Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Basics of Men's Retro Style

Over the coming posts I'm going to delve into much more detail about specific styles and items of clothing but for this first 'proper' post I thought I'd start at the beginning with:

'Lesson One: The Basics'

Most peoples routes into the world of retro fashion and vintage clothing are varied and their style has grown and evolved over time but everyone has to start somewhere eh?

For me, it started with the hair, then the shoes and the rest filled in as I went along. This may be the way to go for you too but you could equally start with the clothes and match the rest up at a later date.

Now, according to a recent article in 'that magazine I might have mentioned before' all you need to "get... into the 40s and 50s vintage scene" is some tweed, button braces and a pair of black rimmed glasses. Now I'm not saying that's wrong... no, wait... okay I am! Seriously?! A bit of tweed and your suddenly vintage? I think a lot of upper-class country gents out there might have something to say about that.

Monday, 20 June 2011

"Who are you?... And what's this all about?!"

Good questions!

Well first an introduction: My name is Mat Keller and I am, amongst other things, a photographer, a designer, an art director, a film geek, a music lover, a father, a modern man but most importantly a lover of vintage clothing & classic style (and everything that comes along with the retro way of life).

That's me on the right ;-)

Some of you may already know me as the photographer behind the Southern Retro collection or through the Brighton retro/rockabilly scene.

Why start a blog?
A few months ago, thanks in the most part to the amazing people I've meet doing portrait sessions for Southern Retro, I started to get serious about my everyday appearance and make the move from just making the effort to look my best on special occasions to taking pride in my appearance on a day-to-day basis.
So I started looking round on the internet and in magazines for as many hints and tips that I could find on things such as; ways of finding vintage or vintage inspired reproduction clothing for men; styling tips and correct ways of wearing various items, what goes with what etc... and do you know what I found?
Very little in fact not much at all.

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