What we know today as the Beret was called felt hat hundreds of years ago. Yes, the Beret has been around that long. In fact, according to fashion historians, the Beret has been around for millennia.
This disc-like shaped headgear made of wool and worn by anyone wanting to look like an artist, a revolutionary or simply wanting to keep warm, looked nothing like its original form. It is said that the beret (then called felt) is a crossbreed between the floppy Petasos hat and the cone-shaped Pileos hat. Yeah, that’s right, I had to google both these hats to see how they looked like. Judging from their shapes, I wouldn’t argue against fashion historians. At the time, this headgear was made from felt as it was simple and cheap material to use.
The 14th and 15th centuries saw the hat been worn in Europe by farmers and artists alike. At the time, the felt was very Continue reading From peasant to stylish hat & everything in-between, a Beret’s journey | Cuts for Him →
This post is going to be a quick one about choosing a suit that will last you the summer. I guess if you live in England then summer is a relative word as there are no gurantees for hot temperatures lol. The weather is never under our control nor should we seek in infleunce it. However, one thing we have total control over is what we wear through seasons. In the UK, summer officially starts in June but depending on the mood of the climate, it could really start to feel like summer from May. Once temperatures start to rise layers come off.
However, if you are like me who likes to wear suits all year round then finding the right suit for hot weather is essential. Spring and summer are the seasons you are more likely to be invited to weddings which of course requires a suit. Except you want to be roasting in your regular suit, I suggest you get yourself a lightweight suit.
To help in your search for a good suit, here are the things you should bear in mind.
- Fabric – This is the most important element you should check for when buying a seasonal suit. For hot weather, you need fabrics that are breathable and lightweight. Breathability is so important during hot weather suit to allow air to flow through the fabric which in turn prevents you from sweating. And of course we all know what a little sweat could do to a man’s clothing. The three best fabrics to look out for when buying a hot weather suit are linen, cotton or seersucker. I would have gone into the construction of each fabric type but never mind. May be in another post
- Colour – Summer or not, I like colour. I personally think colour accentuate a man’s confidence. Typical summer colours are light grey, baby blue, Berry, Red, Khaki and even beige like the suit I have on in the photos.
- Construction and lining – The way a suit is constructed is also another important aspect one should keep an eye out for when investing in a seasonal suit. For hot weather always go for half lined or unlined jackets. Unlined suit jackets are lightweight and breathable. Bemberg silk, rayon, polyester, and acetate are all materials used for lining. Also note that an unlined suit will loose it structure and shape very easily forming creases during it lifecycle.
As you can see from the photos, I have a three piece suit on. I can assure you that this beige suit is one of my favourite summer suit despite it being three piece. The beauty about this look is that if the weather get hotter than anticipated then all I have to do is remove the jacket and throw it over my shoulder whilst the waistcoat helps keep my form. If that fails to cool you down then find a place with an air conditioned room or simply find a water fountain to dip your feet in like I did.
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, or just walk on water. Lightweight is the word.
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I really have to be honest here and say Paris has never before appealed to me like it does for so many people. I like the city and its food and architecture but something always seems to be missing. I simply can’t lay a finger on why I feel that way. I have been to Paris so many times that I have lost count but just kept having the feeling of not enjoying it as I should. I joked the last time I was there that for some bizarre reason, every time I go to Paris, something unexpected happens that ruins my trip.
So when I told my blogger friend Lamich Kirabo that I was visiting Paris, she was absolutely sure I would love it this time around. Not the least because we were planning a collaboration.
A bit about Lamich
Lamich was born and raised in Uganda and created her platform called Third Local in 2015. According to Lamich, she recognized a gap in the African market which fails to provides Continue reading From London to Paris, when creatives connect | Cuts for Him →
LFWM AW18 is gone but it seems like I have a hangover from it. I am still putting together some of the photos taken from some of the spectacular shows of the season. Images I should have shared with you weeks ago but life has its own plans, ha.
Having worked with Labrum London on a couple of occasions before, this show was one I most looked forward to for many reasons. One of these reasons was the fact that Continue reading Labrum’s Freetown collection at LFWM AW18 | Cuts for Him →