I've just moved to New York. I've always loved the city, so moving here felt right - easy. People have a lot of opinions about Brooklyn, but I've found it charming and (despite what my friends may say) accessible. I'm wearing my Reiss leather bomber on and around Bedford Ave. There are so many awesome stores and restaurants in Williamsburg - so looking sharp and somewhat put-together makes sense.Alexander wears the Gilmore jacket
STYLE WELL TRAVELLED: MR ESSENTIALIST26.06.14
Throughout SS14 we've been asking key menswear bloggers what the style of leisure means to them. In the series' final instalment we asked Alexander Atkins (the voice and face behind Mr Essentialist) to describe how he dresses in his downtime in some of his favourite locations - and the results are undeniably stylish. For more instalments in the series see our Style Well Travelled features with Mr Boy, The Gentleman Blogger and Round Metal 1 & 2.
Poolside dressing should be fun and relaxed (isn't that the point?). I love blue anything, so my Reiss ombre polka dot shirt seemed like the perfect go-to, especially when worn with basic blue trunks. There's something incredibly dapper about wearing a shirt to the beach / pool. I'd say solid tailoring is always appropriate, no matter the occasion.
I love layering. It allows for options, which I'm all about. I styled my leather bomber with basic black fitted jeans and a tee. Simple, sleek - no fuss. I usually wear sunglasses and these were custom-made for me. My aesthetic is pretty basic. I like pieces that I can actually wear. Solid colours, good fit, great texture. I try to choose things that look good and work with everything. I usually avoid prints, but I had to have the ombre shirt. I've gotten a lot of wear out of it.
Alexander wears the Wigmore jumper
I haven't taken a holiday in a while, but when I do it'd be nice to go somewhere warm to relax. Now that I live in America I'd like to visit Texas. I've always been intrigued about Dallas and Houston - I can't explain it. In terms of working-out I like running. I feel like you really get to know your surroundings when you just run. It's pretty liberating.