midweSTYLE: Summershine

A couple of weeks back, when we were finally getting used to the sun warming up the streets, Jeff and I caught up with our compadre Anthony Barlich, photographer extraordinaire.
The three of us generally palled around for the afternoon, first snapping some frames on a defunct freight track (known to some as the “Bloomingdale Trail”)*, then running away from the rain, then scarfing down a few sweet, tasty Epic Burgers.
Solid day between hard-working friends.
Sartorially, I’ll keep it brief. Here, I suppose, I’m endorsing the idea of fit and a splash of color. I don’t think I’ll get tired of a non-baggy silhouette any time soon. It makes us short-folk look not quite as dumpy. I’ve also been noticing that there’s way too much blue in my closet. In school, I found that the color worked for me and overstocked. So I’ve been experimenting with other stuff. Took me a while to warm to the idea of sea-foam and grey, but there it is. I’ve also found myself woefully undersupplied in the short-sleeve shirt area. But no need to go out and buy a new shirt if it’s not in the budget; just roll ‘em sky high.
So, folks, buy something that fits. (Don’t fulfill GQ‘s read on Kansas City.) And if you get the chance, throw a pop of color into the mix. Just a little.

On Seth: Button-front shirt by J.Crew; slim-fit carpenter trousers by Levi’s; natural leather belt by Urban Outfitters; thrifted loafers by Giorgio Brutini.

*An earlier version of this post misidentified the Bloomingdale Trail, which was actually a track for freight transport from a manufacturing district on the northwest side of Chicago. It discontinued service in the 1990s, and these days there’s a campaign to beautify, restore and develop the land into a park and trail for commuters, contemplators and those who would like to find “refuge from daily urban life.” There are also 12 schools near the Trail, so it could double as a safe way for kids to get to class. For more info, check out the group’s website.

Reynolds - Seth-

Fair enough. Apologies if my post was coarse. It was just slightly incongruous to see such finely appointed gentlemen engaging the trail on their terms rather than on its own.

You all have a distinct perspective, and it is welcome to be sure. I would just rather see more “appropriate” attire featured when hiking an abandoned railroad.

Seth J. Putnam - Reynolds—

Thanks for writing. And thanks for saying hi that day. It was nice to meet you.

I’ve made a correction, and we regret the errors. I agree with you that fashion and/or style is more than cuffs. I don’t think we’ve ever made the case that it is exclusively those things. I’d also welcome any elaboration on the aspects of style that are important to you. In fact, that seems like a pretty good idea for a regular feature: have people write about the most important elements of fashion and style from their perspective. If you’re so inclined, feel free to shoot me an email or comment here.

Again, thanks for catching the errors.


Reynolds - you guys are ridiculous. i bumped into you that day on the bloomingdale trail (you didn’t even spell it correctly). this was never an “el” track, but rather carried freight from Canadian Pacific. instead of taking an opportunity to highlight an urban gem, you made your excursion a farce. loafers may not be the most appropriate footwear for an abandoned railway filled with broken glass, and fashion is more than simply cuffing your shirt and pants.

Raquel - Fantastic outfit! I could not agree with you more: If a guy should know anything about style, it is that baggy doesn’t cut it. Slim-fit and sharp, clean lines are the best. So, this outfit is lovely. I’m really digging the sea foam & grey.

Blake - Exceptionally sharp look, man! I too made the mistake of overstocking on a plethora of “comfort zone”-blue pieces. But you’ve inspired me to try harder to correct this!


Friday Wrap-up: July 15

Refinery 29 caught up with Jeff today and snapped a quick photo. Athankyouverymuch for the shout, Amy and Shani.

On Jeff: Wax-coated jacket by Comune; button-up by Scotch and Soda; skull-and-bones bow tie by Rugby; white denim by A.P.C.; loafers by Allen Edmonds; bag by Jack Spade.

Elsewhere around the Interwebs:
  • An intriguing look into the world of handmade shoes. (Via You Have Broken The Internet.)
  • Lesson No. 124: Character Matters More Than Style. (Via American Gentleman.)
  • “A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.” (Via Robert Frost and Fresh Every Day.)
  • The Dark n’ Stormy. From the archives, a perfect summer drink now that it’s actually summer. (Via The Paupered Chef.)
Now: Get to the weekend!

Marta - I love the “Are you seriously talking to me?” look. Way to go!

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) - Aw, Jeff was the lone male blogger in the slideshow! Where was Seth?

PHOTOS: 8,000 Words on Dose Market in Chicago

July’s Dose Market, by all accounts, was a smashing success. The place was packed with loads of people—farandaway more than last time—possibly wooed by the promise of a complimentary Grant Achatz cocktail. We hear (and hope) there’s more menswear coming in the future.

Champagne cocktails from The Aviary (video).

Meat from Old Town Social. ‘Nuff said.

Tats of the trade.

Pure joy from Max Wastler (AllPlaidOut), ladies and gentlemen.

His and Hers - That looks so awesome. I must make the next one in August!!

April - Nice! Thanks, guys! And yes, more fun in the mens department at Dose Tres, August 14th!

midweSTYLE: A block away

Button-down shirts are an essential in a man’s wardrobe, or anyone’s wardrobe for that matter. Fit comes first, next the texture and weight and finally the print.
For summer, try a linen blend and then go from there. We’re digging this horizontal color-blocked shirt from Topman right now. It would even look nice paired with a navy or olive trouser going into fall.
How dope are these khaki-colored shades? A great alternate for the typical tortoise that we love.
The rucksack is a solid find, especially great for hauling items with a little more construction to them than the bag itself. Alone, the bag is a little floppy—but throw a blanket in it and bottle of wine inside the blanket and you’re good to go.

On Seth: Lavender block-stripe shirt ($56) courtesy of Topman; off-white tailored shorts ($70) courtesy of Topman; khaki circular sunglasses ($28) courtesy of Topman; canvas and leather rucksack (thrifted, $5); 106 “moc” leather shoe ($60) courtesy of Vans Shoes.

Photography by Jeff Kieslich.

dani - This is pretty much perfection.

<3 The Daily Dani

Blake - Incredible look, guys! Love how both the horizontal stripes and the rounded shades add a dash of throwback to an already wicked sharp ensemble. Well done.