Party-ready men’s fashions: Selfridges in London

Posing outside Selfridges, where fashion and class come together on Oxford Street.

Posing outside Selfridges, where fashion and class come together on Oxford Street.

When you travel, you may hit those travel book high spots starred and written in boldface.  Why not?  They’re tourist stops for a reason.  We check ’em off our list like everyone else does.  But we also like walking neighborhoods, stopping in at little markets and local restaurants, and checking out what’s au courant, if you will, at the big stores in town.

So, when Bert said he needed new socks, we ducked into Selfridges (We’re fans of Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece) and headed straight upstairs to the men’s section.  And that’s where Party-Ready Fashion, London style, greeted us squarely at the top!

Now, if you follow our blog, you know we fall into geezer categories — safe, comfortable travel; safe, comfortable travel clothes.  Nothing flashy.  Rather ordinary.  So, consider Selfridges the point at which our learning curve began.  And try to picture us being Party Ready!

Greeting us at the Men's Department at Selfridges: Party-Ready Style!

Greeting us at the Men’s Department at Selfridges: Party-Ready Style!

It was upstairs to the men’s department where it all began.  And we knew we weren’t in Tennessee any more.

Menswear at Selfridges, London

Menswear at Selfridges, London

For one thing, there was a nod to Bieber and ball hats from NY all in one place.

Second, some fashion attire fell into the category of scary, at least for us.

Hoodie on display at Selfridges

Hoodie on display at Selfridges

Third, we recognized a few familiar labels, like Burberry and Tom Ford.

But new things kept popping up at every turn.  Are these what we think they are?  Full patterned suits — flamingos, Christmas, even cartoon characters?  Yep.  That’s what they are!  And flying off the racks.

And shoes.  Hundreds of shoes.  Racks and racks of shoes.  Fashionable ones by designers we knew . . .

and some we didn’t know.  (We don’t get out much, I suppose.)

Bert finally spied a pair of running shoes he could wear to Big Orange UT football games in Knoxville if we had room in our carry-on.

You never know when you'll find Big Orange shoes in London!

You never know when you’ll find Big Orange shoes in London!

But back to the beginning of this journey.  Remember those socks that led us upward to the men’s department of Selfridges? When it was all said and done, Bert had found some in every color, stripe, and design.  In the end, however, he selected a conservative, throwback, gray argyle to wear on the trip.  Sigh.

Happy Socks at Selfridges, London

Happy Socks at Selfridges, London

We’re just not party-ready, I guess!

Not sure why, but Bert wouldn't even try on clothes from A Bathing Ape.

Not sure why, but Bert wouldn’t even try on clothes from A Bathing Ape.

 

For more information:

Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, England.  http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/content/store/london

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/selfridges

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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17 Responses to Party-ready men’s fashions: Selfridges in London

  1. So chic! Perfect for that special man in my life… I love London and I love Selfridges! Without a doubt the best high end department store in London. Great post!

     If you want to see some fabulous outfit pairings and fashion show reviews, you should click this link to my blog, view and come and follow me:

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    It is as addictive as shopping in Selfridges itself!

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  5. You chose the plain gray socks over those fab polka dot and diamond happy ones?? (I am a sucker for men wearing unusual socks).

    Great post. Too funny. The brightly patterned suits we saw in Hoi An, Viet Nam in the tailor shops, one after another had us scratching our heads wondering WHO on earth would actually wear these??

    Finally I started asking…and the answer was…. drum roll… yes, the British! And there you have it folks…

    http://www.greenglobaltrek.com/2016/07/enjoying-cultural-differences-hoi-an-viet-nam.html

    Peta

    • It’s true. Bert did choose the plain socks. But I really wanted a pair of those outlandish ones. They were so fun to look at in London! And you may not know this, but Hoi An is on our bucket list — maybe even for this year!!!!

  6. Now, that was an eye-opener. I obviously don’t get out much and definitely fallen out of step with current fashion! LOL! But that had to be so much fun! 😀

    • We struggle with current fashion, too, even though I told myself all during college that I would not grow old and stodgy and comfortable in “old” clothing. Oops. I may have done just that. Thanks for taking a look!

  7. Very funny post. I had no idea that Selfridges had gone Carnaby Street 60s style!

  8. Nancy F Stanley says:

    Bert–Wanted to see you in the spiked shoes!!!

  9. Martha Gill says:

    What a great blog! I thoroughly enjoyed it though I wanted to see Bert in that flamingo suit and serpent shoes!

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