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midweSTYLE: Summershine

A couple of weeks back, when we were finally getting used to the sun warming up the streets, Jeff and I caught up with our compadre Anthony Barlich, photographer extraordinaire.
The three of us generally palled around for the afternoon, first snapping some frames on a defunct freight track (known to some as the “Bloomingdale Trail”)*, then running away from the rain, then scarfing down a few sweet, tasty Epic Burgers.
Solid day between hard-working friends.
Sartorially, I’ll keep it brief. Here, I suppose, I’m endorsing the idea of fit and a splash of color. I don’t think I’ll get tired of a non-baggy silhouette any time soon. It makes us short-folk look not quite as dumpy. I’ve also been noticing that there’s way too much blue in my closet. In school, I found that the color worked for me and overstocked. So I’ve been experimenting with other stuff. Took me a while to warm to the idea of sea-foam and grey, but there it is. I’ve also found myself woefully undersupplied in the short-sleeve shirt area. But no need to go out and buy a new shirt if it’s not in the budget; just roll ‘em sky high.
So, folks, buy something that fits. (Don’t fulfill GQ‘s read on Kansas City.) And if you get the chance, throw a pop of color into the mix. Just a little.




On Seth: Button-front shirt by J.Crew; slim-fit carpenter trousers by Levi’s; natural leather belt by Urban Outfitters; thrifted loafers by Giorgio Brutini.


*An earlier version of this post misidentified the Bloomingdale Trail, which was actually a track for freight transport from a manufacturing district on the northwest side of Chicago. It discontinued service in the 1990s, and these days there’s a campaign to beautify, restore and develop the land into a park and trail for commuters, contemplators and those who would like to find “refuge from daily urban life.” There are also 12 schools near the Trail, so it could double as a safe way for kids to get to class. For more info, check out the group’s website.

Shoes

PHOTOS: 8,000 Words on Dose Market in Chicago

July’s Dose Market, by all accounts, was a smashing success. The place was packed with loads of people—farandaway more than last time—possibly wooed by the promise of a complimentary Grant Achatz cocktail. We hear (and hope) there’s more menswear coming in the future.

Champagne cocktails from The Aviary (video).

Meat from Old Town Social. ‘Nuff said.

Tats of the trade.

Pure joy from Max Wastler (AllPlaidOut), ladies and gentlemen.

midweSTYLE: A block away

Button-down shirts are an essential in a man’s wardrobe, or anyone’s wardrobe for that matter. Fit comes first, next the texture and weight and finally the print.
For summer, try a linen blend and then go from there. We’re digging this horizontal color-blocked shirt from Topman right now. It would even look nice paired with a navy or olive trouser going into fall.
How dope are these khaki-colored shades? A great alternate for the typical tortoise that we love.
The rucksack is a solid find, especially great for hauling items with a little more construction to them than the bag itself. Alone, the bag is a little floppy—but throw a blanket in it and bottle of wine inside the blanket and you’re good to go.

On Seth: Lavender block-stripe shirt ($56) courtesy of Topman; off-white tailored shorts ($70) courtesy of Topman; khaki circular sunglasses ($28) courtesy of Topman; canvas and leather rucksack (thrifted, $5); 106 “moc” leather shoe ($60) courtesy of Vans Shoes.

Photography by Jeff Kieslich.

midweSTYLE: Yalie duds

Two summers ago when I visited a buddy of mine who went to Yale, I checked out the thrifting scene. Thrift stores and microbreweries. Those are the first places I check when visiting a new town.
Shoes and belts galore, I found—although at separate stores. The shoes and the belt matched each other so well in color and texture. Rich and buttery. The shoes were from a hole-in-the-wall thrift store a block or two away from Yale’s campus for $8, and the belt was about $2 belt at another location that escapes my mind.
Probably some Yalie’s duds. Now mine.
Is that a purse? Listen, on my beanpole frame I wear slim jeans, slim shirts and slim jackets. Hauling around a wallet, phone, house keys, Motorola pager, roll of quarters, sunglasses, compass and other goods in my pockets kills the sleek silhouette. And “No, I’m not going to carry a cross-body.” I loathe those scoliosis-inducing, foul creations. Not for me.

Ok, a clutch?
I had been looking into clutches/dossier/pouches for a while and stumbled upon one while looking at garage sales over the summer over in West Plaza. It’s an original Coach clutch, in horrible (read as: “great”) condition for $2. Sold. I’ll carry it to weddings, running errands or throw it my tote to hold my planner.
Look, function over gender. It’s like a big leather wallet, really. It may be woman repelling, right next to my dress shoes with the inch heel. Somebody hand me a fur coat and I’ll be ready for Halloween.
On Jeff: Cotton oxford shirt (retail, $58) by American Apparel, small; charcoal welt-pocket trousers (retail, $69) by American Apparel; woven leather belt (thrifted, $2); leather dress shoes (thrifted, $8); vintage clutch (garage sale, $2) by Coach; grey sportcoat (reg. $680, sale $220 at Halls) by Billtornade, small (Halls for $680, sale $220); light grey tie (thrifted, $1.50).

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