Hello! Welcome to 51 Label Style Talk. In our exclusive series of Style Talk, we bring you menswear aficionados from around the world to share with us their take on menswear and specifically outfit pairing with quality footwear.
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In our second feature, we have Gerry Nelson from Melbourne, Australia. He's a menswear enthusiast who believes that dressing up does not always involve a suit. He doesn't know anything about this, but we dub him the "Layer Master" whenever we reference his sense of style, #layermaster for @gezzaseyes.
1) Could you please give us a brief introduction of yourself?
2) What is your style philosophy?
If I had to describe my style, it would be "dressy without being dressed up". I like clothes that have rich but muted colours and interesting textures. When you have pieces like that, you can combine them in simple but visually interesting ways. There's nothing really special about the way I dress but I hope that it gives people ideas that they can use.
3) What is your one menswear pet peeve?
I'm not impressed with an outfit that looks too contrived. The concept of adding a bit of "sprezzatura" doesn't make sense because it should be coming naturally. To you, it should be completely normal. It's others who might term it as "sprezzatura". YOU have to wear the clothes, not the other way round.
4) With our Tomlins dark brown low-tops, how would you pair them with 3 outfits of your choice?
Outfit #1: Unstructured Sports Coat with Linen Shirt and Trousers
In my first outfit, I paired the sneakers with some linen trousers, a linen shirt and an unstructured sports coat.
You could wear something like this on a date or for a place where you need to dress up a little. The brown sneakers complement the dark blue of the jacket and the patches of blue on the shirt.
I like the idea that these sneakers can be worn year round and I wanted to show them in a summer outfit.
Outfit #2: Layered Blend with Wool Cardigan and Flannel Trousers
My second outfit looks equally good at home or out. The chunky shawl collared cardigan acts as an outerwear. The textures of the cardigan and flannel trousers contrast nicely with the smoothness of the calf leather on the sneakers.
I chose an oxford shirt for this because it also has a little texture. I like the idea of an outfit that looks visually interesting the closer you look.
The silhouette is a relaxed one and the sneakers complement the rest of the outfit well.
Outfit #3: Textured and Patterned Casual
My final outfit is the most casual but again, there are textures in the top and bottom blocks with a little pattern on the cardigan.
The sneakers pair very well with denim - they are sneakers, after all! Their colour lifts the outfit up a little and gives it the "dressy but not dressed up" vibe. This pair of jeans have sashiko stitching which catches your eye when you get closer to the outfit.
As the jeans get worn more, a pattern will emerge from the stitching together with the interesting fading of the indigo. I love the contrast in the jeans and the brown of the sneakers. This will only get more interesting over time.