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.
Jeff’s still here. We also got a little carried away with the camera. The lens brought out the
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.
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.
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 $40 –
reg $80 (ebay), Nordstrom 1901 blue suede bucks $44 – reg $99, American Apparel White Oxford Button down $50, J.CREW leather belt $4.99 – reg $25, Timex Camper Watch $18 – reg $25 (amazon), Thrifted Van Heusen tie $1, Thrifted antique rifle tie bar $6, Billtornade Wool Small Blazer $210 – reg $680.
All winter, I searched for a grey wool tie, but alas, a brown tie will have to do. And for $1 and being skinny? Okay, twist my arm.
I don’t know who you are Sergio
Valerie Valente, but your brown tie is beautiful. Go America.
In the vein of Jeff’s post on Steven Alan’s spring looks, and considering I love outerwear for all seasons, I jumped on eBay to start looking for spring jackets and parkas in preparation for the rainy days on my college campus. I happened upon the Steven Alan Vintage Hiking Parka.
There’s a seller who’s got a decent stock of these things and they’re going for right around a hundred bucks (they retailed around $400). Granted, they are a season or two old, but a perfect jacket like this is timeless. If you’ve got the means, I highly suggest trying to pick one up.
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