Growing up in a village in eastern Croatia, field work was an inevitable part of life. Often back-breaking and exhaustive, it was also strangely satisfying. Connecting with nature meant taking in its sights, sounds, and aroma. Picking apples and corn were autumn rituals during my formative years and I can recall those long days with weary pleasure. Darkness would creep into the early afternoon hours, the light would grow faint, and a chill permeated the air. Layers were our only line of defense against this new biting cold, and since it was farm life, plaids were inevitable. Strangely stylish for such pastoral settings, and yet perfectly juxtaposed against the reds and oranges of autumn fields.
I assumed moving to New York meant an escape from corn and apple picking, but how wrong I was! Just last week my company took its employees upstate for a fun outdoor excursion. Suddenly I was to be back on the fields doing those activities that were so a part of my early life. On the farm, one could get away with any fashion blunder, simply because the style was the last thing of anyone’s mind. But this is New York. I couldn’t help but wonder, what exactly should one wear for a business field trip that mixes autumn activities?
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an event by G.L.E.T (Gorgeous Little Expensive Things), an e-commerce fashion boutique that distributes gender-neutral designs from around the world. From a plethora of fascinating choices, I selected a long plaid coat/shirt, designed and produced by Hong Kong-based menswear label “The World Is Your Oyster”.
Providing essential style and quality for the gentlemen of the new generation, The World Is Your Oyster embraces formal tailoring with a touch of the streetwear. The collections often feature clean silhouettes with unorthodox material choices for just the right amount of drama.
This was the exact effect that I needed in the orchard.
I paired the coat shirt with a beige turtleneck and layered it with the “Brave Gentlemen” jacket and camouflage overcoat that I found for $20 in my favorite (now well-known) thrift shop, Beacons Closet. I completed the look with classic Timbaland boots and aviator gloves for additional drama.
PS. Who says you can’t be chic in the fields, even for a day? Well OK, for a couple of hours. 😉
Photo | Paige Allison Klingerman
Jacket | Beacon’s Closet
Coat shirt | G.L.E.T & Muslin brothers
Turtleneck | Zara
Pants | Mango
Boots | Timberland
Gloves | Zara