Suit and Tie

As regular readers/instagram followers may know, I'm usually more akin to wearing t-shirts and laid back casual shirts, in many ways due to the Singapore climate really not permitting much else.

However during this past week I've found myself having to suit up quite regularly for work and so I thought I would just share a few details about what I've been wearing in case anybody's interested!

I know everyone says that a navy suit should be a man's wardrobe staple and, well, I couldn't agree more. I find black suits to be way too demure to wear on an everyday basis and navy has the innate ability to carry you through from daytime into evening and making sure you never look out of place/overdressed for the occasion.

Full navy, well indeed full anything, can have the ability to get too boring and one dimensional though, so that's why I always opt for a pair of brown shoes as a means of breaking up the outfit. Whilst some men will go for the shiny brogue or something similar, I prefer to adopt more of a laid back attitude so prefer a leather with more of a matte finish. I find this works particularly well if you choose to go tie-less as it lends well to the whole dressed up/dressed down look. Just above those shoes, always try and show a little sock as well as it just adds an additional level of detail and can also provide an interesting talking point if one is ever necessary. I'm not advocating the whole "pants so short they look like they don't fit" look, but if they can rise just a couple of centimetres off your ankles when you sit down that's pretty perfect in my opinion.

 Shoes: Clarks

Shoes: Clarks

Pocket squares also help to break up a full suit as well as adding some extra interest, and I'll tend to go for something light in colour but also with a slight pattern given that the rest of the suit is rather plain. In light (or dark if you choose) of this, I will also usually go for some pattern in my tie and in the case down below, some simple stripes can add something different to the look whilst still maintaining a professional "I mean business" image. 

 Pocket Square: Vanda Fine Clothing

Pocket Square: Vanda Fine Clothing

 Tie: Vanda Fine Clothing

Tie: Vanda Fine Clothing

Finally I'm normally a double cuff man as it enables me to wear cufflinks for that one final embellishment. In short, don't be afraid to accessorise and add as many extra details (in moderation) to your suit as possible guys; the devil's in the detail and they'll make your outfit look devilishly good.

Shek-O Baby!

 Sunglasses: Carrera Shirt: Jack Wills Shorts: Vilebrequin Shoes: UGG

Sunglasses: Carrera
Shirt: Jack Wills
Shorts: Vilebrequin
Shoes: UGG

 Top: American Vintage Shorts: Vilebrequin  Visuals by Andrea Chong (@dreachong)

Top: American Vintage
Shorts: Vilebrequin

Visuals by Andrea Chong (@dreachong)

So after talking in my last post about the confines of central Hong Kong and the constant hustle and bustle of its streets, we decided to take about a half an hour taxi ride out of the city and towards the coast for a brief respite. That being said, there was no respite from the ridiculous heat, which if anything seemed to be even more intense (nice sea breeze there most definitely was not.)

The initial idea was to check out the waterfall and cliffs at Sheung Luk Falls that we had seen so many pictures of leading up to the trip. However, given the state of Hong Kong traffic (unrelenting for the unititiated) and the fact that we wanted to catch the sunrise, it would probably have meant heading off from our hotel the night before. So in lieu of that a friend suggested that we head to Shek-O instead, a beachside village on the South Eastern part of Hong Kong island not far from the well known Big Wave Bay. And after looking up some photos of the incredible rock formations and caves they had there (as well as of course the rather pristine beach) we were more than happy to take his advice. 

It actually took a lot less time to get there than we had initially planned and so we ended up arriving just as the first rays of sunlight pierced through the clouds, lending this rather eerie feeling to an already deserted beach (this desertion was short lived mind you...) For me one of the highlights of the beach was in fact the lifeguard look out posts which rather reminded me of my teenage years watching the OC but to save any further embarrassment I won't dwell any further on this point. Just check out the photos after all this blurb and those who know will know...

What also really impressed me was the evident care and effort that was taken to preserve the beaches and keep them as pristine as possible. Even at such an early hour in the day there were a number of beach cleaners making their way up and down the sand and removing any litter in sight. In fact at that point in time I would proffer that there were actually more cleaners than beach-goers which seemed a strange sight. That is until the hoards descended. And oh boy did they descend.

It turns out that it was in fact a national holiday on the day we decided to visit, and apparently what the entire nation likes to do on such a day is to head to Shek-O. It was actually quite interesting to see just how many Hong Kongers (is that a word?) were readily keen on lying prostrate and catching some rays. Having lived in Taipei for a while, where the majority of people would seek the sanctuary of shelter or at least an umbrella at the first sight of sun - lest their white skin were to go any shade other than porcelain - it was quite a marked difference to see how keen the Shek-O visitors were on a tan. 

By this point we were already up on the rocks though, and given the other visitors' reluctance to do any climbing, we still managed to find relative sanctuary. As you can just about make it in the third image below, there were also a series of caves surrounding the inlet that we were super keen to explore, but a combination of the by now unbearable heat and the constant suspecting stares of the lifeguard on duty put paid to that idea on this occasion. No matter though, as I know I'll be back soon enough to do more exploring. Preferably in the Autumn next time.

 Visuals by me (apart from the one with me in it. Obvs.)

Visuals by me (apart from the one with me in it. Obvs.)


Initial Hong Kong Impressions + Visuals

 Shirt: Zara Jeans: Uniqlo Shoes: UGG

Shirt: Zara
Jeans: Uniqlo
Shoes: UGG

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 Shirt: Zara Jeans: Uniqlo Shoes: Castaner  All visuals by Andrea Chong (@dreachong)

Shirt: Zara
Jeans: Uniqlo
Shoes: Castaner

All visuals by Andrea Chong (@dreachong)

Well Hong Kong, I've been only here a couple of days so far, but congratulations, you've already won me over. 

I really don't know why it's taken me so long to make the trip over and explore this city. I guess I was always swayed by the people who said that Hong Kong was overly stifling and dirty, and whilst it may not be the cleanest place on earth, to me this just adds to the overall vibrancy of the place. From the constant dripping of air-conditioning units (maybe this is why so many in Hong Kong use umbrellas even when it's not raining?) to the constant traffic (both automotive and pedestrian), Hong Kong is really when of those places where things never stand still. And if you do try and stand still you'll either get hooted at by a taxi or pushed over by a surge of pedestrians. In fact, the overriding motto that Drea and I have come up with for the trip thus far is "ain't nobody got time for that" and that really does seem to be the mantra that everyone here abides by. Whilst I admit that might not be everyone's cup of tea, hailing from London I've always been a big city boy at heart and so I find the constant hustle and bustle really invigorating. 

The heat here at the moment is ridiculous and unfortunately unlike Singapore there aren't shopping malls and undercover walkways everywhere to seek some air-conditioned refuge. Thus the only way to stay out of the sun is to cafe hop, and Tai Ping Shan was the perfect place to do that (well, after you almost die climbing the staircase that is.) Oldish is a quaint little cafe that served really good coffee and if tea's more your thing then Teakha is seemingly the place to be, with swathes of people constantly looking for tables in there. Everyone seemed to demolishing their cakes and desserts but I was still so full from lunch at Mrs Pound that I could hardly stomach anything else (I guess I'll just have to come back again then :p) And on the subject of food, I'm hungry again and there's so much more yet to devour so I better get back on the streets and find some eats. Until next time!