Last week, Scott of Scott Macshane Photography and I headed out to do a street style shoot. Things have been pretty busy for me lately, so we had to try and squeeze it in over my lunch hour, and were not having any luck at all. Scott mentioned how he was in Christchurch the other week, and people there seemed to be more well dressed than their Dunedin counterparts. Just as we were heading back to the University, and nearly ready to give up for the day, we ran into Lizzie and Adam who very kindly agreed to have their photos taken and have a chat with us. And lo and behold, they were in Dunedin on holiday, from Christchurch…
What immediately struck Scott and myself were the quality and details in both Lizzie and Adam’s outfits. Their sense of style is simply immaculate, which is not too surprising given they both work at a major Christchurch Department Store. We were pretty awed with Adam’s amazing suit – and again, he works with the Cambridge Clothing company which is a men’s suiting company. The Blazer Adam was sporting was from Joe Black.
It’s safe to say that I was also immediately drawn to their shoes – the quality of the workmanship in the shoes is very evident, and this is a great example of how great shoes can really bring a together an outfit.
Our question for the day was “Who is your fashion icon and why?” Lizzie loved how her Grandmother made her own clothing, while Adam likes Brandon Flowers (lead singer of the Killers) – especially his creative neck ties.
To their credit, Lizzie and Adam admitted that they picked up their stunning scarves in Dunedin, as the weather was unexpectedly chilly!
We also spent a great deal of time discussing New Zealand Men’s fashion, and all agreed that kiwi men could use more style. Adam has a lot of experience working with men’s suits, and he provided a great deal of insight as to why there is apathy by kiwi men towards suits. Kiwi men are generally very casual, and don’t buy a suit until they need one. There is also the perception that suits are very expensive, which doesn’t have to be case – looking good doesn’t need to take a lot of money or effort – you really just need to hit the sales racks. Also, finding a brand that fits your body type well is important (I personally think almost nothing looks worse than an ill-fitting suit). Often men are in jackets that are too big and boxy. It’s important to get everything tailored, regardless of your body shape.
So a huge thanks again to Lizzie and Adam for taking time on your holiday to stop and chat with Scott and myself about fashion. We were both inspired by your elegant style!