swiss sartorialist

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Makeshift 3-Piece and Snow

With heavy snowfalls overnight, I decided to go with a makeshift 3-piece suit. The idea behind that is simple: Trousers, odd jacket or blazer, cardigan or waistcoat. I think it works very well, and makes for great layering. I was wearing my black peacoat, plaid scarf tied in an ascot knot, houndstooth and leather gloves, Ray-Ban aviators, brown corduroys, black boots, and red socks. The three-piece included a grey spread-collar shirt, blue dog tie, red cardigan, navy blazer, and white linen pocket square. The square played off the white in the dogs’ fur, and its blue border linked in quite well with the rest of the outfit. The grey shirt looks quite good with the whole outfit, although a white shirt would also have worked. The red cardigan ties in with the red socks quite well, and the brown cords add a cosy feeling to the outfit. Although the navy blazer works well here, a grey plaid blazer would have added some more pattern to the outfit. Tomorrow will be a taste of spring featuring new items I have purchased.
Keep Styling,

Mirko

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Sunny Thursday
A cold but sunny Thursday here in Switzerland. The scarf is a wool/mohair blend Polo Ralph Lauren I bought recently, as it was nice and warm and has some lovely colors. I went with an ascot knot as it is not only nice and warm but also looks great and emphasizes the scarf. Underneath I’ve got a simple white button-down broadcloth which kept me warm enough. My usual navy blazer worked well with this, and the brown pocket square hints at the subtle touches of brown present on the scarf. Went with jeans today, mainly because I lack pants to wear. That will be my next purchase, grey wool pants. Brown socks, although orange could have been nice too as there is some orange on the pocket square and in the scarf. Finally, classic Ray-Ban aviators work very well with this, and they’re probably my favorite sunglasses, other than maybe the Ray-Ban Clubmasters or maybe some tortoiseshell ones. When choosing sunglasses, go with classics, they’re the most versatile. That’s a general rule really, classics are always the most versatile. That is not to say that a different item can’t work every once in a while, but if it is worn too often it will lose its charm. I also bought a tie bar today, which you’ll see Saturday.
Keep Styling,
Mirko 

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Casual Wednesday
This morning, when I got dressed, I put this on but without the sweater, and the weather was mild and sunny. However, it cooled down later on and I simply added the sweater to it all. It gave the outfit a more season feel, which is what I was looking for as well. The shirt is a contrast club collar, which is incredibly versatile, a fair isle sweater, navy blazer, white linen pocket square, chocolate brown cords, navy fair isle socks, and charcoal shoes. This is the first time I tried tucking in the sweater as well, and I think it works quite well under a blazer. However, if you’re going to attempt this, the sweater has to be made of a fairly fine-gauge, otherwise it will look too bulky. I think when a blazer is not worn it would look better to keep it out if your trousers, but that’s just me. The beautiful white and blue-edged Pal Zileri pocket square works very well with the outfit, and the fact that I chose a white one rather than and orange or brown one, which would have worked just as well, make this look more wintery than autumnal. As it is quite a light fabric, it works quite nice with the heavier sweater, blazer, and trousers. The gloves I’m wearing are Scotch&Soda houndstooth tweed and leather gloves, which add more texture than all-leather gloves might, and provide visual interest as well. The watch is a simple Swatch Irony chronograph, which I quite like. However, I am hoping to get another, dressier watch this year, hopefully sub-$2-300. The navy socks tie in with the blazer, and their pattern add yet another touch of “wintery-ness” to the ensemble.
Keep Styling,
Mirko 

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Birthday Splurge: The Gieves & Hawkes 7-Fold tie

When I saw this tie on sale at Malford of London for £70, plus an an extra 15% off during the Easter weekend, I couldn’t resist. Plus, it feels good to splurge on something on your birthday. It arrived today in a protective bubble envelope and wrapped in nice tissue paper. Though it is a little thicker than my other ties due to its seven-fold construction, its 60% silk and 40% cotton blend, a Mogador weave, looks and feels great, and gives the tie a nice heft. I will probably be using a Nicky or Pratt knot with it, and might even give the four-in-hand a try, despite not being a huge fan of the latter’s more elongated shape. Pictures of it in action will be coming this week, along with my Luxire shirt which should arrive by Friday, and a fit update on my navy blazer and denim jacket after picking them up from the seamstress on Friday too. Oh, and I’m going shopping in Geneva tomorrow, to hopefully find some nice pants and a blazer for this Spring/Summer. And yes, it does mean from now on I’ll be sticking to my weekly schedule, and might also do an item post every once in a while too.

Keep Styling,

Mirko

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A Taste of Spring

Today’s weather was quite mild, so I decided to break out some new clothing I’d bought for Spring. Navy blazer (which I need to get taken in, although it fits better than it looks in the first pic), green Polo Ralph Lauren gingham shirt, white Pal Zileri linen pocket square, Ray-Ban aviators, off-white chinos from Polo Ralph Lauren (their real color can be seen in the last pic), Tommy Hilfiger grosgrain belt, and Massimo Dutti suede moccasins. The shirt’s collar roll I hope will get better with age, it’s brand new here as I bought it yesterday. I think the whole outfit works quite well, the blue and green complementing each other quite well, and the chinos bringing it all quite well together. The shoes are very comfortable, and will be my go-to shoes this spring/summer. I’ll be ordering an Equus Leather belt to go with them, and I might also buy a braided rope belt from Kiel James Patrick. Let me know what you think!

Keep Styling,

Mirko

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Denim Jacket Layering

It was a cold Spring day today here in Switzerland, so I decided to try and layer my denim jacket underneath my blazer. I think it turned out looking quite nice, and surprisingly it was not that bulky. The denim jacket added a nice weight to it all, and I could have gone out like this without requiring another coat, even in colder temperatures. The striking difference in texture is what makes it work better with a navy blazer and a light blue shirt. A simple linen pocket square with a blue border (though a red or yellow border would have worked just as well with this tie) keeps it all quite fresh and spring-y, as do the chinos. This pair is from PRL, and have a rather nice taper to them after a trip to the tailor’s. The no-break look is something I will be going more towards as Spring and Summer arrive, if they eventually do here! The material is what causes the creases at the knee here I think as opposed to the tailoring. As the denim jacket already dresses it all down, this is not a problem. Three patterns are present in this outfit; micro-houndstooth shirt, repp striped tie, and striped belt. However, these two accessories do not clash as the style, width, and of course color of their respective stripes are quite different. Finally, some simple brown cap-toe oxfords complete the look quite well I feel.

Keep Styling,

Mirko

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Broadcloth, Cashmere, and Corduroy

Today I received this Cantini cashmere tie, and instantly thought of a few ways to wear it. However, this is what I chose to wear it with today; White PRL broadcloth button-down, green fair isle sweater, chocolate cords, and red cash/wool socks. Although the tie is 100% cashmere and the sweater is a cash/wool blend, the textures are very different and really add depth to the outfit. Having had previous experience with a too heavily-padded tie bought on eBay, I was glad to see this one is only lightly padded, and ties a beautiful knot, as can be clearly seen in the pictures above. As the sweater contains a few brown elements, I find it works wonderfully with my brown cords and due to its pattern gives the whole ensemble a more seasonal touch. Finally, the red socks are a nice reminder of the tie, and I feel really bring the outfit together. As the tie’s color is not one which is present anywhere on the sweater, I find it good that it ties in (if you pardon the pun) with the socks, otherwise it seems to me it would just have come from nowhere and perhaps looked a bit too out of place. I went with a very slight cuff on the trousers to emphasize the socks even further, and to see whether I like the cuffed look. The answer is yes, but only with more casual trousers, like these cords; I don’t see myself cuffing wool trousers for example.

Keep Styling,
Mirko.