Styling: Harris Davlas
Photographer: Panos Davios
Words by Eleni Papaioannou
Casual but cool, it only takes a simple twist to incarnate the best of both worlds.
Accepting an invitation to try the new, uplifting cocktail by Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, the Venezuelan Sour, I was momentarily baffled: what should I wear to this semi-official occasion, where I want to feel relaxed and enjoy the great company of a warm group of friends, but still settle for nothing less than my high sartorial standards? My choices were carefully made:
· When you know you look good in a specific color, why not go all the way and make a total look out of it? It will make you feel secure and comfortable. Mine is, as you know, dark blue. So I let it rule my whole outfit, saving gray for the piece de resistance, my overcoat.
· Speaking of overcoats, remember this: They have the limitless power to follow their own devices. Your coat doesn’t have to match your outfit, it can be a totally different color, style and fabric, creating an interesting and, why not, surprising layering effect.
· Let’s take a moment to salute the last days of sock-free dressing. These buckle shoes are ideal for bare appearances, as they cover up the foot right under the ankle, creating a sexy, suave effect.
· My favorite piece in this outfit is non other than the double-breasted cardigan. This is a must – have for any wardrobe. Chose one in a neutral color that can be combined with many of your clothes and a straight line, in cashmere or wool. When you combine it with a tie, as we did here, it can give off the impression you are wearing a proper dress jacket. This doppelganger will become a style-saver when you are indoors and it is too hot to keep wearing your jacket. Plus it makes you look very at ease with your style…
THE DRINK-VENEZUELAN SOUR
2,5ml Monin Tonga
25ml fresh lemon juice
How to make it
After we mix all the ingredients in a shaker, we double-strain in a cocktail glass and we garnish with maraschino cherries.
THE LOOK-WHERE TO BUY
Limited edition wool coat, double breasted knit cardigan, braided buckle shoes, wool/cotton polka dot tie, slim fit-micro pattern print shirt & slim fit printed chinos, all by Massimo Dutti, Available at selected stores.