March 15, 2009
Apologies for the lack of posts recently. The combination of a wide-legged forward bend
gone wrong resulting in a sprained and bruised inner thigh, and that sulky feeling of depression brought about by watching a marathon of the last three seasons of Skins
has triggered a blogging drought in me.
Nonetheless, as a last ditch effort to update this blog before a full week passes, I present to you my summer shoplist. The weather over here isn’t getting any cooler, and most of the time, wearing anything above one layer is unbearably suffocating. Hence the need for clothing in light, breathable materials punctuated by details or accessories that add the visual interest that might have been lost due to the inability to layer. These are by no means pieces that will last you a lifetime, or investments that will never go out of style. But these will be my summer basics: easy, wearable stuff that I can build outfits on. Nothing too complicated, but detailed enough to be interesting.
The colored shoe. Sometimes you just want to step out of the house in a crisp white top and the lightest jeans or khaki shorts you have. Slip on a pair of these brights and you’ll have eyes zooming in on your feet. Chuckles of ridicule or sneers of envy? Be grateful for the attention!
Acne yellow fringe loafers
Raf Simons X Fred Perry moccasins in red and black
Paul Smith brogues in red-orange distressed suede
The boat shoe. Extra-hefty soles provide that energizing shock of white that contrasts well with the sizzling gray pavement.
The printed button-down shirt. Once a cornerstone of my style that I have since forgotten, the print shirt is making a comeback. The muted colors and the leaves whisper sleepy fifties suburbia, I cannot resist.
Paul Smith printed shirt, photo from men.style.com
The crochet polo. What could be airier than a shirt with holes?
Raf Simons for Fred Perry (Can I just say that this snippet of a lookbook is simply genius?)
The summer watch. When a leather strap is just too sweaty and a metal one is just too heavy, ditch the six-figure (in Philippine peso) timepieces for something that won’t leave such a huge void in your humanity if you leave it at the beach.
Nixon watch in bleached wood
The man-bangle. Minimalist, silvery, oozing with Margielicism.
Martin Margiela nail bangle
The Linda Farrows. The entire blogosphere has long been buzzing about the various Linda Farrow collaboration sunglasses so I’ll leave it to them. The latest pair she churned out in collaboration with Damir Doma evokes the same tone of enigma that rings through Doma’s clothing line.
Linda Farrow x Damir Doma
Now somebody please mail me a winning lotto ticket. Any summer items just throbbing at the top of your wishlists now? Do share!