On my way home from getting a haircut last week, I happened upon the Village Discount Outlet—which was almost a warehouse. (Or should it be wearhouse?) It was packed, both with clothes and with scarf-covered women cramming their shopping carts full of stuff.
The sizes run big for a little guy like me, but after significant rooting I snagged these incredible wool/alpaca slacks that fit perfectly.
Yeah, they’re pleated. I’m okay with that.
A couple of drawbacks: There aren’t any dressing rooms, which isn’t the worst problem; as long as you’re wearing a T-shirt, you can throw other shirts over it. Pants—that’s another story. I did figure out a way to try them on, but it was tricky and I don’t really want to talk about it.
The place isn’t curated well, but that means prices are dirt cheap. Saw a decent trench coat for 90 cents. And I walked away with a slim-fit Italian dress shirt for $6 that’ll make a perfect gift for the brother.
And these pants? $4. Believe it. Inspect carefully, though. When I got home I found a worn hole in the seat, which will mean a trip to the tailor.
But at 4 bones? You gotta dig, but that’s hard to beat.
What is “East Campus” you might ask, dear reader?
Options include but are honestly limited to:
These are your options on East Campus, choose wisely.
WHY THIS LOOK WORKS: Nautical and military style? Sure. It’s called, the navy.
TRANSITIONAL FROM WINTER TO SPRING? Why not, switch up the denim with some chinos or khaki shorts for a warm spring night? Or swap the sweater out for a tee and rock it with them boat shoes.
STAPLES OR TRENDY?: I would say that all of these items are staples to have in your closet, or rather, on your floor ready to be used again. Classic pullover, military jacket, selvedge denim, desert boots. A beard doesn’t hurt the situation either.
You can get these shoes at Famous Footwear. Is anyone listening? Famous Footwear, I say.
A lot of the time, we base pieces of our own style on some odd sources:
Tuesday’s Inspiration: Tommy Ton’s Street Style from New York Fashion Week 2011
We were checking out GQ’s coverage of New York Fashion Week, and we noticed some diverging opinions between us. Seth was drawn to more textured items: tweed blazers, knit cardigans, wool slacks, leather gloves, camel hair overcoats—all pretty
Here’s one that stood out to both of us:
ABOUT: You might not have camel hair sport coat in your closet, but I happened to thrift one last year for 6 bones on a whim.
WHY: I’ve been exploring different ways to wear it and this is one avenue sans oxford cotton button down.
WHY THIS LOOK WORKS: It’s a good balance of neutrals, texture and style. The neutral black denim and fun striped tee are broken up by the brown and copper belt, which creates a unique contrast. In the meantime, the worn wool cardigan tames the stripes topped off with a soft camel color. The camel-hair sport coat adds an element of softness while tying back the brown belt with the wooden buttons on the coat.
INSPIRATION: The camel hair blazer was a trend for womenswear this past fall, and I wanted in on the neutral action. That was part of my inspiration even while rocking it this past fall and winter.
Nudie Jeans “Thin Finn” dry, coated, black denim during winter sale for $75 from Standard Style; The Jones Store for Men camel hair blazer thrifted, $6; Grey cardigan thrifted, $2; J.CREW men’s leather belt during winter sale, $3; American Apparel Striped Tee, $40.
It’s still cold here in the Midwest, thus you still have some time to put more mileage of your Red Wings and break them in before they’re reluctantly thrown into their seasonal retirement.
Gentlemen, today we’re going to show how to look manly, outdoorsy, Midwestern or whatever you wanna call it and do it with some life.
The pop of the purple and green add a fun element if you don’t want your whole look drowned out with colors of the grainbow.
It wouldn’t be a Midwestyle post without a crotch thrust or slight hip swing. We’re fresh out of college and miss the glory days of impromptu dance parties and the daily shenanigans of slumming around on East Campus. Please bear with us.
WHY THIS LOOK WORKS: This is an easy “Midwestern” look. You’ve got your khakis, your jacket and your boots. You’ve got everything to throw this look together. There isn’t really anything “special” about this look. Now, just add some color. We aren’t afraid of that, are we?
thrifted J.CREW XS four-pocket jacket $6.99, J.CREW purple and green button down $12.99, rag & bone m2061555 for $40 in Chicago, Red Wing 8878boot from Halls for $78, Fossil leather & canvas weekender from the good ol’ Lake of the Ozarks Outlet Mall $60, Timex Camper Watch $18 on amazon.
photography courtesy of college roommate and Kansas City denizen, Jarred Donalson.
thank you for answering my phone call even though you knew that I needed a favor.
Overheard one bro at Nordstrom Rack in Chicago today:
“You gotta search through a lot of shit at this place. But every once in a while you can find a $100 Ed Hardy T-shirt for $50, and then you know you’ve got it.”
This is why this blog exists.