What I Wore Today #44 – The Profuomo Vegetable Print Shirt

Craig of That Dapper Chap shows us what he wore today which includes a statement vegetable print shirt by Profuomo

Today’s look is all about the shirt

If you’re looking for a statement shirt, maybe for date night of that Valentines day meal take a look at Profuomo. They currently have a great range in stock including some very unusual prints including birds, botanics and bugs to name just a couple of my favorites.

The flat lay ready to wear

I eventually settled on the Vegetable print shirt, a quirky print featuring every piece of veg you can imagine. Every time I look at it I spot something new. In fact people in the office today saw it as some kind of challenge to spot as many different items as possible! “an aubergine!” exclaimed Jan. “Found a pumpkin” Dan replied “at least I think it’s a pumpkin” Debate ensued.

A closer look at this fantastic shirt

Stone chinos make for a ‘spring’ look

The orange carrots on the shirt sang to me so I decided to pick orange as an accent colour and pulled out my blue and orange striped knitted tie. I added an orange lapel pin to my blue corduroy blazer and chose blue and orange striped socks to continue the theme.

A close up of the pattern on the Profuomo shirt

I accessorised with my latest watch, very classic and simple in style so as not to distract from the shirt. It has a classic silver metal strap and blue hands which complimented the colour scheme. I’ll do a full product review of this watch soon, so watch this space.

Today’s watch, look out for a product review soon

My blue bobble hat also made an appearance, while the weather was mild for January I just wanted to wear it. I wear it a lot in the house with my PJ’s when it’s cold.  

The tan and navy belt continues that orange and blue theme and also compliments the two tone leather brogues. Always match your belt and shoes gents!

The trouser chain and bracelets pick out colours from the shirt and the navy leather back pack coordinates well and completes the look.

Rocking the bobble hat, well trying anyway

The orange pocket square continues the colour story

Just waiting for spring to do its thing

A look at the trouser chain and bracelets

The full look and the first outing for this cord blazer

Today’s bracelets pick out colours from the shirt

The blue and orange striped tie carry the colour story

Socks to match my tie, why not!

Back to the office after my lunch break

The Expedition back pack in navy leather

Try a statement shirt yourself and wear it with pride

Where It’s All From

Two Tone Leather Brogues – London Brogues £59.95

Blue & Orange Striped Socks – Topman

Slim Fit Stone Chinos – Primark

Vegetable Print Statement Shirt – Profuomo £85.00 

Blue & Orange Knitted Tie – Ebay £2.00

Blue Corduroy Blazer – Feraud £225 (similar HERE)

Beaded Trouser Chain – The Modern Gentleman £80.00

Orange Corduroy Lapel Pin – Home Made

Bracelets – Some Home Made, others from Our Saints & H&M

‘Expedition’ Navy Leather Backpack – The Cambridge Satchel Co £215 

Blue Bobble Hat – Next (sold out)

Silver Watch – Lord Timepieces £65.00

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What I Wore Today #33 Primark Outfit

Craig of That Dapper Chap show of his latest look, created entirely from the range available from Primark

I know what some people are like, they will turn up their noses at low cost menswear, with comments about poor quality and other elitist remarks. My view is that style is how the pieces are put together and not what they cost. A person can spend thousands of pounds on an outfit and look like a dogs dinner. They’re happy of course, as they’re dripping in designer names, would I know that, or care? No. I’d simply know that they looked a complete mess!

I’m an average guy, just like you. I have bills to pay a car to keep on the road, a mortgage and mouths to feed. I can’t afford to spend £3,000 on a suit and I’m not even sure I’d want to. Having grown up in my Brothers hand-me-downs and less than expensive clothing, I’ve learned that it really isn’t what you wear (or ‘who’ you wear) it’s the choices you make and how you wear it. This post is testament to that, and I honestly believe I’ve created a high end look on a low cost budget.

I’d seen this pale blue summer blazer in my local Primark store and really wanted it, so on payday I went in and bought it. They had three left in stock and luckily one was in my size. It was a sign! 

Now, what else would I get to go with it? I’d been looking for some stone coloured chinos for a while and saw these, thinking they would team well with the blazer for a really summery look. I tried them on in store, they fitted really well but were way to long for me. A sewing machine and 30 minutes later, and they were the perfect length. 

This was the first time that I’d altered my own trousers and I think I did a pretty good job! It’s certainly given me the confidence to do it again. These chinos were inexpensive enough that I thought if I did it wrong I could just buy another pair.

The loafers, slim fit shirt, floral tie, invisible socks, belt and pocket square are also from Primark, as are the sunglasses. The lapel pin is my own as are the bracelets, watch, tie clip and briefcase. 

Overall I think this look is a win, particularly when you look at the cost. I know that there are implications associated with low cost clothing, but one thing I can tell you is that Primark are taking the quality of their clothing and its design very seriously. Speaking recently to their new menswear designer; Marcus at a recent event, his passion for quality and style was clear, and I hope that I’ve done him proud with this summer look.

Where It’s All From

Brown Leather Effect Loafers: Primark – £12.00

White Invisible Socks (5 pack): £4.00

Stone Chinos: Primark – £8.00

Leather Effect Belt: Primark – £4.00

White, Easy Iron Slim Fit Shirt: Primark: £5.00

Pale Blue Floral Tie: Primark – £2.00

Pale Blue Summer Blazer: Primark: 35.00

Bicycle Print Pocket Square: Primark – £1.50

Sunglasses: Primark – £2.00

Watch: AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane – £280

White Rose Lapel Pin – Home Made

Bead Bracelets: Home Made

Brown Leather Briefcase: RJR by John Rocha At Debenhams

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What I Wore Today – Boden & John Varvatos

Craig of That Dapper Chap shows us his look for this weekend and shows off his new John Varvatos weekend bag.

When I chose this red and blue striped sweater by Boden I couldn’t wait to wear it, but being in the midst of summer, the opportunity hadn’t yet arisen. Not that today was a particularly cool day, more that I couldn’t resist wearing it any more! With its thin knit in cotton and cashmere it’s a great fit and so soft and easy to wear.

With the sweater I wore a pair of stone coloured chino shorts and kept the red and blue theme going with the wristwear and laces in the tan lather brogues.

If you’re off for a weekend by the sea like myself you’ll need a great bag. This canvas weekend bag by John Varvatos fits the bill. The fact that it’s lightweight to begin with is a huge plus. I have leather weekend bags and they are heavy even before you’ve filled it with everything that you need for your time away!

It’s a very roomy bag and even after I’d packed everything I needed I still had some room left inside. I love a bag that comes with handles and a strap as it makes it much more versatile than a bag with just one or the other.  It’s faux leather handles are large enough to fit over your shoulder too, so you have three carrying options. The only downside for me is a distinct lack of pockets so if you needed to take passports and documents you’ll need to carry them inside the bag itself or somewhere else which could be a pain.

While you may know John varvatos from his time designing for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, you might also know that he has his own range of clothing along with a great range of fragrances which are available at Debenhams.

I didn’t take a huge amount of stuff for my trip, the idea is to chill out, drink wine and relax with friends rather than have to worry about looking stylish. We all need some total chill time right!

Where It’s All From

Weekend Bag: John Varvatos

Red & Blue Stripe Sweater: Boden

Tan Leather Brogues: Burton Menswear

No Show Socks: Primark

Stone Chino Shorts: Primark

Sunglasses: Primark

Straw Hat: Primark

Watch: Daniel Wellington

Bead Bracelets: Home Made

Anchor Phrep Bracelet: Paul Hewitt

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