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March 6, 2009

Bring Back the Band-collar Shirt

Despite it carrying the stigma of being the shirt of choice for cheesy guitar-playing balladeers and Aga Muhlach, I decided to give the band-collar shirt a second chance.  This particular one in light gauzy cotton evokes summer days spent out of town eating off of tables dressed with fraying vintage linens.

straw fedora, Zara band-collar shirt, Margiela necklace, hemp bracelet from Macau, tailor-made pants, NDC wingtip loafers

with contrast-trim jacket


    March 6th, 2009 at 4:38 am

    really love your jacket

  • Frederic
    March 6th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I really love that jacket…is so perfect!
    Well, as pants..

  • -h
    March 6th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    i love that shirt! these are one of my favorite kind of shirts. as always your tailor made items are perfection. and great shoes too!

  • oh lady e
    March 6th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I like the band-collar shirts! I think it’s a fresh take on the dress shirt, even with all the cheesy associations.

  • Everybody dances to their own boom boom.
    March 7th, 2009 at 2:13 am

    I would kill for my boyfriend to even just consider wearing trousers like yours.

    They’re perfect.

  • Everybody dances to their own boom boom.
    March 7th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    I would kill for my boyfriend to even just consider wearing trousers like yours.

    They’re perfect.

  • thesearchforchic
    March 7th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    I realldy adore that shirt!!! In terms of Paris..I am not that familiar as I think the food there is way beyond the standard you get here in London anyday!

    You should def try out the crepes at http://www.parislemarais.com/present.php?rub=599&fi=1058

    It's cosy and the creps are divine!

  • chauss
    March 7th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    looking good. :)

  • Noelle Chantal
    March 8th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    izzy, i like how you paired the shirt with that blazer. looks so different now! and i like the little neon thing bracelet too. :)

  • Anonymous
    March 10th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    you still got to learn a lot about dandyism dear.first of all understand that dandyism is not about wearing all strange combinations that look like circus outfits.restrain yourself and combine the essential great classics with a modern touch,but in a moderate way

  • Brook and Lyn
    March 11th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I love how the one comment that is critical is anonymous.

    As bloggers we are vulnerable to every kind of criticism for putting our bodies and styles out there, no question in that. My motto has always been, if you don’t like what you see don’t look at it. Not to mention that anonymously defining what dandyism is seems a bit cowardly. Dandy is by definition “a man unduly devoted to style, neatness, and fashion in dress and appearance.” Now for me I know all of this to be true when it comes to how Izzy presents himself week after week. Defining what a “modern touch” is clearly up to the individual not to mention what it means to be “classic” as we do live in the 21st century rather than the 18th century on which this word was perhaps founded in. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but when one attempts to teach another on a definition clearly up to individual interpretation next time please do honor us at least with a name dear.

  • izzy
    March 11th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    buddha, frederic, h, oh lady e, everybody, s, c, and noelle: thanks for the kind words, they always light up my day.

    Anonymous: If you were to read the “About Me” section on the right part of my blog, you’d see that my approach to dandyism is barely faithful to the traditional definition of the word. True I appreciate tailoring and fit, and that I like to present myself more put-together than average and that’s the part of me that I classify as “dandy”.

    However, I’m all for existentialism in fashion: dressing yourself in your own unique way, for your own happiness. I appreciate the reminder of the traditional definition of dandyism, but am I even following it? I don’t think so. This is my interpretation of dandy, and this is what makes me happy.

    Again, I’m really grateful for the comments, both laudatory and constructive, but I agree with the comment below Anonymous, a name behind the comments would be appreciated.

    Mimi: Thanks for this, it feels like having a fashion big sister in cyberspace! I don’t mind negative comments though, as long as they have the slightest bit of sense in them. Blogging has and is constantly helping me improve my style and trust me I have taken note of all the criticism I get!

  • Frederic
    March 12th, 2009 at 6:42 am

    haha I really love Lanvin this summ…

  • wecouldgrowup2gether
    March 13th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    would u say the leather of NDC doesn’t age so well?

  • J
    March 14th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I love the first outfit, so sommer and so fresh!
    Keep up the good work

    FBFM – The Fashion Blog For Men

  • Susanna-Cole
    March 14th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “This particular one in light gauzy cotton evokes summer days spent out of town eating off of tables dressed with fraying vintage linens.” Couldn’t of said it better myself, exactly the essence and how I would think of it, and also, looks great on you!


  • Rosanna
    March 22nd, 2009 at 11:52 am

    that jacket is sooo perfect :)

    side note: i remember seeing you in Ateneo before I ended school…looking so well put together as always! i just never had the guts to say hi i stalk your lookbook and wish all the boys i knew dressed like you without looking like some creepy internet stalker. Hahahaha!

  • Patricia Ann
    March 25th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Wow, I’ve never seen a guy dress so chic like this and not look as if they’re trying really hard. The cropped pants, and those shoes! are brilliant together.

    Really liking your blog chico. :)

  • Pascal Grob
    April 18th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    this is a greatgreat outfit, and I don’t say that often to guys, haha. what brand is the jacket? looks so similar to bottega venetta somehow.

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