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?

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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!

Thrifty Thursday: Steven Alan Parka

Granted, this is a small stretch on the word thrifty. This jacket, as it were, cost me $70. Keep in mind, however, that it retailed at $400. So, getting a $400 Steven Alan hiking parka at 83% off, we register that as thrifty. More accurately, we call it being a boss. A bargain boss. We gave you folks a quick heads up on these a few months back when eDrop-Off listed a few of these bad boys on eBay. Turns out, I couldn’t quite turn down the price myself.
A lot of you are probably thinking, “Wow, that’s an awfully bright orange.” Or maybe it’s closer to, “Man, I really hate that color.” Either way, if you’re thinking one of those two, I’ve accomplished my goal. If fitting in was my jam, I’d go buy a jet-black North Face like everybody else in the Western Hemisphere. An orange piece of outerwear, on the other hand, makes you react. Orange evokes emotion. And I like emotions, because I’m an emotional guy… okay, that backfired.

“The 77″ dry 14-ounce Kurabo fabric (Standard Style, $200) by Baldwin Denim, size 31; madras button-down (eBay, sale $15; reg. $65) by J. Crew, medium; hiking parka (eBay, sale $70; reg. $400) by Steven Alan, small.

Chelsea - bright orange parka beats a north face jacket any day.

walrashish - DAMN that’s a great-looking jacket. Woof.

Raquel - Great colors in this outfit. And really a great deal!

Style Tribe - Love this look! Orange can never be too bright. IOHO (In our humble opinions…)

mallory wiegers - 1. I bet your roommate wants that jacket. your roommate needs orange like he needs oxygen. you may want to find a hiding place
2. 83% off = glory
3. emotional man indeed

Peter - Orange and blue is such a great combo. It just always works.

I agree with you about North Face too. Up here in ND all everyone wears all winter is North Face fleece jackets. Every. Single. Day.

Good grief.

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closetfullofhappiness - I love the orange, and the background (which it’s perfectly suited for). It looks like one of those gray spring days on the lakes.

BTW I love you guys’ blog! I’m stuck in LA but my family lives in Minnesota so I feel an affinity with the midwest. I like that you are representing not only the pitifully small world of male fashion blogs but the MIDWEST! *high five! :)

midweSTYLE: Tee time

Because I had to make some tough sartorial decisions for the advancement of my manhood, I decided to leave all of my pashminas and scarves back in Kansas City. So like any older brother would do, I bestowed those gifts on my younger sister, because let’s be honest: Most of these scarves had some kind floral pattern or brocade print on them that could have easily passed as something you would get from XXI, not the antique stores, swap meets and coastal vendors like where I had originally acquired them.
I thought, I’m moving to a big city. I’m not a dirty, liberal-arts undergrad who spends his days engaged in philosophical debate, chain-smoking Parliaments outside of Kaldis or killing pitchers of Fat Tire at Shakespeares anymore! No more scarves! No more chain-smoking! And certainly no more deep V-necks!
So I did—I left my beloved scarf collection back home for my sisters to adorn themselves.
But then I forgot how much I dig a scarf around my neck. Hetero-normative masculine sartorial presuppositions aside, I like scarves. And you know what, that’s okay.
What are you thoughts on the scarves? Rather, scarves with ties?

I snagged this feather suede LANVIN Paris blazer at Seek Vintage on Chicago, just west of downtown. I was surprised and relieved to finally find a “vintage” store that actually had vintage apparel that was well-curated. Unlike other locations that heaping mounds of shit under the notion of the place being a “vintage” retailer, Seek Vintage curates housewares, apparel, accessories and a cornucopia of goods from all over the world. The staff is friendly, and the store is thoughtfully merchandised. I’ve visited a handful of times already and still have yet to walk away empty handed. I like this place.

Camel-colored suede blazer (Seek Vintage, $15) by LANVIN Paris, size 38; green-striped, button-down oxford (eBay, $18) by Gitman Bros., medium; “The Henley” 11.5-ounce dry selvage (Standard Style, $198) by Baldwin Denim, size 28; brown leather “Wallabees” (Cargo Largo, sale $40; reg. $120) by Clarks, size 11; plaid tie (thrifted, $1); golf club tie bar (thrifted, $3); coral wool scarf courtesy of rag & bone; red replacement shoelaces (J.Crew, $2); ex-roommate’s dad’s friend’s brown leather briefcase (gift!).
Photos by Seth Putnam.

Mary White - These are great shirts for men indeed. I am a fan of soccer as well and I always watch it on TV. If me and my boyfriend have time, then we go out and watch it live. By the way, I like this shirt. This is a perfect gift for a special someone.

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Jade Turner - You’ve really got a good fashion sense. I like the idea of putting a red scarf on. By the way, the tie and blazer also look superb. wholesale clothing

eloifarr - I love how the scarf and shoestrings tie the whole look together (pun intended). Would you consider wearing a shirt, if it really had an awesome t-shirt printing design?

Sara - a fungus from space! brilliant.

Jacob - That scarf looks ridiculously bad.

Madeline Giangrosso - i really do like this scarf ! so bright !!

S. - I say ditch the fluff. That outfit would be really accentuated by a scarf of the same volume and color, but as it is, you look like a fungus from space is eating your neck. The jacket/tie/jeans combo says “fashionable young guy, taking it seriously without being stuffy”- with the scarf it says “this outfit is ironic, because I’m wearing a muppet pelt”.

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His and Hers - I think you look awesome and love the scarf and tie look on you! You can totally rock it. I’m excited to check out Seek Vintage! I’ve been looking for a good vintage shop in Chicago and it sounds like Seek might be the spot!

walrashish - Yeah, the scarf just looks a little bulky, considering the slim cut of the rest of the outfit. Not that scarves are bad with ties—it just feels overwhelming on this particular outfit.

JNRS - Great look. Love the tie & blazer.

Jake Wandel - Rather than making the tie/blazer combo for feminine by adding the scarf, maybe you just made the scarf more masculine by adding the tie and blazer?

Screw heteronormative, hegemonic ideals! So long as your ascribed identity is secure, why not present yourself in accomplished ways of identity work that align with your Looking-Glass Self? #thankyouKathleen:)

zgray - I definitely like the idea, but maybe it’s just the way you wrapped it around your neck. I probably would have done it differently. But you pull it off. Great find on the blazer.

samineru - I’m not sure if it’s just my yet to be expanded tastes, but the tie and scarf seem to be a kind of mixed message.

Christina - Love your scarf. It works because the rest of your outfit is so put together. I bet your scarves are way better than the ones at F21!

Plain T-Shirt - Scarves definitely take certain swag. That tie clip is awesome, great find. Awesome look, I like the pockets on the blazer too.