ESSENTIALS: The denim jacket

You loved your denim jacket in elementary school.
Perhaps even in that grungy ’90s phase you went through (because you had an older brother who lived in the basement constantly blasting Nirvana and claiming to be misunderstood for wearing a ball-chain necklace and JNCOs.)
Ok, maybe your older brother wasn’t the sartorially suave guy you thought he was in hindsight.
Regardless, he wore a denim jacket. As did all of your other favorite (read: terribly awesome) ’90s stars as well as the badasses from years ago. It’s a classic and worth your wardrobe investment.
Rekindle with your beloved hand-me-down again—or throw down the dough for a classic that lasts. Denim jackets are making the rounds again these days on street style blogs and fall runway presentations. Of course, this is nothing new for you denim jacket veterans who’ve had a tried-and-true jacket to show for it (looking at you, Brad).
BUT: If you’re new to the world of denim jackets, opt for a blue then go for a black or grey next. Don’t start with a nearly-cropped bleached denim jacket like I did.

SamuelAdams - I really dig that watch, could you give me some information on where to score one like it?

Raquel - Denim jackets are classic. Such a simple way to look put together, but kinda rock ‘n roll as well.

the forgetful wife - Good Lord…I haven’t heard anyone mention JNCOs in a long, long time. I totally had a pair of Bug Girls, the female counterpart to the JNCO pant. These are great shots. I especially like how you’ve paired the denim jacket with chambray (essentially, more denim) and pastel pants. Color me impressed :)

Kate
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Chris@ghsstrings.com - What do you think of black denim jackets, like this one – http://store.americanapparel.net/rsand401s.html?c=Black

Matt - seriously? there is more to fashion than being dandy…

city - nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

MUSSELS - I got mine off of eBay and then took it to my tailor. I asked him to slim the arms and he refused because he thought the stitching was too think but I was able to talk him into it. I told him to make a third cut on the arm. When I went to pick it up, he had done me one better and worked through the stitching! He called it an European denim jacket. He charged me 30 bucks. So I spent 58 dollars all together for an awesome vintage denim jacket. Worth it.
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BobbieAustin27 - I love my denim jacket
you can easily change a look with one
like if you would have put on a blazer it would be a different look
but I like the grunge feel this has

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Brandon J. - Well put together. Just the perfect amount of print and color in contrast to the layering of denim!

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Joy - denim on denim done right! great photos.

Des Kinlaw - Denim jacket, chinos, and leather desert boots. That is my go to uniform for 60 weather.

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little - denim on guys is my fave. so cute.

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CONFESSIONS: Whole Foods

Fair warning: this post is all over the place. Each season, I always have a wishlist, rather a checklist, of items that I want to get. Some I’ll thrift, some I’ll casually eBay snipe or order offline and others I’ll have to throw down the money to nab.
For spring, I was inspired by these three looks. 
  • Summer wedding or “Is this even considered business casual,  or is it just slummin’?”
  • Casual cool or “Hey kid, you wanna buy some weed?”
  • Night out or “So you’re going to Capsule this year, right?”

  1. Summer wedding: A very casual summer wedding but really just going to Whole Foods after work. Lately, I’ve been really into the idea of having a pair of trousers with drawstrings. But really, let’s be honest. These are tailored sweatpants with a drawstring. I mean, I believe dressy sweatpants function in the same category of striped tees. 
    Example: The T-shirt’s all like, “I’m just a tee, but I have a little jazz to me that is refined and cool” and the slim sweatpants are like, “I’m a skinny sweatpant that hasn’t been slept in and used as a napkin for Doritos.” I wouldn’t wear this to a wedding, but I would wear this to Whole Foods for a 2-for-$6 pizza special.
    • (Seth’s editorial thoughts: Sweatpants don’t strike me as being in any way appropriate for summers OR weddings.)
  2. Casual cool: Last night’s outfit that I slept in after three rounds of ‘gritas at Big Star and now need a morning after hangover cure and my friends want Bongo Room but really I’m just going to Whole Foods breakfast instead of waiting in line for some eggs and sexy salad.
    Striped tees are so versatile. Unlike a plain tee, you can’t just sleep in them because the get wrinkled. The stripes hide wrinkles and stains, so you can easily sleep in them and layer them under shirt and jackets. Roll out of bed and go, bro. Striped-tee-and-anything all spring and summer and fall and winter. All year, baby.
  3. Night Out:  It’s the kind of night where a date showed up an hour late, stayed for 30 minutes then left me with the check because she had to go pick up a “friend” from the airport. 
    Some say that women get dressed to impress men. Others say women get dressed to impress other women. I think it goes the same for men. I’ve been hunting for a double-breasted jacket for a while, and you know I’m feeling the camo anything, like every other menswear blogger. So with the hunt continuing, I’m just waiting to find the perfect mid-weight jacket that I can wear just about year ’round. However, if you want to go hunting for cougars, go to the Whole Foods bar in an afternoon in Lincoln Park. And always get the grab-bag drink special. 
Summer casual sweat suits, jean jackets, striped tees, camo pants and double breasted blazers. Those are my jam right now and what I’m looking to incorporate into my wardrobe. 
What about you? What are you on the hunt for this spring?
Oh, and Whole Foods, holla at me if you want to fund my lunch breaks, hangover cures and impulse snacking habits.

Des Kinlaw - Im in the market for a light grey lightweight blazer for under $150 so I can get my Cucinelli look on.

http://chinosandcheesecake.blogspot.com/

Matt Graham - Those Gucci pants look so good on that model I could puke

clydicus - I think Ellen DeGeneres has that same linen suit!

reviews - nice~

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SALE: The Midwestyle for Huckberry

Just about every week, we find something to drool over at Huckberry, an online shop that wrangles storied products at members-only prices. Over the past year since we became aware of the what Richard, Andy and Alex are up to, they’ve exploded onto the market as sensible purveyors of American-made goods.
So, we couldn’t have been happier when they asked us to team up with them and curate a week-long flash sale of some of our favorite brands. That sale starts today. We’re pretty pumped about the lineup—so take a look, and if something catches your eye, get clickin’.
Chore coats from Buckshot Sonnny’s

On Seth: Herringbone chore coat from Buckshot Sonny’s—one of my favorite layering staples.

Holy shirts and pants from Nonnie Threads

On Jeff: trousers from Nonnie Threads.

Bow ties and a pocket square from AnnaRuna

On Jeff: bow tie by AnnaRuna.

Handmade prints from Grant Heinlein

Above: the man, the myth, the legend—Grant Heinlein himself.

Notecards from Terrapin Stationers

Badass bandana-lined envelopes and cards from Ted Harrington.

Courier satchels, iPad cases and card-carriers from Defy Bags
Courier satchel from Defy Bags.

What are you waiting for? These prices only last for eight days, so shop now.

fotoyol - Beautiful photo thanks…

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Unknown - I love your blog!!!!!!
I have one blog also and I just posted accessories and looks from Los Angeles,

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little - more men need to wear bowties.

http://challengedromantic.blogspot.com

tara polly - the nonnie threads looks is perf.

Weekender: Pass Go and Save $2,000


At work.

AROUND THE ‘NET:
  • On Tuesday, I put together a look-for-less spring guide for MadeMan.com. Check it out if you need to upgrade your style but don’t have the scrilla.
  • In their second annual “How To” edition, Business Week asks Michael Kors how to dress for work.

SALE INTEL:

  • Go Green (Jesus is Doing it Pt. 37): We can’t get over these handwoven hammocks from Yellow Leave (take 30%). There are also craft syrups, vinegars, teas, soaps and scents on the site (up to 50%). This is for the beauty of the earth, y’all. (At Huckberry.)
  • Yo, 30% is the new 20%. Lands’ End Canvas is having a sale. (Get on it.)
  • Spring sale at Original Penguin. (25% off.)
  • Mid-season sale at ASOS. (Up to 50%.)
  • We put this together in a hurry. Know of a sale that we don’t? Post in the comments.

PREVIEW: Early next week, we’ll have a Q&A with Troy Tarantino and J Henley, men’s design director for Lands End. He says some exciting things are brewing with the Canvas line, and we can confirm. Stay tuned.
Now, then. To the weekend!

UNIFORM: Denim, stripes. Repeat.

Last fall, I talked a bit about the “uniform”: your go-to outfit staple. 
You know, when you’re in a rush and not sure what to wear before you head out the door for another mundane Monday. Your weekends should have uniforms too, so you can pack in five minutes, throw your toothbrush in your back pocket and skip town for a few days. The spring and summer seasons call for those spur-of-the-moment getaways to the cabin, countryside or lakeside. Be prepared.

My spring uniform consists of a denim shirt, a light-weight sweater and not-so-blue-jeans.

Layer and unlayer as needed until the temp hits that point-of-no-return muggy Midwest swelter we all know and love/hate.


On Jeff: waxed Bedale jacket by Barbour; denim shirt from Urban Outfitters; lightweight wool Breton-stripe sweater by A.P.C.;  “Max” slim-fit denim by Acne; heavy-duty wingtips by Walk Over (similar); dirty knapsack.

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Mrs. Mandy Catez - You definitely need your toothbrush especially if your going on a trip.
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The Superbite - I love your wingtips.

Excellent blog, I’m following you on Twitter!

http://thesuperbite.co.uk

themodernminion - I’m digging that dirty knapsack myself.