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!

midweSTYLE: Mocha blazer on the rocks

Correction (2:55 p.m.): In the initial version of this post, we forgot to credit our very gracious photographer, Bethany Jones. Thanks so much for helping us, Bethany—when you come to Chi this summer, the vino and/or Guinness is on us.

While my blogging brethren reside in the wonderfully windy city of Chicago, I enjoy the pleasure of calling Columbia, Mo., my temporary home as I pitter-patter my way through four years of the dream-world experience that is modern day higher education. Columbia is a lovely place for a million different reasons, but one thing that’s not high on that list is natural scenery. But after being cramped up in your favorite local coffee shop (see: Kaldi’s), studying your ass off for the huge exam in that class you never actually attended because you swore to yourself you’d just read the book and get notes from that guy who you did that group project with earlier in the semester, you’re gonna need some fresh air, and lots of it. Enter Capen Park/Mulch Site. It has mulch for taking and rocks for climbing—what more could you ask for? You’re right, nothing.
Winter’s still got her foot in the door here in Missouri, which means I still have an excuse to wear blazers without people on campus thinking I transferred in from the SEC. This thrifted beauty fits well almost everywhere but the arms, which could use a nice visit to the tailor. I’m working on that.
Also, I tend to opt for boots when wearing jackets. Why? I don’t really know. Maybe it’s because my high school mascot was a lumberjack. Maybe it’s because I misplaced my favorite longwings. Or maybe it’s because when I’m not blowing out my pocket fades or doing squats to make my honeycombs explode, I’m usually out climbing rock faces in blazers and tie bars. I know you sensed the sarcasm.
“The 77″ dry 14-ounce Kurabo fabric, two and a half months (Standard Style, $200) by Baldwin Denim, size 31; mocha blazer (thrifted, $20), size 38; blue and pink polka dot tie (my old man’s closet, free); old leather belt (my old man’s closet, free); dark tortoise “Preston” eyeglasses (online, $95) by Warby Parker; coral oxford (retail, $50) by American Apparel, medium; thrifted work boots (borrowed from our dear friend Travis Craig, $9), military watch (eBay, $18) by Rothco.

Photos by Bethany Jones.

hohello - Can I just say “I love you guys”?


LOVE IT! thank you!

Olga,from belgium.

Jeff - Casey – Thanks man. We’re excited that Put This On featured us and glad we could have beers with him and a few other gents in Chicago.

Bo – Hometown? Columbia, MO or Chicago, IL? Either way, we’ve got you covered.

Bo - I found this today too and holy crap! I’m used to reading all these blogs from New York, but now I’m seriously pumped that the sartorially-inclined are here in my hometown. Looking forward to going to Mizzou next year too

Casey - I just found this blog this morning from Put This On and I was (pleasantly) surprised to find a fellow college student in Columbia is one of the people behind it.

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Seth J. Putnam - Muuuuch better. Thanks for speaking the truth.

mallory wiegers - seth, you are my favorite honorary northmen. you keep the pride alive.

Raquel - The boots are great.. and I love the rolled up jeans– very hip!

amjadasad - love it

Brian McDonough - jealous of your boots

Seth J. Putnam - Let’s try to keep the comments civil, Ms. Wiegers.

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Seth J. Putnam - O-A-K-P-A-R-K. Oak-Park. North-men.

“Wonderfully windy”? Cam, you don’t know what you’re saying!

P.S. Cool picture, Oliver. Unfortunately, though, Cam’s face is legally obligated by contract to appear only on this blog. So I’m afraid you’re going to have to take it down.

Oliver Spencer Drambour - O-A-O-A-K…