Spotlight: Kit Harington

Kit Harington

Game of Thrones favorite, Kit Harington is still fairly new to the professional acting scene, but you’d never know it with how prolific he has become. Famous for his character’s terrible luck and luscious dark curls, Kit Harington only seems to retain one of those qualities in his real life.

In the style world, Kit is the perfect example of using basic staples to create a complete wardrobe. He tends to wear dark neutrals, which means they can be combined in a ton of different ways. Building a wardrobe with basics and neutrals allows the greatest number of unique outfits with the least amount of individual pieces. Even his glasses are dark and classic.

kit harington

The basics that Kit embraces the most are: leather jackets, peacoats, henleys, button ups in solid and plaid, and well-fitting t-shirts. WAMSW has talked about all of these individually, and they are great together or separately. 

He also finds ways to dress up jeans, by choosing dark colors and pairing them with nice shirts. Dark wash, grey, or black jeans appear more like trousers, so they look more sophisticated.

kit harington

Kit’s hair is an interesting length, and could potentially be very awkward. He avoids this with his natural curly texture and by keeping it well kept up. His hair is shiny, not frizzy, and looks more disheveled than out of control (hint: this is the sweet zone). 

While rumor has it that Jon Snow knows nothing, it is clear Kit Harington has caught on to how to have a simple, but classic wardrobe that works in almost any setting.

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Hello, Professor

While we don’t condone any inappropriate behavior, I think we can all admit that there is something sexy about the professorial look. You can psychoanalyze that all you want, but we think it’s the clothes.

The academic look is basically composed of layers. This makes it great for creating a wardrobe because you can mix and match and even choose how formal you want the outfit to be.

Here are your puzzle parts and pieces:

A variety of button-ups in various shades and patterns. The most classic professorial looks are white, oxford blue, and thin blues and white stripes. Must be slim cut.

The Professor

A few basic cardigans in neutral colors. While I’m all for a variety of cardigans, all you really need are a black, grey, and maybe taupe. These are great toppers for button ups, and can even be layered under other jackets.

Slim-cut pullover sweaters for the same type of layering as cardigans. These are also great in rich jewel tones like hunter green, maroon, and navy. For more info see WAMSW’s Sweaters.

A waistcoat or two that look like they belong to three-piece suits. Waistcoats need to fit properly (aka close to the body) and can easily veer into cheap and sketchy if you aren’t careful. If it comes with a suit, or looks like it does, it won’t be a shiny, tacky mess.

Textured blazers. We’ve already written about tweed, a classic professor look, but any noticeable texture looks like old world money and knowledge. These are great over any combination of the previous tops.

Academia looks good

Every neutral shade of slacks available. Personally, I prefer flat-front, as pleated can easily go 90s, but you should figure out what you like best. Flat-front might be more likely to suit slim men. You can also mix in some dark-wash jeans and still keep it pretty academic.

Be sure to have a selection of ties, pocket squares, and leather accessories on hand to top off your outfit. Also consider scarves and maybe suspenders. Thick rimmed, curved bottom glasses are like icing on the cake for a professorial look. 

Create any combo with these and top it off with a little scruff and you are ready to bestow wisdom from your leather armchair in the library.

 

Men’s Monochrome

mon·o·chrome

noun– a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color.

adjective – being or made in the shades of a single color

Here at WAMSW we are always encouraging you to take a risk with color and add visual interest to an outfit; well today, we are doing that in a little different way.

Now you might be thinking that monochrome can go one of two ways: Noel Fielding or OK Go (specifically circa the album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky). But that is where you would be taking a much to simplistic view. Basically, if you aren’t looking for a stage costume, we want to steer clear of exactly matching shades (yes, even if American Apparel has them all nicely laid out together).

black on black monochromeThe key to black on black monochrome without veering into goth or emo or any of those other middle school cliques is styling. If you aren’t sporting eyeliner and flat, dyed, black hair, you are already off to a good start.

The easiest and most obvious ways to elevate this look is through suits or pairing black button ups with your black slacks. Another fairly safe way is with sweaters. If you go the way of the black t-shirt with your black jeans, just make sure the t doesn’t have a band name on it because that is sure to send you back to middle school (both articles of clothing are fine, just not together).

neutral monochromeThe other best way to do monochrome is in neutral colors. This way you aren’t overwhelmed in a riot of color or soul crushing black. Browns, tans, navys, and greys are all pretty easy to pull off. Just make it clear that the colors aren’t supposed to be an exact match, especially with greys. Whites are a little harder for men to pull off for some reason, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the try.

If you are worried about a look getting too flat in any color, go with simple undershirts/button ups of a different color that will show at the collar, the hem, and maybe the sleeves of your shirt. You can also keep your monochrome up top and wear a different color of trousers, or at least shoes.

Monochrome OK Go style
That all being said, OK Go are a delight in concert and bring Technicolor joy to all those who they encounter. If you are brave enough, go ahead and take the leap into brighter, non-neutral, colors. Just do it with intention and expect a few looks.