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 pairing outfits with quality footwear.
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In this feature, we have Linus Norrbom (IG:@linus.norrbom) from Stockholm, Sweden. He's a menswear enthusiast from Stockholm. He shared in one of his milestone posts on Instagram that he only got into Instagram to find out what his oldest son was up to in his early escapades on Instagram.
Well, little did young Norrbom know that his dad was going to be one of the well-respected menswear aficionados in the scene right now.
1) Could you please give us a brief introduction of yourself?
2) What is your style philosophy?
3) What are your menswear pet-peeves?
Well, even though style is personal and everyone should have the right to express themselves as they want, there are things I have a harder time with.
One is the very "anxious" and self-aware mentality you can find in e.g. Stockholm, that usually cause people (probably out of insecurity) to make a huge effort to appear "hip" and unique. It might get them jumping on every new fashion trend that pops up.
Another one can be seen on Instagram, where there are still a lot of "influencers" running around in suits so tight and small they look like they have been body-painted. Just a bit sad and tiring to see, even if I don't care too much. I believe the world would be a better place if people would have the self-confidence and be allowed to just be themselves.
4) With our chocolate Borins semi-brogue oxfords, how would you pair them with 3 outfits of your choice?
Outfit #1: Double-Breasted Ensemble with Navy and Grey
A double-breasted version of a classic menswear uniform to give a solid professional appearance without drawing attention to the outfit: navy DB jacket, grey flannel trousers with decent size turn-ups.
Beautiful but subtle accessories, glencheck tie by Vecchio Anseatico and Unicorn pocket square by H.N. White London. Navy socks with the brown shoes complete the professional look.
Outfit #2: Brown Herringbone Tweed Jacket with Taupe Flannel Trousers
The brown shade works so well with olive green – a colour I really enjoy wearing and it is generally under-appreciated. I’m wearing my brown herringbone jacket in Dream Tweed by Loro Piana, and taupe VBC flannel trousers, both made to measure by Blugiallo.
Paired with an olive green merino polo knit and wool socks in the same colour. The canvas tote bag is just another proof of how well these colours work together.
Outfit #3: Green Herringbone Tweed Jacket with Grey Trousers
Here, I’m wearing an exact copy of the brown herringbone Dream Tweed jacket, but in green. A patterned wool challis tie (H.N. White) and a beautiful pocket square (Rampley & Co) add to the elegance.
Again, paired with grey trousers (Loro Piana Traveller fabric). I wanted to pick up the green of the jacket with the socks for a classic grey trousers, green socks, brown shoes pairing.