UNIFORM: Work From Home

May 30, 2012

When you work from home, you sometimes have to come up with elaborate ways to actually trick yourself into, you know, working. (Yo freelancers, you feel me?) One of mine is actually getting dressed. In the words of the wise scribe Blake Royer, “If you don’t have pants on by 9 a.m., you’re finished.”
I can drink to that, Blake. It might be a throwback to the days of my high school dress code, but I do better work when I’m dressed for it. (Mention that you’re a freelancer, and be prepared to hear how jealous people are that you get to work in bed wearing your underwear. That can work for some folks. But not me; I’ll just end up power-eating dry pasta [think I’m kidding?] and marathoning FIFA’s career mode all morning.)
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ESSENTIALS: The denim jacket

May 15, 2012
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.
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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!

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