BADASS MONDAY: Steve McQueen

They usually don’t call you “The King of Cool” without good reason. McQueen’s life reads a little bit like your favorite novel. Here are the Sparknotes for McQueen’s journey into stardom:

Father abandons mother and son when he’s six months old, mother is unable to raise son alone so she sends him to his grandparent’s farm (which, in this case, was in Slater, Missouri), son is in and out of trouble, moves back in with mom, goes back to farm, joins the circus (no, I’m not kidding), reunites with his mother in the big city (Los Angeles), joins a gang, commits petty crime, gets sent to a boys reform school in Chico, graduates and eventually joins the Marines, receives an honorable discharge 3 years later, uses the money from his G.I. Bill to study acting, begins to race motorcycles on the weekend to make ends meet while playing small roles in play productions, works his way into bigger parts, gets launched into limelight after acting alongside Frank Sinatra in Never So Few, earns and executes an exceptional performance in his first starring role in The Magnificent Seven, the legacy begins, and boom goes the dynamite.

Note: McQueen used to demand bulk goods (jeans, electric razors, etc.) from the studios he did work for. It was later discovered that he would donate these items to the boys at the reform school he attended as a kid.

FAVORITE: Filson Tote

In my undergraduate years, I often carried a North Face backpack like any public university student. It was practical: It held my Nalgene bottle, protected my laptop and hauled my books. It was “normal” to have one. However, when I was pretending to be important in my liberal arts classes, I often carried a briefcase, tote or leather bag.
 
 Once I graduated, I knew I wasn’t going to carry around my beloved North Face backpack to coffee shops and travel, let alone to job interviews and formal outings. I needed a new bag that spoke to my “not-so-professional-but-I-want-to-be-a-young-professional” stage of life.
 
Filson tote provided that transition. Practical, functional, and it looks sharp. I can carry it to coffee shop and pretend to look important. I can carry it to a less formal job interview to house my portfolio and laptop. Or even throw some clothes in it and jetset. It’s one of my favorites.
 
Small tote bag ($90 retail, $45 on eBay) by Filson; Salmon puff “lifejacket” vest (thrift store, $4); “The Henley” 14-ounce Karabo dry selvedge (Standard Style, $200) by Baldwin Denim;

Xiao - Really like the Filson bag. How long is the drop of the leather handle.

Jeff - David – Haha, I’ll send Papa Filson and email from his boys at the Midwestyle. They also have a Log Carrier, that I know I would probably use to hold toilet paper.

Lisa – Thanks friend! We’re working on those features. I’m working full-time, Seth does freelance full-time and Cam is in school full-time….but we’re making time!

Nils – I checked out Beckel, it was a little too modern & sterile for my likings. Great price points & crisp though! Thanks for the suggestion, perhaps I’ll do a bag/tote round up.

APR – Many thanks, APR! We’re glad that so many women are enjoying it, along with men. We’re flattered for all the great feedback & praises.

APR♥ - Like Lisa, I am an early twentys female, but totally fell in love with this blog as soon as I started reading. It’s so refreshing to see guys that give a damn about their appearance and dress smart!!!!

Nils - Don’t get me wrong – I love Filson, spent $$ on a work bag I use everyday and am from the PNW, but their totes are totally overrated. You need to check out Beckel Canvas for the understated, cool and functional – beckelcanvas.com . Eena is where it’s at.

Lisa - Love the vest! I’m not a guy (I’m a mid 20′s female), but I have to say that I love, LOVE your guys’ blog. As an avid reader of female fashion blogs, this is the first male blog I’ve read that shows young men who are into both fashion and thrifting, and doing so in a way that is current and wearable. I love reading it! Keep up the great work and I’m waiting to see you guys expand your tab on thrifting!

David - Wickedly cool look man, very at home there in the tall grass. The tote looks good too, carried by the handles as it was meant to be. I’ve seen some guys try to rock the tote and wind up looking effeminate enough to be on their way to the salon instead of the pub. You should email Filson and make them include that last photo in their next ad campaign, it looks that badass.

Thrifty Thursday: Jack Spade & ties

It had been a while since I really scored at Cargo Largo. Cargo Largo, you say? Why yes, my friend. Cargo Largo. The artist formerly known as “RSO” in the lovely Independence, Missouri. Surely you’ve heard of this city before in the Midwest. Noteworthy mentions of Independence:
And Cargo Largo. In short, it’s the island of misfit toys that were damaged freight, marred, on clearance or something to the effect of “Well, I guess we can sell it here.” Enter the glass case in the designer/boutique selection. Overcrowded and scratched, the glass cases house many treasures and bargains. Jack Spade waxwear canvas dopp kit? Alright.
WHAT & WHY SO MUCH? What’s wrong with it? I mean, my last Dopp kit was a Ziploc bag. Regular: $145, sale $60. I’ll have this thing for the rest of my life. It’s sharp looking.
BUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY ZIPLOC BAG DOPP KIT? I know. How embarrassing. That was my travel Dopp kit. Until I got this bad boy. Organized, clean—and I’m not going to throw it away at the end of the weekend.
THE ICING: These ties. Cheap, cheap, cheap.

Jeff - Sam – OR HOW ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF MY OBSESSION WITH THE OREGON TRAIL IN 5th GRADE COMPUTER LAB.

Jeff - Kstan0211 – I used it this past week in Chicago and loved it. Didn’t have to worry about losing anything. I’m a treasure hunter, I love to look & find!

Sam - HOW ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE OREGON TRAIL?

kstan0211 - My fiance has the same Dopp kit (which I also steal). I can vouch that it will last forever because we abuse this thing. Nice find!

Also I’m so impressed with your thrifting skills. How do you have the patience for it?! As a woman who loves shopping, I’m a terrible thrift shopper.

midweSTYLE: Gazebo

With the warm weather being ushered in each week, we’re ready for spring.

Then it snows. Then it’s sunny again the next day to melt the snow, followed by another snow.

Welcome to weather in the Midwest. The weather is what you will it to be. Throw a cuff in your khakis and a tie on your button down.

We proudly roll our chinos occasionally. Gotta keep up with the times. Wanna learn how? Check out the Gilt MANual.

Shawl-collar cardigan ($60) by J.Crew; deadstock tie (eBay, lot of seven for $14); khaki pants (Urban Outfitters, $60) by Paul Frank, chestnut Longwings (thrifted, $4), size 10; “The Paulie” Chambray three-quarter sleeve shirt (Standard Style, $90) by Baldwin Denim.

If you tumble, check out our tumblr: www.themidwestyle.tumblr.com

Photography by Jarred Donalson,
great day for a great shoot by a great photographer.

Marta - in england there’s a joke that posh people use odd words to describe getting significantly drunk. one of those jokes is: “oh, oh, and i got toootaly gazeboed last night!”

Jeff - Cameron – that’s the first lesson in a happy relationship: “She’s always right.”

Someone please back me on this…

Cameron - David – thank you, sir! I nearly passed them up, then my girlfriend told me I would be an idiot to do so. She’s always right.

Leilani – yeah, that plaid is one of my favorites. They’re all pretty loud actually, which is nice (I wear a lot of solid blue and white oxfords, so some color helps).

DC – you’re too kind, my friend.

Daniel Cummings - Looking sharp as always.

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) - You got a great deal on those ties, love the colour of that plaid.

The chambray shirt is rockin’ too, I’ve been wanting to try out that look as well.

David - Awesome look, I like how the tie adds a nice pop of color. Also, those shoes are brilliant, excellent find.

mallory wiegers - cam, those shoes are good. REAL GOOD.

midweSTYLE: Jayhawk territory

Last Friday, I went to Lawrence, Kan., for work to drop off promotional materials on campus.
And by work, I mean, I visited sorority girl houses. I dressed for the occasion and needed to blend in. Know your audience, right? Red and blue tie? Sure.
Being a graduate of Mizzou, I am required by law to dislike the state of Kansas, University of Kansas, KU fans, ChickenJayhawks, red and blue and anything related to the likes of supporting KU.
However, I do enjoy the town of Lawrence and college towns in general. Cool vibe, great local eats and unique shopping experiences. I had a tasty lunch with Mallory and Carolina at Free State Brewery and scored a sweet leather and wool varsity jacket that should be featured on Thrifty Thursday soon…
ABOUT THE LOOK: The schoolboy tie complements the crisp white button down and shrunken sport coat. It just looks sharp. A golf club tie bar adds a little quirk to the outfit, along with the Sperrys to keep it casual. I also particularly like wearing the unwashed and finely aged denim with the dark sport coat.

WHAT THE CLUTCH: When you wear slim jeans like I do—the only kind that look good on my frame mind you—squeezing a wallet or an iPhone in your pocket completely kills the profile. I carry this aged leather clutch as my big wallet. Essentially, it holds my wallet, Field Notes, iPhone, pens and keys perfectly. Go ahead and hate on, haters, but the pouch is convenient for me.

Seth’s edit:
WHAT THE TIE: Good morning, Jeff. What’s going on with that tie? Do tell, por favor.
Red and blue silk schoolboy tie (thrifted, $1.50); Grey sport coat (Halls, reg. $680, sale $220) by Billtornade, small; Golf club tie bar (antique mall, $5); “The Henley11.5-ounce dry stretch selvedge (Standard Style Boutique, $198) by Baldwin, size 30; Brown leather Top-siders (thrifted, $6) by Sperry, size 10.5; vintage leather clutch/dossier/pouch/document case (garage sale, $2) by Coach; White button-down oxford (retail, $60) by American Apparel, small; Camper watch (retail, $19) by Timex; Brown leather belt (retail, $4.99) by J.CREW.

Photography by Mallory Wiegers.
Next time I visit, let’s grab some free food & dessert at your sorority house, mkay?

Daniel Cummings - The twisted tie is a great touch.

Lincoln - Jeff- what are your favorite thrift and antique malls in KC area. I’m new to the town and am need of a few deals for spring.

David - I hear you, gotta keep business and pleasure separate haha. We’ve definitely all been there. Well, at least I know I have, and you have, I don’t know what everyone else is doing with their lives.

Also just noticed, props on having the blade longer than the front, how sprezzy of you.

Jeff - Leilani – Yanno, as much as I was conditioned to rip on KU…the town itself wasn’t that bad. However, I prefer Columbia and am glad that I spent some years there. Film festivals, the summer time and East Campus all bring back great memories.

Jeff - Glen – my dear friend across the pond, thank you.

Jeff - The Tights that Bind – Thank you! I thought the college prep vibe worked too. :)

Jeff - David – Disheveled prep, I like that. Or street prep. Right-o on the mentor carrying a small bag to throw one’s pocket items in. Rocked the sorostitutes? If by rocked, you mean….grabbed beers and burgers with at Free State because I was on company time…then yes. As a former frat daddy, I’ve been to my fair share of sorority formals & late nights of mischief…

David - Awesome look, one of my favorite to wear as well. I’m a big fan of what I would probably have to describe as disheveled prep.

As for the clutch, my family friend and mentor (a phD, scratch golfer, world traveler and connoisseur of everything) carries something very similar and it always looks good. Keep on keepin on.

Hope you rocked the sorostitutes.

The Tights that Bind - The slightly skewed tie, cuffed pants, and Sperrys are perfect. It’s hard to seem both crisp and effortless, but you’ve totally succeeded at it.

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) - haha USC (where I went to school) kids feel the same way about UCLA but unfortunately they were located in the same city as us!

Anyways, I’m kind of feeling the man clutch, I like that it’s made of battered leather so it’s more ‘masculine’.

Look forward to seeing pictures of that varsity jacket, I’ve been wanting one for a while.

glenmcmurry - Jeff, you look great.
lawrence? I just puked in my mouth a little. I hope you burned something. Or burned everything.