[:en]People often think of fashion as something superficial and a waste of time. To some extent I can agree, especially if you read some of the blogs out there proclaiming “fashion is my life and I could kill someone to get that bag from xx” or whatever. I never take fashion seriously although I love clothes. I love breaking rules and just combining whatever comes to my mind with no regard to what’s “appropriate” or “how it’s supposed to be”. But is fashion a waste of time? No!
One reason is that fashion and many labels within the fashion industry actually do a lot to give back to the community. All from large retailers to smaller brands are realizing the importance of social awareness being part of their brand strategy and brand image. It can be everything from seeing to it that the rights of the workers in the factory producing the garment are actually getting a decent salary and good working conditions, to saving rainforests or as in November, raising awareness about men’s health by engaging in what is called Movember.
Movember is an annual event (and an influential NGO) that includes growing moustaches during November to raise awareness for men’s healt issues. I originally thought this only was about prostate and testicular cancer, but now know it’s more than that and for example aims to destigmatize men’s suicide. Men’s health is something that is not often talked about and men themselves are usually not too keen to open up on health issues, especially mental ones. The basic idea of Movember is to reduce the number of preventable deaths and to someone like me who’s been through a lot this means the world to me.
So in order to raise awareness, show my support, but also to raise funds for this important cause I’m attending a charity event at Renaissance Hotel in Malmö here in Sweden tonight to support the cause. As I’m not one to grow a moustache (I seriously cannot as there’s no such thing as facial here surrounding my lips, haha) I’ll go to this event wearing these moustache socks from Super Duper Socks (from our beloved neighbors Norway) showing I care. It’s only a symbolic gesture, but I want to be part of raising awareness. Men’s health is far too important to ignore and something we need to start talking about. So here’s to Movember!
Beanie: Sätilä of Sweden
Socks: Super Duper Socks
Photographer: Karolina Axelsson
[:sv]Människor kan ofta uppfatta mode som något ytligt och slöseri med tid. Man kanske har uppfattningen att så länge jag själv känner mig bekväm så struntar jag i mode. Helt rätt inställning! Mode är till för att du mår bra, oavsett om du är intresserad av mode eller inte. När man läser vissa bloggar där någon kan skriva “asså, de här skorna är sååå snygga att jag DÖÖÖR” så kan man ju bara känna, skaffa dig ett liv (och lycka till med det). Den ytliga biten av mode bär jag absolut med mig (på en sund nivå) och älskar kläder, men följer som bekant inga “regler” inom mode. Jag bryter friskt mot alla trender och håller mig till min egen stil. Men är mode bara ytligt och tidsslöseri? Svaret är nej!
Fler och fler modeföretag har valt att inkorporera en helt ny syn i sin marknadsföring och sitt varumärke som helhet. Det handlar om hållbarhet, välgörenhet, vara mån om rättigheter för de anställda på fabrikerna som tillverkar kläderna och som nu i november det fenomen vi kallar Movember. Movember är en stiftelse som finns till för att öka, inte bara medvetenhet kring prostata- och testikelcancer som jag först trodde, utan mäns hälsa över lag. Detta är något som ligger mig varmt om hjärtat och något som alltför länge har varit tabubelagt.
Movember är ett årligt återkommande arrangemang som uppmärksammas runtom världen dels genom att män låter sina mustascher växa ut (härav namnet “Movember”), vilket jag dock är helt okapabel till då jag trots relativt kraftig skäggväxt på sina ställen helt och hållet saknar förmågan att odla en mustasch. Idén med Movember är att förebygga dödsfall som går att förhindra hos män. För någon som gått igenom en hel del på hälsofronten är detta som konstaterat en hjärtefråga för mig och idag har jag äran att få gå på en välgörenhetstillställning på Renaissance Hotel i Malmö ikväll för att stötta Movember-stiftelsen. Då jag som sagt inte kan odla skägg har jag valt att genom mode visa att jag stöttar sakfrågan genom att ha på mig dessa strumpor från Super Duper Socks från vårt kära grannland Norge. Även om det är symboliskt så är stigmatiseringen äkta och mäns hälsa över lag är allt för viktigt för att inte talas om. Ha nu ett härligt slut på Movember!
Mössa: Sätilä of Sweden
Strumpor: Super Duper Socks
Jennifer QuattrucciNovember 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm
I have to say that you have expressed how eloquently how I have felt so long about fashion. I grew up always wanting to be a teacher and a mom and though I love those roles I can’t escape from the fact that I do in fact LOVE expressing myself through fashion.
I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for companies and movements such as what you have written about . I actually need to go back and read it !!!!!
Jennifer QuattrucciNovember 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm
Ok !!! There is just so much to love here !!!!! That top ! Those socks !!!!! Thank you so much for being not just fashionable and extremely unique but also informed and sensitive about the world !!!
gracieNovember 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm
I agree fashion is not the end all be all but It is so much more than clothes and superficial things. It is an expressive form of oneself & many companies are recognizing the need to give back to the communities who support them. Mens health is rarely talked about. I know it was like pulling teeth to ever get my dad to go to the doctor when I was growing up. Love that Movember is bringing Mens health to the forefront. Enjoy the event & you are rockin the socks 🙂 xx, gracie
Samantha MarikoNovember 24, 2016 at 4:54 pm
everyone’s health is important, but I’m glad you raised awareness about men’s health in particular. And you’re right, fashion brands do give back to the community more oftentimes than not. I love your outfit per usual 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!
Jenn HanftNovember 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Ah I could totally see how fashion is perceived as a waste of time, because a lot of it circulates material and superficial things. Plus trends always change and there’s always the new in thing to catch up to. I actually never heard November as Movember but I’ve definitely heard about it’s contribution to certain causes i.e. No shave November. It’s great to know that Movember is way more than just cancer but also stresses to suicide. This event sounds wonderful! I love your socks and the added meaning behind them. Plus the orange really adds a kick of November/Fall feels! Too bad you can’t actually grow a mustache for the cause hah! But it’s so awesome how you got creative with the fun socks 🙂 Let us know how the event goes!!
Christine KongNovember 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm
What a great cause and love the cute moustache socks! Health in general is very important and without it we cannot do anything. It is wonderful that there are causes out there that help spread the word so that everyone can be mindful of taking care of themselves and trying to prevent and detect early. And no, fashion is not a waste of time and not just a pretty outfit. There is so much more to fashion like beauty, art, creativity, and it is not all superficial. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the event! xoxo, Christine
Leila D.November 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm
So great of you to raise awareness, I have always supported Movember. I love your style.
samiraNovember 24, 2016 at 7:14 pm
loving this thomas! so sweet of you to join in on this and raise awareness for an important health topic. bravo!
Ed from My Dapper SelfNovember 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm
Loving this look, Thomas. Furthermore, I love Movember and the awareness that it builds about men’s health issues – it sometimes does feel like men’s problems get relegated to a second place in our societies. Time to make at least a tiny change in that. I do rock my mustache this Movember!
MartinNovember 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm
That’s so interesting man. I wasn’t aware that Movember was to raise awareness of men’s health issues! Such an important aspect that so many men overlook. Great post buddy!
Yuena LiNovember 24, 2016 at 10:32 pm
Ooof! Too fancy!! I can’t handle it. Love the swag in this post!! Promise me you’ll smile for me in the next post!
KarolinaDecember 22, 2016 at 1:11 pm
I was really trying to make him smile during these sessions. He is just too cute when he smiles! But he also looks good with his serious face. <3
JoNovember 24, 2016 at 10:46 pm
Happy Movember! This is such a great cause to bring attention too. As you’ve mentioned, whether it’s fashion or fun events, it’s so awesome to bring awareness to an important issue in such an inclusive way. Have a great time at your event!
JenelleNovember 24, 2016 at 10:53 pm
Such a good cause to support. I think every little bit helps and you never know how. It has always been a big thing over here, men love the excuse to grow a mo and support it!
Atsuna MatsuiNovember 24, 2016 at 10:55 pm
I love the pattern on your socks! It adds such a great touch to this outfit and I think the mustard shade color coordinates well with the words on your sweater. 🙂 That’s so great that you’re also raising awareness with a charity event. I often time also feel that fashion is superficial and I’m looking for ways to share and give back to the community through other means.
dianaNovember 24, 2016 at 11:22 pm
love always to read your post! this sweater look great
MaggieNovember 25, 2016 at 2:17 am
Although, I have to say, fashion still has a long way to go especially the bigger brand names. I am seeing however, as you mentioned a shift in fashion because the emerging labels are more socially and environmentally conscious. So glad to see that!
JTNovember 25, 2016 at 4:26 am
This is SUCH an important cause. One in three men in Australia are affected by some type of health issue that Movember raise funds for. So glad you shared the love for this!
FrankNovember 25, 2016 at 8:05 am
Projects like these are super important for our society! It’s a beautiful and fun way to raise awareness. I tried to grow a mustache once – it looked awful. Haha I love the idea with the socks tho!
JessieNovember 25, 2016 at 8:44 am
I love the orange touch! i didn’t know LV has orange paper bags! i would totally keep one for collection purpose!
BerniceNovember 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm
Movember is a great month to do something fun and talk about the real underlying issue! Good on you for discussing it 🙂 and cute moustache socks!
JosieNovember 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm
Ok! Obsessing over these socks! How perfect are they?! I love your take on Fashion. It’s not about owning the latest priciest bag out there. For me it’s a way of self-expression. I like putting together clothing and feeling so good in them! Can’t wait to hear your feedback about that amazing event!
Fe SamaiaNovember 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm
Totally agree with you that fashion is perceived as superficial, but as a psychologist I tell you that fashion is a huge way in which people express their personalities and feelings. In my opinion fashion is an art!
Love your style and those socks are too cute!
Anthony @oh_anthonioNovember 25, 2016 at 3:37 pm
Those socks are so cute Thomas! I can’t really grow a mustache tbh but I’m all about promoting men’s health! Glad to see you doing something positive
BrittanyNovember 25, 2016 at 4:19 pm
I love your take on fashion- you described it so well, I feel the same! Obsessed with those socks too, how perfect!!
Andreea BirsanNovember 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm
That is such an important cause! I love how you feel about fashion, it should never be taken too seriously. Things should always remain fun. And those mustache socks added such a nice detail to your outfit. Have a lovely weekend! <3
AldoraNovember 25, 2016 at 5:34 pm
Adore the pops of orange in this look Thomas! And WOW thanks for the Movember insights – I now get to understand it better 😉 Ain’t you gonna grow a moustache for this cause? :p
Open Kloset By KarinaNovember 25, 2016 at 7:27 pm
Love this Look and That Boots and Socks are super Cute:)
Happy Weekend Loveee
DarleneNovember 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm
Movember is also cancer month! I was at event recently as November is also LUNG month. so many amazing awareness this November. I also have to laugh on people saying “I would kill for a bag or so on xxx” I love bag but I would never kill anyone lol. Great socks btw and what did you get in Gucci and LV? I’m curious
Hadasah Love (Style to Love)November 25, 2016 at 9:53 pm
Love everything about this post! So cute!
Love, Hadasah Love
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IsabelNovember 25, 2016 at 10:28 pm
Hi my dearest! As I said earlier on Instagram you always do better! Your looks are better every post and hope you know I’m a huge fan of your style!
You’re such a great style influencer and I adore to see how you use it for such a good cause!!
Can’t wait to see what’s next!
Gina DiazNovember 25, 2016 at 10:32 pm
I love this post! and everything about it Thomas. this pictures are so ARTSY, TOP TOP TOP!
StephanieNovember 25, 2016 at 10:34 pm
How strange would it be if every time I read one of your posts I said “this is my favorite post yet”? But sometimes I think it’s true. I just love what you have to say. You take your blog so much further than just fashion (though you know how I love that as well). What you’re sharing and what you’re standing for is amazing, and I know you’re helping others by doing so. So here’s to you, Thomas!
Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com
WarrenNovember 26, 2016 at 12:56 am
Really good photos thomas love those socks they’re so cool will definitely get a pair Ithink. Very true about our industry it can be seen by the public as just one big managerie of self centered good looking people who only care about themselves which is why I think as influencers we need to partner up with brands making a difference like what you’re doing for Movember which is an amazing cause actually started here in Australia I think. Great post thomas and I can’t wait to see more XOWP
JoNovember 26, 2016 at 2:27 am
Sometimes I just want to get inside of your head and discover how you could come up with all these amazing topics. Such a great cause to raise the awareness to men’s health and help men live healthier/longer lives! I honestly never heard of this Movember foundation till I read your blog post. I told my dad about this foundation today and he is very interested to learn more about it.
I LOVE the way you look now so I don’t think you need to grow a moustache at all :).
Caprice BiancaNovember 26, 2016 at 3:16 am
I have to tell you that before I even began reading this post I started smiling. Your posts are always so raw and honest and I respect what you have to say. I love breaking the rules in fashion and doing whatever feels good for me. I don’t care if it’s conventional or if anyone is going to judge me. I think it’s great to support brands that support a cause. Nice to know we can be part of doing some good. Your socks in place of growing a mustache are such a great alternative! xo
YasminNovember 26, 2016 at 3:43 am
Those mustache socks are awesome! I totally want a pair. Haha sorry that you can’t grow any whiskers, but that’s not a problem for some of us hairy ass women here. I wish I had your problem! But I think it’s great for you to raise awareness however you can. I did not know that it was more inclusive to include awareness about men’s suicide. That’s so interesting and important. Happy Movember to you!
SofiaNovember 26, 2016 at 3:59 am
I think its great that you are going to this event. We should all know that we cant do everything, but if we all pitch in and do something, even just something small. It is a small step towards something better.
The socks are so awesome by the way!
LilyNovember 26, 2016 at 4:41 am
This is so true, I especially enjoyed the beginning of your post. Fashion shouldn’t have to be about rules – the more rules that are broken, the better!! Loved this post and thank you for raising awareness about Movember, I learned so much <3
Eric kNovember 26, 2016 at 5:44 am
Thomas, you for sure gave us the true meaning of Movember. You are so right and were not alone thinking that it only Prostate and Testicular Cancers. Its definitely beyond that and i hope they expand with every year to other Cancers.
In term of fashion, I agree that its not waste of time.
Love the fact that you attended a charity event like that.
Linh DaoNovember 26, 2016 at 6:14 am
wow Thomas, thank you for this post! and I also agree with you about fashion and it not being a waste of time. I also love that you and I are alike when it comes to this, we both love breaking rules and mixing and matching! I dress up because I like what I wear and what makes me feel comfortable. I barely ever follow trends. I love how you always have amazing topics! Thanks for sharing!
JenNovember 26, 2016 at 7:30 am
Those socks are perfect for Movember!! My husband actually can’t grow a moustache either, but he accepted this challenge and it took him 8 months to grow a handle bar moustache. I hated it, but he wanted to try it for a good cause. I hope you can bring more awareness to men’s health because of this post!!!
Lolita MasNovember 27, 2016 at 11:43 am
Love your sweatshirt ?
Kirsten ThyraNovember 27, 2016 at 11:51 am
Great post Thomas! And I love your socks 🙂
Konstantina AntoniadouNovember 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm
This coat looks gorgeous on you!
JessicaNovember 27, 2016 at 7:49 pm
I am particularly loving that you share your love of sharing and supporting charities. That’s so great! xo, Jessica thisseasonsgold.com
MichelleNovember 27, 2016 at 9:07 pm
Great post – and I’m obsessed with your socks!
Lily RoseNovember 28, 2016 at 1:44 am
That sounds like a great event for a very great cause you’re going to. And those socks with the mustaches are adorable, I’m glad you found something to wear as a symbolize for Movember. Hope you have fun!
-Lily from With Love Lily Rose
KusumNovember 28, 2016 at 1:57 am
First off, love your message about fashion and what it means to some people. I totally believe that fashion is empowering on so many different levels. One of them being the cause you are talking about – love it when the community and brands come together to give back, create awareness etc. Love your t-shirt and shoes, they are amazing!
xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com
TeresaNovember 28, 2016 at 4:11 am
You are a clever writer which I admire immensely. The support you offered in a creative (the mustache socks) way is wonderful!
Sharon WuNovember 28, 2016 at 4:36 am
Love that sweater and your stance on fashion! Btw… did you get me anything this weekend?! Looks like someone definitely had a successful Black Friday even though I don’t know if you people celebrate Thanksgiving/do Black Friday shopping in Sweden? Haha. Either way, you look great as always Thomas. Hope you had a fab weekend! xo, sharon
RachelNovember 28, 2016 at 11:22 am
CandaceNovember 28, 2016 at 12:50 pm
I always break fashion rules, like the crazy no white after Labor Day?! PST. Fashion is no fun when you follow rules anyway 🙂
francescaNovember 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm
really like your outfit and that sweater!!! yea I agree if you are on of those people killing for a bag then yah you suck hahah but fashion is such a great waste of time!!! It’s such a beautiful way to express yourself and can be so much fun! I think we should never take it too sseriously. Love your post
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ellen kimNovember 28, 2016 at 9:36 pm
What a great cause! The sock are so cute too! Love your style, KEEP it UP!
It's GoldieNovember 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm
Love the idea of Movember! Very cool pics by the way!
Rachel HollidayNovember 29, 2016 at 1:57 am
I thought that Movember was for testicular cancer too, so it’s interesting to hear that it works with male suicide prevention too- such a fantastic cause. It’s great that you went to a charity event to show your support and these mustache sock are perfect for the occasion! You are absolutely rocking this hat and sweater too!
CamilleNovember 29, 2016 at 3:04 am
What a great cause you are supporting <3 love the look a well 🙂 xo camille
Deddeh HowardNovember 29, 2016 at 3:37 am
You’re so right about fashion, I love to have fun with fashion as well. That socks is so cute, I love how you pair it with your outfit.
DarciNovember 29, 2016 at 8:08 am
Didn’t know about this, how cool! Love the discussion about fashion though because I do love it with the industry gives back and does more. I love when people have fun with fashion too as I can tell you do! Oh and fab socks mister! xo, Darci
SarahNovember 29, 2016 at 10:21 am
I loved reading this post, Movember has always been big with friends and I think it is an important cause to support. I love the discussion about the Fashion industry giving back, your socks are so cute. I totally want to get a pair for my husband. But honestly, it is great that you are raising awareness about this cause through the charity event. It is the little things that we do that can make a difference. Hope the event goes really well.
michennNovember 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm
Aww I love the unique way you contributed even though you don’t have a mustache. I think being in a blogging space or in a space where people can see what you write or what you post, it’s important to also support great causes so I’m always so happy with I see fashion + charity + causes mix. Thanks for sharing!
LaceyNovember 29, 2016 at 9:11 pm
Jenna Lyons said it best with her quote, “Sometimes people assume that what you wear isn’t important. But, I know it can make someone who needs a little boost feel beautiful.” I love this quote because it represents fashion in a way that helps increase confidence in many individuals. Regardless of how expensive or inexpensive your chosen style may be. And I LOVE how so many brands are supporting “Movember” now. It’s such a great cause and I’m so happy to read your post and support!
EvaNovember 29, 2016 at 10:06 pm
I liked so musch your gesture to raise awareness.was nice to support this cause for the mens health.
I like your natural easy style.
MandaNovember 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm
So glad you are discussing this! It really needs to be discussed more! I completely agree about the fashion industry! You’re outfit btw… is pretty awesome!
Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com
Cece LamNovember 30, 2016 at 2:08 am
Stop being so cute~~! those boots are amazing. everything you wear is so freakin stylish <3!!!
MaryamNovember 30, 2016 at 3:58 am
It’s amazing that you are helping raise awareness! And you look great doing it 🙂 always on point!
JacquelineNovember 30, 2016 at 6:52 am
I absolutely love that you did this tom. You’re so stylish and unique. I actually had no idea. I thought it was the same as what you previously thought. Glad to have learned more about it!
TandyaNovember 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm
Such a great post! My friends participate in Movember by growing beards the month of November and raising money for charity. It is such a great cause! P.s I love your style!
AlexandraNovember 30, 2016 at 8:18 pm
I really love this post, and love reading your other posts as well! This was so well written and I love how you connected fashion with awareness and self expression. Not everything in life has to be taken seriously, and fashion is definitely not one of those serious things! P.S totally adore your outfit!
Brown Eyed ToastNovember 30, 2016 at 9:47 pm
Absolutely loved this blog post! You’re so right, Fashion is meant to be enjoyed but also admired and can definitely be a vehicle to doing good in the world. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn more about Movember through this post because likewise, I thought it was only about cancer as well. But glad to see other issues are being addressed and de-stigmatized! And of course, I really have to commend you on those adorable moustache socks – who needs a real moustache when those socks exist? 😉 Thanks for sharing!!
xo Soo | http://www.BrownEyedToast.com
RavaynaNovember 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm
My husband doesn’t really grow facial hair either lol! I love the socks as a perfect tribute to such an important cause. Xox Ravayna
vanessa trosetDecember 1, 2016 at 11:25 am
Yes babe I always think that fashion should be something fun! I enjoy mixing whatever pieces that come in my mind sometimes. Fashion is no just superficiality it also moves a part of the economy of the world! kisses
Mandy ArisaDecember 1, 2016 at 11:31 am
Thomas these socks are way too cute and is perfect for November month! I’m so proud of you for engaging in giving back to a great cause! As influencers I believe we should set an example and find ways of giving back 🙂 So proud of you!
KaylaDecember 2, 2016 at 2:54 am
Awesome post Thomas! I actually didn’t know that Movember raised awareness for other health issues among men besides prostate cancer, so thanks for sharing! A few years back my fiance started growing his beard for Movember and hasn’t shaved it off since! So I think I should get him these socks since he keeps the beard year round 🙂
Katya BychkovaDecember 2, 2016 at 4:45 am
I actually didn’t hear about movember until this year and I thought its such a great idea! It’s always great to support a good cause especially if it comes in such fun and unique format!
ThomasDecember 3, 2016 at 5:23 pm
Great post Thomas, as always. Keep on keeping on! We will follow your blog with big interest as it progresses more and more!
MikiDecember 5, 2016 at 11:36 pm
Great post. I think taking fashion too seriously takes the fun out of it. I love that you went to a fundraiser for Movember. That’s awesome. I know a few people who have tried to actually do movember, but their hair doesn’t grow out evenly, so it looks so funny. They’ve stopped and have participated in other ways like yourself. 🙂 Love your outfit!
marcyDecember 10, 2016 at 9:25 am
So glad to see this post because honestly have never see many campaigns or brand awareness movements supporting the mens. November looks like a great cause and very glad you are part of this. Such a cool sweater btw!!
Natasha du ChenDecember 22, 2016 at 10:50 am
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