I toned her down…and got rid of some excessive decorations (dem Gundam-esque, superfluous shoulderpads).

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Professorial. 

I actually find winter a bit difficult. I overheat very easily, and going from outside to inside often causes me to sweat. The jacket is actually only partially lined, and it’s a relatively loose weave. It’s a jacket I’m able to wear in the summer. But, combined with a sweater vest, it allows me to move from outside to inside in greater comfort than some heavier wools.

It’s also a very professorial look when I take of the jacket and roll up the sleeves to lay down some knowledge on the blackboard.

Tie: Unknown wool knit.

Shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt.

Jacket: Oxxford.

Sweater vest: Lord Jeff (?) lambswool.

PS: Unknown 100% silk, with hand rolled edges

Wearing tweed

I was so excited when this ebay win arrived. First and most importantly, the jacket fit amazingly well. The pants were too short, but there was enough material for them to be let down (although without enough to add a cuff). Beyond the fit, the details of the jacket are spot on: side vents; hacking pockets; ticket pocket; high gorge.

As an aspiring academic, it’s great to have my first well-fitting tweed suit.

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Street Artist: Seikon

SEIKON is a freelance artist based in Poland, who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. His work revolves around graphic design and painting. Active in the art world and public sphere since 1999.

Throughout the years his style has evolved and his interests focused on abstract art. SEIKON specializes in creating unique geometrical patterns which transform diverse surfaces with the use of color and design.

Currently, the artist has a growing interest in art forms composed of light, sound, and installation.

This week Lighane’s Artblog becomes two years old! xD So here is a little flashback on how my manga and chibi style evolved till now. You can also see the evolutions of Elsamon! xD
Thanks so much everyone for staying with me for such a long time now - I love you, guys!

anonymous asked:

I would love you to talk about ly-words in a positive manner. I use them a bit in my writing because that's just what I'm used too; I've read a lot of classic literature and my writing style evolved a bit and I really hate when people say not to use those words. It's like they want to bland down the writing, when the point is to give a full, colorful picture.

more-legit here

Adverbs aren’t forbidden words, but they must be used appropriately and many amateur writers abuse adverbs by thinking they make their writing more colourful just by adding to the word count and qualifying stuff further.

Adverbs can absolutely be used to make the picture more colourful, but the key is in when and how to use them.

I’ve explained this further on a previous post so I suggest you read it here.

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Can you tell the difference in formality among the three pics at the top? If not, then I cannot recommend enough a recent Style Forum thread titled ‘Practical Thoughts on Coherent Combinations for Beginners.’ (Discussion tread).

I’ve learned as much reading this post over the past couple of weeks as I did in the previous year of learning about #menswear. The primary posts are written by SF stalwart F. Corbera. As it currently stands, at more than 25 pages of posts, the thread is a bit of a slog and includes a fair share of SF in-jokes and sniping between various other members, among some valuable commentary and informative dissent. You’ll find links to each of the substantive posts at the end of my post. The series is not done, but I’m enjoying it so much, I had to share.

F. Corbera is the author of the voxsartoria tumblr and also posts on SF under that name. His style is immaculate, if not entirely to what I aspire, not least because it is greatly helped by very deep pockets. However, before you fear the series is just about replicating his particular style, it’s worth noting that an early post presents the incredibly flamboyant Label King [video] as a coherent dresser.

Despite many claims to the contrary there are “rules” to #menswear. Note the quotation marks. Obviously, these are not formal rules like those found in sport. You will not be given a suspension for pairing suede loafers with your navy worsted two piece. The rules of #menswear are more about tradition and coherence, both practical and aesthetic. They are something to be observed, if not slavishly obeyed.

If the rules were like those of sports, it would be relatively easy to learn them. You could sit down and read them in an afternoon and then readily consult them thereafter. Of course, the informal “rules” are much more ephemeral. What F. Corbera does is to solidify this ephemera, by drawing on the British tradition of city vs. country wear. He is under no illusions that the rigidity of this distinction has waned. Rather, it serves as a device to explain the relationship between coherence and tradition. He explains how various pieces relate to this tradition and why pairing city pieces with city pieces, or country pieces with country pieces produces a coherent look, that – assuming fit is in place – will almost certainly look good. Dissenters have noted other relevant traditions, and I don’t doubt they are correct. But, I think the presentation of F. Corbera ought to be considered more informative than definitive. Certainly coherence can be achieved through other traditions. But, if you’re a n00b like me, you should be trying to absorb as much clear and useable information as you can.

At the beginning, the posts are a bit broader, and set up F. Corbera’s theoretical approach to the matter. Then, he appears to be to be much too strident with the city-country spectrum. However, I urge you to carry on as he soon applies the theory in the construction of coherent outfits.

The informative posts from F. Corbera are sporadic among the slew of posts the thread has attracted. However, I’ve linked to each below.

0. Preliminary

a. Practical Thoughts on Coherent Combinations for Beginners

b. What is a beginner

c. Discordancy or HarmonyContinued Continued

1. Navigate all elements of each “fit” to one point in the path from country to city

a. Get your act in line

b. Forces undermining coherent city/formal/public combinations for beginners 

c. Examples of coherent city/formal/public combinations for beginners

d. Thinking about the casual suit 

e. A city look self-assessment

f. What is the casual suit

g. The two types of casual suits 

h. The odd jacket 

i. Odd jacket from city to country, from formal to informal

j. The city/formal odd jacket

k. The country/casual odd jacket

One of the better, thoughtful dissenting posts comes from Flying Monkey. I also appreciated the observation of inlandisland, who related the matter to systems theory.

I’d recommend reading the substantial posts and then, if you have the time and inclination, go back and read through. There are other useful observations.

Note: The pics are taken from those given as examples in the thread. I apologize for not directly crediting the photographers, subjects or original posters.

Note: The thread has been moved to compile all the substantive posts together. There was also a new post today (Feb. 14, 2012). I will continue to update this post as F. Corbera adds to the thread.

Color Burst.

Apexer.

Alley off Front St @ Sacramento in San Francisco, Ca

Apexer painted this starburst last month in an alley across from MacDonalds off Front St at Sacramento in San Francisco, CA. With the color explosion on a black wall in a narrow alley where no one expects to see street art it has a big impact.

Apexer is a San Francisco native who has been creating art on the streets since he was a teen tagging and writing back in the early 90’s when the graffiti scene was wild. While his style has evolved you still see graffiti elements in his murals and occasionally we find a new graffiti piece. He has one mean tag you can currently see on tag murals on Larkin and in the Upper Haight. One of our favorite pieces is off Market St where he incorporates several styles he is known for.

Check out his tag on our website to see what he has done in San Francisco

https://www.streetartsf.com/tag/apexer/

Pokemon GO police-style

So I go back to the museum because there has been 3 lures there non-stop every day, and this time there was around 40 people. We’re all standing in circles chatting when I notice there’s a cop car sitting there. I bring it up and someone says; “Oh yeah, he’s lv25.” Someone drops a new lure, cop turns his lights on and gets on his loudspeaker and says; “Yeaa-aaah. I’m gonna need everyone to vacate the area.” I just about peed my pants laughing.

♥ Tanuki’s Mettaton Art Commissions are open and updated! ♥

Click here for Tanuki’s MTT Commissions page to view example art pieces, prices, and information. If you have any questions, feel free to send Tanuki a message or ask anytime!

Colored Sketches:
MTT Messy Sketch - $30+ (bonus: I can stream this category for you!)
Rendered Illustrations:
Square Headshot/Icon Illustration - $45+
Full MTT Box: $70+
Full MTT EX: $80+
Full MTT NEO: $85+

Recently my art style has evolved into something really fun and colorful, so the only piece (so far) that really shows this new change is this one, check it out!

#FormalFriday

I work from home, so there is no expectation or requirement that I wear a tie. I could stay in my pajama pants and t-shirt all day. But, I refuse to fall into that trap. As a personal kick in the pants, I decided that Friday will be ‘formal,’ which for me means full suit. Some of my suits would not pass muster in a formal work environment, but I like having an excuse to wear one.

Here, I’ve paired my gray flannel DB with a green PS and a paisley tie in blue, green, pink and orange. The tie is a new eBay acquisition after my partner indicated she likes it when I wear paisley. 

Behind me you can see a map of the world. I’m busy plotting my take-over…