Autumn Layers // ft. Uniqlo

With the cooler weather finally rolling in over Melbourne, we can finally look at getting into some serious layering - and boy am I looking forward to it! Well... For the few days I have left in Aus before I head over to London that is. 

Look 1: Duffle | Vest | Turtleneck | Jeans | Shoes 

Look 1: Duffle | Vest | Turtleneck | Jeans | Shoes 

For the first look I went for a 'classic Sam' vibe, something you would definitely see me wearing a whole lot over the winter months. I'm a big fan of mixing my Autumn tones with winter blues and to be honest, I wear them year round regardless of the seasons. #rebel

This second look is definitely more avant-garde compared to what I usually wear, but I always make a point of trying new things and pairing together clothing that I may not usually think to put together and wear personally. It's always fun to experiment in the wardrobe. 

The key pieces of both of these looks for me are the Uniqlo Ultra Light Down vests, again, something I would have never really looked into layering with, I've always seen the puffer vest as an outer layer kind of garment, so playing around with throwing it under a parka in the first look was most enjoyable. Then with the second look, a grey puffer to me looked like something out of Star Trek and 100% would be something that not even 6 months ago I would have walked straight past without a second glance yet when layered with this monochromatic look it really is the cherry on top. Isn't it funny how your personal taste in fashion can constantly change yet still feel inherently you? 

This Post was a collaboration between M.O.S and Uniqlo AU and was shot by Jake O'Donnell and his Nikon D7200. 

Aquila Street Style Series Pt. 2

As promised, here is the second part of the Aquila street style series featuring three more key looks from their latest AW16 range. 

Look 1: Green With Envy

I have to be straight up honest with this one, I've never really been a big fan of rocking a green blazer up top, but when paired back with some navy chino and a bold check shirt I start to like what I see! I've paired it up with some glasses that don't actually help me read, but definitely make me look at least ten times smarter - even if I can't read the paper with them on. 

Blazer | Chinos | Shirt | Shoes | Bag

Look 2: Checkmate

In my opinion this navy suit is an absolute winner. Crafted from 100% wool, this versatile suit is ready for any occasion. The beauty of a suit such as this is the ability to dress it up, or down. I've opted for the latter pairing it with a button down check shirt, textured grey tie and double monks. No socks? No worries! Showing skin is an easy way to dress down a look, giving it a fresh, Italian look. Bear in mind though, if you want to keep your shoes (and feet) from becoming overly fragrant, it's probably in your best interest to throw a pair of no-show socks on to complete the look. I'm sure whoever you live with will thank you! 

Suit | Shirt | Tie | Shoes | Watch | Socks

Look 3: Checks Appeal

Keeping in line with the overarching check theme, I've switched it up and ran with the windowpane suit with a plain shirt, fresh. The woven leather shoes paired with the burgundy socks add a nice kick of colour to the overall ensemble and does a good job of keeping things interesting. 

Suit | Shirt | Pocket Square | Shoes | Watch | Bag

This style series was shot by none other than Karen Woo and was shot in collaboration with Aquila.

Aquila Street Style Series Pt. 1

With the weather in Melbourne showing no signs of cooling, I took to the streets to shoot some of my key looks from the latest Aquila AW17 range - in 30 degree heat may I add. Sharp, refined and no-nonsense tailoring once again dominates Aqulia's latest drop and I'll be showcasing 6 of my favourite looks in this two part series. 

Look 1: Casual yet classy 

For the first look, I couldn't go past this delightful cotton blend Chocolate blazer, with chinos to match. Luckily for me this jacket was unlined through the body which was pretty damn handy in the heat! I finished off the look with a clean, crisp white shirt and some fantastic brogued tassel loafers.

Blazer // Chinos // Shirt // Shoes 

Look 2: The casual mix-match

 For AQ17, Aquila's colour pallet couldn't be any more on point. The dark winter hues from the range compliment each other perfectly, making the mixing and matching of key pieces from the range an absolute breeze. Again I paired another cotton blend blazer with chinos but threw in a textured knit sweater to keep things interesting. This second look was definitely not as forgiving as the first in this weather, I mean, they don't call it a sweater for nothing. Coming into winter though, this look will be a go-to.

Jacket // Knit // Chinos // Shoes // Bag 

Look 3: Textured and tonal

Black and grey, the unofficial team colours of essentially everyone who lives in Melbourne. Even though you usually wouldn't catch me dead in black, I couldn't help myself when it came to this look. The weave through the grey blazer really pops when contrasted by the black chinos and textured tie. It's safe to say it definitely gets my tick of approval! 

Jacket // Shirt // Tie // Chinos // Socks // Shoes 

This series was shot by Karen Woo in partnership with Aquila. 

Febuary Fragrance Fix - Azzaro Wanted

The Azzaro Wanted man is youthful and rebellious. He takes chances, trusts his instincts and lives life as he pleases. This charismatic gentleman is wanted by women and envied by men, he is free-spirited and lives life on his own terms - a game changer. He boldly takes risks with complete confidence and dares to be different... Are you an Azzaro man? 

When I first unpackaged this fragrance and noted the rotating cylinder bottle, I knew that Azzaro Wanted was going to be a bold scent. Although the fragrance definitely does pack a punch, it is surprisingly fresh and zesty at first, and then notes of lemon, tonka bean and juniper collide to give it a refreshing kick. After a while, the tang of the lemon settles down making way for a much more warm woody-amber like trail. The evolution of this scent over time is what really stands out for me and I feel that it is a perfect summer fragrance. It definitely deserves its spot on my fragrance shelf. 

If you are interested in trying this fragrance out yourself, it's available in store in both Myer and David Jones.

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What I'm wearing: 

Imagery shot by Karen Woo, this was a sponsored post in collaboration with Max Media Lab. 

All-American Tailoring // ft. Brooks Brothers

As you all would know by now, I'm big on both my preppy American attire and my MTM suiting. So when Brooks Brothers tailoring hit the shores of Australia back in November last year you can bet your bottom dollar that I was one of the first to get in on the action! After much deliberation with the head tailor, we decided to go for a timeless classic - the brown linen suit.  

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As you can see above, they really hit the nail on the head with this one. The linen is still quite stiff and will have to be worn in a few more times before it gets that classic linen suiting feel, but nevertheless it still looks and feels amazing on. To keep that traditional American tailoring feel to it all, I threw on a classic Brooks Brothers striped oxford with a navy tie and braces, channeling some serious mid 19th century vibes. 

Although brown suiting isn't prevalent in recent times, especially in Australia, this traditional Ivy League style of suiting truly does stand the test of time. Many may scoff and say that it's too retro or is your classic middle management kind of suit, but brown suiting isn't as limiting as some may believe. In fact, a brown suit can be worn in essentially the same way as your stock standard navy suit. For those less inclined to the preparatory style of dress, you could just as easily opt for a crisp white shirt and some light tan brogues and you're on your way!  

Feeling like the brown hues just aren't for you? Not to worry! The benefit of the Brooks Brothers MTM is that almost every fabric imaginable is on hand. It took me over 2 hours to flick through their fabric samples from the myriad of fabric heavyweights before deciding on this brown linen number. So, I can guarantee that there is something for everyone, should you decide to test out the new Brooks Brothers MTM service. 

What I'm wearing: 

Man of Style x Uniqlo // Setup Collection

If there’s one brand that knows how to do Summer basics well, it’s definitely Uniqlo. Ever since the Japanese brand hit Australian shores two years ago I’ve been fond of their no-nonsense, good quality basics (literally half my wardrobe is Uniqlo, I kid you not!). Their motto ‘LifeWear’ really does resonate with me, these guys get clothing. They have the perfect balance between fit, form and functionality; and all at a reasonable price.

As you can probably tell from the stellar spiel that I’ve just given these guys, I’m pretty damn stoked that I got the call up for this collaboration! So here's the low-down, I have partnered up with Uniqlo to showcase four of their key items from their Men’s SS16 range, focusing on the overall versatility of these styles and how they can be easily worn for work, casually styled for play, and dressed up for a date. I really hope you enjoy the way that I have showcased each of the items just as much as as I enjoyed shooting it all! 

The Jogger Pants

Effortlessly cool and more comfortable than your average pair of pants, these joggers will have you ready and raring for any occasion. 

Look 1 // Work: 

Look 2 // Play 

Look 3 // Date 

The Oversized Tee

With a thick jersey-like feel and a ridiculously comfortable fit, the oversized tee is a no brainer when it comes to casual Spring/Summer attire.

Look 1 // Work

Look 2 // Play

Look 3 // Date

The Uniqlo x Theory Polo

With contrast lapels, full button down variations, and collarless options these polos are definitely ones for the fashion forward fellow.

Look 1 // Work 

Look 2 // Play

Look 3 // Date 

The Stand Collar Shirt

A little hot under the collar? Why not give it the flick all together and go for a collarless shirt, it's kind of like that cooler older brother you never had...

Look 1 // Work

Look 2 // Play 

Look 3 // Date

This blog post was sponsored by Uniqlo Australia & photographed by Kayzar with his Cannon 5D MkIII

Godwin Charli SS16 Collection - My Top Picks

It's finally that time of year again, the Melbourne weather is starting to play nice once more and Racing Season is just around the corner. Yes, it finally feels like spring has truly sprung and to celebrate the turning of the seasons I have teamed up with one of my favourite Melbourne based suiting labels - Godwin Charli

Below is a collection of my favourite key pieces from GC SS16 that has been carefully curated to transition you from Winter Layering through to Summer Suiting and everything in between. 

Look 1:  The Layered Look 

I'll be first to admit that this one isn't quite the Spring Summer look, but knowing Melbourne's weather, this layered look is perfect for the early weeks of Spring before things really start heating up.  All of the individual items in this ensemble can be perfectly paired with many other neutral tones and the blazer and chinos could quite easily be sported during the summer months as well. 

Look 2: The Transitional Three Piece  

This would be the perfect suiting option for the transition from Spring to Summer, this Wool-Linen blend suit is perfect for that warmer weather and could even be worn to the Spring Racing Carnival or other such Sartorial Spring/Summer events. 

Look 3: Portsea Polo Panache

This look is somewhat more daring than its counterparts, the trend of donning a pair of chino shorts with a blazer is much more commonplace in the land of Aus than it used to be and is an absolute favourite amongst the fashion-forward polo enthusiasts.  

Look 4: The Smart Summer Casual 

Last up, we have my absolute summer staple, a clean crisp white shirt and some tailored mid cut chino shorts; the perfect option for a little leg action on those smouldering Summer days. 

This series was shot by Kayzar on his Cannon 5D MkIII and sponsored by my good friends over at Godwin Charli. 

Man of Style x Fossil - The Q Marshal Smart Watch

Lets be brutally honest here smart watches are overpriced, clunky and kind of do the same things as your phone, but not really... Most importantly, they have never really had much sex appeal, until Fossil jumped into the mix... Meet the Q Marshal Smart Watch the perfect hybrid between the old and the new.

Fossil Q Smartwatch Man of Style

At first I was a touch hesitant with getting on board the smart watch bandwagon, but after Fossil reached out to collaborate I had a good old fashioned trawl of the internet and decided that this watch may be a game changer. 

After a super quick set up with my iPhone (Yes Android users, it can be used with your inferior phones too) I had it up and running in no time and I tell you what, I actually loved it! Not only do you get push notifications for emails, calls, texts. The Fossil Q range have an integrated voice command system that allows you complete these tasks with ease. If that wasn't enough bang for your buck, it also logs your daily steps and counts your calories for you too. Nifty. The watch also comes with fully customisable digital watch faces, as well as a whole swathe of watch straps, allowing you to add a touch of personality and flair to your new favourite piece of wearable tech. 

Not only is the face fully customisable, the watch band is interchangeable too! 

Not only is the face fully customisable, the watch band is interchangeable too! 

Fossil Q Marshal Smart Watch Fossil Bag

What I'm wearing:

This post was in partnership with Fossil and was shot by Kayzar and his Cannon 5D