Dandy & Dapper
I spotted an actor wearing a Henley T-shirt in a magazine. (OK, it was Ryan Gosling, but don't hold that against me.) Are they back in or as cheesy as the aforementioned?
Mr Dandy: I've heard an increasing number of "hip" gents, bloggers and editors singing the praises of the Henley as an alternative to the humble T-shirt under a blazer. A Henley is loosely defined as a collarless, round-neck T-shirt with a front-buttoned placket, much like a Polo shirt without the collar. My reaction is usually, "Why is he in his undershirt?" Which is not as absurd as it might sound, since some of the highest quality Henley T-shirts I've found are by esteemed underwear purveyors such as Schiesser (HK$245 and up; Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2833 8338). For casual dressing, Gap is selling a long-sleeved one in dark blue with thin red stripes and three buttons (HK$229; 31 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2885 0789).
Mr Dapper: Henleys rock! My faves are by American Vintage (HK$680; Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, tel: 2375 8038). Sure, they're a little pricey for basics, but they come in super-soft cotton and a great leaf green as well as blue, red, grey or white. Sunspel is a hot name in tees right now, and it makes Henleys for HK$1,000 (Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777). I got a few at Abercrombie & Fitch (Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 800 962 761), one with a darker fabric on the cuffs and collar (HK$440), and one with darker fabric on the neck and down to the buttons (HK$480).
I keep reading that it's all about the Gucci loafer right now, but it seems suspicious given the brand has been marketing some big anniversary. Give it to me straight. I'm bored of driving shoes and those pretentious velvet slippers. So, what's the latest on loafers?
Mr Dandy: Dude, enough said. I'm still loving the way brands have updated this classic shoe with thick rubber soles and flashes of colour. Cole Haan's collaboration with Fragment Design is a great example, particularly their chunky-soled suede loafers and the tasseled versions in beige, blue, brown or black (HK$2,980 and up; Think Silly store, Block B, Ming Pao Industrial Centre, 18 Ka Yip Street, Chai Wan, tel: 2898 2199). Mihara Yasuhiro, the luxe/casual Japanese designer, has added extra tread to his supersized white rubber soled loafers and rendered them in exotic skins (HK$7,250; Joyce, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2523 5944). If there's one colour to choose this season, though, it's orange. I'm talking everything from Carven's neon stompers (HK$3,650; Lane Crawford) to Kenzo's traditional penny loafers in muted orange suede, replete with the Kenzo coin in the penny slot (HK$3,490; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2530 0160) to Gram's strappy, suede/canvas combo (HK$1,890; Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, tel: 3968 2668).
Mr Dapper: Please, Dandy. There is no need for colour on one's shoes. Stay within the confines of good taste and add flair with colourful socks or a pocket square instead.
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