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F*ck Ivy and everything else

F*ck Ivy and everything else

Fashion

The title has nothing to do with me being tired of life or about me not giving a rats ass about what’s happening around me. I care a great deal about what currently goes on both in the world as well as my personal life and although there are times when I feel exhausted that’s not what this post nor the title is referring to. It’s basically referring to a book I bought at Colette (you know, my fave store in Paris, or maybe even in the whole world) with the same title which describes the life and fashion of designer Mark McNairy. I bought the book as his stance on life (and fashion) is IDENTICAL to mine: Recognize and acknowledge the traditional, but subvert it whenever and wherever possible! 

Easily put that means, if you know the rules of fashion, you’re allowed to break to them, if you know the rules of etiquette, you’re allowed to break them. Who says you can’t wear roll-up jeans and sneakers to a blazer to a business meeting? Who says you can’t wear a snapback if you want to? As long as you look and feel good, go for it! So put all conventions aside and be and dress exactly how you want to. I mean, nothing is forbidden really. Not even wearing red to a wedding (which by some old beliefs indicate you’ve slept with the groom, but then again, who’d wanna flaunt with that?). Have fun with fashion! I do! 🙂

img_5524 img_5534 img_5551Blazer: Jiggler Lord Berlue
Shirt: H&M
Sweater: H&M
Jeans: Weekday
Sneakers: Hummel
Bag: H&M
Watch: Triwa

Photographer: Julia Billing 

51 Comments

  1. Ed from My Dapper Self
    Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 03:02 PM
    Reply

    Awesome style in display, Thomas. Matching the casual with the formal is not for the weak! Of course, I have a special spot for this jacket!

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:03 AM

      Haha, I knew you would, Ed! 🙂 But thanks for the compliments buddy!

  2. Gina Diaz
    Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 03:18 PM
    Reply

    You look FABULOUS Thomas! such a great styling. Colette is also my favorite store. I have discovered them through Instagram few years ago.

    Xx, Gina

    http://www.artsyrunway.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:03 AM

      Aww thanks Gina! 🙂 I know right! You’ve got to visit them if you already haven’t! 🙂
      xoxo
      Thomas

  3. Benjamin Majgaard
    Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 03:52 PM
    Reply

    So true! I cant think of much i despise more than dresscodes. Why would one ever show up wearing something one dont even like, just because its expected? Love your blog bro! Keep it up! /B

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:04 AM

      Thanks so much Benjamin! Really appreciate it (and totally agree!)

  4. Jo
    Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 03:59 PM
    Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you more and I did break a rule by wearing a pair of slightly distressed jeans paired with a polished shirt to the office yesterday. Why not as I feel good about this whole outfit?!

    Great styling here!

    xx,
    Jo

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:05 AM

      You go girl! That’s the way to go. Rebellious office wear, haha! 🙂 And I bet you looked great wearing it.
      xoxo
      Thomas

  5. Isabel
    Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 03:59 PM
    Reply

    I agree with you my dear!
    I been thinking so much about that kind of issue ( the day is coming, remember?!…) and I been feeling a freedom to wear what I really want that I never felt before. I mean, who cares if you wear red with pink if you feel like you’re the one?! Self confidence is the key!
    I really love your photos here, you look adorable and stylish as always!

    Lots of love,

    Isabel

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:06 AM

      The day is approaching fast!!! So excited for you! 🙂 And heck yeah Isabel, put on the prettiest dress (or jeans or whatever you want) you can find and you’ll be the star of your BIG day!
      Heaps of love,
      Thomas

  6. Christine Kong
    Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 04:10 PM
    Reply

    Heck ya! Rules are meant to be broken and thoughts should always be outside of the box or bubble we are trapped in. I love this blazer and those rad sneakers! Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:07 AM

      Yeah Christine, I’m glad you’ve got my back on this one! 😀 Thanks for the compliments!
      xoxo
      Thomas

  7. Jo
    Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 06:06 PM
    Reply

    I love that quote! It’s a really great mantra to live by and I couldnt agree more. Fashion should never be taken seriously!

    Jo x
    http://www.cutandchic.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:08 AM

      So very true Jo! People who take it too seriously have forgotten what it’s all about, that is: having fun and expressing yourself! 🙂
      xoxo
      Thomas

  8. Sharon Wu
    Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 06:56 PM
    Reply

    Love this outfit, Thomas! That blazer fits you like a glove! I’m all for breaking conventional rules and all… and enjoy attending weddings where the “dress code” is not the typical. In fact, at the end of this month I will be having the pleasure of attending my cousin’s wedding and she made it “The Great Gatsby themed” in spirit of Halloween too… so that should be fun! Leaving me some room for creativity in the outfit I wear 🙂 hehe have a wonderful weekend love xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/career/gig-industry-knowing-your-worth/

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:09 AM

      Ooh, so David could dress up as Leo (from the new movie) and you could be like Mia Farrow (from the old one which I actually like better!) 😀 I love themes like that!
      Have a great weekend you too sweetie!
      xoxo
      Thomas

  9. Bernice
    Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:09 AM
    Reply

    Great styling! I agree that all fashion rules are meant to be broken in order for us to produce new trends, and explore our own style.

    http://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2016/10/16/Working-with-Motorola

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 01:10 AM

      Exactly! That’s what fashion is all about, having fun and exploring. 🙂
      xoxo
      Thomas

  10. Lana_SHON
    Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 02:28 AM
    Reply

    Nice, lovely and very beautiful. Thanks!

  11. Jenn Hanft
    Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 03:41 AM
    Reply

    OMG yes! Everyone needs to break rules every once in a while. Fashion is all about expression and so no one should tell you otherwise! I love wearing sneakers with my dresses even though society tells ya no. Keep doing you! Looks great 😀

    XO Jenn
    http://www.jennsemble.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:31 PM

      You’re just like me then sweetie! 🙂 Let’s keep doing our thing! 🙂
      xoxo
      Thomas

  12. Miki
    Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 07:55 AM
    Reply

    Love this outfit. Amazing style. Fashion rules are meant to be broken. I wear white a lot year round and Labour Day isn’t going to change that.

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:32 PM

      You go girl! Besides, I love white! Especially on you! 🙂
      xoxo
      Thomas

  13. Stephanie
    Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 02:50 PM
    Reply

    Yes, another rule-breaker! I mean, truly, who says fashion has to have all these “rules” anyways? The point of fashion is being unique and making a statement with what you wear, so I’ll wear black and brown together and white after Labor Day, and I won’t care who says otherwise (because it’s usually Vogue – and we all know how I feel about them now haha). You rock for bending the rules and looking dynamite while doing so!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:33 PM

      Rule-breakers United right here! 🙂 And Stephanie, you’re so kind! And I know right, who cares about what Vogue, or anyone else, says!?
      xoxo
      Thomas

  14. Dom Baza
    Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 08:57 PM
    Reply

    Hey my friend. Loving the combo you have here. Continue to break the rules and kill the game! Fashion is supposed to be fun and I love that you preach that! Can’t wait for your next outfit and post! 🙂
    -R

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:34 PM

      Thanks a lot buddy! And thanks for listening to my sermon, haha. 🙂
      Thomas

  15. Alyssa
    Monday October 17th, 2016 at 12:27 AM
    Reply

    I LOVE Colette!! Such an amazing store. Your styling is fab! Look forward to reading more from you 🙂

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:35 PM

      I know right, cannot not love them!! 🙂 And thanks a lot sweetie!
      xoxo
      Thomas

  16. Darlene
    Monday October 17th, 2016 at 02:08 AM
    Reply

    Im so inlove with your blog and how you compared to IKEA! That is so swedish of you!
    I love your style and can’t wait for more blog post to read from now on!

    http://www.thenewgirl.me

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:35 PM

      Aww Darlene, that is so sweet of you (and yes, the comparison is very Swedish of me, haha)!
      xoxo
      Thomas

  17. Atsuna Matsui
    Monday October 17th, 2016 at 04:28 AM
    Reply

    Lovee these sneakers on you!

    xoxo
    http://www.atsunamatsui.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:36 PM

      Thank you so much Atsuna! 🙂
      xoxo
      Thomas

  18. Linh Dao
    Monday October 17th, 2016 at 06:18 AM
    Reply

    Thomas! You never seem to fail when it comes to fashion! I love loveeeee this outfit!

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:36 PM

      Aww Linh!!! 😀 Love ya!
      xoxo
      Thomas

  19. Rachel Dinh
    Monday October 17th, 2016 at 10:10 AM
    Reply

    Yes! Have fun with fashion and forget the rest. Loving your look, so polished.

    http://www.racheldinh.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:36 PM

      Polished even? Your comment makes me very happy! 🙂
      xoxo
      Thomas

  20. Maryam
    Monday October 17th, 2016 at 04:14 PM
    Reply

    I really like your style and your photography is pretty amazing! Can’t wait for more.

    xo, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:37 PM

      Thank you so much Maryam! 🙂
      xoxo
      Thomas

  21. Brittany
    Monday October 17th, 2016 at 08:41 PM
    Reply

    Amazing photography, fashion and writing! Look forward to reading more of what you write!

    http://www.outofofficeny.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:37 PM

      Thanks a lot, Brittany! 🙂 Really appreciate it!
      xoxo
      Thomas

  22. Karina
    Monday October 17th, 2016 at 09:11 PM
    Reply

    Hey Dear:) Sooo Amazing Photos:) Ant your style just Amazing! love it
    Kisses Open Kloset By Karina
    Instagram:@openklosetbykarina

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:39 PM

      That is so very kind of you Karina! 🙂 Thanks a lot sweetie!
      xoxo
      Thomas

  23. Alex & Kelly
    Tuesday October 18th, 2016 at 03:19 AM
    Reply

    Yes break the rules!!!

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:40 PM

      Hell yes! 🙂

  24. Julia
    Tuesday October 18th, 2016 at 02:20 PM
    Reply

    Great styling Thomas and I love that blazer!
    I’m all in favour of breaking the rules (or at the very least bending them out of shape!) Fashion is all about creativity and how can you be creative if you’re following a set of rules!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:41 PM

      So very true, Julia. Even in the most shallow of things you find something deep and raise a question of a more existential nature. 🙂 ILY! Haha.
      xoxo
      Thomas

  25. Molly Clifton
    Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 12:32 AM
    Reply

    This look is perfect. I love how you styled it. And YES to breaking fashion rules! Be yourself and shine like you always do!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

    • thomasfalkenstedt.com
      Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 09:41 PM

      Aww Molly, you truly are so sweet! Thanks babe and let’s keep shining!
      xoxo
      Thomas

  26. Michelle Sun
    Wednesday October 19th, 2016 at 11:10 PM
    Reply

    I agree, fashion is all about creative freedom! I’m glad that you dressed the way you want to and that you encourage others to do the same. 🙂

    -Michelle Sun
    @missmisschelle
    http://www.missmisschelle.com

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    Friday November 11th, 2016 at 05:37 AM
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