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 :)

Woodland: Barbour & burrs

I love outwear pieces. They are some of my favorite to own, collect and swap. It’s what you’re throwing on over your cardigan, bundling up in when winter hits and anxiously waiting to wrap around your shoulders before you dash into the freshly fallen snow. It’s also what most people see in when you bump into one another on the street all decked out to not freeze your ass off. So it doesn’t hurt to own a few different options:
  • If it’s below 20, I’m wearing my down puffy coat and everything that traps heat.
  • If it’s around the 30s, I’m wearing my Barbour Bedale + Patagonia down sweater combo. 
  • It it’s around 40s, I’m wearing my Barbour Liddesdale + blazer. 
  • If it’s around 50s, I’m wearing a tank top.
It’s a wise choice to invest in a nice coat (or two) (or five). I’ve thrifted a handful that I’m pretty stoked about. But you also have to remain open to throwing down the dough for a couple of lifelong pieces. It’s outwear. You wear it a lot. That’s okay. And it’s better than freezing in a thin piece of cotton veiled as a jacket. I’m looking at you, Nathan.


When I was interviewing Jobs in Chicago in March 2011, I thought: “I don’t need a coat.” Seth watched, cackling, as I got off the El and made a fast break for the Patagonia* store to buy a red down sweater jacket. This has been such a staple in layering, traveling and everyday use. It’s windproof, lightweight, packable, and it regulates your body temp so you’re not boiling. When I trekked to Europe a few weeks ago, I knew I was taking this get-up: Patagonia down sweater and my Barbour. Both can be folded up into a tote and stowed upon entering a building, and when used together, they’re an unstoppable combination for winter. 

I also dig these new trousers I picked up from Barney’s this winter by Gant Rugger. Great slim fit, medium rise and trouser pockets. I’m a sucker for those. Also, they are hella long for these lanky legs of mine.

On Jeff: Waxed “Bedale” coat with copper wire hood attachment by Barbour; red down sweater by Patagonia; thrifted red plaid shirt; slim fit grey trousers by Gant Rugger; trusty brown suede “8878″ boots by Red Wing; black framed eyeglasses by Gant Rugger; burgundy beanie from Target; natural leather belt from Urban Outfitters.

*One of my favorite outdoor performance gear brands is Patagonia. As a certified one-time YoungLifer, I’m an expert in outdoor performance gear and have a collection that would make you think I’m outdoorsy. However, dear readers, it’s merely a facade. I like the idea of camping, pooping in the woods and not showering than the actual act of camping, but I’ve got a sufficient amount of equipment that would permit an impromptu weekend getaway. Plus, it’s not like I need to go camping to avoid  maintaining general hygiene practices.

Chang - perfection.

PERKS: Your Night At Nellcôte

UPDATES, Y’ALL:

Here are the winners, you lucky dogs:
Really wish we had more to go around…but keep at it. The giveaways are a-plenty around here.

Readers, oh readers.
We’ve got some intel for you, but we have to be quick about it. Here’s the downlow: There’s a major new restaurant opening Chicago. It’s called Nellcôte, and it’s based on the French villa of the same name that the Rolling Stones leased for a summer in 1971. They recorded ”Exile on Main St.” in the basement. 
The idea behind this restaurant has got some heft: On a nightly basis they intend to recreate the infamous house party the Stones threw for ”a veritable checklist of rock ‘n’ royalty including artists, style icons, deviants, socialites and creative misfits.”
If you haven’t heard about this operation already, you will soon. 

The thing is, it’s not open yet. We can get you in. Word has it, Jared Van Camp and the boys are throwing a special preview on Tuesday. Here’s what we know:
Evening of Exile
Special Nellcôte Preview
833 W. Randloph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Fare: Trays from the executive menu. Cocktails. Wine.
Date: Tuesday, February 28
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
All you have to do is scuba dive up the Chicago River, find a way through the underwater tunnels, unzip your wet suit, brush off the tux you had on the whole time, and enjoy the party. Alright, alright it’s way simpler than that. 
We’ve got a total of eight (8) tickets, and we’d love it if you’d come party with us.

 You can get ‘em by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. Then do one of the following:

The lucky ones will be chosen at random. This is open to everyone. But please, only throw your hat in the ring if you will be in Chicago on Feb. 28. That’s Tuesday.

Hop to it! And for heavens’ sake, dress nice.
Photos courtesy of Potluck Creative.

James - Would be great to attend – appreciate the opportunity.

Lindsey - Followed and liked. Crossing my fingers…

Elliott - Let’s Rip This Joint.

Tugboat - Definitely down!

Jacob M - Sounds amazing! I’d love to go.

Ethan - Jeff an co!

This is all me!

ebernal13 - Done and done!

Jean - Unbelievably excited for this place to open.

LVH - Pick meeeeeee

johari - i’d love to attend, please randomly pick me.

SingingReporter - Yess please and thank you!

Unknown - Yes! I’d love to attend!

Aaron - Looks fancy, I’m in.

stylechild - looking forward to checking out more of your blog and partying with you at Nellcote!

Brennan - Let’s do this.

tuchler814 - on it! i’ll be going either way but would love to go on the soon side!

The Put-Man - Done, and done!