Thrifty Thursday: White Linen Blazer

Yeah, we know. Two blazer posts in one week? Two posts of Cam in one week? Two posts of Cam in a blazer in one week? Maybe a little excessive. But thanks to the weather, we won’t be able to feature these much longer (fingers crossed). The relevant detail to this particular post is the white linen blazer he snagged from a thrift store for about three George Washingtons. You read that correctly: $3.
The point here isn’t necessarily to show off cool clothes. It’s to demonstrate that workable style is doable on the cheap. After some very unscientific price-guessing, I’ll estimate that if purchased new, this whole outfit would push $775 retail. But what you see here cost less than $265. Plus, you’re not spending those numbers every single time you put on a set of clothes. Each piece of the pie can be mixed and matched with the other items in your wardrobe. Which allows you invest in the glasses, the boots, etc.—the stuff Cam’s wearing with several different outfit combinations.
By far, the biggest savings are coming from the jacket. Three dollars compared to the $150, $200, $300 you could expect to drop for a nice blazer? No contest. As long as you’ve got an idea of 1) what you need and 2) what looks good, you can find some great bargains at thrift stores. Of course, be prepared to not find anything, either. Only pull the trigger if it’s got a place in your closet.
Linen blazer (thrifted, $3) size 36; J. Crew broken-in chinos (retail, $60), size 31; brogue boots (Urban, $80), size 10; vintage, U.S.-made oxford (eBay, $10) by Gant, size 14.5-33; black cardigan (thrifted from Jeff’s closet) by Merona, small; tartan tie (outlet, $15) by J.Crew; Preston eyeglasses (, $95) by Warby Parker.

Photos by Bethany Jones.

mallory - Oh geez, I’m a lady and I have the same glasses and watch! My watch was a gift from my husband purchased on Amazon (Timex).

Cameron - @Speaking Nonsense and Brian McDonough – the watch is actually a cheap eBay purchase, some 18 dollar military watch that you can still do the whole strap switch with. It was a steal, but I’m sure it won’t last as long as the J. Crew Timex will, ha.

Speaking Nonsense. - I love how most of you have military watches. You can get a timex military as cheap as $20 at walmart here in OK (all black, I like the JCrew ones, but sort of pricey!) I bought the broken in urban fit chinos from JCrew a couples weeks back, love them as well! Great outfit, sir. Oh and is a Godsend ha!

Brian McDonough - That tie clip is awesome! I think I have that same watch (from J. Crew?) except with the white face instead of black, too. I absolutely love all the different wristband options – it’s the only watch I need!

Christian - Love what you guys are doing. Keep up the good work. I’m hoping to open a Premium Menswear Swap in Chicago area by the end of the year – Look out for OLD MAN FANCY.


midweSTYLE: Cords and Ralph

This week has consisted of rain, sleeping on the ever-so-unfortunate blow-up air mattress that is currently my bed, booze, more sleeping on my ever-so-unfortunate blow-up air mattress that is currently my bed, and work.  The good news is however is that today is pay day. Which means I can order all of those  (un)necessary items that have been stock piling up in my shopping cart, such as this mattress, steamer and this t-shirt.
But while we’re on the subject of necessary items, an umbrella is one of them. 

This should be probably featured under “Thrifty Thursday” because that same “ex-roommate who gave me their dad’s friend’s briefcase” also gave me this leather-handled, khaki Ralph Lauren umbrella. This umbrella probably cost more than a student loan of mine and I’m okay with that.

Much like Cam, I’m a boots and blazer kind of guy.

Brown “8878” suede boots (Halls, sale $78) by Red Wing Shoes, size 11; khaki “RB15-X” corduroy  trousers (Haberdash, $50) by Rag & Bone, size 30; leather and brass belt ($4.99) by J.CREW, size 30; green-striped oxford cloth button down (eBay, $15) by Gitman Brothers, medium; thrifted school-boy tartan tie ($1.99); thrifted grey and blue check wool vest ($4.99); grey sportcoat (Halls) by Billtornade, small; leather-handled khaki umbrella (ex-roommate’s dad’s friends) by Ralph Lauren.

Lily - Oh I absolutely LOVE this outfit! Gorgeous!!

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David Ritchson - I’ve been looking for the same umbrella shown here that looks good with my khaki pants. Nice get up you got there, I’ll surely try and get something like that.

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John Kenly - That’s smart outfit. I like it very much.

Ammar - I like it. I would try this same outfit but instead of jeans, I would do trousers and some more stream lined shoes. Looks good though.

Stacia - love the outfit! love the blog!

Plain T-Shirt - Dig the whole outfit, I have the same pair of boots only in a brighter brown. I think they really distinguish the look and will be around for a while. I see that timex to, top 5 purchase for me, can’t beat it.

Sara - The thick soles on those boots continue to bug me, for some reason. Perhaps because they sort of evoke orthotic inserts…

Digging the vest and cords, though.

His and Hers - Killer outfit and LOVE the umbrella! A cane length parapluie is so classic and dapper!