midweSTYLE: Hay

ABOUT THIS LOOK: I’ve liked the idea of mixing vintage items, Americana goods and designer apparel. Plus, I really wanted to type out “Marc by Marc Jacobs” and “Pendleton” in the same blog post. I wanted to create a faded and dusty look for the field. Warm colors, like the 1901 camel colored shoes and MBMJ warm mauve undershirt, were already being drawn out from the Pendleton shirt.

This leather bomber jacket is one of my favorite pieces that I own. I’m always scared for some reason to pair it with dress shoes and think I need to wear it with boots of some sort. However, I’ve been rocking it with my bucks, wallabees and even Sperrys a few times. Why not, eh?

ABOUT THIS LOCATION: I grew up flying kites in this field. It’s at the bottom of my street from my childhood home. Besides, dodging cow shit as we ran unto the ends of the earth (or so it seemed), I loved looking down the hill—the hill that I hated to bike up so much. But I became so thankful for where I grew up. I didn’t have to stare off into an endless suburban wasteland of cookie cutter houses nor at any brick apartments outside my window. The cows down the street in the field, the airport farther up the road a couple of miles and a general store up the street near my elementary school.

Bomber jacket (thrifted, $6) by “Made in Ecuador 100% Leather”, size 38; wool button-down (thrifted, $6) by Pendleton, medium; “Rat” long-sleeve mauve T-shirt (retail, $9) by Marc by Marc Jacobs, medium; “The Henley” 11.5-ounce dry selvedge denim (retail $198) by Baldwin, size 30; 1901 camel suede bucks (retail, $44) by Nordstrom, size 11; Camper Watch(retail, $18) by Timex; braided leather belt (thrifted, $1).
Photos by Jarred Donalson.
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Jeff - Cary – By the airport in Kansas City is where we shot them…so, at the end of my old street. Huzzah!

Cary Randolph - Amazing shots. Somewhere in Missouri? I think I recognize those particular hay bales…
And the jeans! And the shoes! Go Jeff, go.

Jeff - David – Jarred is one of our excellent photographers who is always willing to dive right in. The lighting was perfect, as was the setting.
Thanks a ton. The bomber jacket is killer, mad props to Ecuador. & those bucks you can actually get at Nordstrom Rack right now for 44 bones. It’s a steal.

Leilani – It’s what I wanted to avoided when wearing the bomber jacket, so I threw on the bucks. I sometimes wear my Wallabees with them, but not my boots. A little too biker chic.

Israel – Thanks man. We’re excited for spring!

Brennan – It actually is not interchangeable. I bought it from Amazon and it’s a plastic frame with the attached canvas strap on each side. Still looks sharp, although not interchangeable. We’re so lucky to have been featured on whatiwore, she’s a doll!

Brennan - Is the strap on that Timex watch interchangeable?

Also, kudos on the blog. I’m glad I stumbled on the link from http://whatiwore.tumblr.com/

Israel - May I say, I like the cut of your jib, sir. Terrific work on this post, not to mention the style.

The photos do a wonderful job of transporting those of us who grew up in the manner described above, back into the shit-dogging days of spring.

Keep up the good work.

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) - What a fun photo shoot, seems very Midwest to me. I always dig it when a gentleman can rock vintage (especially leather jackets)– you definitely got a steal on that bomber jacket! Mixing the bomber with the bucks make the outfit more contemporary & urban rather than biker.

David - First of all, those are some of the most crisp photos I’ve ever seen. You must have an awesome camera and knowledge of photog.

Second, that bomber is perfect. Excellent find.

Third, those bucks are wild. They look like they would come from McNairy or Duckie Brown. Super cool.

Seth J. Putnam - @Ben: We haven’t had a chance to get up that way yet, unfortunately. But you can bet that if we do, we’ll be doing some thrifting. In the meantime, if you’ve got some favorites, definitely let us know and we can add them to the map (in the “Thrift” tab). Cheers!

Ben Connor Barrie - Just found out about this site. Looks great. Any plans on covering thrift stores in Michigan and/or the Ann Arbor area?

Seth J. Putnam - Thanks, Christina and Tights That Bind. Y’all are too kind.

The Tights that Bind - Also came here via What I Wore, and your blog is such a great find. I love those shoes with that jacket. The whole outfit is perfection.


cameron - I could have sworn you were wearing socks in the first picture.

Christina - I just came to your blog by way of what I wore. I didn’t know there were boys brave enough to be outfit bloggers. Your blog is well written, funny and stylish. Just had to say it!

Jenna Brucoli - I am kind of dying for the color of those shoes. They look incredible with the wash of your denim. Perfectly style, as always, friend.

Jeff - artfullyawear – Greatest thrift find ever? Completely. It’s even fitted and slim in the chest/torso.
I was hesitant when I walked into Nordstrom because I really dug the blue suede ones, but caved & bought the camel ones….and the blue pair. Glad I did. Two for one, man.

artfullyawear - This is just perfect. I totally dig the color of the oxfords–colors always seem more saturated in suede. And the jacket! Greatest thrift find, ever?

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