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.

Cheers!

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…..in 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.

thanks.
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athletic shoes manufacturers

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?

http://blueingreensoho.com/site/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/sam_curve_belt_combo.jpg

Love the blog though!

Things Organized Neatly: Winter to Spring

Spring? Oh yeah, it should be here by now.
But it’s not.
Welcome to Midwest weather.

How does one make it by, yearning for spring but still in the cold?
These are my digs that I’ve pleased to be incorporating into my wardrobe. It can be 40s in the morning but then hike up to 60s in the afternoon. So I’m prepared with a great mid-weight, unlined jacket and a mid-weight pant. Throwing in a madras tie beckons spring, so try that, too. And if you’re still cold when the sun sets, end your evening with a night cap.

Slim straight leg, front cargo pocket mushroom pants (retail, sale $20, reg. $68) by Levi’s, 30×34; short-sleeve button down (Standard Style, sale $50 reg. $140) by Apolis Activism, small; graphed “Balsam Fir” notebook (Renegade Handmade, three for $10) by Field Notes; brown leather belt with brass hardware (sale $4.99) by J.Crew, size 32; unlined brown canvas utility jacket (Michigan Avenue Levi’s, sale $32 [$44 - 30% sale] reg. $198) by Levi’s, small; plaid tie (thrifted, $1); bottle of Knob Creek (refrigerator) courtesy of my roommate’s wallet, size weekend.
Photo by Seth Putnam.

Daniel Honigman - The Field Notes notebooks are fantastic. They come out with a new batch of colors every three months or so. May want to think about a subscription

walrashish - Hah, I tried on that jacket in the Mich. Ave. store. At that price, I wanted to try to wax it. The buttons seemed like a little much.

Awesome pants, though!

Raquel - Great collection of clothes! Love the jacket and tie.

kirst - i love these colors!

Things Organized Neatly: Winter to Spring

Spring? Oh yeah, it should be here by now.
But it’s not.
Welcome to Midwest weather.

How does one make it by, yearning for spring but still in the cold?
These are my digs that I’ve pleased to be incorporating into my wardrobe. It can be 40s in the morning but then hike up to 60s in the afternoon. So I’m prepared with a great mid-weight, unlined jacket and a mid-weight pant. Throwing in a madras tie beckons spring, so try that, too. And if you’re still cold when the sun sets, end your evening with a night cap.

Slim straight leg, front cargo pocket mushroom pants (retail, sale $20, reg. $68) by Levi’s, 30×34; short-sleeve button down (Standard Style, sale $50 reg. $140) by Apolis Activism, small; graphed “Balsam Fir” notebook (Renegade Handmade, three for $10) by Field Notes; brown leather belt with brass hardware (sale $4.99) by J.Crew, size 32; unlined brown canvas utility jacket (Michigan Avenue Levi’s, sale $32 [$44 - 30% sale] reg. $198) by Levi’s, small; plaid tie (thrifted, $1); bottle of Knob Creek (refrigerator) courtesy of my roommate’s wallet, size weekend.
Photo by Seth Putnam.

Daniel Honigman - The Field Notes notebooks are fantastic. They come out with a new batch of colors every three months or so. May want to think about a subscription

walrashish - Hah, I tried on that jacket in the Mich. Ave. store. At that price, I wanted to try to wax it. The buttons seemed like a little much.

Awesome pants, though!

Raquel - Great collection of clothes! Love the jacket and tie.

kirst - i love these colors!