Here is a old 3/2 sack blazer from J.Press in classic navy blue hopsack. I bought it for $7.49, but I've owned it so long and worn it so much that it's worth can no longer be calculated in dollars. A shirt (perhaps something of an aberration according to many of you) that I had made, the courteous gift of Deo Veritas. Say what you will, but I'm really digging the contrast button down, more and more every time I wear it. For some reason, I can't see it working with anything other that a blue and white pattern on the shirt. ADG has a similar shirt in blue with white stripes, and even Tin Tin told in person that it's "not that bad". From him, I call that a compliment. Seal the deal with a no name silk ascot picked up last week for $1.99 at an undisclosed thrift.
That is indeed a hard crease in my khakis. It's an issue I've been know to waffle on. Until recently, I was staunchly in the "don't even iron your khakis" camp. Then I had this pair and one other shortened by Mr. Lee, and he handed them back to me dry-cleaner sharp, crispy like, and I thought maybe I like this, kinda dress, looks good with a blazer. Khakis are military in origin after all, and do lend themselves to a nice crease. Now I compromise. I have two pair that I crease, and three pair that I wear straight out of the wash. But I digress. Originally from J.Crew, I of course purchased this pair second hand for a ghastly $4.99.
Back to the treads. Take a look at the toe. Instead of the standard moccasin toe stitching, we have this single row of brogue-ing. A small touch, but damned distinctive. I think that, plus the light, casual color give these loafers a certain 1930s vibe. Not bad for $7.99
The moral of the story? Good stuff goes with good stuff. All you have to do is know good stuff when you see it.
You obviously know "good stuff" when you see it!
I am speechless.
That collar is crazy,I love a high collar that doesn't droop.I guess the yellow socks pick up the minute amount of yellow in the ascot,no?
That shirt is stronger than wolf urine.
Ah! I love the contrast button down!
It'll take the paint off your car.
This is the sort of post that makes me keep coming back here every day.
Not only am I jealous of your consistently great finds, but enjoy the adherence to no particular styles. Living in a very conservative state, I'm still trying to build up the stones to wear certain things, so maybe if I keep visiting here I'll get some by osmosis. :)
The ascot is the only thing I can't get on board with. It just seems so pretentious which, as anyone who reads this can tell, is anything but what you are.
I can't get past the mental block in my head that keeps telling me "Shoes worn by other people are icky!!!"
How do you treat thrifted shoes before wearing them?
i have the same issue with used shoes that Sal does...what do you do to the shoes before you wear them?
but i'd digging the ascot. after jon stewart's attempt at wearing them the other night, now i want one!
I kinda have to agree with Sal about the ickiness, especially since you go sockless a lot in the summer. But I assume you have a Costco-sized can of Lysol at your disposal.
I just pray that you draw the line at thrifting your underwear.
I just used the Dr. Scholl's trick myself!
Another bull's eye. I often wear ascots in cooler weather, and have found that a cotton wrap around the neck keeps me cooler than an open collar in hot weather.
Gentlemen, closing the neck is always a good idea. If you're going tieless, try an ascot. Children will not flee in terror, and wags will not bring up a certain sit-com from the 60s.
The shoes have great patination, but are in need of a shine. I'd suggest neutral polish to keep that great variegation. As always, I recommend Lincoln shoe polish. It's the best polish I've ever tried, and, best of all, it's made in the good old US of A. (Full disclosure: I am a satisfied customer with no financial interest in Lincoln shoe polish.)
I just did the Dr. Scholl's trick myself!
Nice kit, even though John Stewart has made such a fuss over the ascot this week. Really dig the shirt and I'm in a similar crease/no crease dilemma with a cheap commodities pair of target khakis And I think you meant "aligning oneself too tightly," not "to tightly."
Q: Is this blog satirical?
Tell me what it is about my blog that you find satirical. Then I'd be in a better position to answear your question.
Socks and underwear remain sacrisanct.
Sorry about the double post, my ailing computer seems to have sent it twice...
You have an excellent blog on men's style. While I appreciate your thoughts concerning the closing of the neck, there are ways to have an open neck that, to my mind, works, namely to have the collar cut properly so that it doesn't hang too low, to avoid 1970s styles wide collars etc. I DO wish we could save the ascot though from an unfortunate and undeserved reputation. Your choice of ascot and how you wear it is perfection!
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