Vintage Trousers, 2 Ways: The Ikat Dress Shirt

I’ve always said that I’m not too crazy about pattern — unless it’s a stripe — but I am a big fan of texture. I love textiles, and I could spend a whole day looking at fabrics. I love the whole process. And For me this office look is all about texture, and using it to create a polished look that’s still something a bit unexpected.



The shirt is one of my favorites, and I had to get it even though I was on a super budget at the time. But you know, sometimes things just need to happen. I like that this shirt is all about pattern, yet it still doesn’t scream or shout for attention. Ok, maybe that’s debatable — the ikat pocket and collar are pretty loud. But the front of the shirt looks pretty business enough, with a subtle “raindrop” pattern on the front.



The best part of this shirt is definitely the back — and it’s always important to leave behind a good impression. This is something of a party shirt, and would look great mingling in a crowd, but it’s also just hanging out doing it’s thing. Again, it’s all about texture, and that’s the reason that while it is a somewhat loud pattern, it’s never going to be outspoken. The muted color palette and the fabric itself are key.

20150401-IMG_4533The trousers were a $1 thrift store find, and coordinate beautifully with a  pair of classic Bally dress shoes.

Topman Shirt / Vintage Trousers / Bally Shoes

Photos by Falcon Griffith – @_falconcara_

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.

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