Snow style

Yeah, yeah. It’s snowing outside. There are 20 inches outside my apartment, and more on the way to the beat of two inches per hour. Bring it on.

Might be a little late now, but for the next snowpocalypse, you might want to consider these:

Your ass will thank you for not falling on it.


Sure, there may be cooler-looking options out there. But what’s more stylish than being warm and mobile while pocketing the extra cash you saved? Go spend that on some hot chocolate and good winter literature. Then snowshoe on home and get snowbound.

Tuesday Inspiration: 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2011

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure why I picked up this green & black pair of striped socks from the sale rack at J.Crew for $2.99 + an additional 40% = less than a cup of coffee. I figured, “Hey, I could make these hideous, and quite frankly, haunting pair of green & black prison bar-like socks work.” Paired with an equally ugly pair of brown-I-think-they-might-be-a-little-black cap toe dress shoes from the thrift ($5.99) and my Slim Jim Dry Coated Black Wash ($75 Nudie winter sale).
I just needed to find some inspiration. 
3.1 phillip lim fall 2011 (photo credit gq.com)

3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2011 gave me some ideas. Just pair it with a patent black leather boot and perhaps some dark army & forest green hues. A little dark for my taste, but we’ll see.
Yeah, I know this post is late & it’s Wednesday. Welcome.

patagonia winter 2011 sale 30% off

If you waited all winter for the Patagonia Web Specials to go live like me, your time has finally arrived. It’s not much off, maybe some tax, but hey, grab it now while you still can. I’ve snagged some baggies after their summer sale and now I’m waiting for my paycheck to go in to grab a down sweater. Here are my top picks that you need for the winter, if you don’t already have them:

Fleece, Shell and a Down Jacket:
Fleece will keep you warm, but won’t necessarily block the wind.
Shell will block the wind, but won’t keep you as warm.
Down jacket will keep you warm and block the wind.
men’s marsupial synchilla for $62.30, was $89

men’s insulator for $104, was $150

men’s down sweater $140, was $200.

 Or just take care of it all & grab this:

men’s retro-x jacket for $140, was $200
The Retro-X doesn’t look windproof, but, it is and breathable and warm and everything Chewbacca would want. The fleece and shell will last you into spring and even summer for a chilly night. 
Overall, the bargains are great but are going to continue to drop as they flush through more inventory. So if there is something you really want, grab it now but wait a little bit if you want to risk it for 40% off.

gitman brothers vintage spring 2011

I’m always open for something classic with a different take. And by that I mean, something that Gitman Brothers Vintage has done.

organic stripe button down from needsupply (photocredit)

Cam & I both own a Gitman Brother’s Shirt. And cannot wait to pick up another for Spring. Dope design, cut & style. Not exactly in the budget, but definitely worth every penny if you count it for cost per wear. You can snag them on sale, if you’re lucky. Or off eBay like we both did.

HOW TO: THRIFT

I’ve been scowering thrift stores for  +10 years. I’ve travelled from coast to coast and explored MAJ-R Savers, Salvation Armys, Goodwills and many more. I’ve traveled to all over the U.S. and been to thrift stores in nearly all of my cross-country road trips, weekend getaways and family vacations. From large cities on the coasts to small towns to suburbia,  I’ve been fortunate enough to go to various locations and finally used my experiences to make this guide. This is my HOW TO: Thrift guide.

1. Know what businesses/companies are around the area: If you’re in a blue collar small town, you’re probably going to find a lot of workwear and uniforms. If you’re in a small town with nearby clothing headquarters, like outdoor gear, you’re probably going to find a surplus of said goods there. If you’re in an urban environment with a trendy downtown area, you’re probably going to find a hip-resale shop, like Plato’s Closet, that has already taken all the tween garb. The businesses in the area and class of the denizens will play a factor in determining what the thrift store is going to have.

2. Know what day: During the week, Salvation Army usually has pretty great sales on clothing with 15-50% off certain tagged clothes. Know what items you like with respective tags and what day is the best to go and snag them. Some stores have entire store sale days, typically Sunday, so find out when you need to grab an item that is not usually on sale (like furniture).

3. Know the quality: Know what brands and sizes fit you, but be wary of vintage items because their sizing is usually off from today’s sizing. Always try the garb on if their is a fitting room available and make sure there aren’t any rips that can’t be repaired nor stains that could not be removed with a simple wash. However, if there is a stain on the item, it’s probably permanent. Don’t thrift just to grab clothes you don’t know, thrift with an idea of what you could use but could use with a little mileage on it.

4. Know “the Cardigan theory”: Chances are that the brands that will last the longest are the ones in thrift stores.  In my made up thrifting theory, a majority of garments that are in thrifts have been donated as a result of someone dying. Thus the garments donated have stood the test of time longer than you’ve probably been alive. For example: as far as shirting goes, Brooks Brothers, Pendleton, Woolrich and Gitman are the ones I see semi-often and covet the most. Why? I find these shirts at a thrift store that is near a wealthy part of an older neighborhood where the population is dying off. Plus, these older men didn’t just wear t-shirts underneath their cardigans, they wore dress shirts. Mighty fine, well-fitting dress shirts. This same thrift store also has a surplus of cardigans and loafers. Old men love cardigans, dress shirts and loafers. This is good news for me because so do I.

The Cardigan Theory hypothesizes: 

If there is a surplus of cardigans, leather dress shoes and superior dress shirts at said local thrift store, then there is likely an older and wealthy neighborhood nearby.  Thus if there is a surplus of cardigans then, there is also a supply of dress shirts and loafers to accompany their swagger.
I know this is sad, but that generation of men bought quality over quantity. Ask your grandpa if he is still alive and look in his closet, a couple of his Sunday best and afternoon finest lay there in impeccable shape. 

5. Know who is around: If you’re in a city with a large public university with the majority of undergraduate students coming from larger cities and varying demographics, you’ve probably hit a gold mine. Students needing extra cash will dump their duds in their dorm, greek house, or local donation center for philanthropic endeavors, or for that six pack (of beer).  If you’re in the Southwest or South(east), snowbirds will ditch their designer goods just to get rid of them or horde them until death. If you’re in a hip part of a downtown district, the designer and quality goods have probably been picked up and had their prices knocked up a few units at the local “resale” or “vintage shop.”