LAST WEEK, we looked at the first of two fall ensembles from Chicago menswear boutique MEYVN. Today, we're checking out the other. And holy s*&$, there's a lot to take in. I'm getting all sorts of Humphrey Bogart vibes from this look, and it's definitely making me give a damn. So what in particular can we learn from with this look? Let's talk about it.
THE STYLE DEVIL is always in the details. Exhibit A: that show-stopping zip fedora hat by Larose Paris. Yes, the large brim is parisian-perfection. But the zipper (the ZIPPER!) really gets to me. It's an example of pure aesthetics, and it's the type of detail that elevates a piece from average-cool to runway-ready. I'm seeing this level of attention to detail a lot of places right now, so the point here goes beyond ogling this specific hat (though by all means ogle away). It's really about taking the time to find garments that have that little something extra. Subtle, sure. But consequential.
The other trend I want to point out here is the turtleneck/coat combo. This is going to be a recurring theme as we get deeper into the late-fall & seasons. The height of the Still by Hand turtleneck takes the place of a scarf, and its thick cable-knits will keep you warm all over. The mid-tone corduroy BAM shirt by A Kind of Guise softens the green. Without that frame, the green from both the hat and the sweater would be overwhelming. Here, it's balanced.
The key, as always, is balance. In this case, the balance comes with the fabrics. Cable-knits and corduroys are both attention-grabbing materials, and I don't see them put together very often. But the neutral palette offsets much of the texture, allowing the garments to work in harmony. It's a combination that I'd be glad to try, though I certainly wouldn't limit myself to corduroy for your outer layer.
Of all the style nerds in all the towns in all the world, I was lucky enough to collaborate with MEYVN on this shoot. Whatever gin joint you find yourself in, take a moment to check them out online and support a local business. And if you're in the Chicagoland area, make sure to stop by the store, grab a drink with Noah, Jacob, and the crew, and tell them Brian sent you. It'll be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.