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”.


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.

SALE: Patagonia at Urban Outfitters

When I first moved to Chicago, Seth was kind enough to let me crash in his igloo apartment until I found a place of my own. We had many a great times watching Arrested Development, shivering and chattering our teeth into slumber, getting Niko‘d, meeting Peter Gallagher, starting fires in the corner to keep warm, shenanigans in Wicker Park, getting drinks at Violet Hour, ’90s hip-hop dance parties at the Whistler, losing a finger to frostbite, and day drinking.
It was so chill great to live with Seth for two weeks—and I wanted to share with you what enabled me to survive enjoy my stay. This is what I wore to survive in the refrigerator apartment, and it’s on sale for a steal of a price.
Patagonia Down Sweater sale $119, reg $200
And this is what I wish I had whenever I was just wearing a t-shirt in Seth’s ice chest apartment:
Patagonia Down Vest sale $99, reg $150

Plus, obnoxious colors/detailing are always grade-A in my book.

Maia Dobson - Those sweater and vest are indeed perfect for winter. I’m planning to visit the states in a few months and I hope I could also find sweaters on sale at the post free ads in the Philippines site.

Brit Style: Royal Edition

I’m going rogue here and breaking from our usual policy of original photos. I’ve paid little attention in the run-up to that wedding that’s happening today, so I suppose my curiosity is somewhat justified. Don’t worry; I’ll keep it brief and relevant. And if you don’t like the lyrics, you can press fast forward.
A confession: I love pretty much everything about Britain. Magnify that 10 times today. It’s the anglophilia. Can’t shake it. First of all, Kate Middleton. In that dress, outshining even Grace Kelly. File under: “How I want my bride to look.” I had permanent tingles the whole time she was walking down the aisle. Guess I’d better start making a list of eligible royal British ladies.
Enter David Beckham for the men’s style tie-in. Apparently everyone else on the Internet stole my idea, because when I Googled “royal wedding style,” Beckham was all over the search results.

That tie, that collar, those tails. And how spiffy is that Order of the British Empire medal—which unfortunately wouldn’t be appropriate to wear if you hadn’t earned it. I realize this look is rather far from “Midwest,” but I’d love to work it into my next formal outfit anyway. Well, maybe not the top hat. Looks good in his hand, not in mine.
Soccer, style, England, true affection. Everything I love.

ChrisW - Looks great. Shouldn’t he be wearing the top hat instead of carrying it?

Gregory - Def want to dress like him for my next formal event!


Thrifty Thursday: Recycled pants

You guys remember when I was talking about making pants into a nontraditional pair of cargo shorts? Well, here they are. How? My girlfriend was kind enough to take on the project. Here’s what it takes:
  • An old pair of chinos (I conveniently chose these pants in particular so that I’d have an excuse to buy a new pair of khaki chinos, but that’s neither here nor there.)
  • A few buttons and some thread
  • A sewing machine
  • Someone who knows how to use that sewing machine
Originally, I said you should probably reimburse whoever constructs these things for you with some cash. Luckily, my girlfriend was willing to help me out. Why? Dinners, movies, gifts and unconditional love, of course. Honestly, what other reasons does she need? (And really, how many more sentences can I begin with an adverb?)
Seriously though, more power to you if you’re skilled enough to pull off this feat of apparel construction yourself. If you’re not, find a friend who is. Hopefully you’ve got one somewhere. And pay them well: Food, beers, yardwork… or money if you’re not feeling creative.
The shorts turned out extremely well. The most obvious changes are the front pockets, which are great. The thicker belt loops are a little less noticeable, but they’re probably my favorite change. Also, the roll at the bottom was intentional when these were first made, but ultimately they squeeze my soccer thighs a litte too much. A hem is scheduled for the near future. Overall, these are definitely shaping up to be my go-to/knock-around shorts for the summer months—and all for the price of four buttons and a spool of thread. Not bad.
And oh yeah: THESE RULE.
Spectator LX in “Incense” (courtesy of Vans) by Vans Vault, size 10; khaki chinos converted into shorts with pockets (originally from Urban Outfitters, $50) by Paul Frank, size 30; vintage plaid button-down (thrifted, $3) by L.L. Bean, medium; braided leather belt (thrifted, $4); Corter for Japan bracelet (Corter Online Shop, $25 shipped) by Corter Leather.
Photos by Jarred Donalson. And many thanks to the lady.

clydicus - Yikes…

kelsey louise - These shorts are awesome! I usually hate shorts on guys unless they are the classic preppy fitted style or grungy street stylish (like, sadly, jorts. what can i say, i love jorts!). Anyway, these have a sophisticated prep school vibe but also seem really functional–like a utility cargo short should be. Way cool!

caleb dann - I dig those Vans. I don’t typically find their shoes too appealing, but I do like these.