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Winter Wardrobe Essential: Grey Overcoat

November 16, 2014
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Midwestyle Outfit Inspiration

Midwestyle Outfit Inspiration
Midwestyle Outfit Inspiration
 

Midwestyle Outfit Inspiration

GREY OVERCOAT: Vintage | SWEATSHIRT: Insted We Smile

 DENIM: Acne ‘Max’ | SHOES: Vans x Engineered Garments

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Above: Grey overcoat? Ditch the suit and try something different under a grey overcoat. Options right here: Grey Overcoats.

Printed Sweatshirts

Above: Printed sweatshirts? Ok, cool dude: Shop Printed Sweatshirts.
(Carlos Campos, Insted We Smile, MSGM, Quality Peoples.)

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Above: Tortoise Sunglasses by Warby Parker – Easy $95

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Above: Black denim (My favorite are Acne, rag & bone, and APC) – Dude, just get a pair already.

Vans Slip-On Sneakers

Above: Slip-on sneakers by Vans –> $60 a pop

HOW TO: Layer for fall

October 6, 2014
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Fall baby, fall.

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For days when I’m not feeling all neutral and minimal, I’ll always go back to an easy flannel, denim, vest and Red Wing boots look.
Black coffee and cigarettes not included.

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On Jeff: American Apparel beanie, Warby Parker “Duckworth” eyeglasses, thrifted red flannel, Simon Spurr denim jacket, camo Moncler vest, black Acne “Mic” denim, Red Wing boots, and a sneaky Topo Designs backpack.

 

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Grey beanies: easy $40 a pop from J.Crew

 

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Black circular eyeglasses by Warby Parker: $95 

 

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Flannel shirts from Gant Rugger: $40 to $145.

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Jean jackets from various designers: $76 to $280

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Patagonia down vests: You could spend about $150 for great quality, or cop at Uniqlo too.

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Black denim from various designers: $38 to $400

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Boots by Red Wing: $260 to $340

How To: Keep a good (and warm) head on your shoulders

November 5, 2013

Let me go ahead and cut right to the chase. It’s getting cold. You know it, I know it.

So, now the question: “What do I put on my head?” I’m going to give you a handful of options I think should encase the spectrum, whether you’re wearing a stocking cap for fashionz, or if you’re actually needing it because your head is cold. Oh, both you say? Good call. When it comes to throwing a new cap into the mix, there are basically a few groups: real affordable, the $100 range, or that luxe life.

First off, for the newly appointed genre of menswear…on that ramen budget. I’ve got you covered, #peasantmenswear types. (Thanks, Cam.) For this group, there are a good number of brands out there slingin’ hats (“like, whoa”) to keep you outfitted. MujiTopman, Carhartt, and American Apparel, just to begin—options on options on options. Here are a couple to highlight:
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Target: Merona did it again. A number of colors, and it’s hard to beat $4.99 #targetdoesitagain. It’s kind of like when those TY Beanie Babies were being considered “investments.” You kids of the 90’s remember that, right? Well, if you’re like Jeff and me, you’ll buy one of these Merona caps in at least 5 colors. I can’t say the return on your investment will be all that great, but compared to how it worked out for those Beanie Baby collectors, the odds are in our favor.

 

Zara has a slew of options (patterns, stripes, dots, you name it) under $20:
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For that next group not afraid to spring a little dough for something to cover your mug but also not trying to break the bank (cause beanies have a tendency to fall out of coat pockets when not on said head), you’ve got options: APC, Norse Projects, Journal Standard, Beams+, the list goes on. Here’s a few:

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Club Monaco : Kensington Cashmere (multiple colors, but this blue is the favorite), $79.50.
Italian cashmere with cuff detail, warmth, and comfort.
Pretty much everything one might need.

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Marc x Marc Jacobs, $120.
Merino wool that will provide warmth and comfort, and also let everyone know: “Hey, look at my awesome new hat!” (If you’re into that sort of thing, we won’t judge you.)

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And for those of you with the money tree in the backyard, or money just ain’t a thing (we’re not mad at ya), you’ve got some options: Moncler, Nigel Cabourn, or what’s that hat, Margiela? At a cool $295, this slouchy cashmere beanie does it all. Well, ok, so it really only sits slouches off your head. But hey, it will make you look cool, so there’s that.

 

Some final thoughts: All in all, I’m not big on the whole “beanie with a brim” thing. My mom always said if you ever have to second guess, “Just say no.” And I think that motto fits appropriately in relation to beans with brims.

 

As for the slouchy beanie, I think when done right it can be a good look. Keywords: “when” and “done” and “right.” I personally tend to go with something that has a little more form, but I think there are some good options out there if you want to get your slouch on. Urban Outfitters has you covered. Herehere, or here. Hey, what else says you’re channeling your inner Justin Bobby, Johnny Depp, or Becksy than a nice slouchy beanie?

 

What did I miss? Is there a brand or style of sharp looking, head covering awesomeness you find yourself loving/wearing the most?

midweSTYLE: Double down

October 16, 2012
Let’s dish out another take on wearing a double-breasted jacket today, yeah? Cam brought his game with a Barena find last week, and I’m continuing with an Aspesi gem.
This is my first double-breasted jacket, let alone my first year-round + Italian designer jacket. I added in plaid shirt, thrifty slim carpenter pants, leopard-print hat and Nike Safari sneakers. So many red flags, styles clashing and seasons colliding in one outfit. But I was comfortable and in a hurry to meet up with Yewon Kim to snap some photos. Be warned when you meet up with Yewon: She’s in a league of her own.

Ladies, take note of Yewon’s outfits. Guys, take note of Yewon’s outfits. Everyone, follow the Yewon.

Story time on the wine-stained trousers: These Levi’s slim carpenter pants are favorites because of the lore behind them. A halloween-plus-birthday party was thrown at my house in Logan Square last year.  I remember neither my costume nor the song, but I swatted a wine glass out of the hands of some white girl with bangs (or rather her flailing arms swatted me.) The wine glass splattered and shattered on my computer and all over my pants. The white girl with bangs didn’t skip a beat and kept on dancing. The computer spluttered out, however, and a part of me died that night. The following day, I took it to the Apple Store, where they took a look and said, “Well, we tried to turn it on, but it smelled like wine and beer. It’s toast, bro.” 
Let’s review: My computer smells not just like “alcohol,”  but specifically, “wine and beer.” Noted, Genius Bar guy. My computer smelled like booze, I GET IT.

A day later, I emptied my bank account to get a new laptop. ‘Cuz Internet. A week later, I finally washed my wine-splattered carpenter pants. But the stains remain…and somewhere I think I still have that wine-logged laptop, too. 

 Photography by Yewon Kim

On Jeff: Double-breasted cotton blazer by Aspesi from Mr. Porter; checkered button-down by A.P.C.; carpenter pants by Levi’s; Air Safari sneakers by Nike from St. Alfreds in Chicago; five-panel cap by Reed Space + Publish from St. Alfreds in Chicago; frames by Warby Parker.

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