midweSTYLE: Bridge

August 9, 2011
REAL TALK: I rarely have a very good reason to wear a tie. Honestly, events that necessitate ties in my life are few and far between. I mean, outside of the occasional wedding or sorority formal, opportunities to appropriately don neckwear are fairly infrequent. That means that when I wear them, it’s typically for no reason at all. I’m not going to the office, I’m just going to class. If Mizzou were a little more Ivy, that may be normal. But in a place where T-shirts and sweatpants reign supreme, I figure most people just assume I’m a professor.
Now, switching gears, the comment we tend to get most when it comes to buying from thrift stores or vintage resale shops goes something like this: “I just don’t have the patience to sift through all the inevitable crap to find what I’m actually looking for.” While thrifting often leaves you frustrated and empty handed, I think I’ve come to realize why I genuinely enjoy it to the degree that I do. The prices are obviously the biggest draw, yes, but there are secondary elements to the thrift store experience that make it something that is, while tedious at times, still very worth while. For me, I love that it harkens back to a time when United States manufacturing was still king, before outsourcing apparel construction became the new black. There’s something strangely satisfying about putting on a piece of clothing whose tag reads, “Made in the U.S.A.” You guys know what I’m talking about, right?

LASTLY: Sorry for going YouTube crazy. Also, we’re a handful of followers short of four digits on Twitter. Lets do this, team.
On Cameron: Blue oxford (thrifted, $2) made in the U.S.A. by Arrow Brigade, 15.5 neck; striped tie (gift from a lovely woman) by Kincora Irish Tweeds; brass tie bar (thrifted, $2); woven belt (thrifted, $4); chinos (UO, sale $10) by Dockers, size 31; desert boots (Christmas gift ’09) by Clarks, size 10; “Preston” eyeglasses (online, $95) by Warby Parker; rope bracelet (homemade).
Photography by Jarred Donalson

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11605919011474749295 juan

    hey there-

    where did you get the rope for the bracelet? i have been using bungee cords the whole summer.

    really like the blog.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13230739583008991647 kirst

    it’s true. an awesome thrift find is thrilling, but the experience is made even sweeter by the discover of a “Made in the USA” tag. great post!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05202868909471752976 Plain T-Shirt
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16606767641471382077 PopMachineUK

    These guys have a great series of posts on ‘How to thrift’ which I guess would reduce some of the pain involved in sifting through all the ‘crap’.

    http://putthison.com/tagged/How_to_Thrift

    There is nothing like finding an awesome shirt at a bargain price.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14428320285294677006 Scotty Farkus

    This reminds me. You all should check out White Horse Trading Co. out of Colorado. This guy is like the only son of a 5th gen. seamstress. His ability to make ties out of Pendleton blanket weight fabric has gained him some notoriety.

    http://www.sirjacks.com/brands/White-Horse-Trading-Co..html


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