STREET midweSTYLE: Drew on Oak Street

What’s cool these days?
Zubaz, right?
So is street style photography, I guess.
Wait, I thought you only photographed yourselves, you narcissists?
We didn’t get tired of photographing ourselves (or Cameron at least). We just wanted to mix things up. Other guys around town are keeping it fresh and doing their own style, so we’d like to shrine some light on those dudes: friends, classmates, coworkers, neighbors, roommates, drinking buddies, acquaintances and whoever else might be strolling down the road. Don’t worry, we’re not going to become “one of those street-style blogs” all of a sudden; we just thought we’d spice things up to keep it interesting.
Meet Drew. He’s a sound sculptor and jack of all trades. I’ve run into this guy a handful of times since moving to Chicago and he’s a rad guy to know. Good looks and great style.

Badass? Check.
Functional? Check.
Obnoxious color? Check.
Killer watch by Uniform Wares from Need Supply.

Why we like this look? Monochromatic palette with touches of color and print. We like that.

Polka dot short-sleeve shirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs; “100 series” yellow watch (from Need Supply) by Uniform Wares; grey suede desert boots by Common Projects; “Detroit” straight-leg grey pant by All Saints.

Photos by Jeff Kieslich.

Ambyr - These suede chukka boots are amazing. Love his rolled pant look with them!


Things Organized Neatly: The Bruiser

“You can’t do that.”
“Do what?”
“Wear black and navy.”

“Says who?”
“You just can’t.”

Gentlemen, who gave us this no-black-and-navy rule?
Hell, who said you can’t wear brown and black together? I’m sure they had every good intention of steering you away from being gawked at or accused of being color-blind (because hey, I know a few guys who are color blind.) But let’s step back and reassess of our views on mixing black and navy.

For us Midwestern boys, we were told not to wear black and navy together because…

  • It’s too dark.
  • It doesn’t match.
  • It doesn’t look “good.”

Disagree. You can do it, and you can do it well.

  • It’s too dark: Try breaking up the navy and black with some white, grey or another neutral—even olive or khaki. (Yes, those are considered neutrals.)
  • It doesn’t match: That’s the point. You don’t have to match your belt to your shoes to your watch strap color. Although you can, you don’t have to. You’ve heard the expression “matchy-matchy?” Yeah, let’s avoid that in this scenario and roll with the bruised-looking palette, that’s often how I look walking out the door. (A little black and blue, with a dash of purple or mustard.)
  • It doesn’t look “good.” Well, that’s in the eye of the beholder. And I’m beholding you and telling you it looks sharp. You were probably told that you can’t wear dress shoes without socks and that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Bullshit.

Feeling ballsy? Add a touch of yellow or an obnoxious pattern.

Grey straight-leg chino by Nonnie Threads, small; black trim fit waxed stretch cotton “Brayden” jacket (Nordstrom) by Comune, small; black-and-white-striped tee by American Apparel, small; navy cotton button-down by J.Crew, extra-small; Weekly-Planner Notebook by Moleskine; thrifted black leather belt with brass detailing; white “Authentics,” courtesy of Vans.

Raquel - Thank you for posting this. I always thought black and navy look awesome together.. if you follow these rules!

Seth J. Putnam - NZ—

Great point. Good to remember there should be a method to the madness.

PV and Jamillah, thanks. Props to you guys!

Speaking Nonsense. - This looks amazing, I think in the end these colors look perfect together!

eupham - Yo Guys…

One important note on rocking mismatched colors such as navy and black: keep the shades far apart. A deep midnight navy will be lost against black. A true navy or even a dark indigo will look sophisticated against black because it looks distinct and purposeful. One of my favorite cardigans is navy with a black placket. And look at the varsity jackets the Woolrich Wooolen Mills did last winter. A perfect use of black and blue.

Basically, its hard to tell the difference between deep blues or browns and blacks. If you can’t tell them apart at first glance, then don’t wear em together. - you guys are awesome, just found your blog recently and love the tone and all your styles. LOVE this post.

Friday Wrap-up: Technical difficulties

Editor’s note: Well, we got jobbed (as I’m sure many did) by Blogger’s downtime this week. Our Thursday post was deleted but is now back up…hopefully your regularly scheduled programming will continue without any hiccups next week. Thanks for being patient. — Seth

To send you into the weekend, here’s some of the best stuff we’ve seen all week:
  • All of Max and Joe’s disgustingly aesthetic iPhoneography during their trip to Nashville. Follow them on Twitter at @AllPlaidOut and @JoeGannon.
  • @caryrandolph wrote three brilliant short stories to celebrate her mother last Sunday. They’re sweet, funny, poignant and full of character all at the same time.
  • Our once-hometown magazine Vox featured us last week. Check it out.
  • Mr. Porter published an insightful feature with J.Crew men’s designer Frank Mutyjens on Tuesday.
  • Speaking of Frank, he and Jenna Lyons (la presidente) stopped by Chicago that very same day for a fête at their store in the 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue. We hung out, had an interview, and will be posting said exclusive next week. Stay tuned!

Seth J. Putnam - Yale, that’s incredible. Thanks very much for commenting! We love connecting with other Mizzou alums. And as a magazine journalism grad with an Esquire subscription myself, I’m glad to hear you’re fighting the good fight.


Yale Hollander - If you were at 900 North I hope you had time for a nice hot lather shave at Trueffit & Hill on 6. Decadence par excellence!

Keep up the fine work here, gents. FYI, today I am wearing a mint green Polo RL pinpoint oxford purchased when I was a sophomore at Mizzou… 1987.

midweSTYLE: Safety pins and butterscotch brogues

Yeezy likes safety pins, I like safety pins.
Yeezy is from Chicago, I live in Chicago now.
Yeezy wears Celine tops, I sell Celine tops.
We’re practically the same person.

Eat your heart out, Wooster.
I, too, can rock a safety pin tie clasp.

(Thrift #1.)

Oh hey, green grass on this beautiful day.

New butterscotch brogues, ya say?
(Thrift #2.)
Well, not new. But new to my feet. I picked these up at Nordstrom Rack for $60. Not too bad for a pair of leather Florsheims, too bad I’ve been breaking these in for the past couple days sans sock. After dual bleeding achilles and scratched ankle bones, I’m nearing the home stretch of these being supreme comfort.
Butterscotch brogues (Nordstrom Rack, sale $60, reg $100+) by Florsheim, size 11; wine colored silk tie by rag & bone; “Made in USA” leather belt with brass detailing (Country Club Plaza, sale $4.99) by J.Crew, size 32; “The Henley” Kurabo 14-ounce dry selvedge denim (Standard Style, $198) by Baldwin Denim.

Mike Watson - Keep up this great blog and keep great information coming for new people like me.

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SOLUTIONS: Warped Belts

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
I’ve had this old belt since 2003 when I encountered the double-hole model for the first time and thought it was so cool that I wore it every day to keep my baggy, boot-cut jeans up while I worked on the farm. There’s a sharp bend in the leather because every time I’ve worn it in the past eight years, I’ve sent it through my belt loops on the left side. Creature of habit, I guess.
Maybe it’s because I never spent much time thinking about waist-cinching tips, but I had a facepalm moment the other day when a guy told me he’s got an eye-rollingly simple solution for belts that bow and warp: Alternate which side you send through your belt loops. If you usually go left to right, flip the belt over and thread it right to left every other wear.
A basic fix, to be sure. But sometimes you don’t think about the most minor problems. Although, perhaps this “problem” doesn’t need solving at all. Thoughts, gentlemen and ladies?

dagan - if you have the patience, a little heat and steam will fix it. i think an iron would do the trick; i work in a men’s shop and we put them in the press for a bit.

eupham - Classically speaking, men and women wear their belts in different directions. This probably means nothing these days, but thought I’d point it out. My new D-ring belt forces me to thread it in the other direction, but once the leather is turned back through the rings, the end of the belt pokes out in the same direction I’m used to it going.

Brian McDonough - This might sound creepy, but I was walking down Armitage Ave. today and definitely recognized Jeff heading into Rugby, hahaha. Wanted to stop him and let him know how much I enjoy the blog, but didn’t want to weird him out! Anyways, just thought you should know you’re a local celebrity now!

Cara - You also put your belt on one direction because of your dominant hand, so even if it’s a simple solution, it’s a physically non-intuitive one.

I’m left handed and I bought a curved belt for a right handed person without realizing it. SO AWKWARD every time I try to put it on the (my) normal way!

Royal Poison - It curved over time for a reason. When the belt is around your waist over time, it breaks it in with the angle of your hips in a circular pattern, thus the curve. Why would you want to correct this so that the belt now angles away from you? Leave it be.

erika marie - I feel uncomfortable when I put my favorite warped belt on the wrong way, even over dresses and such. To me its more of a mark of love, like when your shoes mold to fit your feet after enough wear.

Kyle - Yeah, I don’t really see what the point of doing this would be. The curve doesn’t make the belt work less well, and it’s not really noticeable when you’re wearing it.

And for me, wearing my belt in the opposite direction would be almost as awkward as switching the pocket I keep my wallet in. I shudder just thinking about that.

ian - There are some companies that sell curved belts as they are actually a little more comfortable, albeit more expensive. The waistband on your pants is not straight and a curved belt “fits” a little better. Maybe just leave it go curved? Wabi-sabi?

Love the blog though!