Bonobos x Sonny Oram Fall 2014 Style Challenge

Recently Bonobos invited me to do a style challenge based off their Fall  2014 men's suit lookbook.

I recognized a lot of subtle texture and pattern shifts between suits and ties and appreciated the mixing of suit jackets and pants. 

Sonny Oram Bonobos 2014 Fall Style Challenge

When I saw the photo below with the dotted jacket, I immediately thought of my partner Rupi's recently acquired Ted Baker suit. She generously leant it to me for the shoot:

Bonobos Fall Lookbook 2014

Rather than wearing it with matching pants, I decided to take a different approach and put it on with my new burgundy chinos from Frank & Oak. Then instead of a plain white dress shirt, I wore my Topman shirt with small checks to give a nod to their commendable interest in pattern mixing:

Bonobos Fall Lookbook 2014

The tie was the last piece of the process. I wanted something contrasting but, as my friend Boris pointed out, not so much that it took attention away from Ted Baker's beautiful built in pocket square. After previewing every single tie I owned and feeling it wasn't quite right, Rupi remembered some of her grandfather's old ties. It just happened to be the same burgundy as my pants, and the pop of yellow was just enough color to be exciting but not draw away from the pocket square.

The shoes were a no-brainer, as Rupi got them for me on her last trip to Scotland and I was already giving appreciation for Scottish style in this look. All in all, I felt I had a lot of luck in finding the perfect pieces to put this outfit together.

Hope you enjoy my outfit, and let me know what you think in the comments!

Sonny Oram Bonobos 2014 Fall Style Challenge
Sonny Oram Bonobos 2014 Fall Style Challenge
Sonny Oram Bonobos 2014 Fall Style Challenge
Sonny Oram Bonobos 2014 Fall Style Challenge
Sonny Oram Bonobos 2014 Fall Style Challenge

Outfit Details:
Suit Jacket: Ted Baker ELRAND
Shirt: Topman White Grey Grid Long Sleeve Smart Shirt
Tie: Royal Campbell Club Tie: Rupi collection
Pants: Frank & Oak
Shoes: Poste, bought in Scotland
Hair: Wynter at Troy Anthony's Barbershop 

Sam Murray, photography
Rupi, director
Boris Vadimovich, styling assistance

As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.