Category Archives: J.Crew

Hues For You: Garnet

The gemstone Garnet can be found in many colors: yellow, green, purple, blue and black—but most widely known is the red Garnet. Characterized by its deep scarlet color, it’s been a jewelry mainstay since the Bronze Age.

Now that we have the history out of the way, I can talk about why Garnet is this month’s hue. I remember last fall seeing just a hint of dark red floating around the style sphere. However, I did not see much, and it seemed to be almost more of a purple than a red.  So I crossed my fingers and waited patiently for this fall, and what do you know: Garnet is everywhere. Needless to say, I bought it up. We’re talking watch bands, merino sweaters, socks and yes, even cereal bowls.

Now, lets talk #menswear. By now you’re probably catching on to some of my favorite labels. Here’s some more fodder.

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1. Baldwin does it again. At this point, you’re probably familiar with this staple. It’s just a really fine hat. Go say hi to Cameron or David and pick one up.

2. Saturdays Surf NYC has created the perfect chunky sweater: The Keith Cable Knit Sweater. Grab your rubber boots, ‘cuz we’re going fishing (on a boat, in Ireland). I think the cable knit sweater is an iconic piece that’s great for the wardrobe; the key is getting one that’s chunky but not too chunky. You want the sweater to look chunky, not you.

3. This is a bit of a new idea for me, since I’ve never owned a pair of corduroys, especially red ones. But if I’m going to be breaking boundaries, I might as well do it with the help of Ovadia & Sons—one of my favorite new designers. I think these could be pulled of with the right cardigan, a nice oxford, and a pair of double monks.

4. Add this little J.Crew pocket square for a bit of color and flair to your favorite suit jacket. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

5. This one’s for any guy ever: super easy jacket, great for a muted color without being in your face about it. You can snatch it up at Top Man. Attention: They’ve got a student discount, too!

What colors are you guys into this season?

-LJW

FALL UNIFORM: Tweed, Wool, Suede

I know this is cliche, but it has to be said: Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the prospect of going to the Louisburg Cider Mill in Kansas, drinking chai lattes on an outdoor patio, fire pits glowing with warmth, crunchy leaves underfoot, and so much turkey at Thanksgiving that you either want to cry, die or lie down.

As a reader of this site, I always loved the “uniform” posts, so here’s mine. Disclaimer: It’s pretty much all J.Crew, but hey, it’s my thing at the moment.

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Last year, J.Crew came out with a slub-merino elbow patch sweater, which was so popular that they brought it back this year. HURRAH. For those of you who don’t know, slub merino is a type of yarn that is unevenly twisted to create an irregular, bumpy texture. This makes the sweater not only super warm, but kind of chunky and really easy to wear. For that academic vibe, it’s also decked out with brown, suede, elbow patches. Along with this, I’ve been wearing my “Essential” 484 chinos, light-wash chambray shirt, camo socks (never thought I’d say that), gray suede bucks, and my Giles & Brother railroad spike cuff.

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Fall Wish List (Treat Yo’ Self)

Meet our newest contributor, Joe Walker. We could tell you all about him, but we think he does it better. Joe, take it away!

joewalkerRemember that time someone told you, “College is the best time of your life”? Yeah, they should have said: “College is increasingly difficult, and you will be so busy that you will forget to eat and pay your bills and shower.”

Real talk aside, I really do love college and am grateful to be in school. I’m a fashion design student at Johnson County Community College. Our test questions tend to go something like this: “True OR false: Pink is the ‘it’ color for spring.”

Kidding. Fashion design is actually pretty intense. Most days, you can find me muttering expletives at the sewing machine and trying to draw a straight line with a ruler. I wish I were joking.

Besides school, I work two jobs: a barista and a personal stylist. I spend my mornings and a few evenings a week on campus at our three coffee shops. If you’re thinking, “I wonder if he is the tall guy who is constantly singing…” then you would be correct, and yes, you did interrupt my song to order. When I’m not whipping mochas and icing lattes, I am living in the world of retail. I work on Country Club Plaza at J.Crew, as the Men’s Personal Stylist, and if you’re in the KCMO region, I might have helped you size your suit or find that pair of jeans.

In my spare time, you can find me drowning in copious amounts of chocolate ice cream, making new “to-do lists” and raiding my Netflix account

Given that I’m constantly in the fashion frame of mind, I’m always thinking about my clothing wants/needs. (Okay, okay, mostly wants.) As fall settles in, I’ve been craving chunky knits, warm wool blazers, and flannel shirts. Between my three major areas of life, I have different needs, so my lists often become somewhat eclectic. Which is why I usually shoot for items items that seem to never go out of style. Here’s what’s on my wish list at the moment.

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1. Ludlow Club Sportcoat in Italian Wool Flannel: This is a great three season wool jacket that is super easy to wear and very versatile. The wool flannel is softer and lighter than tweed, and the patch pockets give it a cool vintage vibe. $425.

2.Chuck Taylor Classic: Duh. $50.

3. Ray-Ban Club Master: These have a great retro vibe to them that I really dig. Around $100.

4. Todd Snyder NY x Champion Jersey Cardigan: Again, this has a great retro vibe that I’m into. I love the play on the preppy stripe on the sleeve. $115.

5. Timex Originals Classic Round Wristwatch: This watch is so freakin’ awesome and I have been crushing on it for six months. I need to get it. It also comes in black, but I love how versatile the grey is, as well as the modern and clean aesthetic. $65.

6. Flannel Work Shirt: I am really picky about plaid patterns, but this one really rocks. I really like the scale and colors involved in the prints. I can definitely see myself wearing this with a driving moccasin and dark denim. $64.50.

Follow Joe! @mrljwaker on Twitter, and @walkerjoe on Instagram.

FAVORITE: Dog Days Of…Fall?

Right when I’m settling into a happy routine of sweaters, wool socks and layering, the temperature spikes up to the mid-80s. I shouldn’t be surprised. It’s just like you to do this, Midwest—every damn year. Ah, well. When summer is as fleeting as it is in the northern half of this region, you’ve gotta cherish every last day even if it comes in the middle of autumn.
And when you find a piano on an abandoned freight railroad track, what do you? You were going to say “take some senior pictures,” right? Right. (You’re all invited to my high school graduation in two years.) Thankfully, the talented Rob Culpepper was on hand and in the mood to shoot some medium format film on the Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago’s undeveloped and still super-secret future answer to New York’s High Line.

A note on the trousers: Dockers? Yeah, you read that right. Your dad’s favorite brand has updated some of its offerings with more tapered silhouettes that look like like khakis but wear like jeans. They’re called Alpha Khakis, and I’ve been wearing the hell out of ‘em. Along with a second green pair, they’ve become fast favorites. 
It’s still fall, right? I got hooked on yerba mate in Argentina and have it with me most days when it gets late in the year.

On Seth: Indian cotton button-down (sale $30, reg. $75) by J.Crew; “Alpha Khakis” in British khaki (sale $59, reg. $68) by Dockers; natural veg leather belt by Cause and Effect; thrifted loafers by Giorgio Brutini; “Weekender” watch ($25) by Timex with Horween leather strap ($95) by Buckshot Sonny’s.
Oh, and if you’re a Mizzou Tiger, you’re headed into a special weekend. Cam and I will see you at Homecoming, suckers.
Photos by Rob Culpepper.

MIDWESTYLE: Camo is for outside



*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