In The Mood For Denim

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As Doha transitions to cooler weather, a wardrobe change is in order. Now is the time to take your coats and jumpers out from wherever you’re keeping them so you’ll be ready once the temperature drops.

I’m a Manila boy so I didn’t invest in cold weather garbs before coming here but since Qatar winters are not like Canada’s, a sweater or a light jacket will suffice.  If you don’t have one yet, a jean jacket would be a nice addition to your clothes arsenal.  It’s light, casual and Doha weather appropriate which means layering is possible without the worry of looking and feeling stuffy.

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Photo grabbed from The Garment District

Denim is made of cotton so you know it can breathe and can be dyed in a wide range of colors.  It comes in different thickness too so depending on how you can tolerate the cold is just a matter of preference.  In terms of styling, denim clothing is versatile.  You can even wear this material to work!  Like this for example:

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Eidos Slim-Fit Unstructured Herringbone Denim Blazer at Mr. Porter

Personally, I like the distressed (not extreme though) look as the frays and abrasions exude more character—it has that lived-in vibe (without looking beggarly) that I really love.

 

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The Classic.  Levi’s Distressed Denim Jacket at Mr. Porter

How about these trucker jackets?

Did I inspire you to get one?  I know I did. =)

 

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Is The Balenciaga x Crocs Collab A Joke?

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First of all, I love Demna Gvasalia.  Vetements had that impact when it first came to the scene—it was progressive, unexpected, and he challenged how we usually perceive fashion. For example, his take on Levi’s is fresh and it gives out an effortless vibe.

And while he did a 360-degree turn as far as designing Balenciaga, his collections for the house showed his strength in precision tailoring and creating high impact looks since he took over the brand.  Fast forward to now—the Crocs.

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Photos grabbed from Vogue.com

Gvasalia reimagined the Crocs as a platform sandal complete with plastic pins (for customization options).  It looks clunky and doesn’t elevate the dresses it was paired with.  I am all for juxtaposition but the thing with matching opposing elements is that they are either a hit or a miss.  And this did not hit the mark for me.  They don’t look practical.  Some fashionistas may argue otherwise and I will agree to some extent but this is borderline ridiculous.  Sorry, I’m not sorry.

Sure, there is a market for these quirky clogs—I’m thinking the Japanese can pull this off with their eccentric and offbeat approach to fashion, the Balenciaga faithfuls, and maybe some who are drawn to the novelty of it.  Whatever rocks your boat, right?

I am not a hater but I was never a fan of Crocs.  Never had one and I don’t plan on acquiring a pair ever.  I don’t care how comfortable they are because they look so tacky—not my cup of tea.  And I don’t think I’m the only one who has this opinion about this footwear.  What do you say?  Do you like this collab between Balenciaga and Crocs?  Did it make you excited?  Would you wear one?

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