The Denim Showdown

April 23, 2011

Two pairs of jeans: one – J Brand ($165), raw denim; the other – Levi’s (25.99) from Target. What happens? Is the expensive raw denim worth it?

A comparison. Israel/Seth.

Thrifty Thursday: White Linen Blazer

April 21, 2011
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 (warbyparker.com, $95) by Warby Parker.

Photos by Bethany Jones.

A trip to the tailor

April 20, 2011

Everyone should have a “guy.”

Nuri
went to a different one
beware: “original hem”

midweSTYLE: Cords and Ralph

April 20, 2011
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 Amazon.com 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.

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