This week's featured outfit: I black out. 

After months of meeting expectations 40 hours a week, I was itching for a chance to experiment more with my fashion. Last Sunday was just that opportunity. This monochrome look was more modular than holistic - just follow this process. I haven't worn my NikeLab x Pigalle tee in a while, so I built my look around a black and white tee with iconoclastic graphics.

NikeLab x Pigalle/Uniqlo/Common Projects/Nike/Timex

NikeLab x Pigalle/Uniqlo/Common Projects/Nike/Timex

Now, I had to find shoes that fit the contemporary yet grounded mood. While I love my Greats Royales and Nike Flyknit Racers, they've gotten their fair share of foot traffic this summer. That left me with Flyknit Chukkas, SFB's, or my Common Projects BBall Hi. Pigalle is a basketball-influence streetwear brand, the CP's are triple-black... I've got my shoes.

That just leaves pants. Two black pieces and a look that's leaning towards organic fabrics with strong basketball influences means shorts. It also means exposing 20 inches of milky Scandinavian calf skin to July sun. With high tops, to boot. So, I channeled the basketball influence and threw on black Nike crew socks, folding down the tops to preserve the proportions created between my long tee and ahem athletic-length shorts.

NikeLab x Pigalle/Uniqlo/Common Projects/Nike/Timex/Ray-Ban

NikeLab x Pigalle/Uniqlo/Common Projects/Nike/Timex/Ray-Ban

The end result: all black everything on a 90 degree July day. Even through my developing sunburn, I was happy. This is how I like to build outfits - and for the first time in a long time, I got to do it. Brooklyn, here I come.

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I went to brunch in Brooklyn dressed like a Smash Bros mystery character, sweated my bodyweight on the walk home, and wore black Nike crews without an ounce of irony. So yeah, all around solid day. It's a shame I don't have as many of them as I'd like.

 

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