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,
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.
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).
I’ve been looking all summer to find a pair of tribal shorts. Sure, I could make a pair from some thrifted deadstock Zubaz, but I’ve yet to get my hands on a sewing machine in Chicago.
Instead, we stumbled across these from FLC International. Limited edition and handmade? Do I have your attention?
One of my favorite accessories is this scarf that my friend, Marta, gave me from Italy on her travels. It’s a great summer weight that breathes and adds a little punch.
Jorge Shorts: We’re excited about these bad boys. A great fit for the slim or regular build. They’ve been rolled twice and will really fit on any build. Seth tested them on his soccer player thighs. I tested them on my runner’s thighs. Also, the Jorge Shorts have a nice medium rise so you can kick coin slot dryness to the curb.
A new bag, Jeff?
I never got around to finding my summer bag with obnoxious colors, like yellow or orange. So, I pulled the trigger on this Jack Spade tote. I’ll make it festive with scarves or something candid like that.
If you don’t have a Timex Camper watchby now, you should think about sacrificing three Chipotle burritos and going for it.
It’s amazing. It’s classic. I wear mine everyday. The face is neither too big nor small, even on my scrawny wrists. A nice olive does the trick all year round.
On Jeff: “Jorge” tribal shorts ($78) courtesy of FLC International; canvas wax-dipped tote (Ebay, sale $100, reg. $200) by Jack Spade; “Terracotta” T-shirt ($15) by J.Crew; white espadrille chukka shoe ($30) courtesty of Topman; my favorite leather belt that I’ve had since sixth grade by Fossil; indigo denim shirt ($60) courtesy of Topman; Camper watch(Amazon, $18) by Timex; scarf from an Italian street vendor courtesy of Marta.
Photos by Seth Putnam.
My fellow Americans, as is my gift to you every year on this day, I present the bard of our time: Lee Greenwood.
Extra points for all that plaid. And because I love you and America so much (and because two is only a fraction of the times I listened to this song while thinking about this post) here’s another one. Twice as nice. The flag still stand for freedom, and they can’t take that away.
You can glean what sartorial inspiration you will, but I’ll say one thing. White collar, blue shirt, red tie: Prime.
Pinky ring optional.
Happy Independence Day, y’all.
It began innocently enough. There was a wedding. I needed a suit. I heard an advert on the radio promising 3-for-1 suits at a—and I struggle to type this—reputable(?) men’s store called Jos. A. Bank.
Then where shit got real.
Trust me when I say it: shopping for a suit is terrifying.
I’m trying to buy a suit this week.
Me too. Plain black.
Where are you looking? I want to get something sexy, but it’s not like I can throw out a grand.
Haha JC Penny. Mom has a discount.
Don’t forget to get it tailored.
Midwesterners and suits:
$500 is “exorbitant.”
Sorry, guys. In the words of Max Wastler (LINK), “Suits, sadly, are a grand.”
Agreed. But we also know what you’re going through, guy who just graduated college and has never bought a suit before. And for you, there a couple of options that, while not ideal, will help you ease into the water instead of dashing headlong into the scrotum-tightening waters of the suit sea.
A conversation with my mother:
Well, keep in mind your body is going to change.
You can find a nice men’s suit for 100 to 200.
I know they’re models, but you have that kind of body.
I think people are going a little bit overboard.
Alfani, Calvin Klein, Izod (shudder).
pick something, move on.
I found my summer shoe.
I’ve been looking to get my feet into a pair of wingtips that are a little unusual. Something bright and something classic at the same time. I had found a couple that intrigued me over the past few months but I passed up two pairs of shoes…and regretted it. You know that feeling and you think, “Crap, I should have just bought them.” Both pairs were Florsheim by Duckie Brown. One was a white oxford…
And another was a laceless version:
I missed my chance and have continued to hunt for a pair of the perfect white oxfords. Damn you, Florsheim, for making such amazing shoes but not in my size that I can try on.
Alas, the search continued for another summer fun pair.
And the search ended at Nordstrom.
Meet the off-white Frye “James” wingtip.
So comfortable and so slick. I thought I was going to walk away with a pair of Cole Haan’s because of the added Nike Air technology, but these Fryes are going to hold up very nicely. More than half-off the full price? Great. By the way, there is a huge summer clearance sale going on at Nordstrom. Didn’t summer just started though? Exactly.