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Festival Trends: Vests and Bum Bags

By April 24, 2013Fashion News

Now that you have your ensemble sorted, it’s time for you to add the finishing touches to your Smart-Casual attire. But how can you stand out without looking stupid?

Add a Pocket Square

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Obviously this can’t be done if you’ve substituted a blazer for a jumper or a cardigan. However, if you are wearing a blazer, don’t leave your pocket naked. Pocket squares can be found in various high street stores, and as you are (probably) tieless, your Pocket Square just needs to compliment your blazer.

Wear a Watch

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These days, when someone asks what the time is, more than likely everyone starts fumbling around, looking for their mobile phone. Declare your refined sensibilities by wearing a watch. Stay away from overly bling bling watches, especially when the stones in it are no more precious than Cubic Zirconia.

Put on a Suitable Belt

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Always wear a smart belt with Smart-Casual attire. Belts with large buckles may be a creeping trend; however, it will make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. If you are going to wear a belt where the buckle is the focus point, go for an understated one, such as the Hermes belt.

So that’s it. Although PAUSE cannot ban the term ‘Smart-Casual’, hopefully we have helped the term make more sense. Go forth, conquer the dress code in style!

Words by @MasterNath
Now that you have your ensemble sorted, it’s time for you to add the finishing touches to your Smart-Casual attire. But how can you stand out without looking stupid?

Add a Pocket Square

pocketsquare final
Obviously this can’t be done if you’ve substituted a blazer for a jumper or a cardigan. However, if you are wearing a blazer, don’t leave your pocket naked. Pocket squares can be found in various high street stores, and as you are (probably) tieless, your Pocket Square just needs to compliment your blazer.

Wear a Watch

d33f656e90859c1bca44cdfa3efebd68
These days, when someone asks what the time is, more than likely everyone starts fumbling around, looking for their mobile phone. Declare your refined sensibilities by wearing a watch. Stay away from overly bling bling watches, especially when the stones in it are no more precious than Cubic Zirconia.

Put on a Suitable Belt

mens belts
Always wear a smart belt with Smart-Casual attire. Belts with large buckles may be a creeping trend; however, it will make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. If you are going to wear a belt where the buckle is the focus point, go for an understated one, such as the Hermes belt.

So that’s it. Although PAUSE cannot ban the term ‘Smart-Casual’, hopefully we have helped the term make more sense. Go forth, conquer the dress code in style!

Words by @MasterNath
California’s Coachella Festival has set the standard for international festival attire. Vests and “bum bags” / “fanny packs” were the order of the day amongst the many thousands who rocked up to enjoy iconic annual music and arts festival.

The vest trend is not to everyone’s taste especially given the festival-goer’s predisposition to raised-armed sweaty revelling. However, there are a number of choice examples out there if you are willing to throw caution to the wind. Topman perhaps have the best range of inexpensive yet visually arresting vests. PAUSE likes the printed versions, coming in anything from throw-back tie dye to camo print. If you’re still not convinced about the naked arms then pair one with an unbuttoned denim shirt or lightweight cardigan.

PAUSE picks these examples to help you start your collection:

Multi-coloured vests like this help to disguise a multitude of stains.

TOPMAN TYE DYE

 

You can never go wrong with black and white.

TOPMAN MONOCHROME

 

Or this on trend block-colour vest:

TOPMAN ORANGE CUT AND SEW

… And as for the “fanny pack”….. If you don’t still have the one that came free with your McDonald’s Happy Meal  from the 90s then we recommend Ebay or ROKIT!

Words by Peter Brathwaite