La Camisa Negra
Basically ‘La Camisa Negra’ means ‘The Black Shirt’. Ideally I’d say that a black shirt is a menswear essential, but it’s high time we start moving a lil ahead of the basics and the essentials. So I was looking for something that’s not just a solid black shirt. Something interesting going on with it. Something that would catch the eye but would still be subtle and classic. And I found just what I was looking for at INDIAN THREADS.
INDIAN THREADS that goes by the tag line ‘Helping Indian Men Look Dapper, One Gentleman At A Time!’ is an online style destination that will bring you premium, sharp and super stylish shirts that are made in India. I have been following their collections and what I loved about them is that they have such signature shirts but they manage to make them very wearable and subtle. I’m gonna leave the link to their website down below in the details. Do go and check it out!
So I chose 2 shirts of which the one I loved the most is this black one with 2 grey stripes of different thickness, with a lovely black dotted pattern which gives an illusion of a micro perforation. The fabric is super soft and very much breathable. I wouldn’t wear black on a hot sunny day, but this one, I can for sure.
I have styled it in a way that it can be appropriate during the day as well as for a night setting. For an occasion where you need to look a lil dressed up or an evening where you wanna look good and yet be minimal and feel comfortable is what I had in mind when I put together this look. With the shirt being the focal point, I went for a light washed pair of denims, a black leather belt and a cobalt blue pair of shoes for a pop of color.
Now let me clarify one thing. It is imperative to match the color and texture of the shoes and the belt ONLY when it comes to dress shoes. Do not try to match bright fashion sneakers with your belt. It will not look nice if you do this with yellow or blue or mint or red or such colors.
Back to the outfit that’s in focus. Minimal accessories. A pair of aviator sunglasses, a black envelop clutch bag and may be a metallic watch if you’d like. To transition from day to night, get rid of the sunglasses and add hipster glasses. And also you don’t need to have the shirt tucked in if it’s an evening. So basically what we’re looking at it something that’s high on style without having too much going on and something that’s high on, most importantly, comfort! A perfect example of ‘Less is More’!
Perfect Purple Print
So in this block I shall style the purple shirt. Now purple happens to be one of my favorite colors. I think it’s such a deep subtle color which can look very regal if worked well with it. It’s such an easy color to work with. You can dress it up or dress it down. But the issue with me is that I’m a lil fussy when it comes to picking up a good purple. And after a very long time I came across a good printed purple shirt and I absolutely had to get it!
Now let’s talk about the shirt! As I have mentioned earlier, INDIAN THREADS have a knack to make shirts, that are subtle but interesting! They stand out but easily blend in. This one is no exception. The shirt has a solid deep purple background, over which there is a cellular print in a dark lavender and white dots. And darn it, I could’ve named the post Deep Purple! But cant! Anyway what I loved the most, is the way the small lavender and smaller white specs on the deep purple make it look like a perfect purple that I had been looking for and this was the 1st one that I chose of the three.
And as always I wanted to keep one focal point, the purple shirt. So I went for a really simple street style look which can be super versatile. How so? That I shall get to in a bit. So I styled the shirt with a pair of grey chinos. (Chinos again are very easy to style. They can be dressed up or dressed down very easily without compromising on the comfort.) A pair of white low top sneakers. A classic pair of black wayfarer sunglasses and a good black duffle bag. It’s a very easy going look that you can sport on a day out, an informal meeting, while hanging out or even on a date.
Now you can dress this shirt up on various levels. I would’ve loved to actually demonstrate that but when I shot it was a li too hot and humid for me to do much. But anyway, you can go for an open collar button, tucked out look with sleeves rolled up and accessorize with a metallic wrist watch and some minimal bracelets. Or an open collar button look with a black leather belt and black leather pair of oxfords with a brief case and a leather strap time piece for a business meeting kind of a look. And if you wish to go really fashion forward you could go for a buttoned up, tucked in look with tan brogues, a good messenger bag and you can even go ahead and add a navy toggled jacket or a classic black leather double breasted jacket or even a good cardigan.
So moral of the story, I really think that a good purple shirt is a must have. And the best part is, not many use it that well. It’s a highly under rated piece that I feel should me made use of by any modern day dandy! And for more such pieces do visit the INDIAN THREADS website and check out their collection!
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