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One sport coat, three looks.

Jeff’s still here. We also got a little carried away with the camera. The lens brought out the worst best in us, and Jeff wanted to show how one sport coat can be used in a variety of different looks.

Jeff: You do not need many jackets or sport coats in your wardrobe. Perhaps a blue blazer and a grey sportcoat. Whatever is your style and the season. However for the winter, I got my hands on a grey sport coat and having been experimenting with different ways to wear it. 3 looks, 1 sport coat. The sport coat is a Billtornade one, shrunken size small. I’m 6’2 and about 150lbs, soaking wet.

WORK: Ok, not so professional. Gotta stay on the grind.
Baldwins “the Henley”, Filson tote, 1901 blue bucks.
CASUAL: Why not throw a blazer over your sweatshirt.
Jack Spade slim fit crewneck, Marc by Marc Jacobs slim fit slacks.
PLAY: Striped tee and sport coat. Sure.
American Apparel tee, Gant by Michael Bastian F/W destroyed khakis, thrifted Bass shoes.

Why you need a good sportcoat?
WORK: Throw it on over a button down for an interview.
CASUAL: Throw it on over a sweatshirt so you make your look at little more put together but comfortable.
PLAY: Throw it on over a t-shirt and pray for the coming of spring to arrive with some stripes.

Go ahead and throw a sportcoat over your t-shirt and jeans, hell, even try it over a slim-fitting sweatshirt.

Jobbing it in Chi-city

Jeff—dude on the left—came to visit Chicago (but probably more importantly to interview for some jobs this week.)
Clad obnoxiously in a bright-yellow windbreaker, he was waiting outside the El station, and I joked that I was glad I got to him before the ruffians did.
Jeff loves playing dress-up, so I made some photos of his job-hunting attire before he went to meet some folks in the local menswear world. I was especially intrigued (read: envious) with his jeans from Baldwin Denim. They’re damn comfortable, not to mention they’re near and dear to our hearts for being home-grown in Kansas City, Mo. Really, they deserve their own post—which they’ll get soon when we take a look at the finer elements of denim and the story a good pair of selvedge jeans tells about the wearer.
One of these days, I’ll also take a look at the price points in men’s style—and maybe get to the bottom of why in the hell Esquire, one of the best magazines ever, thinks you should pay a couple thousand bucks for a pea coat.
Jeff- You can thank me, your PR flak and life coach, later. I accept payment in booze, gold ingots, jewels, stories or Baldwin jeans.



Baldwin denim 6months, no wash “the Henley” dry stretch $198, Filson Canvas tote $40reg $80 (ebay), Nordstrom 1901 blue suede bucks $44reg $99, American Apparel White Oxford Button down $50, J.CREW leather belt $4.99reg $25, Timex Camper Watch $18reg $25 (amazon), Thrifted Van Heusen tie $1, Thrifted antique rifle tie bar $6, Billtornade Wool Small Blazer $210reg $680.

Thrifty Thursdays: Sergio Valente brown neck tie

All winter, I searched for a grey wool tie, but alas, a brown tie will have to do. And for $1 and being skinny? Okay, twist my arm.

I don’t know who you are Sergio Valerie Valente, but your brown tie is beautiful. Go America.

eBay: Steven Alan Vintage Hiking Parka

In the vein of Jeff’s post on Steven Alan’s spring looks, and considering I love outerwear for all seasons, I jumped on eBay to start looking for spring jackets and parkas in preparation for the rainy days on my college campus. I happened upon the Steven Alan Vintage Hiking Parka.

credit: shopedropoff

There’s a seller who’s got a decent stock of these things and they’re going for right around a hundred bucks (they retailed around $400). Granted, they are a season or two old, but a perfect jacket like this is timeless. If you’ve got the means, I highly suggest trying to pick one up.

happy valentines day

thrifted made in america pink plaid tie $1, rifle tie bar $5,
american apparel small white oxford $55, billtornade wool sportcoat $220 (reg: $680)
baldwin 14oz karabo “the henley” $198, skull-and-crossbone socks from target $2.50 and thrifted bass captoe shoes $5

Cheers, gentlemen.