Adventures in $5 haircuts

Dropping off a friend
see the sign

these women jeff and I met in the Violet Hour — $50 in the salon, $25

memories of the Lion’s Den – and being concerned when the prices when up from $9 to $11. Then getting spoiled in college by my hair-stylist cousin who gave me a family rate that would have been robbery in any other joint.

imagine my surprise, then, when I walked in a salon in a small Mississippi town and left 20 minutes later with 23 fewer dollars in my pocket.

And upon moving to chicago: $17 many places — at least at a “classic” barbershop — and $21 with tip.

I’d almost gotten to the point where I was ready to hack up my own hair.

But not quite yet.

how? haircutting students?

the description. how to be as specific as possible. picture?

the cut. was it good?

the barber. was he a character?

the tip. how much?

Jobbing it in Chi-city, part two

For my second day of interviews*, I didn’t wear a tie or a dress shirt. It was cold, and I wanted to be warm yet still professional….looking….sort of. The day before, I picked up the perfect sweatshirt from Jack Spade and I really wanted to wear it on this dreary day. Why not be comfortable and stylish, so I pulled an “easy card” and threw a sport coat over it. Really, that’s all it takes. Just put a freaking blazer or sport coat (that fits, mind you) over your top.

It was a drab day in the city with my concrete camouflage outfit.

I think what made this outfit work was the slim fitting sweatshirt under the sport coat. The shark socks were a nice little touch to let you know that in fact, I do have a soul and a sense of humor. Sharks are always funny, right?

Billtornade grey wool sport coat, Marc by Marc Jacobs slim fit trousers, Jack Spade “Burkee” sweatshirt sale $62.50 reg $120, Nordstrom 1901 blue suede bucks sale $44 reg $99, Merona for Target shark socks $2.50 (you can get these now at your local Target, along with spiders, skulls, shamrocks and flamingos.

*These weren’t really interviews. These were more or less prearranged times to informally meet important people, smile and match my face to that resume as I handed it over. Brownie points awarded to make note on the color of my resume.

ladyemmy - hey, I started reading your blog recently via Made to Travel, and I love your guys style :) I hope you dont mind I featured one on these photos on my tiny blog here: Let me kno either way:)

jeff - will do, Isa!

I was actually just watching Modern Family the other day and saw Phil was rocking the sweatshirt and the blazer. Phil is the man.

Isa - LOVE LOVE the socks!! And the sweatshirt/blazer thing. Good luck on the search, keep us posted!

One sport coat, three looks.

Jeff’s still here. We also got a little carried away with the camera. The lens brought out the worst best in us, and Jeff wanted to show how one sport coat can be used in a variety of different looks.

Jeff: You do not need many jackets or sport coats in your wardrobe. Perhaps a blue blazer and a grey sportcoat. Whatever is your style and the season. However for the winter, I got my hands on a grey sport coat and having been experimenting with different ways to wear it. 3 looks, 1 sport coat. The sport coat is a Billtornade one, shrunken size small. I’m 6’2 and about 150lbs, soaking wet.

WORK: Ok, not so professional. Gotta stay on the grind.
Baldwins “the Henley”, Filson tote, 1901 blue bucks.
CASUAL: Why not throw a blazer over your sweatshirt.
Jack Spade slim fit crewneck, Marc by Marc Jacobs slim fit slacks.
PLAY: Striped tee and sport coat. Sure.
American Apparel tee, Gant by Michael Bastian F/W destroyed khakis, thrifted Bass shoes.

Why you need a good sportcoat?
WORK: Throw it on over a button down for an interview.
CASUAL: Throw it on over a sweatshirt so you make your look at little more put together but comfortable.
PLAY: Throw it on over a t-shirt and pray for the coming of spring to arrive with some stripes.

Go ahead and throw a sportcoat over your t-shirt and jeans, hell, even try it over a slim-fitting sweatshirt.

semuflax - What a great resource!

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Seth J. Putnam - Absolutely. A blazer over something without a collar generally looks sort of seedy. Kind of like a v-neck sweater over a crew-neck T-shirt. Weird. Nice when it works to break the rule, though.

Daniel Cummings - I love the striped tee and jacket combo, and I’m not a huge fan of anything but a button down under a sport coat/blazer.

jeff - Haha, we were debating whether or not to put the “grinding” one up…but we said to hell with “professionalism” and threw it in to mix it up. I mean, when you got Yeezy playing, you know.

I left my blue blazer back in Kansas City, in lieu of the wool sport coat being a little warmer for this windy city. And I forgot my damn coat thinking it was in the 50s. Wrong, it’s still cold.

David - Haha that first photo is awesome. Definitely some good looks. The navy blazer is probably my favorite thing to wear because it instantly takes the rest of the outfit up a notch. Today I gotta roll all three of the looks into one since I’m going straight from work to the bar so I’m going with a navy blazer, an OCBD, a repp tie, jeans and loafers.

Jobbing it in Chi-city

Jeff—dude on the left—came to visit Chicago (but probably more importantly to interview for some jobs this week.)
Clad obnoxiously in a bright-yellow windbreaker, he was waiting outside the El station, and I joked that I was glad I got to him before the ruffians did.
Jeff loves playing dress-up, so I made some photos of his job-hunting attire before he went to meet some folks in the local menswear world. I was especially intrigued (read: envious) with his jeans from Baldwin Denim. They’re damn comfortable, not to mention they’re near and dear to our hearts for being home-grown in Kansas City, Mo. Really, they deserve their own post—which they’ll get soon when we take a look at the finer elements of denim and the story a good pair of selvedge jeans tells about the wearer.
One of these days, I’ll also take a look at the price points in men’s style—and maybe get to the bottom of why in the hell Esquire, one of the best magazines ever, thinks you should pay a couple thousand bucks for a pea coat.
Jeff- You can thank me, your PR flak and life coach, later. I accept payment in booze, gold ingots, jewels, stories or Baldwin jeans.

Baldwin denim 6months, no wash “the Henley” dry stretch $198, Filson Canvas tote $40reg $80 (ebay), Nordstrom 1901 blue suede bucks $44reg $99, American Apparel White Oxford Button down $50, J.CREW leather belt $4.99reg $25, Timex Camper Watch $18reg $25 (amazon), Thrifted Van Heusen tie $1, Thrifted antique rifle tie bar $6, Billtornade Wool Small Blazer $210reg $680.

katie - heffay

jessie - love the different looks on jeff! i shot a few street style photos of him last week as he was walking out of hall’s with his new jacket and i’m posting them next week, so stay tuned!

Christine - Go Jeff go!

(to appease Glen…. and to cheer on Jeff jeff)

Seth J. Putnam - If you knew me, you’d know I was shuddering at even the thought of that, Miss Wiegers. Bloggers who take pigeon-toed pictures of themselves to post on their own blog…kinda gross me out. (Like this one.) I can’t promise it’ll never happen, but for the most part, you can forget it.

mallory wiegers - aww jeff! you’re looking quite handsome.

seth, where are you personal accounts of your wardrobe? jump on the bandwagon. cam did it. i’m thinking mirror pics.

Seth J. Putnam - Errrybody hands go UP—and they stay there.

Glen - Awesome. Glad to hear this.

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