1- Obtain the ordinary clothing. The Hogwarts uniform has many separate components, so pretty much all of the small details are optional because it would hardly be noticeable if they were missing. Be as thorough as you want to be with this. The items you can find in an average clothing store are: A plain white button-up shirt A dark gray; knitted v-neck sweater or cardigan or sleeveless sweater vest Dark gray trousers, or a skirt around knee-length Black tights or stockings (with skirt) Black shoes Dark gray socks Black robe
2- Obtain the accessories. Now that you’ve got the main parts of the costume, it’s time to accessorize. First the house tie (striped red and gold, green and silver, yellow and black or blue and silver, according to whichever house you’re in) Second the pointed black hat Third the wand
For me, one of the most interesting aspects of colder days is the variety of outfit combinations they allow. Layering is not only a necessary technique to fend off cold, but also one of the most creative ways to explore your wardrobe and come up with unique styles. Although there are some rules to be kept in mind, both for aesthetic and functional purposes, I find myself constantly trying to bend them and invert traditional layering elements.
In this particular case, which of course is not suitable for harsh climate, I aimed to explore different uses for essential garments such as the v-neck cashmere sweater, popover shirt and tweed vest, all while maintaining a mix of casual and polished elements. More often than not, the v-neck would find its place as an outer layer with the tweed vest being worn under a blazer or topcoat; here I went for a different approach wearing the sweater over a tee, the popover shirt as an outer layer and the vest as outerwear. The polished nature of the vest, sweater and wool slacks are broken down by the chambray shirt and camo sneakers. Accessories such as the pocket square and paisley scarf complete the look.
Details: cotton tee by Levi’s, v-neck cashmere/silk sweater by Massimo Dutti, chambray popover shirt by Zara, houndstooth vest by Purificacion Garcia, tailored wool slacks by Gentleman, camo sneakers by Asos, paisley scarf by Zara and pocket square by The Tie Rack.
“It’s one thing to know your purest truth. It’s another thing to live it." - nayyirah waheed
Today, I chose myself.
I chose myself today. Yes, for the very first time of my life, I might just have followed the heart-lines on my hands, and (surprise, surprise) they guided me to my own heart. So I chose myself.
A Tinder date, it was. Cis-gay man of color. My first date of 2015. We agreed to meet at the Francophone student café downtown for early afternoon tea with a TBD rest of the afternoon. Typically, whenever I go on a date with a cis-gay man, I butch it up a little bit. I dig into my menswear, typically formal shirt with casual blue jeans, a rich vest or a V-neck sweater and the trick is done. I keep my hair naturally wild and I keep my painted nails – colorful nails, just the token amount of femme so that the gay dude doesn’t get too freaked out.