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Archive for February, 2010

Takin’ Care of Business

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

It’s surprising how difficult it can be to find a good suit on the grid without going broke.

Surprising unless you know about Simone! that is.

For several days I’ve been looking around for something approaching a conservative business suit. There are a lot of great formals, and even some superb suits, but finding a nice conservative, vested suit has been difficult. While I was at Simone’s Style Starts Here the other day, I stopped into her men’s shop over in Simone! I’m glad I did.

This is the black vested suit and it was just what I needed. When I snagged it, the price tag caught my eye. I paid 100L for it.

You read that right. 100L!

This was so reasonable I bought the blue one to go with it.

The great thing about buying a suit is that you get a bunch of separates to mix-n-match. This set is no exception. The plethora of layers and the standalone jacket layer make this an exemplary value at three times the price. It was such a good value, I went back and bought two more – in red and green.

This outfit has two things that I wish were different. First, I wish the pants had at least one layer without the tail of the vest on it. It keeps the pants out of the mix-n-match pool which is not a biggie. I’ve got other pants that I can wear with the shirt. Second, I really wanted the navy suit to have a navy jacket instead of the black. I understand it would be weird to have just the one suit with the different color jacket, but this is such a great piece and the navy version is the only one with different colored pants. At 100L I’m not complaining, mind you. The black jacket over the navy pants with the grey vest and blue tie look great.

The Goodies

Shirt: Style Starts Here – Men’s Vested Suit – Black
Shoes: JCS – Sebastian (Black)

Hair: UWst – Hibiki (Coffee)
Eyes: Glanz – Brown
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu SK 6

Rust Never Sleeps!

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again … and again … and again.

I love Simone!

This afternoon I took a break from working to replenish an aged wardrobe. With my new classes at Fashion Institute, I’m finding that I need to take more pictures of me and to prepare more styles. I’m up to my av-pits in tee shirts and jeans but there are some serious gaps in the “fashion staple” department. Not the least of which is a collection of non-jean trousers and some suitable buttoned shirts. Luckily, I know Style Starts Here has a nice collection.

It didn’t take long to find this great rust colored shirt and a pair of clay colored trousers to go with. One of the things I love about Simone! is that she always has stuff on multiple layers. The shirt, for example, comes in under, shirt, and jacket layers (with the boxer or pant layer shirt tail) so I can wear it tucked or not in almost any circumstance. I frequently like tossing on a jacket to dress up an outfit (more on that in a later post) so having the ability to go “untucked casual” with a shirt works well for me.

The clay slacks, likewise, come in boxer and pants layers so I have a lot of flexibility in how I wear them. The boxer layer, of course, requires some tall boots but I have a few pair of those and this pair of heavy pants will go well with them.

Thanks, Simone!

The Goodies

Shirt: Style Starts Here – Men’s Wear Raffee Long Sleeved Shirt – Rust
Pants: Style Starts Here – Heavy Pants – Clay
Shoes: JCS – Oslo Boots (Brown)

Hair: UWst – Hibiki (Coffee)
Eyes: Glanz – NightSky
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu SK 6

Make It Work

Friday, February 26th, 2010

make_it_work_roland2, originally uploaded by roland_zepp.

Xenobia Foxclaw over on Xen’s Pen pointed out this monthly contest from Models’ Workshop and Tres Beau. The game involves a box o’ parts. The objective is for everybody to start with the same box and come up with two outfits using at least two of the items from the box and then adding to it.

In the first round, you make an outfit and submit a picture. The best pictures get tapped to do a runway show with that first outfit and the second. The catch is that the second outfit needs to use the leftover items from the box. This sounded like a heck of a lot of fun to me, so …

The box for this month included a pair of jeans with prim cuffs and a short sleeved white shirt with henley neckline with an optional prim collar. There are layers for each.

I thought the shirt and jeans had a particularly bohemian look to them and I added a pair of JCS Oslo boots and the jacket from SF Designs Autumn Set. The beret is actually a freebie women’s hat from Tesla (Danielle) that I sized and colored to match the jacket. The look was *really brown* until I added a splash of color with :sey’s Afghan scarf in red. I added Role’s Recon glasses to give it a bit of an intellectual look and I’m really pleased with the way it came out.

I shot the photo on location at Bogarts Jazz Club, using the Bugatti they have parked at the curb for a suitably European setting.

Yes – this could be a lot of fun.

MW 3.10 pants and shirt
JCS – Oslo boots
Tesla – Danielle hat
Role – Recon glasses
sf designs – Autumn Set (jacket)
:sey – Afghan scarf
mustang – knotted leather bracelet

Belleza- Mathieu 6 SK

Clothing Fair 2010

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Clothing Fair 2010, originally uploaded by Nevar Lobo.

It’s coming.

Barely two weeks away.

It’s gonna be bigger than last year.

I can hardly wait!