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Contrasting patterns and how to make them match. It’s all about proportions. Listen here …

What’s Claudio Wearing

Camo’s worn with the Girona chambray and the Penedes shetland cardigan … and a helpful tip that some may not know about…….

 

What’s Claudio Mumbling Now

Sorry I had to go, don’t you know I ain’t right, up tight with my long sight and my big trap, rap, tap any old skat to make a point no one hears,  and call out wrong when everyone sees  right, add so outta sight I go

 

What’s Claudio Mumbing Now

The Lie

 

Be nice thrice, speak don’t shout

Communicate your fears, ideas of a more just world that is no longer here

Slipping by us whilst we are being told the lie that everything will be allright

 

What’s Claudio Wearing

After a long and stressful house move, I’m back to mumbling to myself on camera. Weather is much cooler so out comes my fave merino wool Moscatel jumper in the olive, matched with Fernando selvedge denim, and the La Selva utility coat. Listen here and catch up on all what’s due to come in DNA land

 

What’s Claudio Wearing

 

Double trouble this week as I am showcasing 2 new items so watch the reel and feel the feel!

What’s Claudio Wearing

 

What’s Claudio Wearing today involves the lovely trim fit lightweight Cava knitted shirt with the white cotton baggier Fernando trouser style. A great over all contrast spiced up with the brown Bores pennies, a vintage straw beater and a neckerchief.

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Murcia floral print shirt worn with Giulio linen trousers. Watch video to get tips on mixing tonic type fabric with casual prints

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Full summer boom means I can wear my lace up espadrilles, here where they were born. Hollywood style icons popularized them since the late 30s, and although still popular locally here, nowadays Hollywood men of course are stylistic disasters rather than icons.

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

.. on a Tuesday ! Thought provoking and left of field classic 1960s casual wear, madras shorts and knee length formal socks and pennies was all the rage back then. Since Ivy style has taken the internet by storm, this is something not seem yet and so here it is!

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Turquoise and white with a splash of burgundy. Colour matching doesn’t get any better than this bunch. check it out

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesdays

Sky baby blue with white pinstripe linen suit matched with the. we fantastic Murcia aloha shirt and snuff suede lace ups. Shaken not stirred

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Royal blue 2 piece line suit with white and honey spectators and a linen stripe pop over shirt

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Burgundy and brown gettin’ it down today for a left of field outfit! check it out!

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

 

lightweight extrafine merino wool cardigans makes its appearance and worn with linen trousers and spectators just makes a great pairing overall.

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Asti boating blazer brightens up a very sunny day! Keep it simple and subtle folks, so here are my pointers to go with

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

 

LaSelva white utility coat beautifuly contrasts the blue Rocco linen trousers and the blue Porto tee shirt. Lopez t-straps in a tan finalize a lovely summer outfit

 

 

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Old ish linen Bassano open neck shirt from 2015, just before they became popular again, with oldish pair of Rocco wide leg trousers from 2017 (when high waist and wide leg was still not a thing) and snuff suede Goya lace ups. Piazza linen crown and silk around my neck.

 

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

If you wear red trousers you need to tone things down so blue blazer it is !

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

 

La Selva utility coat for today’s outfit along with Giulio chinos, Girona and and pennies

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Indoors today as I am printing out the new tees, whilst wearing an oldish DNA mustard cardigan, Rocco mohair blend trousers and loafers. Check them t shirt designs out cause they far out !

 

 

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Last cold stint of the season made it’s way back so out comes the shetland Penedes cardigan! Been a busy day today with incoming tees keeping me excited but busy; Some more updates with more cool threads to hit HQ shortly

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Blue on blue is what I’m wearing don’t you know! Put the other day’s post to the test today and really something I should do more. However there is one deal breaker, and watch on to find out what it is.

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

Peach oxford Girona shirt brightening up the day with off white Rocco ‘nims and Bores loafers and the Piazza crown

 

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

My La Selva utility jacket in a cotton seersucker is the latest addition and is a great variation to the classic seersucker jackets that have been so popular. It is lightweight so much like layering another shirt

 

 

What’s Claudio Wearing Wednesday

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Claudio Suggests 11

I had a customer contact me asking me if I could suggest trousers to match this wonderful floral shirt, so here I choose something left-of-field to suggest an un usual but perfect match.

 

Claudio Suggests 9

A suggestion on how to add matching tie to this lovely stripe Girona75 shirt. It’s not always easy as coloured stripes will need some thinking though before wearing with tie, so here are some pointers and I hope they help

 

Claudio Suggests 8

My wife asked if I got dressed up in the dark today. Here is my explanation as to why that isn’t so …

Claudio Suggests 7

Not my preferred combination of gingham check shirt with suit and tie but think this one works well, and here is why

Made to measure service .. please read

Sartorial Faux-pas of the Rich and Famous: the bottom button tale

 

How  is it that one of the most elegant families of the 20th century could get such basic sartorial rules wrong? Granted that these rules are often enough meant to be  broken – after all, a good does of Sprezzatura when done correctly has never hurt anyone – but in this case it has nothing to do with the nonchalance ‘I don’t care’ attitude of Sprezz (usually aptly pulled through by those who are confident enough with the knowledge of the rules). At the beginning of the 20th century, especially in the 20s and 30’s where men where mostly wearing suits (all be it the only suit in the wardrobe), there has been plenty of photographic evidence that the bottom button on a mens coat remained fastened, despite it looking nefasto. The Kennedy’s here are a great example. Impeccable style, and yet that bottom button begs to be undone. I think it’s a fall back to it’s military roots, when all buttons were done up as it would look ‘scruffy’ or ‘insubordinate’ otherwise. Also because military gear also needed to keep you warm and thus allow as less cold/wind through.   Everyday ‘style’ later on started being much more popular as the jacket became mainstream, and used as a style piece rather than a necessity or a cultural obligation by the masses.  This ‘rule’ is there for a reason: the coat does not sit well, the button thus ‘pulls’ if it is done up as the movement of your hips and legs impede the coat to sit naturally when walking. One may legitimately ask why is it there in the first place, and I think that it probably has to do with natural esthetics and balance. I recently saw a Sean Connery film of the late 60’s and on it he too had his  grey 2 button suit all done up which surprised me (can’t seem to find a picture but here he is later on in time with the same look). Connery usually does have the bottom button correctly undone, but curiously enough throughout this particular film he doesn’t. As stated,  I think that the rule didn’t sink in until men’s coats were taken as a fashion statement en mass rather than an obligation  (post 60’s?). Just speculation on my part. What I do know is that it is one of the very few rules we are to consider unbreakable.

Unless you do up only the bottom button, but that takes us back to Sprezzatura only for the very brave.

‘Moscatell’ sports sweaters

The idea behind the latest knitwear was obviously the classic sports sweater used in the early part of the XX’s Century (tennis and cricket being the main ones). Although the contrast colours were usually of the club or school, the base was mostly white or off white (as they were originally made for sports). The style was great, but I thought strong colours could be added to the basic white, as it would make such a great accessory to sports coats!  I did away with the cable knit as it would’ve made it too bulky to wear under a sports coat (unless the coat is one or two sizes bigger), and as you can see, a plain colour base allows for fantastic colour palettes: a sage, sky blue and plain white. Extrafine merino wool in a 12 gg knit is used and the best out there is made by the great folk at Tollegno 1900 from Biella, Italy. Made locally in Catalunya in only 40 pieces total.

Claudio Suggests 23 September 2019

Texture, patterns and colour are always so important in building up an outfit, all mixing and matching something from within. I started from a red and white University stripe oxford cotton shirt  ( https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/shirts/siena29/ ) ,  and thought this green base (with red and off white loops) silk knitted tie was a great match as the green is the right middle-of-the-way shade. The red of course was the colour that tied the two items together, and as the stripes of the shirt are much smaller than the loops on then tie, these two blended perfectly. To anchor these a blue flannel sports coat ( https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/suits-coats/asti68/ ) seemed to be the natural choice, both for styling, the rough texture (but smooth to the touch) and not least the very subtle herringbone pattern adds to the overall style without disturbing. Once you have the top sorted, the bottom needs to be straight forward, so a light grey flannel is virtually the only choice here as you need something to contrast the dark blue coat. Shoes can either be black  (Goya in this case https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/shoes-accessories/goya06/ ) or oxblood or burgundy ( https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/shoes-accessories/picasso02/ ), both equally matching the overall outfit with the oxblood adding some colour and flair. Ivy League has been a great influence to what I have done since day one, and  still now is fundamental to many items I create – and thus todays Suggestion is a celebration to Americana look loved by so many Jazz heads and Modernists alike.

Claudio Suggests 10 September 2019

 

 

The perfect roll

Autumn is creeping in even in Spain although they say we still have a few more sunny spells to come (Hey! I’m playing records with 7″ vinyl this Satruday at a pool party so hopefully summer will stick around a bit longer). I haven’t worn any cotton, undershirt and jacket in a long ass time so when heavy showers appeared, I reached for something comfortable, casual, and that has the right balance between keeping me dry, warm, and looking cool. The Girona25 OCBD (Oxford Cotton Button Down) shirt in the classic plain white is my go-to shirt in these cases. Even though I will most probably see no one today out here in the woods (besides you lot reading), this shirt, a Barracuta G9, heavy weight 15 oz raw selvege denim baggies, and my trusty Botero boxing boot is all I needed. When everything looks kinda plain and standard, it’s the collar roll that makes the difference and this one is outta sight! The collar lining is very fine and detaches after the first wash, so a soft natural roll is all that shines out from the plain white. Sure you have the fine details such as locker loop, dipped back collar with back button, full front and back sewn pleat, mother of pearl buttons and the rougeness of the 140 grm oxford cotton – but its the roll that shouts out ‘hell ya!” and gives the on looker a bad-ass first impression. Made in Barcelona, currently available in a few size (more to come), check it out and get yourself a wardrobe staple.  https://www.dnagroove.it/shop/shirts/girona25/

Claudio Suggests 19 June 2019

Brief but important clip on how to match a pin stripe suit with ties and shoes.

Claudio Suggests 29 April 2019

Lovely Asti stripe sports coat is suggested this time along with how and when to wear it – have a look!

 

Claudio Suggests 23 September 2017

Suggestion mix matching coat and trousers keeping an eye on texture, colours and fabric weight

 

Claudio Suggests Checks and florals

Pointers on how to match floral and check patterns

 

Claudio Suggests September 2017

Suggesting a lovely Piccolit suit in a Prince of Wales check

 

Let the Sun Shine In

Singing a Georgie Fame cover hopeing to get some last summer rays before the Autumn

 

Prince Buster tribute

White Summer

 

Chatting about wearing white shoes with a suit – I think it can be done following certain pointers

Man sandals

Man sandals are not for everyone, and indeed these are the only ones acceptable in my opinion. Like them or loathe them, here they are

 

Jacket&shorts

IN this clip I’m demonstrating how a casual sports jacket can be paired with shorts despite of innitial doubts one may have. Keeping it lightweight, casual and unstructured is the key here.

 

Summercool

 

Using natural fibres and quality leathers will keep you naturally cool in the hot summer months

 

 

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