midweSTYLE: Tee time

May 3, 2011
Because I had to make some tough sartorial decisions for the advancement of my manhood, I decided to leave all of my pashminas and scarves back in Kansas City. So like any older brother would do, I bestowed those gifts on my younger sister, because let’s be honest: Most of these scarves had some kind floral pattern or brocade print on them that could have easily passed as something you would get from XXI, not the antique stores, swap meets and coastal vendors like where I had originally acquired them.
I thought, I’m moving to a big city. I’m not a dirty, liberal-arts undergrad who spends his days engaged in philosophical debate, chain-smoking Parliaments outside of Kaldis or killing pitchers of Fat Tire at Shakespeares anymore! No more scarves! No more chain-smoking! And certainly no more deep V-necks!
So I did—I left my beloved scarf collection back home for my sisters to adorn themselves.
But then I forgot how much I dig a scarf around my neck. Hetero-normative masculine sartorial presuppositions aside, I like scarves. And you know what, that’s okay.
What are you thoughts on the scarves? Rather, scarves with ties?

I snagged this feather suede LANVIN Paris blazer at Seek Vintage on Chicago, just west of downtown. I was surprised and relieved to finally find a “vintage” store that actually had vintage apparel that was well-curated. Unlike other locations that heaping mounds of shit under the notion of the place being a “vintage” retailer, Seek Vintage curates housewares, apparel, accessories and a cornucopia of goods from all over the world. The staff is friendly, and the store is thoughtfully merchandised. I’ve visited a handful of times already and still have yet to walk away empty handed. I like this place.

Camel-colored suede blazer (Seek Vintage, $15) by LANVIN Paris, size 38; green-striped, button-down oxford (eBay, $18) by Gitman Bros., medium; “The Henley” 11.5-ounce dry selvage (Standard Style, $198) by Baldwin Denim, size 28; brown leather “Wallabees” (Cargo Largo, sale $40; reg. $120) by Clarks, size 11; plaid tie (thrifted, $1); golf club tie bar (thrifted, $3); coral wool scarf courtesy of rag & bone; red replacement shoelaces (J.Crew, $2); ex-roommate’s dad’s friend’s brown leather briefcase (gift!).
Photos by Seth Putnam.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05202868909471752976 Plain T-Shirt

    Scarves definitely take certain swag. That tie clip is awesome, great find. Awesome look, I like the pockets on the blazer too.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08443232979548229606 Christina

    Love your scarf. It works because the rest of your outfit is so put together. I bet your scarves are way better than the ones at F21!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11186921762824109969 samineru

    I’m not sure if it’s just my yet to be expanded tastes, but the tie and scarf seem to be a kind of mixed message.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08440806010023203908 zgray

    I definitely like the idea, but maybe it’s just the way you wrapped it around your neck. I probably would have done it differently. But you pull it off. Great find on the blazer.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12026962658043845461 Jake Wandel

    Rather than making the tie/blazer combo for feminine by adding the scarf, maybe you just made the scarf more masculine by adding the tie and blazer?

    Screw heteronormative, hegemonic ideals! So long as your ascribed identity is secure, why not present yourself in accomplished ways of identity work that align with your Looking-Glass Self? #thankyouKathleen:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05840999455691956622 JNRS

    Great look. Love the tie & blazer.

  • http://walrashish.wordpress.com/ walrashish

    Yeah, the scarf just looks a little bulky, considering the slim cut of the rest of the outfit. Not that scarves are bad with ties—it just feels overwhelming on this particular outfit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13086385619275019829 His and Hers

    I think you look awesome and love the scarf and tie look on you! You can totally rock it. I’m excited to check out Seek Vintage! I’ve been looking for a good vintage shop in Chicago and it sounds like Seek might be the spot!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17568895406230707372 S.

    I say ditch the fluff. That outfit would be really accentuated by a scarf of the same volume and color, but as it is, you look like a fungus from space is eating your neck. The jacket/tie/jeans combo says “fashionable young guy, taking it seriously without being stuffy”- with the scarf it says “this outfit is ironic, because I’m wearing a muppet pelt”.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12059460138747630940 Madeline Giangrosso

    i really do like this scarf ! so bright !!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10492508275729678644 Jacob

    That scarf looks ridiculously bad.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00498391379962705383 Sara

    a fungus from space! brilliant.

  • http://eloifarr.wordpress.com/ eloifarr

    I love how the scarf and shoestrings tie the whole look together (pun intended). Would you consider wearing a shirt, if it really had an awesome t-shirt printing design?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17313600033778561755 Jade Turner

    You’ve really got a good fashion sense. I like the idea of putting a red scarf on. By the way, the tie and blazer also look superb. wholesale clothing

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16266177938240215046 Mary White

    These are great shirts for men indeed. I am a fan of soccer as well and I always watch it on TV. If me and my boyfriend have time, then we go out and watch it live. By the way, I like this shirt. This is a perfect gift for a special someone.

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