September is back to school month, where everyone returns to normality after the summer holidays. Taking this theme, I've styled up some outfits from that most traditional of fabrics - grey flannel. According to Alan Flusser in "Dressing the Man", it started life in the nineteenth centrury being used solely for underwear, (ooh, itchy?!), by the 1880's it was used for sports such as golf, cycling and tennis, and it wasn't until the late 1920's that it took it's rightful place as a style staple in a gentleman's wardrobe.
Read on for my style tutorial in grey flannel:
Take one timelessly classic pair of grey flannel trousers, add a perfect white shirt, some beautiful shoes and the flash of a coloured sock and what do you have? A stylish solution fit for a wide variety of occasions. Restock your pencil case for the coming season with this ingenious alloy tipped pen - no ink required.
Slim cutaway poplin shirt - Jigsaw menswear
Wool flannel trousers - Canali at Mr Porter
Airport wool and cotton blend socks - Falke at Mr Porter
Blakey black Derby shoes - Mr Hare
Beta inkless metal pen - Axel Weinbrecht at Cult Pens
Learn the art of accessorising to extend your wardrobe to the max. A simple grey sweater and chinos, are elevated to the top of the style class with a luxurious backpack (in grey flannel of course), statement silver ring, and 'classic with a twist' belt.
Light grey wool sweater with elbow patches - Paul Smith
Washed cotton navy chinos - Spoke
Laether trimmed grey flannel backpack - Saint Laurent at Mr Porter
Dark navy burnished leather belt - Paul Smith
Silver signature ring - Maison Martin Margiela at End
Make a study of what colours suit you so they can become your best pals in making you look good. The golden yellow of this tie is suited to warm olive or freckly skin tones, and instantly enlivens the cooler grey and white. This rebellious little pocket square tones in perfectly, sharpening up your look whilst adding fun and flair.
Grey flannel 2 button slim tailored jacket - Jigsaw Menswear
White cutaway collar shirt - Cleeve of London for Drake's
Grenadine yellow silk tie - Drake's
"I Will Never Surrender" silk pocket square - Age of Reason
Aluminium pencil sharpener - Labour and Wait
Test out collegiate style with this grey wool varsity jacket. Soft pinky red combines with the understated grey to create a quietly stylish outfit. Alden bluchers made from cordovan leather score 10 out of 10 for longevity and will stand the test of time long after their more fashion forward counterparts have failed.
Grey wool varsity jacket - MKI at End
Anton chambray shirt - Norse Projects at End
Light grey washed cotton chinos - Spoke
Cap toe Derby shoe - Alden at End
Black leather iPhone 5 flipcase - Il Bussetto at Opumo
Experiment with a soft flannel shirt and gently tailored blazer in a textbook combination of navy and grey. It will perfectly transition your look through to Autumn and these beautiful trainers will have you winning outright on the sartorial playing field.
Navy tailored cotton blazer - Browns
Grey soft flannel shirt - Browns
Light grey low top trainers - Common Projects at The Corner
Navarino pocket square - Sartor Resartus
Metal desk stapler - Labour and Wait
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