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Thrifty Thursday: Tortoise Sunglasses

April 14, 2011

Let’s talk about gafas del sol. For those who don’t speak Spanish, that’s español for “gafas of the sol.” Or sunglasses. Whichever you prefer.
I’ve never been much of a sunglasses guy. Never paid much attention. But Chicago Summer ‘011 is shaping up to be a hot one, and I’d better be ready for all the days I’m going to spend lazing around on the beach, running into the water, saving lives, playing sand volleyball in my dog tags with Slider and Iceman, beach soccer, and maybe doing a little bit of work outside if there’s time.
I’ve been in the market for some ’60s throwback sunglasses, like these RayBan Clubmasters. So, I was pumped when I found these tortoise keyhole sunglasses at Seek Vintage yesterday. Though not the exact look I was seeking (see what I did there, eh, eh?), they were 10 bucks. Hard to beat. I mean, sure, I’d love to have these Persol retro sunnies, but I’d rather save $300. (File under: #sacrifices and #rentmoney.)
What we care about is achieving a classic look regardless of name/brand. And when we can do that for 3 percent of the price, well, our work here is done.
Check your local thrift store, or pick some old knock-off Wayfarers up for $6. Sure, they’re cheap. But $160 sunglasses break just the same when you step on them.

Tortoise keyhole sunglasses (thrifted, $10).

midweSTYLE: Working Man

April 12, 2011
Jeff’s closing in on the end of his first full week at his new big-boy Chicago job. (Remember when he was here looking for a job a few weeks ago? Well, he got one. And now he’s crashing on my couch until his super cool new place is ready in the Logan Square slums. It’s a difficult life we lead…watching the “Chicago Code” [which is hands down the best television show ever made], socializing every night, heists, shenanigans, and stepping over broken glass to get Niko’d every weekend.)
Not Jeff would ever be unstylish, but part of the new job is dressing well, so he’s been trying out some new looks. I’ll kick it over to him.
Jeff: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and prints, as long as it’s in the same color story. I mixed this obnoxious printed stars shirts that I picked up at Halls during their winter sale and a dandy flower bowtie from Etsy.

I threw on a vest to break up the dark colors and add some contrast.

Grey sportcoat (Halls, sale $220 [reg. $680]) by Billtornade, small; vintage star print shirt (Halls, sale $33 [reg. $99]) by Scotch & Soda, small; grey vest (thrifted, $5); dark wash “Rhigby” (retail, $50) by Seven for All Mankind x Jonathan Adler, 31×34; vintage paisley bow tie (Etsy, $5).

midweSTYLE: Urbanautical

April 11, 2011

Does this clash?
Probably.
Is that a “woman’s” clutch?
It’s a worn leather dossier/clutch/folio/wallet.
Did I pick up this gold watch at Target thinking it was a “man’s” watch?
Yes.
Did I find out the next day that three of my female friends already had it because it’s a “boyfriend” watch?
Yes.

Do I wear it anyway?
Yes.
If we’re being honest here, fit, design and function trump whatever’s on the label—even if it’s two letters like “wo” in front of “man.” That’s why we each have a coat or two in our hall closets that button up from the left side. Looks the same, works the same and in some cases fits better.

Gold watch, carmel leather details and stripes. What do you think?

Nautical striped boatneck long-sleeve tee (Standard Style) by Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, small; “The Henley” 14-ounce Karabo fabric (Standard Style, $198 in store, $220 shipped) by Baldwin Denim, size 28; vintage brown caramel dress shoes (thrifted in New Haven, Conn., $6.99); gold “boyfriend” watch (Target, $12.99) by Merona; authentic vintage clutch (garage sale, $2) by Coach.

Photos by Seth Putnam.

Friday Wrap-Up: Hey there, April, throw us a bone

April 8, 2011
So look, April. You’re being kind of being a tease, and we’re getting sick of it. You’re yes, then you’re no; you’re in, then you’re out; you’re up, then you’re down. But worst of all, you’re hot, then you’re cold. I mean, it was 71º last week for crying out loud.
Listen. We’ve got some good posts planned for springtime, and you’re really holding us back. So do you like us or not? Now that we’ve got the DTR out of the way, here’s a photo that’s more wishful thinking than anything else:
Straight henley weather. We’re over this layering bullshit.
Friday Wrap-up – If you’re just now joining us, here’s a throwback to a few of our posts you might have missed from previous weeks:
And from others we love around the Net (wait, is it not called that anymore?):

INSPIRATION: Jimmy Darmody from Boardwalk Empire

April 6, 2011
Each Sunday evening over the summer, a group of us Kansas City gentlemen would gather around the projector to drink booze and watch Boardwalk Empire. Each week we’d mix drinks, sit, watch some Scorsese and gulp sip down the scotch. We were enchanted by the boardwalk and gripped by the character development
We were also amazed and inspired by the classic ’20s menswear with its badass suits, fabrics and accessories. It wasn’t the suits and the swagger that particulary stuck out to me, it was more of one character’s utilitarian and rugged feel. Boardwalk Empire’s Jimmy Darmody is a character who’s hairstyle and wardrobe I’m all about right now.

No “dress” shoes today, even though Darmody would be rocking a sick pair of wingtips. I opted for my more casual Clarks. I’m sort of rocking a hybrid long hairstyle of his right now (short-ish sides, long on top, swept rakishly back and to the side), along with dark colors, shirts buttoned up without ties and general badass demeanor. Right? Ha. Right.

No, just leave it without the tie,” said Seth as I was preparing to head out the door. I thought, “Alright, we’ll try it.” So, I left it and actually liked it. That’s right about when I felt a little Boardwalk Empire with the shirt without the tie, buttoned all the way up.

Brown leather jacket and belt, black denim, grey utility shirt with a pop of burnt orange/red/sangria lining to match my laces on my brown boots. Hate it or love it, but I had fun with this look today.
“Slim Jim” dry black-coated denim (Standard Style, winter sale $75) by Nudie Jeans, size 31×34; 2-year-old leather Wallabees (Cargo Largo, sale $40) by Clark’s, size 11 w/ replacement “Sangria” laces (J.Crew, $4); “End-On-End” Utility Shirt (Oliver’s, $69.50) by J.Crew, slim small; leather bomber jacket (thrifted, $6.99) size 40; brown leather belt w/ brass (Country Club Plaza, winter sale $4.99) by J.Crew.

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