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Last-minute Halloween costume ideas with your suit that doesn’t involve James Bond

We’re suckers for any occasion that expects us to suit up, and Halloween gives us an excuse to get a little bit more creative than usual. Like any practical man though, we’d rather not spend a fortune on an elaborate get up, especially if it’s only for this year’s Halloween night out and maybe a nephew’s costume party a few months down the road. Read on for costume recommendations you can build with clothes you already own, with a few finishing touches you can add here and there.

1. Clark Kent, just before he transforms into Superman

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Image from Superman (1978 film)

Bare Necessities:
White dress shirt, tucked in but unbuttoned to the lowest you can go
Superman shirt
Gray or navy trousers
Belt

Complete the look with:
Superman’s signature coifed side part
Square-frame glasses
Necktie, left undone

Bonus:
Pecs

2. Patrick Bateman of American Psycho

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Bare Necessities:
Pinstripe suit
Light blue dress shirt
Red necktie
Clear white PVC raincoat

Complete the look with:
Medium-length slicked back hair
Toy axe, so you don’t actually hurt anyone
Red face paint for blood splotches

Bonus:
Creepy, obnoxious grin

3. The Joker of Suicide Squad or The Dark Knight

Suit Costume Joker DuoImages from Suicide Squad (2016 film) promotional photos, and The Dark Knight (2008 film)

Whichever Joker you choose:
Bare Necessities:
Temporary green hair color
Face paint or make up in the following colors: white, black, and red

Jared Leto’s Joker of Suicide Squad
Black tuxedo
White dress shirt
White waist coat
White bowtie

Complete the look with:
Grills
Toy gun

Heath Ledger’s Joker of The Dark Knight
Printed purple shirt
Purple trousers, better if in print that mismatches your shirt
Green vest
Printed green tie

Complete the look with:
Disheveled long hair

Bonus:
Crazy eyes
Your own Harley Quinn or Batman, or why not both?

4. Tony Stark

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Images from Captain America: Civil War (2016 film)

Bare Necessities:
Charcoal 3-piece suit
White dress shirt
Red necktie
Iron Man’s Hand Repulsor

Complete the look with:
Tony’s moustache, goatee, and jawline scruff
Sunglasses with light lenses

Bonus:
Your sarcasm

5. Sherlock Holmes

Suit Costume Sherlock HolmesImage by FameFlynet

Bare Necessities:
Dark brown suit
White dress shirt
Dark brown overcoat

Complete the look with:
Leather gloves
Deerstalker cap

Bonus:
Spectacular airconditioning at your Halloween party’s venue

6. Teddy Flood of Westworld

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Image from Westworld (2016 series)


Bare Necessities:
Cowboy hat
Grey textured coat and vest
Striped dress shirt
Grey or dark wash jeans
Brown leather or suede boots

Complete the look with:
Handgun holster, preferably in leather
Toy handgun

Bonus:
Short term memory loss

7. Jay Gatsby

Suit Costume Great Gatsby

Image from The Great Gatsby (2013 film)

Bare Necessities:
White or beige suit
Brown vest
Light blue dress shirt
Yellow necktie
Warm colored pocket square
Your most posh cufflinks

Complete the look with:
Coifed side part
A cane

Bonus:
Absurd amounts of disposable income and hopeless romanticism

 

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Man of the Hour: AJ Dee

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Interviewed by Kolleen Feria
Photography by Jonas Tamayo and Andrei Suleik

If you follow celebrity-fashion blogger, AJ Dee, you’ve probably already seen several of his Instagram posts from Norway. It’s almost been half a month since AJ left the Philippines to be with his family, but right before he flew across the continent, we caught up with The Filo Dapper for a quick chat.

Are you excited?
I’m still tired, actually. I’m about to attend a charity event today, and I haven’t even finished packing. It’s bittersweet because I’m leaving everything behind here but I also feel like I’m finally going home to my family.

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What are your plans for The Filo Dapper when you get to Norway?
My goal is to get big in Europe. The reason I started my blog is because I knew I was going to migrate to Norway, and I was looking for something that could replace acting. It was a blessing in disguise because I never would have thought I could be a successful blogger had I not planned on moving.

I had many apprehensions before I started blogging—I knew I wasn’t good at writing, I didn’t know much about photography, but one day I decided to just go for it. Now that I’m fairly established as a blogger, I want to use what I learned here in the Philippines to build The Filo Dapper up again, but this time, in Europe.

What’s the most valuable take away from your time in the Philippines?
To be true to myself. It’s hard to create something you’re not really interested in. In a larger scale, I want to continue what I’m doing here with a different environment and a different audience, and I think my style will translate well in Europe.

What would you say The Filo Dapper’s impact was to local men’s fashion?
I believe The Filo Dapper showed many Filipino men that it’s still possible to wear suits despite our climate, and it gave men an alternative to streetwear. It brought back the idea of looking dapper, and that well-tailored clothing doesn’t need to be stiff or old fashioned.

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But just as you said, many are still sceptical about suits just because it can get so hot here. How would you advise men to be dapper without wearing a suit?
The idea of dapper is looking sharp and neat, so it isn’t a suit per se that makes a man dapper. You can wear jeans and a clean white shirt, and exude dapper. It’s all about how you carry yourself, and the attention you put to details such as fit, or even scent.

Any parting words?
Don’t be afraid to try doing something out of your comfort zone. It’s cheesy, but it works. I was hesitant before starting my blog, but I went for it anyway. You will only know your capabilities once you’ve put yourself out there.

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Primero

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Felipe and Sons x The Filo Dapper present:

Primero

A first for both our brands.
We collaborate on a suit collection with both classics elements, and playful ones.
We’re not ones to shy away from color or some patterns here and there, but we understand, of course,
everything has to be wearable no matter the season.

Be dapper.
#ReviveManilaSwagger

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The Primero Collection launches for public on Saturday, 28 May 2016 in Felipe and Sons stores.


Photography by: Chio Gonzalez
Assisted by: Chissai Bautista and Jobert Eugenio
Art Director: Jonas Tamayo and Nikki Dy
Models: AJ Dee and Brent Javier
Hair & Make-up by: Leslie Espinosa
Styling by: Kolleen Feria and AJ Dee

The Basics Collection

Introducing Felipe and Sons’s first ever shirt collection. It’s everything a man’s closet should be–straight to the point, fool-proof, and dapper. Always dapper. We tailor according to your measurements, so you get that perfect fit every time.

We’ve got your wardrobe covered.

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The Basics Collection will be available in both Makati and Ortigas branches on Friday, 20 May 2016.


Photography by Cyrus Panganiban (Dark Horse Studio)
Hair and Make Up by Leslie Espinosa
Models: Kenn Bosch and Jeremy Blake

 

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Man of the Hour: Andrei Suleik

Interview by Kolleen Feria
Photography by Jonas Tamayo

Aside from elevating the local indie scene, Purveyr and Sakaling Hindi Makarating have something else–well, someone–in common: rising photographer, Andrei Suleik. For someone used to being behind the lens, Andrei seems just as comfortable being in front of it.

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What’s a day in your life like?
I wake up, take a shower, and then check my schedule. Minsan kasi nakakalimutan ko may shoot pala ako. I also check editorials everyday for inspiration, and then I spend the rest of the day with people in shoots or just hanging out. I love people. My Instagram is full of them–a good mix of close friends and those I just see in the Explore tab of Instagram.

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You randomly look for people to shoot on Instagram’s Explore? How does that work?
I send them a direct message first and establish a friendship. It’s weird if I just ask them right away if I can shoot them. I only get to do that in real life. Occasionally, I’ll be people watching and when I see someone who looks interesting, I’ll ask them if I can take their picture. Most say yes. I feel like it’s because I look young and harmless.

What makes a person look interesting to you?
When a person wears clothes together differently or if it’s a look I haven’t seen before. These are the kinds of pictures I like sharing with others on @visualbasick, a platform I created because I feel like there are many of those who want to experiment and try things out but are unsure. They’re just waiting for someone else to try it first.

What about you? Is there a look you’d like to try?
I’d love to mix up a suit with a bomber jacket or maybe a windbreaker. Perhaps in the rainier months.

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What’s your personal style like?
I feel like all artists have a certain look. ‘Yung di maarte. Kailangan comfortable kami lagi eh. We have shoots that often last the entire day. For me, it’s the shoes. Mine are always dirty, and I like them that way because when shoes are too clean, they attract too much attention. I don’t like standing out, but I also don’t want to look like everyone else. Nothing too trendy. Ayoko lang manggaya, pero alam ko rin naman lahat may pinanggalingan. I look a bit out of date, like Marty McFly.

Do you achieve that look consciously?
Nah, I don’t intend for it. I don’t even look at the mirror when I get dressed! I just wear whatever I think looks nice. Sometimes, I’ll see myself in pictures, and I’ll realize, ay hindi pala maganda! But it’s okay. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, then there’s always next time.

How does your personal style translate into your photography?
I always try to capture a person’s best when I take a portrait. It’s about the subject. Kung may Andrei man dun sa picture, hindi ko pa alam. Right now, I’m just striving to explore more, and when the time comes, get discovered.

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