Category Archives: menswear

Warm weather wares: yours for the aping.

Let’s get you squared away for what to wear this summer. My favorite items that I know and love are featured below and are yours for the aping.

1st look) Why isn’t there a new Brand New album? Dude, I have no clue. Let the sadness continue with all black, just trim your toe nails and don’t cut them like talons. That’s gross.

2nd look) Are those old pennies in your pocket or are you just a toddler? Take a note from your nephew. Sneakers, striped tee and grey shorts. Get on it. You’ve got all of these things REMEMBER!

3rd look) What are these WASPy friends for anyway? White denim club. You’ve got a pair. And your chambray shirt is always on tune year round!

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Tops: Basic black tee ($80) by Rag & Bone, Striped tee ($88) by Steven AlanIndigo madras shirt ($58) by Gant Rugger.

Bottoms: Grey twill shorts ($95) by Save Khaki, Sureshot chino ($99) by Zanerobe, Thin Finn white denim ($168) by Nudie Jeans.

Shoes: “Arizona” slides ($98) by Birkenstocks, Cotu classic sneakers ($68) by Superga, Linen espadrilles ($52) by Soludos.

Whenever I pack for a weekend trip 20 minutes before I leave the house, I throw in a denim or chambray shirt, white denim, a stripe tee, black tee, black denim, and a pair of Soludos (still got my pair from last year!). Take a look at what I wore two springs ago (right here) or see what I was playing around late last summer  (not much has changed, tbh.)

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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Started From The Bottom Now We’re Here

An open letter to you, from our newest contributor, David Hall:

A lot of you reading this today were around about four or five years ago doing something pretty similar. You know, perusing the various OG #menswear blogs, parroting your favorite looks without shame, studying the gospel of Americana.

You started your day with a marathon viewing of Paul Newman and vintage Robert Redford slideshows (a lil’ inspiration with those Wheaties!) before lacing up your Red Wings, throwing on your friend’s Dad’s old, tweed blazer, and sneaking a peek at the cuffs on that selvage denim you knew would take a while to break in (but-dammit-if-I-could-just-take-the-stairs-without-looking-like-I’ve-still-got-my-sea-legs).

We all knew the spiel—our very own Hail Michael of sorts. A selection:

  • “Men’s style has lost its way, and everything has become too consumeristic.”
  • “Everyone is looking for the next big thing, but we have to get back to our roots and celebrate a time when things were made intentionally and meant to last. Like, let’s see: A farmer’s jeans were meant to do things in, and everything was made in the US-of-A.”
  • “I mean, look at this photo of my dad when he was our age. HE WAS ACTUALLY COOL. And his clothes fit better than ours.”
  • “We’ve got to start caring about how we dress, and there’s simply no cutting corners. The right clothes are expensive, and this is no laughing matter. But we’re straight because these boots have a lifetime warranty, this heavyweight denim will last a lifetime, and this hat is made in the same factory
    that made Babe Ruth’s hats.”

Now, don’t get me wrong; my spirit animal is whatever beast wears the skin that eventually becomes a pair of Alden Shell Cordovan PTB’s. But let’s call a spade a spade here. Times have changed. Maybe not that much, but enough. It’s been a few years, and they were right. Your Thousand Miles still have about 600 miles left in ‘em, and that Barbour jacket could use a fresh coat of wax.

But…are you really gonna wax a jacket? I mean, you’re 27 now. And you are working, like, a lot.

You get home, open a craft brew (don’t even get me started), and before long Googling “how to wax a jacket” sounds like the worst thing in the world. Then the gears start turning. You price a few used Barbour jackets on eBay and (wouldn’t you know it?) that’ll go a long way toward that J. Crew Ludlow Topcoat you need to upgrade your YoPro status. A few clicks and cell phone pics later, and the deed is done. Your finely crafted piece of #menswear history will move on to partially shield the rain from some young buck in Cleveland for year[s] to come.

And thus ends this twisted tale that began with justification and ended with, well, justification. The fact of the matter is that a lot of us aren’t ready to buy “the last pair of boots you’ll ever own.” It’s never a bad idea to buy quality, to buy USA-made, or to buy timeless pieces. With enough time, these purchases usually pay for themselves, but for heaven’s sake sometimes it’s fun to get new things. It’s often an expensive lesson to learn, but hey, at least you went with the jacket and not that tattoo of the dog you and your college roommates bought together because I don’t know why.

Moral of the story: Buy what you can afford, and budget *vomit sound* for both the classic staples and this season’s shiny new toy.

Regards,

Your New Friend, Confidant, Nemesis,

David Hall

P.S. I was going to write a post introducing myself, telling you about my fears and hopes and dreams. But then I realized maybe you don’t want to know me like that—not just yet. Alls you need is proof that other people out there are still figuring this out, fruitless investments and all. So here’s to growing up, still being awesome, and Shazamming songs on the radio to stay relevant. I am excited to be here, and thanks for reading :/

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.

WANT: Instead of Student Loans, Dec. ’12

We’ve all got our lists and oh-so-perfectly-curated Tumblr pages and Pinboards dedicated to things we like, lust and pine for with every little click. Well, this post is just showing that I put a little more effort forth in copying, dragging and pasting them into sexier packaging using a bootleg copy of Photoshop. You’re welcome, Internet.
Here’s what I’d drop my wad of student loan money on instead of paying back Every True Son. Yeah, they’re pricy. BUT SO ARE STUDENT LOANS.
Clockwise: mustard cotton sweater by NN.07; berry-colored motorcycle jacket with detachable sleeves by 3.1 Phillip Lim; rucksack by Archival; cotton blend T-shirt by Alexander Wang; suede and leather trainers by Maison Martin Margiela; fragrance by Odin; slim black denim by Acne; braided lash hook by Giles & Brother.

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