BADASS MONDAY: Robert Redford

Robert Redford has been one most important figures in film since he began his screen acting career in 1962. Films of his that you should have already seen:

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (starring alongside his buddy Paul Newman)
  • The Sting
  • Spy Game.
Actually, I guess those are just my favorites. His acting, however, is probably least significant in his repertoire of accomplishments. Redford’s ventures into directing, independent film, and political activism have made as profound of an impact on his legacy as his acting. His passion for independent film inspired his founding of the Sundance Film Festival. Redford is also a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
He also looks good. All the time.

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Lindsay - I love this feature…Badass Monday. Genius! I should do something like that to show off some of my inspirations, but alas, I may have to change the name when I’m featuring gals like Zooey Deschanel and Jackie Kennedy. Useless Fact: RR and I share the same birthday ;)

Lindsay Living

LBJ orders pants

Nothing new, but still hilarious…and moreso thanks to this snazzy video made by the good folk over at Put This On. LBJ orders pants, stressing that he needs about an inch let out in the crotch (“you know, where your nuts hang”) because they cut him—”like riding a wire fence.”

This was a time when men understood fit.

Put This On: LBJ Buys Pants from Put This On on Vimeo.

Abi - Hilarious!

hb - I don’t even have to listen to it, I know it’s got to do with his bung-hole! Soo funny. I remember when my public radio station was playing the audio when it came out and this stood out in my mind. Perhaps it is just because of my Texas roots!

In My Tennis Shoes - bahaha! thats funny….

Thrifty Thursday: Wool and Alpaca Slacks

On my way home from getting a haircut last week, I happened upon the Village Discount Outlet—which was almost a warehouse. (Or should it be wearhouse?) It was packed, both with clothes and with scarf-covered women cramming their shopping carts full of stuff.
The sizes run big for a little guy like me, but after significant rooting I snagged these incredible wool/alpaca slacks that fit perfectly.

Yeah, they’re pleated. I’m okay with that.
A couple of drawbacks: There aren’t any dressing rooms, which isn’t the worst problem; as long as you’re wearing a T-shirt, you can throw other shirts over it. Pants—that’s another story. I did figure out a way to try them on, but it was tricky and I don’t really want to talk about it.
The place isn’t curated well, but that means prices are dirt cheap. Saw a decent trench coat for 90 cents. And I walked away with a slim-fit Italian dress shirt for $6 that’ll make a perfect gift for the brother.
And these pants? $4. Believe it. Inspect carefully, though. When I got home I found a worn hole in the seat, which will mean a trip to the tailor.

But at 4 bones? You gotta dig, but that’s hard to beat.

Grawlix - If this was the Uptown Village, I think I bought that trench last weekend.

Seth J. Putnam - From the look of your blog, you know what makes a good thrift store, Leilani. I’ll definitely have to check out the Salvation Army. If you’ve got any other suggestions for our thrift map, let us know!

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) - I love shopping for clothing at the Village (usually go to the one near Western/Milwaukee on the edge of Bucktown/Logan Square). I’d also recommend the 2-story Salvation Army in Lincoln Park near Ashland & Fullerton. It can get pretty overwhelming in there but there are good finds if you have the time– guess ladies are lucky in that we can try skirts/dresses on pretty easily.

Oliver Spencer Drambour - I boycott the blog until I’m made aware of how you tried the pants on.

Seth J. Putnam - It WAS exactly like 1940s Poland. Very strange.

Good call on the shorts…that probably would have worked. In my case, it helped that I had some long underwear beneath my jeans. Still was a little awkward, so it was also handy that there was a whole rack of huuuuge trenchcoats nearby. I’ll leave it at that.

David - TELL ME HOW YOU TRIED THEM ON, I know a thrift store with a similar post-apocolyptic/abandoned city warehouse vibe that looks like a clothing bomb exploded in it back in the 70′s which has awesome pants and shorts but no damn dressing room. The best I can come up with is to wear some basketball shorts to the store and just try pants on over them.

Also, why must all old women in those places be covered in scarves, don’t they know it’s not 1940′s Poland?

Nice score on the pants, they should last forever assuming you can keep the moths away. Also, that clothing label is awesome, that should just be the company’s logo.

mallory wiegers - i love alpaca things and i love…



midweSTYLE: East Campus slumdog

What is “East Campus” you might ask, dear reader?
East Campus is a tragically beautiful (yet awesome) slum place to live during your undergraduate years at Mizzou. It’s a big, magical, non-stop party with all your friends. Imagine a place where a thick layer of cigarette butts and shattered beer bottles litters the rundown lawns and crooked sidewalks. A place coated by a thin residue of shame that comes up easily when you scrape at it with a fingernail. A place where the brick-lain streets are bathed in streams of sorority girl tears flowing richly into the Natty Light-filled sewers. East Campus, a prime place for the housing of Who’s Who in Mizzou. We mean this when we say it: It’s the best place ever.

Options include but are honestly limited to:
  • Hodgepodge Fraternity Housing = Questionable Living Conditions & High Rent.
  • Freshly Remodeled Housing = Great Living Conditions & High Rent.
  • Likely Unlivable Housing = Subpar Living Conditions & Cheap Rent.

These are your options on East Campus, choose wisely.
Choose cheaply.
Seth and I chose cheaply, as did Cam.
And here is your East Campus midweSTYLE in option, “Likely Unlivable Housing”:

WHY THIS LOOK WORKS: Nautical and military style? Sure. It’s called, the navy.

TRANSITIONAL FROM WINTER TO SPRING? Why not, switch up the denim with some chinos or khaki shorts for a warm spring night? Or swap the sweater out for a tee and rock it with them boat shoes.
STAPLES OR TRENDY?: I would say that all of these items are staples to have in your closet, or rather, on your floor ready to be used again. Classic pullover, military jacket, selvedge denim, desert boots. A beard doesn’t hurt the situation either.

You can get these shoes at Famous Footwear. Is anyone listening? Famous Footwear, I say.

Cadet jacket (eBay, $40) by J.CREW, small; Binic II (on sale for $150, reg. $215) by Saint James, medium;The 77” 14-ounce Karabo by Baldwin Denim, size 31; Beeswax Desert Bootby Clark’s, size 11.

Photography by Erica Steinbach,
our dear friend at 504 who is always down for a dance party
and doesn’t mind us coming over just for baked goods.

Lauren - First of all, i found your blog through what i wore and i absolutely love it. Second of all this post made me laugh hysterically because I too went to Mizzou and know exactly what you are talking about. Your description of east campus was perfectly written and so on point – loved it!

David - …and that’s why I never lived on campus. Well, also because I went to college in my home town and I didn’t need to. But yeah, mold, booze, shame pretty much covers all of what I did see of the dorm life. You never forget that smell…

jeff - Glen – Wait, we were those half-drunk firework-crazed boys…

Jenna – The ode speaks to many who have attended a large, public university with housing that was once beautiful and historic in their college town. While visiting Ohio State, I ventured off to a party there and it was an all too familiar situation. It felt and smelled like home: mold, booze and shame.

Jenna Brucoli - That first paragraph is kind of the most lovely and prosaic way to describe collegiate housing. It also makes me realize that while our campus apartment situation at Ohio State is quite similar, our campus fashion is tragically suffering.

Glen - Hear hear. Long live East Campus… A place where the should-probably-be-condemned-properties flow like wine, and the half-drunk-firework-crazed frat boys instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano

Seth J. Putnam - Looks like we have another convert to the beard club. Seriously though—thanks for reading, Taylor. Glad we could put frame around the vivid shit-show that is East Campus.

Taylor - I started following ya’ll after someone tweeted a link to your blog. This is the most amazing description of East Campus I’ve ever read. It was funny 8 hours ago and it’s still funny.

Side note: Beards are ALWAYS a plus.

Tuesday Inspiration: Men’s NYFW 2011

A lot of the time, we base pieces of our own style on some odd sources:
  • Jeff: home interiors & womenswear
  • Seth: story & foreign culture
  • Cam: the outdoors & historic events
We were checking out GQ’s coverage of New York Fashion Week, and we noticed some diverging opinions between us. Seth was drawn to more textured items: tweed blazers, knit cardigans, wool slacks, leather gloves, camel hair overcoats—all pretty posh British and woodsy, maybe accented with a splash of color. I (Jeff), on the other hand, was all about the experimental shit: puffy coats, bright primary colors, leather belts cinched around trench coats, cuffs and high hems everywhere.
Here’s one that stood out to both of us:

credit: // tommy ton
ABOUT: You might not have camel hair sport coat in your closet, but I happened to thrift one last year for 6 bones on a whim.
WHY: I’ve been exploring different ways to wear it and this is one avenue sans oxford cotton button down.

WHY THIS LOOK WORKS: It’s a good balance of neutrals, texture and style. The neutral black denim and fun striped tee are broken up by the brown and copper belt, which creates a unique contrast. In the meantime, the worn wool cardigan tames the stripes topped off with a soft camel color. The camel-hair sport coat adds an element of softness while tying back the brown belt with the wooden buttons on the coat.
INSPIRATION: The camel hair blazer was a trend for womenswear this past fall, and I wanted in on the neutral action. That was part of my inspiration even while rocking it this past fall and winter.
Nudie Jeans “Thin Finn” dry, coated, black denim during winter sale for $75 from Standard Style; The Jones Store for Men camel hair blazer thrifted, $6; Grey cardigan thrifted, $2; J.CREW men’s leather belt during winter sale, $3; American Apparel Striped Tee, $40.
photography by Jarred Donalson,
sorry you couldn’t come to Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ for lunch.