Let’s talk early-20-something finances.
You may be on your academic grind, looking to ace your next physics exam while struggle-studying your way to that business degree (all while being super pissed that your liberal arts curriculum demands you take a physics class to get a friggin’ business degree). Or you may be newly graduated, basking in the sun of full-fledged adulthood and itching to grab life by the proverbial bullhorns. Little did you know, however, that the bull came bearing gifts. Gifts that include but are not limited to: rent, utilities, car insurance, taxes you actually might have to file yourself, student-loan debt collectors, and a just-above-minimum-wage-paying job.
Whichever category you find yourself in, you probably don’t have much expendable income. How are you supposed to keep yourself clean behind the ears and looking fly without much excess cash? No worries, playboy, you just have to know where to find sartorial heaters on your newly-employed-Millennial budget. (And if you don’t even have a budget, this message is brought to you by Mint.com). Luckily, your boy has been (and still is) where you are. Remember, brethren, where there’s a will there’s a way.
Introducing this fall’s three best #peasantmenswear destinations:
- Target: Having added Phillip Lim to their growing list of designer collaborations—a list that also includes the likes of Rag & Bone and Odin New York—Target has seriously got their #luxe juices flowing. Some of their in-house Mossimo and Merona brand joints hit all the right feels as well. And all for less than a week’s worth of tips in an espresso-stained barista apron. (Merona wool overcoat, $80; Merona varsity jacket, $30; Mossimo cardigan, $25).
- Land’s End Canvas: I don’t know about you, man, but my dad shops almost exclusively at Land’s End. Like, he’s got LE catalogues for days just lying around the house. Little does he know, Land’s End’s little brother Canvas goes to the hole twice as hard. Smart, well-designed pieces that don’t break the bank. Plus, some of their best are currently on sale.
- JCPenney: Remember that time JCP hired Nick Wooster? And remember when he helped create the best men’s merchandise your-mom’s-favorite-department-store had ever seen? Turns out most suburban 40- and 50-something (your dad included) hate wearing clothes that actually fit, because pretty soon former CEO Ron Johnson and the Woost God were both out of the picture, along with the tailored silhouettes they had helped usher through the door. If you’re smart, you’ll pick up what’s left of the JCP line while it’s still available. And do your dad a favor and grab something for him, too.
These murdered-out Roshe Run Trails ($85) by Nike. I only really want these because I run a ton of trails, guys. Actually, it’s because they’re affordable steez for when I don’t feel like lacing up some heavy-ass, 8-inch Red Wings this winter. Sometimes leather just isn’t what I want, ya feel?
This Swiss chronograph ($220) by MWC. The best watches are Swiss watches. And chronographs always look awesome (read: confusing). Don’t ever say something like, “If they wanted a watch to have a ton of functions why didn’t they just make it digital?” Hodinkee will put a hit on you, dog.
These fingerless gloves ($25) by Palmer Trading Co. Hey, that crop of people who’s always jawin’ at those of us who like fingerless gloves, complaining about how they don’t keep your hands warm – shut up. We didn’t ask you (but seriously, thanks for looking out for us—I don’t need to catch a cold during finals week, you’re right, mom).
This fisherman’s sweater ($109) by Orvis. Aside from being the title of one hilarious movie and one really, really awful movie, black sheep are on their hustle just growing out their hair for wool production out in the British Isles, straight grinding away for the greater good. Throw the black sheep some love this Christmas and support their work, ’tis the season.
This bottle of Templeton Rye ($37). Because something’s got to keep you warm this winter.
*This post contains the use of what we call “the hillbilly hem job,” a term loveably applied to the folding under of excess fabric at the hem of one’s pants. We, in no way, endorse this tactic as a longterm solution to long pantz. Go to a tailor. But, in the short term, what the hell? Plus, this entire photo shoot was unplanned, I was caught by one of the many street style photographers in the middle of Missouri while I was on a lonesome hike through the woods in my double monks, and I needed a quick solution. You’re not still cuffing your pants, are you? Besides, that’s why the ROTM dudes put a lug sole on those monks, guys. For hiking. They want you to do more hiking.
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Have you guys heard of Barena? It’s Italian tailored, casual #menswear. And it’s awesome. Tailored casual is king. Jersey everything. Fleece, everywhere. Your grandpa’s sweatsuit and your blazer can be made of the same thing now. Anyway, I found this double breasted jersey sport coat on Yoox for, like, not very much money. The fit is spot on and it’s unlined, unstructured, and unbelievably comfortable. Notice how it’s layered over an aran knit sweater? That’s for texture. The internet told me fall is about texture.
I don’t care if you hate camouflage, these Baldwin joints are on point. Word is that Hova wears them a ton. If you hate on something Jay-Z rocks all the time, no offense, but who the hell do you think you are? I’ll trust your opinion when your net worth is around $500 million.
Oh, and double monks on a lug sole? Phew, never thought I’d see the day. That is, of course, until the Run of the Mill guys dropped these bombs on us last fall. As a man who’s notoriously obsessed with resoling shoes with soles that have no business being welted to the uppers I’ve chosen for them, these struck a deep, deep chord with me. Couldn’t drop $435 on ‘em, but I found some on StyleForum at a steep discount. And seriously, it’s completely normal for guys to walk around in the forest with double monks! That’s what lug soles are for! Welcome to the 21st century.
On Cameron: double-breasted jersey blazer by Barena; cotton aran knit sweater by J.Crew; The Ryan pant in camo by Baldwin; scotch grain double monks by Run of the Mill; thrifted scarf.
Photos by Christine ‘Big Cat’ Cover
Few pieces in a man’s arsenal are more divisive than white denim.
There are two sides of the fence—and few people are actually on the fence itself. Dudes either love white denim, or they hate it. I fall on the former side, obviously. That said, I’ve had conversations with guys who tend to stay away from the white for fear of a painful amount of upkeep. But, perhaps there’s a mental shift that needs to be had. Listen…
You guys remember when you got your new kicks at the beginning of the school year, right? As boys, we all feared that if those snow-white Converse All-Stars got a speck of playground dust on or around their perfectly pure uppers, that cute girl who sat at the desk next to you would not shoot you a second glance and all of third grade would be an ultimate failure. But, if you remember correctly, you ended up wearing those pristine kicks to a muddy kickball game a few weeks later and still managed to get playground-married to Elizabeth during recess.
Point being: White stuff was never really meant to stay white.
I tend to treat white denim as a kind of blank canvas that’s supposed to be painted. The more specks they get, the better. In fact, I want them to be pretty disgusting when it’s all said and done. Am I going to try to remove stains? No. Am I even going to try to prevent them in the first place? Probably not. The dingier they get, the more character they’ve got. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going rub myself down with sod or intentionally dump a cup of coffee on them. But life happens.
Yes, if they start to smell bad, I’ll wash them, relax.
Yes, you can wear them after Labor Day. The guy who said you couldn’t was a Communist, and he didn’t even own anything white.
Also, Indys in the summertime is okay, too. Maybe I should be wearing Vans or Tretorns, but I can’t take these things off.
On Cameron: “The Paulie” chambray shirt by Baldwin Denim; tri-blend tank top by American Apparel; double O-ring belt by Narragansett Leathers; “The Henley” in white by Baldwin Denim; Indy boots by Alden; “Preston” eyeglasses by Warby Parker; submariner watch by Military Watch Co.
I’ll be honest: I’ve been a fan of Paul Rudd ever since he first appeared in Friends
as Mike Hannigan, Phoebe’s longest love interest and eventual husband, and in Clueless
as Josh Lucas, Cher’s ex-stepbrother. Minor roles, sure, but I loved them nonetheless. Then there was Wet Hot American Summer
. Before long, Rudd was acting and starring in some of the funniest comedies in recent history: Anchorman
, Knocked Up
, I Love You Man
, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Beyond all that, Rudd is something of a hometown hero. Having moved to Kansas City when he was ten, Paul remains a regular visitor to the city and a huge Chiefs fan. Hell, he even narrated their season of Hard Knocks on HBO. In interviews, you can sense both his humility and his humor. He’s a professional who never makes the mistake of taking himself too seriously. As he once told Nylon, “I hear people talk about ‘the craft,’ and I just think, ‘Oh, you’re so full of shit.’”
Also, he’s pretty damn good looking. As one Elle
writer once wrote, Rudd is “better looking that your neighbor but not so gorgeous that he couldn’t play your neighbor in a movie.” Plus, we’re pretty big proponents of men who are just as comfortable in a week’s worth of unshaven scruff and T-shirts as they are in a tailored suit. Paul, of course, is one of these men. He’s also a Jayhawk.
While that is something that we’re willing to overlook, his swagger is something we simply cannot.
*Try not to stare into those eyes for too long, ladies.