Soho hipster

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 February, 2012, 12:00am


While there is a growing revival for the classic way of dressing, there is also a trend towards a more casual, less put together look. The wearer looks like he doesn't give a damn about fashion when, in fact, he's put a lot of thought into it. It's part dishevelled, part artsy and very much downtown.

If bespoke suits and custom-made shoes are the realm of the moneyed class, this could well be the uniform of Occupy Wall Street's 99 per cent. Unless the wearer is asked the proverbial 'Who are you wearing?' question, especially when wearing this Emporio Armani look.

The rumpled style of the blouson, the paint splattered T-shirt, the high-waisted trousers reminiscent of Picasso's favoured cut, and the two-tone shoes that seem to have the patina of years of wear suggest the look of either a struggling artist or an indie actor who lives in New York's SoHo district.

How does one achieve this look? By picking pieces that looked lived-in or have that vintage quality. To do this successfully, one must stay away from clothes that are too perfect or too sharp. Look instead for something with character.

T-shirts are good starting point for achieving this look, especially those found in thrift stores. However, a lot of brands are making shirts that looked lived-in like this one from Kolor (HK$2,400) available at Lane Crawford. A neckerchief (HK$1,600) adds to the effect.

A graphic watch with design elements such as this one from Boss Black (HK$4,150) will sit right at home on the wrist of the artistic type.

Club Monaco's Henley (HK$590) worn with paint-splattered khakis or ripped jeans screams downtown cool.