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April 2011

Brit Style: Royal Edition

April 29, 2011
I’m going rogue here and breaking from our usual policy of original photos. I’ve paid little attention in the run-up to that wedding that’s happening today, so I suppose my curiosity is somewhat justified. Don’t worry; I’ll keep it brief and relevant. And if you don’t like the lyrics, you can press fast forward.
A confession: I love pretty much everything about Britain. Magnify that 10 times today. It’s the anglophilia. Can’t shake it. First of all, Kate Middleton. In that dress, outshining even Grace Kelly. File under: “How I want my bride to look.” I had permanent tingles the whole time she was walking down the aisle. Guess I’d better start making a list of eligible royal British ladies.
Enter David Beckham for the men’s style tie-in. Apparently everyone else on the Internet stole my idea, because when I Googled “royal wedding style,” Beckham was all over the search results.

That tie, that collar, those tails. And how spiffy is that Order of the British Empire medal—which unfortunately wouldn’t be appropriate to wear if you hadn’t earned it. I realize this look is rather far from “Midwest,” but I’d love to work it into my next formal outfit anyway. Well, maybe not the top hat. Looks good in his hand, not in mine.
Soccer, style, England, true affection. Everything I love.

Thrifty Thursday: Recycled pants

April 28, 2011
You guys remember when I was talking about making pants into a nontraditional pair of cargo shorts? Well, here they are. How? My girlfriend was kind enough to take on the project. Here’s what it takes:
  • An old pair of chinos (I conveniently chose these pants in particular so that I’d have an excuse to buy a new pair of khaki chinos, but that’s neither here nor there.)
  • A few buttons and some thread
  • A sewing machine
  • Someone who knows how to use that sewing machine
Originally, I said you should probably reimburse whoever constructs these things for you with some cash. Luckily, my girlfriend was willing to help me out. Why? Dinners, movies, gifts and unconditional love, of course. Honestly, what other reasons does she need? (And really, how many more sentences can I begin with an adverb?)
Seriously though, more power to you if you’re skilled enough to pull off this feat of apparel construction yourself. If you’re not, find a friend who is. Hopefully you’ve got one somewhere. And pay them well: Food, beers, yardwork… or money if you’re not feeling creative.
The shorts turned out extremely well. The most obvious changes are the front pockets, which are great. The thicker belt loops are a little less noticeable, but they’re probably my favorite change. Also, the roll at the bottom was intentional when these were first made, but ultimately they squeeze my soccer thighs a litte too much. A hem is scheduled for the near future. Overall, these are definitely shaping up to be my go-to/knock-around shorts for the summer months—and all for the price of four buttons and a spool of thread. Not bad.
And oh yeah: THESE RULE.
Spectator LX in “Incense” (courtesy of Vans) by Vans Vault, size 10; khaki chinos converted into shorts with pockets (originally from Urban Outfitters, $50) by Paul Frank, size 30; vintage plaid button-down (thrifted, $3) by L.L. Bean, medium; braided leather belt (thrifted, $4); Corter for Japan bracelet (Corter Online Shop, $25 shipped) by Corter Leather.
Photos by Jarred Donalson. And many thanks to the lady.

A look ahead: Nonnie Threads

April 27, 2011

Today, we’re off adventuring and spending our allotted Midwestyle time with Nonnie Threads. Hence, no big post this morning. Nonnie’s a local Chicago designer who makes her products right here in the good old U.S. of A., so we’re excited to get an in-depth look at her operation.
We’ll be dropping by Nonnie’s studio this afternoon to explore her collection, snap some photos and interview her about her philosophy on men’s style. Stay tuned for the full package in a few days.
Transmission will resume shortly.

In bloom

April 27, 2011

Spring sprung officially about a month ago. That, apparently, has meant nothing to the weather. But we’re tired of waiting. Let’s celebrate. We want to see more flowers in lapels. Make it happen.

PHOTOZ.

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