Outfit

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

5th April 2014

Short sleeve shirt has never been quite my cup of tea, but who knew that this Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt had so much more potential then it was first showcased in the Balmain Spring Summer 2013 menswear collection. To tell you the truth, the SS13 was my least favorite collection, but mixing these individual essentials with statement pieces will always tick all the right boxes.

For this weekend, Maurice wears the Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt with his favorite Balmain Blue Dirty Stretch Biker Denim Jeans and the ancient Giuseppe Zanotti Tri-Colour Double-Metal Bracelet High-Top Leather Sneakers that still looks mint after all these seasons! If I could recall, the last time I wore a short sleeve shirt was in high-school, almost a decade ago. The same shirt was worn by Jay-Z, and for those of you who are still looking for the biker jeans that I am wearing below, they are currently available at SSENSE.

Anyways, this was a quick write up while i’m packing away for a short holiday trip! Will be leaving to Japan in an hour’s time and will only be back to publish more by 14 April 2014! At the mean time if you feel inspired to start shopping, checkout the latest arrivals of the Balmain Spring Summer 2014 menswear at Luisa Via Roma.

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt

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Recent OOTD: Balmain Double Breasted Wool Gabardine Jacket

Learn More: Balmain Biker Jeans and Trousers Size Guide Spring Summer 2014

Latest Wishlist: Balmain Spring Summer 2014 Collection Wishlist

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  • Anonymous

    Im so sorry the white short sleeve shirt just doesnt work it. The cut and overall feel just looks so 'government office ' uniform

    • I know, it wasn't my first choice as well. But it will be a great shirt for summer days…

  • Anonymous

    Great Post Maurice and great outfit
    Enjoy your vacation

    • Thank you, I enjoyed my vacation. More pix will be uploaded soon.

  • Anonymous

    Maurice any idea if the Nike Tisci range will be sold online at LVR or other Retailers.
    How come they say it is sold out everywhere???
    Any thoughts??

    • It won't be sold online. Much like the Nike Yeezy series where everyone queue overnight to buy it.

      My thoughts is, its not that good looking to be honest. Not unless you're a Nike sole fanatic, otherwise just ignore it. I saw some going aftermarket on eBay for $300-700, better off saving that money for a real Givenchy sneaker :)

  • Anonymous
    • Yes it is my friend. You getting?

    • Anonymous

      I think it is way more durable than the water snake versions.
      This one can do and it looks nice plus it is a runway piece.
      Do you agree with me?

    • Your thoughts are right, the watersnake skin is extremely difficult to maintain and highly prone to wear. One scrub against the pavement or frequent contact will eventually scale the texture. It is not recommended, but if you have many sandals to play with and you like the colour and design of the watersnake, then by all means do get it. If not, then the basic black leather is good enough :)

  • Anonymous

    Dear Maurice,
    Recently i buyed a pair of Rick Owens Sneakers (Geo Basket) from LVR.
    the insole of the shoes wears out from the the first week (i believe it is not glued properly, this happened with previous Geo Basket too).
    This will cause a discomfort when walking especially towards the sides.
    Any suggestions, shall i add another insole to solve the problem?
    Thanks

    • Add an ultra thin insole for further cushioning, get one of those with odor removals. There is nothing you can do as the shoes were designed like this.

  • Anonymous

    You have a great style maurice! However, I would prefer to wear my biker a little loose, loose enough that it doesnt show my legs shape. It is a little bit feminine to wear it too fitted. and loose would make it go better with high top sneakers

    • I tried the 18cms, it made my legs look fat which doesnt look as good as the 16cms :(

      Sadly to say, I do prefer the 18cms, just that it doesnt fit me that well

  • Anonymous

    Happy easter Maurice to you and your followers here.
    Enjoy the vacation guys.

    • Happy easter to you too!

  • Anonymous

    Maurice, what do you think which shorts shall i buy form Givenchy.
    http://www.mrporter.com/product/411941
    http://www.mrporter.com/product/411250
    Are they comfortable or shall i size up.

    • You should get this of course, the colour way is much more attractive compared to the darker monotone.

      http://bit.ly/1mvN3Zk

      This fits true to size, if you are half size, take up one size above. :)

  • Anonymous

    Maurice,
    Another questions i wear size medium in oversized which size shall order from this shirt.
    http://www.mrporter.com/product/411938
    39 will be fine or?
    It is weird that Mr Porter did not state the the shirt is oversized.
    I believe this one is strictly a runway piece and looks oversized.
    Any thoughts?

    • It's oversize for sure.

      The problem with oversize shirts from Givenchy is that you must take the same size, its not like oversized t-shirt where you are a true XL or XXL and can fit a size M. In a shirt case, the collar width remains the same as the slim-fit and regular fit version. You MUST always make sure the collar fits right, otherwise it will look too sloppy on you. Apply the two finger rule to determine the right collar size.

      For example, if you wear a size 41 true to size size, then for this shirt you need a size 41. If you take two sizes down, like a 39, you will not be able to button the top collar. I will usually send my oversize shirts for further alteration to make it a regular as its quite difficult to pull off. Hope this advise helps!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the clarification.
      I never bought a shirt from Givenchy before.
      Usually i add two sizes from the models size when the item is true t size.
      I believe i have to take my collar measurement before making the purchase.
      Tx

    • Where do you live? My suggestion is to go in store and try it. Then if youre comfortable with the size, proceed your purchase there or just buy it online :)

      It's tough to play the guessing game of what fits and what doesnt. But most retailers now offers free return if you live in the US

  • Anonymous

    hello maurice..i love your blog..great work…maurice i am ordering a balmain shirt.. can u please give me slight idea about its sizing…i mean for example if i wear small for burberry brit….what size i should prefer for balmain…37 or 38 or 39 or 40?? and one more thing balmain shirts are u skinny pattern or regular pattern which is bit loose?

    • You need size 37 or 38.

      Balmain fits quite small too :)

      They are usually slim-fit for slim to skinny body-type. If you are buff or muscular, take one size up otherwise the shirt will rip apart! Haha

  • Anonymous

    hello maurice…great work..ur blog is simply amazing…i want to ask you what size shirt you are wearing in the picture (Balmain Military Embroidered-Patch Short Sleeves Shirt) with your favourite Balmain Blue Dirty Stretch Biker Denim Jeans. is it 38?

    • Thank you. :)

      This is a size 39, I outgrew size 38 since mid of last year :(

    • Anonymous

      thank you so much for ur valuable feedback and one again i appreciate u for ur work..i love ur blog…..by looking at your pictures u can say my height and built is equivalent to u and when i wear burberry brit shirts which are of regular fits i prefer a size small in it……so i am really confused between balmain size 38 and size 39? or u can say when i try diesel shirts my size is medium.. so can u please suggest me which size i should prefer ?? the balmain shirt which i am talking about is

      http://www.farfetch.com/in/shopping/men/balmain-striped-shirt-item-10646363.aspx

      regards

    • I'm not sure what style you're in therefore I cant advise what suits you the best. Balmain shirts fits slim, they are perfect for asians. I'm about 183cm, 6 feet and it fits me very well.

      Not familiar with Burberry and Diesel as i've never bought anything from these brands, except a pair of sandals. :/

  • Anonymous

    thank u so much for ur valuable feedback….i must say that ur choice n ur apparel selection is simply wow…i just love that… i am picking balmain shirt size 39?? i know u wont be able to comment without knowing my actual measurements.. but i want to ask you is size 39 in balmain considered as bit loose for a person who is in between small and medium of other brands,,, or they provide slim fit patterns??

    regards

    • Hi there, judging by your comment you are a person like me who sits in between S and M. A size 39 would be prefect, Balmain shirts are true to size in slim fit, therefore you will require to ensure that you get the correct collar size to fit you right. This is because, even if the chest width is big, you can always alter the excess, but for collar wise, the size is fix and cannot be altered in any way.

      Hope this helps :)

  • Anonymous

    can u please provide some rough idea about the timings of spring summer sale particulary ssense, luisviaroma and farfetch?? they start by the end of june -july or afterwards??

    • Hi there, the sale period starts at the end of this month towards the beginning of July.

    • Anonymous

      maurice as u mentioned in ur comment that the sale period starts at the end of this month towards the beginning of July….so end of this month means the sale will start by end of may??

    • Yes, it will start end of this month. But only for a few retailers, such as SSENSE.

  • Anonymous

    thank you maurice for ur valuable reply…i must say start a magazine and i can gaurantee you it will be a hit..i have ordered balmain 39..and balmain 39 is the prefect size for me ..which size u will suggest me for saint laurent round neck t shirt…. small or medium????? their sizes are of skinny fit pattern or slim fit or regular fit????

    • Saint Laurent is true to size, it fits like Balmain. But some tshirts are oversize, it will be as described. :)

    • Anonymous

      maurice which size u suggest me for saint laurent t shirts if my size for balmain is size 39..i have never tried saint laurent,so dont have much idea about it…and its sizes wer mentioned as small,medium, large n so on…..which size u suggest me small or medium if my size is size 39 in balmain…..

    • Anonymous

      maurice i want to ask you about canvas shirts..i have seen a balmain shirt and its cotton canvas shirt…its a basic shirt..can u please tell me the diff between normal cotton white shirts and cotton canvas shirt?

    • Canvas has a rougher and thicker material, but the cotton is like basic could be smooth like poplin :)

  • Anonymous

    the givenchy t shirt which u are wearing,i must say its looking super cool on u….i suggest websites like luisviaroma to hire u bcoz it looks much better on u in comparison with their models… maurice i want to ask u.. u must have noticed the balmain high top denim sneaker..what u think? will it look cool with denim? u know u never get an idea of a shoe until n unless u try it…. but i can ask u bcoz ur observation, tips,suggestions towards fashion is simply great… looking forward to hear from u?

    • Thanks for the compliment :3

      The Balmain Denim Sneaker has a rich blue with an embroidered logo silver logo, it is has a contrast orange stitching like the traditional denim jeans. But generally, I don't recommend this pair because it is very difficult to match with most the staple pieces. If you wear blue denim and pair it with this, there will likely be colour contrast that is not significant enough to make a statement. Also the embroidered badge at the shoe tongue is a bit ostentatious, that reminds me of what Versace does with the medusa signature.

      Alternatively I will have to suggest to you that you will be better off spending your money on this pair > The Balmain Two-Tone Quilted Velcro Sneakers. It has the finest execution of what Parisian luxury is, the quilted detailing is authentic and roots back to couture fashion, and the white patent against the deep blue calf leather (almost similar to black) has an eye catching contrast. It will also compliment most of the denims because of its two tone colourway.

      You can find them here

      http://bit.ly/1gL3XyI

      http://bit.ly/1k748sz

  • Anonymous

    maurice what u suggest me about these sneakers..i mean i can see them online..so really dont have any idea if i pair it with denim,how wil it look..u know until n unless u try a snekaer with denim u can never have an idea ..to satisfy this doubt,we are fortunate that we have your blog and an expert like you.. so please suggest me ur verdict if i pair this sneakers with denim??

    balmain loop quilted high top sneakers…black in colour

    http://www.balmain.com/en/shop/d-baskets-montantes-matelassees-a-lacets-et-boucles-noir-balmain/

    regards

    • Anonymous

      maurice i can see my comment..i guess u have replied but unfortunately i am unable to view it..

    • Hi, sorry I published but forgotten to reply. My apologies…

      Anyway I am confused. Did you ask me earlier regarding the Balmain Denim Sneakers? Or is this a new inquiry?

      You current link shows me a pair of hybrid boots sneaker?

  • Anonymous

    maurice what u suggest me about these sneakers..i mean i can see them online..so really dont have any idea if i pair it with denim,how wil it look..u know until n unless u try a snekaer with denim u can never have an idea ..to satisfy this doubt,we are fortunate that we have your blog and an expert like you.. so please suggest me ur verdict if i pair this sneakers with denim??

    balmain loop quilted high top sneakers…black in colour

    http://www.balmain.com/en/shop/d-baskets-montantes-matelassees-a-lacets-et-boucles-noir-balmain/

    regards

  • Anonymous

    thank u respected sir for ur valuable reply once again….earlier i asked u about the sale and i got a reply from ur side that online fashion store will start their sale in the month of ending may…i want to ask u when they sale their sale, u can say 1st day of sale…how much off they give on balmain? and do they provide any discount on shoes??

    regards

    • Anonymous

      sir, u missed to post the reply this time also…

    • I'm not sure about this as I dont work under a specific retailer. But I can advise that the sale usually starts with 'selected' pieces going for 30%. Then after a few weeks it will go to 50% for those that are not sellable, and the worst is when they go 70% means the article is either an odd size or it is difficult to sell because nobody wants it.

      Logically speaking, not everything will go on sale, especially demanding pieces. The retailer is as smart as the consumer, unless they are desperate to push out the old stocks. But this is very unlikely.

      Luisa Via Roma has already started its members sale at 30% off.

    • Anonymous

      thank u very much respected sir for ur reply… sir, as u mentioned the sale has started for its members in luisviaroma..when i logged in there,i cant see the sale…for that i have enroll myself and accept the membership..if yes the how to do that?

      regards

    • The reason why you dont see it is because it is by private invitation. Each member has a unique code, you will have to shop with them first and after this they will only show it to you. Its a loyalty program :)

    • Anonymous

      thanks for ur valuable reply…i am pretty sure that u have a private invitation from them….afterall u deserve that……sir, i desperately want to buy balmain washed leather biker jacket(colour blue or u can say navy) ..its available on luisviaroma…it costs 5357$ ..are u getting 30 percent off on this right now?? if i wait for some time will i get some off on this jacket?? waiting to hear from u

      regards

    • Anonymous

      i forgt to mention the link of the jacket

      http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx?#ItemSrv.ashx|SeasonId=59I&CollectionId=M09&ItemId=47&VendorColorId=MTU50&SeasonMemoCode=actual&GenderMemoCode=men&CategoryId=&SubLineMemoCode=

      or if this link dont work,u can have a look on luisviaroma website…its item no is
      59I-M09047

      regards

    • You can try here

      http://tinyurl.com/qf5hgtm

      This website is having sale now. :)

  • Anonymous

    thank you respected sir for ur feedback……sir the link is working which u provided me ( item no59I-M09047) i just love this jacket…… sir, but i cant see any discount on this??? i see the jacket with price tag $ 5357.00……… do u see any discount on that jacket like 30 % ????

    waiting for ur valuable reply..

  • Anonymous

    respected sir, my previous quest ws: thanks for ur valuable reply…i am pretty sure that u have a private invitation from them….afterall u deserve that……sir, i desperately want to buy balmain washed leather biker jacket(colour blue or u can say navy) ..its available on luisviaroma…it costs 5357$ ..are u getting 30 percent off on this right now?? if i wait for some time will i get some off on this jacket?? waiting to hear from u
    i guess u forgt to post the reply…..

    the link of the jacket is:
    http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx?#ItemSrv.ashx|SeasonId=59I&CollectionId=M09&ItemId=47&VendorColorId=MTU50&SeasonMemoCode=actual&GenderMemoCode=men&CategoryId=&SubLineMemoCode=

    link of the jacket is: 59I-M09047

    sir, i just want to know will i get discount on this if i wait for some time?? since u are a member of luisviaroma under loyality program, can u see any discount on this jacket??

    • Hi, you can't use my discount code. Even if I provide it to you, it won't work as it is assigned under my user.

      Please check SSENSE today as they have just started their sale last weekend.

      http://bit.ly/1nnrdIS

  • Anonymous

    thank u sir for ur valuable feedback once again…..sir,i visited ur fb page and i really liked the jacket which u are wearing…i guess it looks much much better on u than balmain models….can please tell me from where i can buy this and secondly i want to ask u, what size u are wearing????

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=563624583745327&set=a.424782314296222.1073741831.424731564301297&type=1&relevant_count=1

    regards

    • Im wearing size 50, it fits small so its like 48. Read more here

      http://drblogspot.blogspot.com/2014/03/balmain-double-breasted-wool-gabardine.html

    • Anonymous

      respected sir, i want to buy this jacket and i hope few pieces are left and i dont want to miss it…i just wanrt to ask u what will be ur size in this if u wear this articles….i have seen all the pictures of urs and ur n mine measurements looks the same..so please guide me with this…its on sale and i dont want to miss it

      http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx?#ItemSrv.ashx|SeasonId=59I&CollectionId=M09&ItemId=47&VendorColorId=MTU50&SeasonMemoCode=actual&GenderMemoCode=men&CategoryId=&SubLineMemoCode=

      desperately waitinf for ur valuable feedback

      regards

    • Hi there, you can buy the Balmain Washed Blue Embroidered Leather Jacket now. It's on sale with 30% off at $5357.00 – 30% = $3749.00

      http://bit.ly/1ryxJ3Y

  • Anonymous

    sir , i want to know ur size if u wear that jacket??

    • Size 48

    • hello sir..how are u?

      sir, i want to buy balmain sneakers..bit the company ios not providing free return label..so in case if there is some issue with size i have to send on my own and from my end its really expensive..almost 1/4th the price of the shoe….sir,when i wear burberry my size is 41…….can you help me with this? i mean can u try a burberry shoe?? for example if ur size is 42 in balmain and when u tried burberry and it fits u well…it means burberry sizes are very much equivalent to balmain ….sir, its a request can you do that for me…my size in burberry shoes is 41

      regards
      your biggest fan

    • Balmain is true to size. You need size 41.

  • Anonymous

    hello sir…how are you?? whats ur sneaker size?

    • size 43. Im good thanks.. these runs TTS.

  • hello sir..how are you?
    sir, i want to sell 3 brand new with all the tags blue embellished cotton poplin shirt in size 39….its from the spring summer collection…its made in france and i can send you the pictures if anyone is intrested..

    kind regards

  • i have the same shirt but in colour blue

    http://www.farfetch.com/in/shopping/men/item10614995.aspx

    • yes, do drop me an email. But why are you selling?

  • hello sir..i have send you the mail along with the website images of the product…if you are intrested in buying those then i can send you the original pictures of the shirt and sweatshirt…all of their tags are intact….i have the copy of original bills as well….

    • Yes Mathew, we are in contact

      Thanks

  • What an Awesome post. Just wanted to drop a comment and say I am new to your blog and really like what I am reading. Thanks for the share.

  • Nat

    Hi Maurice ,
    I like your shirt . Would you consider selling ?

    • Hi Nat, i'm afraid I have no plans to sell this shirt.

    • Anonymous

      Ok..let me know if you change your mind, I can offer 500 usd or more, I m currently collect badges pieces from balmain .. what size are you wearing anyway?

    • Thanks for the great offer, but I am not keen in selling it though :(

      I'm a size 39.

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