Exclusive Interview With Dan Hasby-Oliver: LSOD
Since 2009, menswear writer Dan Hasby-Oliver has been sharing the best style, fashion news and product reviews from both London and Los Angeles in his renowned blog, Last Style of Defense. Dan has subsequently been featured by fashion powerhouses including Mr. Porter, Harvey Nichols and Vogue Italia and he was listed as one of the Top Five British Menswear Bloggers of 2016 by The Fashion Times. We caught up with Dan to discuss his top style tips, sartorial essentials and designers to look out for.
Top style tip?
Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, but never be underdressed.
Your worst fashion faux pas?
There's been so many! Especially some horrendous looks when I was at university. More recently, I made the mistake of thinking that long-line pieces would suit me - at 5'8 they made me look even shorter!
Tie or no tie?
No tie. I think a t-shirt during summer, or a roll neck during winter under a suit looks incredibly smart. There has been a big change in the menswear rule-book recently; however a tie is a must for an interview or a wedding.
Designers to look out for?
There is so much talent at the moment; the UK's creative economy is truly booming and deserves every success. Grace Wales Bonner is really charging through the menswear industry with her unique take on tailoring. Similarly, Domingo Rodriguez's casual jersey and leather pieces are highly desirable for their cut and quality.
London or Los Angeles?
London. I have not been over to LA for a couple of years now but London is ultimately home. The vibrancy, eclecticism, inclusiveness, creativeness and diversity are unparalleled. Having travelled a lot to Asia, Europe and the US over years, I'm yet to find a rival.
Favourite place to hang out in London?
You will find me in Soho, on my perch (as my friends call it; outside at Balans Cafe, Old Compton St). While I don't agree with the changes being implemented to the area, Soho is still one of the best areas for having fun.
Smart or casual?
I'm a firm believer that mixing the two can suit any situation. It's about elevating your personal style to all occasions and creating a definitive image for yourself. There is nothing worse than looking like you have just stepped out from the gym for Sunday lunch with the in-laws, equally dressing for an interview when catching up with a mate over a coffee.
What is your favourite piece from Hawes & Curtis?
The navy Prince of Wales extra slim fit suit.
Your style icon?
I get asked this a lot but the answer still stays the same - off-duty models. They absorb the ideals of style and put their own twist on things.
Describe your style in three words
Appropriate. Slim. Juxtaposition.
What’s on your Christmas wish list?
I will be putting a weekend break to Soho Farm House in Oxfordshire at the top of my list. It is a world away from everywhere and a truly relaxing experience.
What accessory should every man own?
A really nice leather wallet. You would be surprised the amount of men I have seen with a Velcro version from a sports brand to pull their credit card from in a smart restaurant.
Two piece suit or three piece suit?
Personally, two. I think three is too overdressed and doesn't suit everyone, if anyone.
Favourite trend this season?
I'm a big fan of tailoring which meets athleisure. Putting a suit in softer and sportier fabrics, playing with proportions and cuts is one of the best things that has happened within menswear for a long time.
Double cuff shirt or single cuff shirt?
Single. I like pieces that can work day-to-night as well as outside of the office - a double-cuff only really works in the boardroom.