Maryam's post pulled my heartstrings and rang the full peal of bells from my local church. The Boy's wardrobe has been a work in progress since we got together two and a half years ago. The night we clicked, he was kitted out in his new found 'smart/casual' uniform of white shirt, blazer, jeans and new brown slip-on shoes and I thought ' I can get on board with this'... So I did!!
However, all was not as it seemed. It has taken four wardrobe culls (revealing a rather fetching mustard coloured shirt - his 'pulling' shirt as a fresher. Suffice to say, I did not feel threatened - and a blue and purple shot Ben Sherman shirt - bring on the 90s) to extract 'Thank God' exclamations from his straight friends and actual compliments from his gay friends. Admittedly, the compliments are invariably directed via me - who else would be responsible?!...
Last year I managed to claim (under the pretext of 'designing' the costumes for his last studio show with friends) that a blue and white floral print shirt was absolutely necessary to pull together the design scheme. It's worked its way into weekend attire. I also got him in indigo jeans under the pretext of 'we're in San Francisco and it would be rude not to buy jeans for the ridiculously low Gap prices that are here'.
One day, my work will be done. One day, he will be sporting:
Or my personal favourite,
Paul Smith florals - as proven recently at Men.Style.com: The idea of a garment adorned with flowers might understandably make a man nervous. But a shirt in a bright, anti–Laura Ashley print can look refreshingly seasonable—and just slightly suggestive of the Riviera. Pair one with slim-cut charcoal pants or dark jeans. Wear it with faded denim and you’ll evoke Oklahoma!
worn with light-coloured loafers...