One of the attributes that makes the London menswear scene as good as it is its diversity – there’s the suited and the hooded, the sneaker heads and the booted.
Michael Dale is a contributing writer to online title Menswear Style, and has been working in PR having represented both the high street and the high end. The usually suited-and-booted individual now works for luxury ecommerce brand Mr. Porter, who can certainly be attributed to changing the fashion forefront by introducing premium quality products in the form of tailoring, streetwear and basics. This week’s 10 minutes we talk to Michael about his personal style and his London favourites.
NAME: Michael Dale
PROFESSION: Menswear PR
Describe your personal style?
It changes day to day, but tailoring is normally central to my look. Lately I have been moving away from such a buttoned up approach; swapping the three-piece for unstructured jackets and smart separates. However – I’m a firm believer in the magic of a well-fitted suit. It can improve posture, compliments your body shape and it looks bloody good too.
Favourite thing to do in London is…
If I’m feeling skinted: Spurstowe Arms, my local in Hackney. If I’m feeling minted: Shoreditch House.
What area of London best describes you?
Well – in the 6 years I’ve been here I’ve always lived east so…East London? Tough question! Hackney suits me down to the ground, plenty going on minus the brashness of Shoreditch.
Our brand focus incorporates Icons in Menswear. Who do you consider to be an icon?
Kind of obvious I guess, but for me it has to David Bowie. He completely flipped traditional perceptions of style, sexuality and what it means to be a man upside down. He’s influenced generations of men. My favourite era: 1979. He oozes effortless cool in the video to ‘Boys Keep Swinging.’ Check it out.
What’s a key piece in your wardrobe that works for both day time and eveningwear?
I have a great pair of navy tuxedo trousers with a houndstooth satin sidetape,. They look just as great with a white sneaker and long line tee as they do with a dress shoe, bowtie and the whole sha-bang.
Do you feel there are any key trends emerging for Spring/Summer 2015?
A slightly looser silhouette. Shapes are still sharp but some brands are experimenting with a more relaxed cut in the trouser.
The item on my wishlist for the season is…
The AMBLER rollneck. The roll neck is the perfect winter accompaniment and it’s pretty adaptable. You can go super laid back with sneakers and denim, or all out with a blazer or suit. Jackpot.
And finally, one wise tip for our readers?
Don’t wear braces and a belt at the same time. PLEASE.
Read what Michael has to say on Menswear Style.