I'm convinced. Either I'm sick or grossly overdressed on my daily commute to work. The cold winter chill really doesn't affect some people. I've said it many times on this blog, and I'll say it again. Durban winters are relatively mild. Compared to the rest of the country this is the warmest place to be in winter. You can't, however, discount the fact that the early part of the morning between 6am and 9am is cold. Can you imagine how incredulous I was when I saw a woman, at 6am, wearing open-toe wedges and a sleeveless summer dress? I was beside myself because my layering on my upper body was the complete opposite. I was wearing a vest, a plaid shirt, a shawl collar sweater and a pea coat. I really don't know how to explain it because during the course of the day one may be indoors or can concede that it does get warm, after 15:30 however, that cold chill returns. So, because the greater part of the day is warm one would rather brave the early morining and late afternoon chill? I think not. Not me.
I tell you, I don't think I've ever been this excited about something that is not even remotely mine or related to me. Strange things happen when you're out jogging. When I first caught wind of The Tailor Shop I was jogging in a peri-urban area of Durban called Jacobs. I stopped by had a chat with the sales people and also the head tailor/ owner, Vic. A friendly, engaging and amiable group of people.
It's no secret that grey is my favourite colour. Especially light grey. And my affinity for this colour runs the gamut of my wardrobe. From jeans, to sweaters, tracksuits, trousers, etc, grey is a surefire staple in my wardrobe. I'm also given to excess, so more than one of the same thing is not a problem to me. Moreover, I don't consider it frivolous at all. With this post I aim to compare two grey sports jackets I have in my closet. The one on the right is by a brand called Cricketeer. I have done so many internet searches and they have all been fruitless; there's just nothing on Cricketeer. The one on the left is by Canda or Canda 98. Any information on it was also unavailable. However, looking at both jackets with the naked eye, you would think they are identical, which is far from it.
I promise you, I didn't intend for this week's edition of pick of the week to come so soon, but, my mailbox had this email from Runway Sale which I couldn't delay viewing. I have been patiently waiting for the Canterbury sale because there are some great casual pieces you can get. So, naturally, I wanted to share these gems with you. Affordable is what I'm all about and at these prices I hope there's enough to go around.
If anything, I really like getting the names of things right. It shows care, concern and attention to detail. Nothing, however, gets me more confused than stripes on dress shirts. There are a lots of striped shirt styles, however, in this series of posts I will be focusing solely on vertical stripes, what they look like and, most importantly, what they are called. I haven't quite found anything that references the origins of these names, however, I think the pictures are enough to allow you to distinguish between the various styles. I also think the width of the weave in the stripes is key, the background colour of the shirt and and how much spaced the stripes are. Whenever I come across a new set of stripes I will do a post. The origins of the names of these stripes is what eludes me, however, I did find something that chronicles striped clothing and that stripes on clothing goes back to medieval times. Basically if you were considered evil or did wrong you were clothed in stripes. I would appreciate someone dropping something in the comments if they know about stripes on shirts; what they mean, their origins. It would be a great lesson.
A transient midweek or weekend getaway doesn't get more stylishly packaged than this. Described as an alternative to a sports/ gym bag, I see it doubling for work as well. This hand luggage sized camel bag is ideal as an overnight bag and is portable due to two leather straps.