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You can wear a printed shirt

If you’re happy and you know it, flap your wings.

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Credit: Michael George Photography (Twitter) (Instagram) (Tumblr)

Here’s what I will say about purchasing (investing?) in a printed shirt: You gotta love it.

I purchased this bird shirt on a trip to London in 2012 when I walked right into the Barbour store, saw a man wearing it and said, “I want that shirt.” I paid full price in pounds and didn’t look back. Why? Well, I fell in love and the associate told me a marvelous story about the bird shirt:

The Jackdaw print was created by Edwyn Collins, best known for his hit ‘A Girl Like You.’ A former member of the band Orange Juice, Collins suffered from a double brain hemorrhage in 2005. As part of his rehabilitation, Collins created these individual illustrations. Having heard his story, Liberty immortalized his illustrations for SS12.
It’s rad when brands develop product with a legit story behind it.


Here are my suggestions on picking out something printed:

Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with something unique, but don’t be surprised if it costs more than $100. This one was a pretty pricy penny or two.

You won’t wear it often, but when you do you’ll be happy. But wear it often if you’d like, be that guy with the bird shirt.

When you wear a printed shirt, you wear it. You don’t let it wear you. Stride a little longer, stand a little taller, eat a little more, whatever.

Same goes for pants, but not so much for sneakers. But you can say yes to a printed shirt for starters.
Why? Your sneakers will wear and you’ll eventually have to pitch them, unless someone has a solve for sneakers. Anyone?

Styling suggestions to wear with a printed shirt: solid bottoms, solid shoes, and solid attitude.

HOW TO: Layer for fall

Fall baby, fall.


For days when I’m not feeling all neutral and minimal, I’ll always go back to an easy flannel, denim, vest and Red Wing boots look.
Black coffee and cigarettes not included.


On Jeff: American Apparel beanie, Warby Parker “Duckworth” eyeglasses, thrifted red flannel, Simon Spurr denim jacket, camo Moncler vest, black Acne “Mic” denim, Red Wing boots, and a sneaky Topo Designs backpack.


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Grey beanies: easy $40 a pop from J.Crew


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Black circular eyeglasses by Warby Parker: $95 


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Flannel shirts from Gant Rugger: $40 to $145.

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Jean jackets from various designers: $76 to $280

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Patagonia down vests: You could spend about $150 for great quality, or cop at Uniqlo too.

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Black denim from various designers: $38 to $400

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Boots by Red Wing: $260 to $340

11 sneakers your feet would like to kick it with now

Whether you live on Flexington Avenue and you’re buried in Excel all day or you’re pulling clopening shifts and your Tumblr gets more attention than your iMessages, you’ve got some extra dough burning in your pocket and your feet could use some love. I know you do!

So, where are my coins going this month? Not on a big fat date or a weekend away. Fashion over function!!!!—ing in social settings, man! Behold, my almost reasonable list of sneakers that I’ve got my eye on instead of 2-for-1 apps and bullshit cocktails from a hip new bar with a subpar Tinder fling.



Above: Adidas Stan Smith Original silver sneakers
Details: This style is back and everywhere. Stand out with the matte metallic version. $$


Above: Balenciaga “Arena” sneakers
Details: These are rad. And expensive. Don’t pay rent this month. Buy these. $$$$


Above: Nike Air Max 90 Ice City sneaker
Spoiler alert: I already purchased these and have since been stopped several times. Last week a dude wanted to BUY THEM OFF MY FEET. I declined because tetanus. $$$

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Above: Camper low sneaker
Details: Also available in black, and very on sale. You know Camper is super comfy, right? $$

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Above: New Balance sneakers for mall walking
Details:  All the comfort, every comfort. $$


Above: Bottega Veneta “Intrecciato” slip-ons
Spoiler alert: I can’t afford these shoes. $$$$$


Above: Classic Vans slip-on sneakers
Details: If you couldn’t get your hands on the Engineered Garments collab, well now you can because these are basically it. $

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Above: Nordstrom “Novato” sneaker
Details: I own a few pairs of Nordstrom house brand shoes and they’ve always held up well. This sneaker seems to be their first foray into athletic kicks too. $


Above: Nike Roshe Run sneakers
Details: Pillows on your feet, pillows on your feet. $

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Details: Very acceptable way to wear leopard. $

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Above: Patagonia signature mountain outline sneaker
Details: Not mad at Patagonia’s debut into the stylish sneaker game. As always, the retro touch is appreciated. $$

BONUS ROUND: While writing this post, I tore 3-5 ligaments in my right ankle. Yes, while I was blogging I tore something. –Nah, I was trying out for a club volleyball team in the city and landed on it to the most extreme level of vigorous activity (aka spiking the ball in all of it’s glory)…during warm-ups.  And so here I am watching Gossip Girl season 2 with my moon boot shopping for sneakers to break-up once my foot fuses into a tree trunk with all of the ice packs that I have layered on thick.