midweSTYLE: Working Man

Jeff’s closing in on the end of his first full week at his new big-boy Chicago job. (Remember when he was here looking for a job a few weeks ago? Well, he got one. And now he’s crashing on my couch until his super cool new place is ready in the Logan Square slums. It’s a difficult life we lead…watching the “Chicago Code” [which is hands down the best television show ever made], socializing every night, heists, shenanigans, and stepping over broken glass to get Niko’d every weekend.)
Not Jeff would ever be unstylish, but part of the new job is dressing well, so he’s been trying out some new looks. I’ll kick it over to him.
Jeff: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and prints, as long as it’s in the same color story. I mixed this obnoxious printed stars shirts that I picked up at Halls during their winter sale and a dandy flower bowtie from Etsy.

I threw on a vest to break up the dark colors and add some contrast.

Grey sportcoat (Halls, sale $220 [reg. $680]) by Billtornade, small; vintage star print shirt (Halls, sale $33 [reg. $99]) by Scotch & Soda, small; grey vest (thrifted, $5); dark wash “Rhigby” (retail, $50) by Seven for All Mankind x Jonathan Adler, 31×34; vintage paisley bow tie (Etsy, $5).

Camilo.L - that vest.
just starting blogging and you guys are great.


Brianne - I like your style, Jeff. Congratulations on the new job.

midweSTYLE: Urbanautical

Does this clash?
Is that a “woman’s” clutch?
It’s a worn leather dossier/clutch/folio/wallet.
Did I pick up this gold watch at Target thinking it was a “man’s” watch?
Did I find out the next day that three of my female friends already had it because it’s a “boyfriend” watch?

Do I wear it anyway?
If we’re being honest here, fit, design and function trump whatever’s on the label—even if it’s two letters like “wo” in front of “man.” That’s why we each have a coat or two in our hall closets that button up from the left side. Looks the same, works the same and in some cases fits better.

Gold watch, carmel leather details and stripes. What do you think?

Nautical striped boatneck long-sleeve tee (Standard Style) by Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, small; “The Henley” 14-ounce Karabo fabric (Standard Style, $198 in store, $220 shipped) by Baldwin Denim, size 28; vintage brown caramel dress shoes (thrifted in New Haven, Conn., $6.99); gold “boyfriend” watch (Target, $12.99) by Merona; authentic vintage clutch (garage sale, $2) by Coach.

Photos by Seth Putnam.

Hatchet - Personally, I don’t think I could ear a shirt or coat that buttons up on the left side. But I support your sartorial right to choose!

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) - Clothing items have become increasingly androgynous in the 21st century so I’m not seeing an issue with any of the items you’re wearing in this outfit. I’m currently sitting here in a 1970s pearl snap plaid shirt that is actually a guy’s (it fits way better than any women’s button down I’ve ever bought, weird I know). I’m also oddly enjoying how your man clutch matches your loafers!

Jeff - Tights – I’m not going to lie, I get inspiration from womenswear. But I’ve already made that known before.

HOLLA – Thanks dear.

The Tights that Bind - I love that you sometimes wear things typically designed for women. I often wear men’s blazers and button-downs, and had a 20-minute argument with a saleslady at Wal Mart convincing her that yes, I did want to buy that men’s watch for myself, and no, I did not need a gift receipt.

HOLLA! - I love caramel-colored leather and navy together. Simple, yet polished – I like it.

Friday Wrap-Up: Hey there, April, throw us a bone

So look, April. You’re being kind of being a tease, and we’re getting sick of it. You’re yes, then you’re no; you’re in, then you’re out; you’re up, then you’re down. But worst of all, you’re hot, then you’re cold. I mean, it was 71º last week for crying out loud.
Listen. We’ve got some good posts planned for springtime, and you’re really holding us back. So do you like us or not? Now that we’ve got the DTR out of the way, here’s a photo that’s more wishful thinking than anything else:
Straight henley weather. We’re over this layering bullshit.
Friday Wrap-up – If you’re just now joining us, here’s a throwback to a few of our posts you might have missed from previous weeks:
And from others we love around the Net (wait, is it not called that anymore?):

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) - Yes, Chicago is a cruel and sadistic mistress. Today was definitely the worse, icy winds and rain. Wearing a wool coat in winter is not fun. :(

Congrats on the Refinery 29 feature!

INSPIRATION: Jimmy Darmody from Boardwalk Empire

Each Sunday evening over the summer, a group of us Kansas City gentlemen would gather around the projector to drink booze and watch Boardwalk Empire. Each week we’d mix drinks, sit, watch some Scorsese and gulp sip down the scotch. We were enchanted by the boardwalk and gripped by the character development
We were also amazed and inspired by the classic ’20s menswear with its badass suits, fabrics and accessories. It wasn’t the suits and the swagger that particulary stuck out to me, it was more of one character’s utilitarian and rugged feel. Boardwalk Empire’s Jimmy Darmody is a character who’s hairstyle and wardrobe I’m all about right now.

No “dress” shoes today, even though Darmody would be rocking a sick pair of wingtips. I opted for my more casual Clarks. I’m sort of rocking a hybrid long hairstyle of his right now (short-ish sides, long on top, swept rakishly back and to the side), along with dark colors, shirts buttoned up without ties and general badass demeanor. Right? Ha. Right.

No, just leave it without the tie,” said Seth as I was preparing to head out the door. I thought, “Alright, we’ll try it.” So, I left it and actually liked it. That’s right about when I felt a little Boardwalk Empire with the shirt without the tie, buttoned all the way up.

Brown leather jacket and belt, black denim, grey utility shirt with a pop of burnt orange/red/sangria lining to match my laces on my brown boots. Hate it or love it, but I had fun with this look today.
“Slim Jim” dry black-coated denim (Standard Style, winter sale $75) by Nudie Jeans, size 31×34; 2-year-old leather Wallabees(Cargo Largo, sale $40) by Clark’s, size 11 w/ replacement “Sangria” laces (J.Crew, $4); “End-On-End” Utility Shirt (Oliver’s, $69.50) by J.Crew, slim small; leather bomber jacket (thrifted, $6.99) size 40; brown leather belt w/ brass (Country Club Plaza, winter sale $4.99) by J.Crew.

Tucker Leary - I’m so jealous of that jacket. Smaller things are always such a win for me when thrifting, I’ve found so many fantastic coats just to swim in them when I try them on.

Jenna Brucoli - The lining of that jacket is beyond amazing. You seriously always score the best thrifted pieces…I wish I had that kind of luck.

Emily Allison - what a fabulous ensemble! I adore the lining of this jacket, it’s like a little surprise! I have this coat with a mustard-colored lining and it’s quite spiffy.

Jeff - Well snap, I guess that’s what I get for paying $6.99 for a authentic leather jacket. Let me know if you can find a size 36 torso, 14.5 inch neck and long enough in the sleeves and torso that will fit my 6’2, 150lb runner frame that isn’t going to break the bank….

Shane B - Little loose around the belly and under the armpits, creates some bagginess around the biceps and midsection.

Seth J. Putnam - Nothing wrong with opinions. Care to elaborate?

Shane B - Pretty much how a leather jacket shouldn’t fit, IMO

FAVORITE: Patagonia + Field Notes

Seth’s blue Patagonia fleece jacket since 2002, Jeff’s yellow Patagonia synchilla “Snap-T” pullover since 2009 and Jeff’s fire red Patagonia down sweater jacket since 2011. County Fair State Edition of “Illinois” Field Notes.

THREE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS: Patagucci Patagonia, Field Notes and primary colors.

Lallan - Love that navy blue one – any leads on the name/model? Might be able to track one down…

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) - I nearly bought those Field Notes books at Renegade a couple of weeks ago. Notebooks that match your Patagonias, nice!