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The Denim Showdown

Two pairs of jeans: one – J Brand ($165), raw denim; the other – Levi’s (25.99) from Target. What happens? Is the expensive raw denim worth it?

A comparison. Israel/Seth.

Thrifty Thursday: White Linen Blazer

Yeah, we know. Two blazer posts in one week? Two posts of Cam in one week? Two posts of Cam in a blazer in one week? Maybe a little excessive. But thanks to the weather, we won’t be able to feature these much longer (fingers crossed). The relevant detail to this particular post is the white linen blazer he snagged from a thrift store for about three George Washingtons. You read that correctly: $3.
The point here isn’t necessarily to show off cool clothes. It’s to demonstrate that workable style is doable on the cheap. After some very unscientific price-guessing, I’ll estimate that if purchased new, this whole outfit would push $775 retail. But what you see here cost less than $265. Plus, you’re not spending those numbers every single time you put on a set of clothes. Each piece of the pie can be mixed and matched with the other items in your wardrobe. Which allows you invest in the glasses, the boots, etc.—the stuff Cam’s wearing with several different outfit combinations.
By far, the biggest savings are coming from the jacket. Three dollars compared to the $150, $200, $300 you could expect to drop for a nice blazer? No contest. As long as you’ve got an idea of 1) what you need and 2) what looks good, you can find some great bargains at thrift stores. Of course, be prepared to not find anything, either. Only pull the trigger if it’s got a place in your closet.
Linen blazer (thrifted, $3) size 36; J. Crew broken-in chinos (retail, $60), size 31; brogue boots (Urban, $80), size 10; vintage, U.S.-made oxford (eBay, $10) by Gant, size 14.5-33; black cardigan (thrifted from Jeff’s closet) by Merona, small; tartan tie (outlet, $15) by J.Crew; Preston eyeglasses (warbyparker.com, $95) by Warby Parker.

Photos by Bethany Jones.

A trip to the tailor

Everyone should have a “guy.”

Nuri
went to a different one
beware: “original hem”

midweSTYLE: Cords and Ralph

This week has consisted of rain, sleeping on the ever-so-unfortunate blow-up air mattress that is currently my bed, booze, more sleeping on my ever-so-unfortunate blow-up air mattress that is currently my bed, and work.  The good news is however is that today is pay day. Which means I can order all of those  (un)necessary items that have been stock piling up in my Amazon.com shopping cart, such as this mattress, steamer and this t-shirt.
But while we’re on the subject of necessary items, an umbrella is one of them. 

This should be probably featured under “Thrifty Thursday” because that same “ex-roommate who gave me their dad’s friend’s briefcase” also gave me this leather-handled, khaki Ralph Lauren umbrella. This umbrella probably cost more than a student loan of mine and I’m okay with that.

Much like Cam, I’m a boots and blazer kind of guy.

  
Brown “8878” suede boots (Halls, sale $78) by Red Wing Shoes, size 11; khaki “RB15-X” corduroy  trousers (Haberdash, $50) by Rag & Bone, size 30; leather and brass belt ($4.99) by J.CREW, size 30; green-striped oxford cloth button down (eBay, $15) by Gitman Brothers, medium; thrifted school-boy tartan tie ($1.99); thrifted grey and blue check wool vest ($4.99); grey sportcoat (Halls) by Billtornade, small; leather-handled khaki umbrella (ex-roommate’s dad’s friends) by Ralph Lauren.

midweSTYLE: Mocha blazer on the rocks

Correction (2:55 p.m.): In the initial version of this post, we forgot to credit our very gracious photographer, Bethany Jones. Thanks so much for helping us, Bethany—when you come to Chi this summer, the vino and/or Guinness is on us.

While my blogging brethren reside in the wonderfully windy city of Chicago, I enjoy the pleasure of calling Columbia, Mo., my temporary home as I pitter-patter my way through four years of the dream-world experience that is modern day higher education. Columbia is a lovely place for a million different reasons, but one thing that’s not high on that list is natural scenery. But after being cramped up in your favorite local coffee shop (see: Kaldi’s), studying your ass off for the huge exam in that class you never actually attended because you swore to yourself you’d just read the book and get notes from that guy who you did that group project with earlier in the semester, you’re gonna need some fresh air, and lots of it. Enter Capen Park/Mulch Site. It has mulch for taking and rocks for climbing—what more could you ask for? You’re right, nothing.
Winter’s still got her foot in the door here in Missouri, which means I still have an excuse to wear blazers without people on campus thinking I transferred in from the SEC. This thrifted beauty fits well almost everywhere but the arms, which could use a nice visit to the tailor. I’m working on that.
Also, I tend to opt for boots when wearing jackets. Why? I don’t really know. Maybe it’s because my high school mascot was a lumberjack. Maybe it’s because I misplaced my favorite longwings. Or maybe it’s because when I’m not blowing out my pocket fades or doing squats to make my honeycombs explode, I’m usually out climbing rock faces in blazers and tie bars. I know you sensed the sarcasm.
“The 77″ dry 14-ounce Kurabo fabric, two and a half months (Standard Style, $200) by Baldwin Denim, size 31; mocha blazer (thrifted, $20), size 38; blue and pink polka dot tie (my old man’s closet, free); old leather belt (my old man’s closet, free); dark tortoise “Preston” eyeglasses (online, $95) by Warby Parker; coral oxford (retail, $50) by American Apparel, medium; thrifted work boots (borrowed from our dear friend Travis Craig, $9), military watch (eBay, $18) by Rothco.

Photos by Bethany Jones.