The sign in this photo summarizes many things:
- The chances of dating Cameron. Sorry ladies, he’s already got a lady.
- The journey to find the dress shirt that fits perfectly off the rack.
- Seth’s chance of finding shoes in his size.
- My hopes of finding a Starbucks that will put whatever I want in a Trenta.
While Seth was playing
bridesmaid groomsman this weekend in Glen’s wedding, Cam and I took our high school senior pictures drove around the streets of East Campus on his roommate’s moped. This shoot embodies our formula for menswear, blogging and style
A lot of laughing, some Blue Steel and/or Magnum, and a little spooning for dear life on the back of a two-wheeled murdercycle.
Cameron: Jeff and I were trying to play off the classically American motorcycle feel in this shoot. Unfortunately, we didn’t have, say, a Triumph Bonneville on hand. We did, however, have a moped (read: scooter). It tops out at a little over 35 mph… downhill. Masculinity? Stripped. Dignity? Somehow, still intact. Needless to say, Jeff and I underwent a bonding experience unlike any other.
You know what I love about mopeds? You can wear whatever you want because you already look a little out of place riding the damn thing. Riding a moped is a lot like going to Vegas; you can wear whatever you want and
everybody nobody judges you for it. Right? Probably not.
You get the point though? Probably not.
Rudd approves of riding doubles. I love you,
Photography by the moped owner himself and roommate, Zach McSpadden.
On Jeff: Confetti white button down ($70 sale in NYC) by rag & bone; indigo striped “Mickey” shorts (sale $30) by Club Monaco; tan circular sunglasses courtesy of Topman; tassel loafers (thrifted, $4) by Allen Edmonds.
On Cam: Plaid button-down (retail, $65) by J. Crew; army-green “Enlisted” chinos (UO, sale $20) by Penny Stock; military “Weekender” watch (online, $40) by Timex; eBay’d black Florsheim PTBs (eBay, $25); copper cuff (eBay, $4).
You can always tell who the freshmen are on Mizzou’s campus because everything they own is fresh, rigid and brand new.
Like, fresh-from-the-factory fresh, tag-recently-plucked fresh.
Fresh-faced ladies with their fresh backpacks and fresh dreams, majors, aspirations and hopes.
Oh, the ladies.
If I were going back to school this fall, I’d stick to my “I-need-to-be-awake-but-put-together” with a button down and chinos. Something that says to my professor, “I enjoy your lectures and your intelligence—and I would like to meet with you after class…to not talk about class over beers at Shakespeare’s.”
One of my favorite parts about this unique short-sleeve button down is the middle seam that runs straight through the middle of the garment. Quirky? A little. It’s a nice touch in breaking up the shirt, making it subtle and casual.
One of the better-fitting pair of chinos I own is the “Davis” Chino by Club Monaco. Slim cut, medium rise, chino-style pockets. I sized down in these and am surprised at how well they hold their fit and feel. I’m definitely stocking up on them when the new fall colors come out. For me, it fits better than J.Crew’s Urban Slim Fit, and I used to swear by those.
On Jeff: White short sleeve buton down by rag & bone; the “Davis” chino by Club Monaco; thrifted Allen Edmonds; ivory straw hat with chambray fabric from Target; camper watch by Timex.
I’ll be honest: I’ve been a fan of Paul Rudd ever since he first appeared in Friends
as Mike Hannigan, Phoebe’s longest love interest and eventual husband, and in Clueless
as Josh Lucas, Cher’s ex-stepbrother. Minor roles, sure, but I loved them nonetheless. Then there was Wet Hot American Summer
. Before long, Rudd was acting and starring in some of the funniest comedies in recent history: Anchorman
, Knocked Up
, I Love You Man
, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Beyond all that, Rudd is something of a hometown hero. Having moved to Kansas City when he was ten, Paul remains a regular visitor to the city and a huge Chiefs fan. Hell, he even narrated their season of Hard Knocks on HBO. In interviews, you can sense both his humility and his humor. He’s a professional who never makes the mistake of taking himself too seriously. As he once told Nylon, “I hear people talk about ‘the craft,’ and I just think, ‘Oh, you’re so full of shit.’”
Also, he’s pretty damn good looking. As one Elle
writer once wrote, Rudd is “better looking that your neighbor but not so gorgeous that he couldn’t play your neighbor in a movie.” Plus, we’re pretty big proponents of men who are just as comfortable in a week’s worth of unshaven scruff and T-shirts as they are in a tailored suit. Paul, of course, is one of these men. He’s also a Jayhawk.
While that is something that we’re willing to overlook, his swagger is something we simply cannot.
*Try not to stare into those eyes for too long, ladies.
The Midwestyle Boys reunited in Missouri again for yet another weekend wedding.
But first, let’s congratulate Seth. After ushering three weddings, Seth was promoted from Usher to
Bridesmaid Groomsman. Well done, Seth! And while Seth was slinging back brews with bros at bachelor parties and watching baseball, Cam and I took a moped for a spin. Booyah.
Yes, that’s a moped.
Yes, those are my scrawny legs.
Yes, we are spooning.
Noteworthy news we’re excited to share with you:
- Seth, Brad and Max were named among the cutest men’s style bloggers in Chicago. (Refinery 29) Why was Jeff missing? Blame the scale. Where was Ryan? Blame it on Yeezy.
You’re right. Our clothes aren’t real. We actually spend a lot of time rehearsing and practicing our poses with DJ Khalid stroking our egos
. I force Seth to rehearse every evening by walking over a flaming pile of tie clips. I also make Cameron not shave for weeks on end and tell him he’s not perfect until he looks like Phillip Crangi
I’m a slave driver, Anonymous. You found out our secret: We’re models pretending to be real people, and we run a tight ship around here where everything is forced, the deadlines are insane, and our editorial calendar is so packed that we’re thinking about quitting our (real) jobs so we can be more authentic for you. These are not the droids you’re looking for.
Hope you had a great weekend!
We Mizzou alumni (and current Tiger) are beginning to gear up for fall.
So, we rounded up some goods we wouldn’t mind getting our paws on.
“BACK TO (WORK) SCHOOL FALL WISHLIST:”
Jeff’s Back to
School Work Wishlist:
Seth’s Back to
School Work Wishlist:
Cam’s Back to
Work School Wishlist:
What’s on your Back to School Wishlist?
Or if you’re in the working world, like Seth and I, what are you treating yourself to in celebration of fall?