Fashion Outfits


First and foremost, this IS a giveaway in partnership with a Chiang Mai-based Thai graphic designer and street artist, Ko – but before I get to the goodies, as usual, I want to talk a bit about my outfit and what inspires it. Starting with a quick question: how many dogs can you spot in this outfit?

hounds1Words: Oliver @oliverinstead / Photos: David


There is of course the adorable basset on the t-shirt, illustrated by the very talented Ko and the houndstooth (aka dogstooth) print in the skinny trousers.


This is by far the coolest tee I’ve ever owned. Basset hounds are one of my two favourite breeds of dog (I love my chunky Chow Chows equally much) and that’s what I want to talk about in this post: DOGS. Yup! Man’s best friends. Seems a tad unusual on a fashion-oriented blog but they are the only animals that will look you right in the eye (FACT!!). The only animals that can read your emotion as well as respond to it. The only animals that will mourn a passing in the family with you. The only animals that will protect you from any harm just because they love you more than anything… Tell me those aren’t good enough reasons to focus just one post on these cuties!

hounds2Jacket: H&M | Tee: NHHS SHOP | Trousers: Topman | Shoes: George Webb | Clutch: Topman

My family have adopted a few homeless stray dogs in the past and I’m super proud to say that I always treated them all very well. I would volunteer for washing and grooming duties and feed them treaties that even the poshest of dogs would be envious of.


Most of you might know that I think Vietnam is a friendly and for most parts, utterly beautiful place. But last time I was there there, I unearthed some shocking and upsetting sides of the country that seriously shook me on an emotional level. Apart from the limestone quarrying issue in Ninh Binh that deeply affected me – I came close, like face-to-face close… too close to dog meat consumption at Pu Luong’s Sunday market. I’m not going to state graphically what I witnessed but trust this small town Malaysia boy who’s seen the bloodiest butcheries, it was gruesome.hounds5



I have no right to judge, and I won’t because I’m no saint or vegan myself. So call me a hypocrite but I strongly feel that there’s a place where the line needs to be drawn and this is it. Yeah yeah, you can argue (and I’ve seen people try) that much smarter animals are being farmed and slaughtered for human consumption but if the creature’s intelligence is not immediately appreciable to me like a doggy’s cognitve abilities, i.e. running up to me wiggling its tail in sheer excitement everytime it sees me coming home from school, then it’s hardly relevant to me. As ignorant as it may sound.


I could go on and list you all the reasons why I find eating dog meat unacceptable and we’d still be here next Christmas so I’m just going to make my opinion clear to all dog meat consumers that, dogs have served as our closest, most loyal companions for tens of thousands of years. By killing them for their meat, we’re concluding once and for all that the human race really hasn’t climbed as far up the evolutionary ladder from cannibalismas as we thought.


Through his arts, Ko raises fund to support local dog and cat owners in Chiang Mai – an extremely admirable act of kindness. I don’t think there’s anyone better to collaborate with than him as a fellow dog lover. So, here’s how you can be in for a chance to bag these animal graphic t-shirts with a caring cause:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Simply follow myself on Instagram (here) and Twitter (here), as well as Ko’s official Facebook page (and here). To increase your chances, you can comment on any of my articles or retweet me once a day for the next few weeks until one lucky winner is chosen by the end of the month. The tees are unisex and only come in one standard size, fits all. 🙂

This giveaway is open internationally so all animal lovers can join in and the winner will receive not one, but two tees! Yes, you can share it with your sis, bro, significant other as a matching outfit or better yet, you can treat yourself to both of them (I would…) 😀

Good luck!!


Love, Oliver

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  • Reply
    April 9, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    love these so much!!!

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    Tracy K Nixon
    April 9, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway! Love these t-shirts! And I love those dogtooth pants too!

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      April 9, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks! They’re pretty fab, aren’t they? 😀

      Oliver x

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    April 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Would love these 🙂 thanks for the chance! <3

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      April 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      No probs! Good luck!! 😀

      Oliver x

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    April 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Wow really like these t-shirts and your outfit looks cool too! 🙂

    Life of Jana

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    Emma Louise Ryan
    April 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I LOVE the bunny rabbit one. Tees like this are so good and easy to throw on. Great post 🙂

    Ps I really like the dog tooth trousers x

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    Sarah H
    April 9, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    These are such fun x

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    John Howe
    April 10, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Great post Oliver, thought provoking. You may be pleased to know that tourism in Vietnam is dropping drastically.

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      April 10, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Don’t get me wrong, it’s a gorgeous place but some of their cultures and cluelessness really bother me. 🙁


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        John Howe
        April 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        I recognise what you say Oliver. And the way people treat animals is a reflexion on their attitudes to people.
        Bill has told me the good news – so good luck for tomorrow.

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          April 12, 2015 at 4:12 pm

          Thanks! 😀

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    samantha shelley
    April 10, 2015 at 10:31 am

    OOhhh would love!

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    Kat Lucas
    April 10, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for having such a fab giveaway!

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    clair downham
    April 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    great giveaway fingers crossed

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    April 10, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    these are gorgeous!

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    Nani Kurniasih
    April 11, 2015 at 2:20 am

    I really love your style 😉

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    Nikki Stewart
    April 11, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    These are fab!

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    Kristiina K
    April 11, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Love them!

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    April 12, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Great giveaway!

    Debora Ferri

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    April 12, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I love those t-shirts. I hope I win 🙂

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    April 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    T-shirt is fab, love love love that it can be for dudes and ladies! You wear it well Oliver x

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    April 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

    This is a wonderful post, Oliver! I got the chance to spend 4 months in Vietnam last year and honestly, I absolutely loved it! I would totally move there one day, but as you said, some of their practices are uneducated and clueless. It’s a country that is slowly developing and will get better one day. Anyway, your outfit is great and the giveaway initiative is really nice. Looking forward to more of your content!

    Cool Gear Cavalier

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      April 14, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Hi Kosta! Thanks for your comment!! I’ve seen your posts in Vietnam, seems like you had a fabulous time!!

      Yeah, I agree that the country is still majorly underdeveloped and it will probably take a few more generations before things advance… but I have hope that one day it will get better! Especially now that money from Japan is pouring in…!!

      Oliver x

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    April 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I want free shirt^^

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    April 21, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Anything for a good cause 🙂

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    Lydia Frew
    April 28, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    But the problem with money pouring in from Japan is that it might just make it look like any other country! Do you really want golf courses everywhere? (Great t shirts)

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      April 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      As far as I could see, the Japanese money is going into the infrastructure so I think the Vietnamese are safe in the sense that their nation won’t be flooded with golf courses anytime in the near future… 🙂


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