midweSTYLE: St. Louis (Part One)

June 8, 2011
You know that feeling of joy when you are reunited with best friends who always greet with you a warm, bear-like slap on the back followed by a quick rub to diffuse the gentle sting? That’s how I feel when the Midwestyle reunites.

We got together in St. Louis for our good man Patrick’s wedding. If you’re from Missouri or have Missouri friends, you know Kansas City hates St. Louis. And that St. Louis hates Kansas City right back. Or maybe it’s just our friends have this thing with their hometown pride.
Either way, Patrick, a Kansas City boy, met Emmy, a St. Louis girl, and forged peace between the Montagues and Capulets of KC-STL—at least for the time being. Naturally, we brought our favorite Kansas City goods with us to this wretched great city!
Actually, we just found all of these belongings in our car. Let’s be honest: You need to take some hometown swag with you wherever you go. We chose Boulevard Pale Ale, KC Baldwin hat and a throwback “Wizards” jersey.

But really “St. Louis” people, do you actually live in St. Louis? Nope, you live in Chesterfield, West County or Kirkwood. We, on the other hand, actually have mailing addresses that say “Kansas City” not “Lee’s Summit” or “Overland Park.” Represent.

The Three Madras Amigos showing our St. Louis denizens how we feel. Everyone loves a meaningless, mildly offensive middle-school gesture.

Noteworthy details: My no-break chinos and “Lexington” wingtips by Florsheim.

Noteworthy detail: Seth’s thrifted woven and stitched loafers by Giorgio Brutini.
Noteworthy detail: The “KC” welt and felt hat by Baldwin Denim.
On Cameron: pink, fuchsia and orange madras shirt (thrifted at Wild Man Vintage, $7) by Royal Knight, medium; grey slim-fit trouser shorts (Urban Outfitters, $40) by BDG, size 31; “KC” baseball cap (Standard Style, $42) by Baldwin Denim, size large; well-loved and worn “Authentics” (online, $40) by Vans, size 10; throwaway aviators from Urban Outfitters ($10).

On Jeff: Grey slim-fit “Davis” chino (retail, $50) by Club Monaco, size 28×32; brown leather belt with brass detailing (sale, $4.99) by J.Crew, size 30; blue-and-green large-check madras shirt (sale, $29.99) by J.Crew; “Lexington” wingtips without laces (Nordstrom Rack, $50) by Florsheim, size 11; knock-off “Clubmaster” sunglasses (Seek Vintage, $12).

On Seth: Blue and violet plaid button-down (swiped from Cam); “Corporal” chinos courtesy of J Brand, size 30; woven and stitched tassel loafers (thrifted, $6) by Giorgio Brutini.
Photography by Jarred Donalson.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08123432785987492470 cwhf

    You guys are not hanging out with the right crowd. I proudly live in Saint Louis City (Tower Grove Park Area) and it’s awesome (though I am sure KC is somewhat awesome as well).

    Go Cards!

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

    Way to represent! KC til I die.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17952369089649656400 mallory wiegers

    “We, on the other hand, actually have mailing addresses that say “Kansas City” not “Lee’s Summit” or “Overland Park.” Represent.”


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17952369089649656400 mallory wiegers

    also, we are the best. o-p-h-s.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05341951262271384712 dani

    Well, I love your outfits and styling, as usual.

    I, of course, am from the opposite coast of the country, in which we are too boring to care whether we’re from southern California or Washington state. ;)

    <3 The Daily Dani

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02776336920474089295 Natalie Rosenlof

    I happened across this blog a few months ago and I just wanted to say how stylish I think you gents are. I am from St. Louis (Wildwood) myself and you’re all certainly showing a Midwestern style people from other parts of the country don’t generally recognize. Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00165257615168669558 Seth J. Putnam

    Well thanks, Natalie. Glad Utah’s getting in on the style action, too.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06638034424404255735 kelsey louise

    Yeah, suck it, St. Lou!
    You dudes are cute.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15596078399546024099 Speaking Nonsense.

    Jeff, I have that same shirt. I love J. Crew’s madras!

  • http://glenmcmurry.wordpress.com/ glenmcmurry

    Let me preface this with: I’m from Colorado so I don’t really care and I like both cities.

    But this:
    “We, on the other hand, actually have mailing addresses that say “Kansas City” not “Lee’s Summit” or “Overland Park.” Represent.”
    Has never made any sense to me. The only reasons you technically live inside city limits is because they extend an unusually far distance from the city center and they are drawn in a really wonky way.

    If you Google map search it, where you boys are from is a little over 19 miles from the Sprint Center. Chesterfield is a little over 20 miles from Busch Stadium. Essentially the same distance.

    Just thought I would throw that out there. Add some fuel to the fire.

    Seth’s look is my favorite, those shoes are fantastic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00165257615168669558 Seth J. Putnam

    BAM. Roasted, Cam and Jeff.

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