midweSTYLE: Camo, cuffed.

Spring is, well, nearly here. 
Time to ditch your socks, throw a cuff in your pants and get ready for the flood.
And those ankles? They’ll always look pasty white unless you let ‘em breathe.
The super helpful folks over at Levi’s were kind enough to track down these pants for me. I called my local Wicker Park store, and they handed over the style number so I could call a random West Coast store to see if they had these camo-lined trousers in my size. Low and behold, they did and shipped ‘em my way. 

Spring also calls for some light layering. I snagged this lightweight Barbour Liddesdale jacket while I was in London on vacation. A little haggling and £40 later, I was glad to take this jacket off the vintage seller’s hands in Brick Lane.


On Jeff: Blue Liddesdale jacket by Barbour; purple pullover by J.Crew; blue button-down shirt by Gant Rugger; camo-lined cuffed trousers (sold out) by Levi’s; Italian penny loafers thrifted in Andersonville, Chicago; blue “KC” hat by Baldwin Denim.

Photography by Carolina Rodriguez

Dusty - Alright, I’ll stop being crazy, but I discovered more about the sizing. The ‘lighweight’ Liddesdale jacket only comes as part of the LIFESTYLE collection, it is however a more slim version of the ‘regular’ Liddesdale jacket. In addtion, it is also shorter, so if you plan on wearing it over a Blazer, it might be a bit short.

I verified this with the folks at Barbour. They also mentioned if you are indeed looking for the jacket to be more form fitting, they recommend sizing down.

Hoping this information helps some people and some good sartorial Karma floats my way in the form of an ebay or Thrift Store find.

Over-an-out

Dusty - So I’ll answer my own question as I just found some valuable information. I was under the impression the Liddesdale was only available in the LIFESTYLE collection (slim fit). Turns our it is also available in the HERITAGE collection (slimmer fit). Wow. Why can’t anything in my life be more straightforward?

Anyone else have any thoughts or experiences regarding my Liddesdale sizing woes.

Dusty - Very curious about the size of the Liddesdale jacket. They typically run a bit large and can be boxy. What size are you and what size is the jacket…because it looks great!

Anyone else have expriences with the Liddesdale sizing they would care to share??

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gmtack - this outfit is so sick! I would wear the shit out of it! Well done!

Unknown - I do like the pants, but the no socks look just does not work for me with fair skin.

Blake - Those pants are simply brilliant. I wonder if my seamstress wife could DIY me some of those… Excellent post, gentlemen!

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gabrielle - those are awesome. I kind of want to DIY a pair of my own, and a pair for my bf, of course!

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True/False: Street Style (Part 2)

Last week, Jeff brought us a few prime snapshots of some of the more eye-catching ensembles in Columbia, Mo. Here now are a few more noteworthy blips on the radar…just to provide a little inspiration should you find yourself at a thrift store—or even for those spring sales when winter and fall wear is steeply discounted. 
Because, you know, one of the tricks to building an affordable wardrobe is to think ahead. Knock ya-self out.
Wool pea coat with naval overtones. If it conjures seafaring imagery, sign me up.

This is what an old favorite looks like. Buy one of these waxed Barbour Bedale jackets when, and you could be buried in it when you’re old.

Here’s David Wilson, one of the founders of True/False. He’s a guy with immense personal style. And his clothes ain’t bad, either. Dressing it down (and doing work) in this shot.
Blanket-lined chore coat from Sears. With the tucked scarf. Rural class.

The definition of affordable sharpness. Most of this came from the thrift store, but simple attention to fit makes all the difference in the world. Can’t get over the texture and weave on that blazer. (On Tyler Koch).
Layering done right. And that Levi’s jean jacket is prime for spring. Nailed it, David Hall.

The Steven Alan Parka: How about that burst of color? (On Cam.)

More layering and investment pieces from Buckshot Sonny’s. Let me tell you: Put on that green chamois flannel shirt and the herringbone chore coat, and you’ll never want to take ‘em off.
Boots for years. (Red Wing on Oliver Drambour.)

Paparazzi effect: These guys directed Low & Clear, which was sponsored by Filson. It’s a move about fly fishing. Check it out.

Unstructured J.Crew messenger steeze. (On Brandon Butcher).
Photos by Jeff Kieslich.

True/False: Street Style (Part 1)

We’re not exactly a street style website. But there are some times, like on a visit to a small mid-Missouri town, that you just have to stop and take note. And there were plenty of things that made me stop and look time at Columbia’s True/False Film Festival. Most of these images aren’t your typical “Midwestyle,” or #menswear images, but I found them noteworthy none the less. 
In the next post, Seth will have your fix of blazers, cuffed denim and layers on layers on layers. Sit tight, menswearers.
Here’s a way to get noticed: Carry a thousand things in your hand, belt your blanket and stud your sweater.
Grandma varsity cardigan swag with houndstooth scarf. Rad.

Lace always get me. And those natural curls don’t hurt either.

Your grandparents probably have a blanket like this sitting on the couch at their original home. Well, Liz has got that blanket coat, fringe included.

 In this case, it’s her Pendleton-esque blanket coat I’m drawn to. Hey guy: Maybe think about undoing that bottom button!

 Missoni for Target for Menswear by Marc Jacobs for Rodarte by Opening Ceremony, right?

Well, it was bound to happen, folks. Being in mid-Missouri, you’re going to see camo worn in a non-ironic way. But next to a lady in fur? They must be friends.

Vintage Cambridge satchel from London.

I’ll never turn down an opportunity for floral.

dani - 1. Curly girl’s lace/sweatshirt/tweed layers are so interesting – very into that!
2. I have that blanket coat!
3. I also am digging that green & red Marty McFly puffer jacket. Pretty radical.

:)

<3 The Daily Dani

The Boys Are Back In Town: True/False

The men of the Midwestyle can hardly contain our excitement at 1) being all back together and 2) the bittersweet return to our old college town for the third largest documentary film festival in the world. Every year during the first weekend of March, thousands of people descend on Columbia, Mo., to have their minds blown by movies that offer little slivers of knowledge about what life is like for others across the world.
There are buskers. There are costumes. There is food and drink. There are women who ask their boyfriends to marry them.

True/False makes people do wondrous things. If you enter the weekend (a.k.a. Camp Brainwash) feeling rosy and positive about the world, you will leave it with a new, deeper understanding that not everything is as it seems.

Here’s a taste:

So. Stay tuned. We’ve got lots of exciting content coming up about this weekend. And if you missed out, maybe it’ll give you a few reasons to go next year.


Quick! Deals:


Be sure to get over to Huckberry for a rad new sale curated by menswear wunderkind Marisa Zupan of The Significant Other. Here’s what you can get your greedy little paws on:
  • Boots from Brooklyn Bootworks at 50% off.
  • Skincare from the Motley at 30% off. 
  • NYC-made ties from Graham Withers, at 35% off. 
  • New Jersey-made oxford and chambray shirts from Individualized at 40% off. 
  • And handcrafted bags from Skinny Vinny at 25% – 30% off. 

This all ends Tuesday, March 6. Don’t miss it.

Bill - I hope your trio has a blast. I can’t tell you how much I miss this festival! 2010 was the last one I was able to attend and it was amazing; I tried to drag friends to every possible film we could see. Have a drink at Ragtag/Uprise for me!

midweSTYLE: Oh, Pioneer!

UPDATE (3/5/12): This comment from Some Assembly Required was on point:
“Thumbs up on hats, love them, wear them all the time. For cooler weather, I have wool flat caps in tweed patterns; a couple of Stormy Kromers (made in Michigan) for when it’s colder; a “crushable” fedora-style hat like the one above that I got at Orvis (also made in USA); a couple of Panamas for summer to protect my head from the sun; and yes, a couple of ball caps, which I’m most likely to wear while walking the dog. 

One thing though: NEVER WEAR A HAT INDOORS. When you go into a restaurant, your workplace, a movie theater, etc., you need to remove your hat. Not doing so makes you look like what my grandparents used to refer to as a “greenhorn” (a person with no class or manners). A lot of guys, especially younger ones, don’t seem to be aware of this, probably because no one ever told them (and because hats, while on the upswing, haven’t been as popular as they were in the past). 

So I mention this not to put anyone down, but because I want guys to look dignified and dashing, not clueless and ignorant.”

Well said, sir.

We’re on a need-to-know basis, and I need to know: What are your thoughts on hats?
I bought this hat over the summer and couldn’t figure out a way on how to wear it. Its particular style is unique—probably something a hipster lead singer in a folk band would wear. Guilty.
It’s a hybrid between a safari, panama, fedora and a trilby. You tell me, menswear geeks. The tag says Banana Republic Outdoor Safari Collection, so we’ll run with that and call it a safari hat. I snagged it for a dollar up in Andersonville one summer’s eve. Brown Elephant, y’all. They’ve got some great digs from time to time.

I decided to play with some different ways you could wear it. All seemed appropriate considering the brim was a bit wider and rather flexible. Perhaps it’s a homburg style, as this Art of Manliness article on hat etiquette suggests. Either way, I dig it and have worn it on occasion.  I paired it back to some other textures and styling to give it a folky, pioneer kind of vibe. I mean, you totally love Mumford & Sons. So shut up.

First, are hats actually on the rise? Do you wear one?

  • Ballcaps on the weekend?
  • Fedoras to brunch?
  • Chef hat in the kitchen?
  • Newsboy around the office, you writer, you.

Also, can we pause for a minute and vow to not give the guy a hard time if he’s wearing a fedora. Fedoras are good in my book. And no, you don’t have to mention Jason Mraz* and say I look like him because I’m wearing a fedora every time I’m wearing one, okay? Jerk.

On Jeff: two-button “Harris Tweed” blazer (from Barney’s) by A.P.C.; evergreen cross-weave wool pullover sweater (from Nordstrom) by A.P.C.; chambray shirt (from Saks) by rag & bone; slim-leg “Johnny” corduroy pant in Sante Fe courtesy of J Brand; blue suede bucks (from Nordstrom) by 1901; thrifted brown homburg hat (from Brown Elephant) by Banana Republic; “Weekender” watch (with colored band from J.Crew) by Timex; black eyeglasses by Gant Rugger.

Thanks for snapping some quick snaps on a lunch break, Amy!


*(Seth’s note: If you are wearing a fedora, you look like Jason Mraz.)

TheRuss - As a long-time brimmed hat wearer, the touchpoints I operate on are:

1. Be comfortable in the hat. If you feel uncomfortable wearing the hat it comes across more strongly than it does with nearly any other accessory. The more you wear hats, the easier it becomes. I started with my “perfect hat” fedora and have worked up to pulling off a beret with confidence.

2. High quality hats are worth the money. They age very well and actually feel better on your head. They act as temperature buffer for your whole body, especially in the fall and spring.

Jason Wednesday Miller - Although there is or can be much controversy over the word Fedora, we at Salmagundi Boston, refer to any hat with a crown and a brim to be a fedora. Usually because the hat is then classified by the shape of its crown and/or the size of the brim. That said, your hat specifically is a center crease fedora. It looks as if it needs to be re-blocked because the center crease is popping up in the middle of the crown, an easy fix. However, don’t get too picky on the shape of that particular hat, because as previously mentioned it is a “crusher” or “roller” meaning it is meant to be crushed and “packable”. Which in all honesty any felt hat can be crushed, it is the fur hats that will last the longest though.

It is my belief that hats look the best after they have been banged up and worn in a bit!

If interested in fine headwear check out Salmagundiboston.com

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Raquel - Hats are a yes. And what a perfect hat you have picked up. As a girl, when I see a guy wearing a unique hat I figure he not only is super stylish but very confident– and that actually goes for girls as well. Hats like your pioneer/fedora are my favorite: it has a retro, timeless, classic feel, and I love that.

Daniel Honigman - Amen. (Re: wearing hats indoors.)

Amy Creyer - Jeff, you looked fantastic as always and it was a pleasure photographing you. Not that my opinion matters, but I love the way men look in hats.

Some Assembly Required - Thumbs up on hats, love them, wear them all the time: for cooler weather I have wool flat caps in tweed patterns; a couple of Stormy Kromers (made in Michigan) for when it’s colder; a “crushable” fedora-style hat like the one above that I got at Orvis (also made in USA); a couple of Panamas for summer to protect my head from the sun, and yes, a couple of ball caps, which I’m most likely to wear while walking the dog.

One thing though: NEVER WEAR A HAT INDOORS. When you go into a restaurant, your workplace, a movie theater, etc., you need to remove your hat. Not doing so makes you look like what my grandparents used to refer to as a “greenhorn” (a person with no class or manners). A lot of guys, especially younger ones, don’t seem to be aware of this, probably because no one ever told them (and because hats, while on the upswing, haven’t been as popular as they were in the past).

So I mention this not to put anyone down, but because I want guys to look dignified and dashing, not clueless and ignorant.

DT Chase - I’ve seen this hat referred to as a “crusher” specifically as it can be rolled and packed in a rucksack. I’ve got a few from an old-time hat-maker in Hartford, CT.

Good thrift score! Seems like it came from the Banana Republic’s of yore, when their store decor was like a scene out of “Jewel in the Crown.”

Daniel Honigman - Love to wear summer hats, especially my panama fedora. More Miami than midwest-style, I suppose, but I’m a big cigar smoker.

Also wear my Goorin flatcaps as I can throughout the year. And I have a big ol’ bomber hat for those REALLY cold winter days.

I Art Fashion - I love to wear hats, they need to come back in my opinion. Personally, if I may say… I like them better when they are pulled closer to the forehead, as shown in the 4th pic :)