Back in the farm country of rural southwest Missouri, one of my old man’s favorite pastimes during our occasional white Christmases is to read “Snow-Bound,” an 1866 narrative poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. It reminisces about the getting stuck in the family homestead and hunkering down to tell stories to each other in front of the fire.
Here’s a taste of the longer version:
Yeah, yeah. It’s snowing outside. There are 20 inches outside my apartment, and more on the way to the beat of two inches per hour. Bring it on.
Might be a little late now, but for the next snowpocalypse, you might want to consider these:
Sure, there may be cooler-looking options out there. But what’s more stylish than being warm and mobile while pocketing the extra cash you saved? Go spend that on some hot chocolate and good winter literature. Then snowshoe on home and get snowbound.
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure why I picked up this green & black pair of striped socks from the sale rack at J.Crew for $2.99 + an additional 40% = less than a cup of coffee. I figured, “Hey, I could make these hideous, and quite frankly, haunting pair of green & black prison bar-like socks work.” Paired with an equally ugly pair of brown-I-think-they-might-be-a-little-black cap toe dress shoes from the thrift ($5.99) and my Slim Jim Dry Coated Black Wash ($75 Nudie winter sale).
I just needed to find some inspiration.
3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2011 gave me some ideas. Just pair it with a patent black leather boot and perhaps some dark army & forest green hues. A little dark for my taste, but we’ll see.
If you waited all winter for the Patagonia Web Specials to go live like me, your time has finally arrived. It’s not much off, maybe some tax, but hey, grab it now while you still can. I’ve snagged some baggies after their summer sale and now I’m waiting for my paycheck to go in to grab a down sweater. Here are my top picks that you need for the winter, if you don’t already have them:
Fleece, Shell and a Down Jacket:
Fleece will keep you warm, but won’t necessarily block the wind.
Shell will block the wind, but won’t keep you as warm.
Down jacket will keep you warm and block the wind.
Or just take care of it all & grab this:
The Retro-X doesn’t look windproof, but, it is and breathable and warm and everything Chewbacca would want. The fleece and shell will last you into spring and even summer for a chilly night.
Overall, the bargains are great but are going to continue to drop as they flush through more inventory. So if there is something you really want, grab it now but wait a little bit if you want to risk it for 40% off.
I’m always open for something classic with a different take. And by that I mean, something that Gitman Brothers Vintage has done.
Cam & I both own a Gitman Brother’s Shirt. And cannot wait to pick up another for Spring. Dope design, cut & style. Not exactly in the budget, but definitely worth every penny if you count it for cost per wear. You can snag them on sale, if you’re lucky. Or off eBay like we both did.