Take a Bow!

In today’s dose of workwear inspiration, a little something for the boys! We feature a gent whose streetstyle I photographed and some snaps of the menswear spotted on the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) Catwalk. Xx Cheryl

Business Chic business cards ~ an adopter of the bowtie and a look we spied on and off the MSFW catwalks!

Take a Bow

Bowties. I was speaking to Ivan of another purveyor of fine businesswear, Goodwin & Charli, just the other day who agrees that bow ties are a great option for stylish gents who aren’t feeling the traditional tie but also do not want to go “bare-necked”.  Phew- take a breath! But notice that rather than being stuffy, there are a good many labels with cleverly-modernised offerings. It appears that there is a growing awareness of this as I duly note that there was an abundance of such adopters in the MSFW crowds and just quietly; hope that it is a look that will be embraced more widely!

The runway

Of the MSFW shows I attended in either my own capacity or more excitingly as part of the Melbourne Street Fashion team, there were three labels which stood out in my mind with offerings for our working menfolk…

A crowd's favourite: model Rhys in Leopold

Leopold. A label I was not familiar with until Designer Series Show 3. Classic and sartorially sharp looks featured strongly here for the male of the species and I say that as most looks reminded me of things that The Sartorialist himself would feature on his blog. If you’re a bloke, looking to add some preppy to your Contemporary Business Wear or take your Smart Casual up a notch – do check it – there’s a store in City Square next to 3-below (a bar that serves some very moreish mulled wine IMHO).

A preppy Polished ensemble, also by Leopold

Jack London Now this is a label with which many Business Chicizens will be familiar! The label which tends to pop up on our featurees did no wrong in my books, continuing to offer a range of sharply tailored classics with clever cuts and colours to keep things contemporary. In addition may I note, that the label even included some stronger looks; skinnier-than-skinny ties paired with peter-pan collars in a lovely spectrum of lilac-purple-wine red that looked simply so good that they rated mentions on some more fashion forward blogs. Yay for Corporates, Contemporary Business Wearers and Smart Casual gents I say!


Sharply-tailored classics in pops of colour at Jack London

Safa Taghizadeit Now we wrap up with a look of menswear in the future according to this graduating RMIT designer. Taghizadeit was the only menswear in the Show 2 line-up and featured deconstructed suiting. Ever wanted to rip off the sleeves of your ultra-corporate blazer or cut them workwear trousers just so for relief on a hot day or just because? This is the line for you. Watch out!

Something old and a splash of something new ~ RMIT student, Safa Taghizadeit

In terms of trends gents may wish to adopt for their Springtime workwear, I’d certainly be keeping an eye out for shirts in multi-colored checkers! Limedrop was another of the many labels who featured this look that was common on the catwalks, albeit after the drab and dreary of winter; welcomingly so. Should you require any more detailed thoughts or pointers, feel free to drop me a line~ cheryl@businesschic.com.au

PS: big thanks to Melbourne Street Fashion for getting me to the shows and Joyce of Mel: Hot or Not for getting me into the media riser to make some of these shots, possible!

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