CONFESSIONS: Whole Foods

May 2, 2012
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.

SALE: The Midwestyle for Huckberry

April 24, 2012
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.

Weekender: Pass Go and Save $2,000

April 20, 2012

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.

April 18, 2012
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.

Photos by Cameron Neiderhauser.

Weekender: Guilt and Your Authoritative Guide to Suits

April 13, 2012
Jeff has declared that this is his new summer blazer. Would you wear it?

Look, we’re feeling guilty that we haven’t posted in two full weeks. It’s one part being busy with real life, but it’s two parts working on awesome stuff to come in the next fortnight or so. Stuff like an online shopping hitlist, shirt reviews, a giveaway, and more.
Don’t miss it.
But in the meantime, here’s a quick scan of relevant news and sales across the Interwebs. Knock yourselves out!
  • One of our favorite editors, Shani Silver, asked us to put together a spring do/don’t guide for Chicago dudes. It’s up today. (Refinery 29)
  • A week too late to be of any help for my suit-buying excursion, GQ came out with the most comprehensive guide to buying a suit we’ve seen in a while. During an informal poll, 100 percent of our lady friends agreed that this is the most important thing men need to know about dressing these days. Repeat: No more baggy suits! (GQ.com)
SALES! Tally-ho!
  • Up to 50% off at the J.Crew Factory. (J.Crew) UPDATE: Extra 30% off with code SHOPNOW. (Thanks, Tyler.)
  • A bevy of awesome gear at Huckberry, including bullet-shaped headphones (take 30%), swim trunks (take 40%), running sandals (?!) (take 20%) and stainless steel combs from Chicago (take 20%). Go get ‘em! (Huckberry)
  • Lands’ End Canvas is having a spring sale. Take an extra 20% off items already on sale. (Lands’ End Canvas)
Speaking of Lands’ End, they’re hosting an event in Chicago this coming Thursday. We’ll be there talking shop with J Henley (the men’s design director), and we’d love to see you. Here are the details:
When: Thursday, April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 316 Barber Spa (by the Board of Trade)
Alright. Weekend. Go hang around or something:


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