It was in the middle of summer 2009 when I first moved to the UK from South East Asia, where the only outerwear you’ll ever need is a raincoat for the Monsoon season. Now, five years and some harshest winters in British history later, I’m still not used to this sweater weather. But then I fantasise winter as a giant fashion convention to wear layers, the struggle passes.
Lucky for me, just 10 minute walk away from home I have my saviour H&M, who make the most fabulous and affordable knitwear ever!! This one for example, is hands down the coolest (most certainly not in the sense of temperature since I was boiling in it) one I’ve ever owned!!
I love the multicoloured nature of the dye, which means I’m free to let my creativity fly with the mixing and matching but for this specific look, I choose to go a more conservative and minalistic route:
Jumper: H&M | Shirt: H&M | Trousers: Topman | Loafers: Florsheim
The concept of this outfit is what I call ‘nine-to-five dressing‘, think office workers, rush-hour commuters and Underground sandwich munchers. It’s a sense of ageless formality with an Oliver twist (yes, I went there). I kept everything else quite clean and crisp, including the footwear to an extent. These shoes don’t necessarily feel the most gentle on the heels but that’s due to my insistence on going sockless (with liners, I should add)… I can’t help my relationship with socks. I would only wear them if they actually contribute to the look, which most of the time they don’t so really, I have no one else to blame but myself.