Well thanks. I strive for the personal.
Thrifting LLBean items in Maine is relatively easy. They have a donation relationship with Goodwill so as long as you are not planning on returning it to LLBean, you’ll find more Bean stuff than you can buy.
As to jackets, a standard American style sack jacket is my preferred cut. I’m 5’7” (5’8” on a good day) with broad shoulders, somewhere between a 36R and a 40S fits me. Luckily, 36R-40S sack jackets are common in New England and off the rack fits me well enough that I only get probably 30% of my items tailored usually sleeves being shortened (ed. note: I’m not counting meatball tailoring which I get my mom to do when I’m home for christmas [add. ed. note: thanks mom!])
Mainly I just don’t buy something unless it fits 90% off the rack. The most common reason I put things back is because they’re too long/wide in the body. I’d guess I try on 50-70 jackets for every one that I seriously consider buying, and only purchase one out of 100 or so.
I’d say keep it very simple. Some OCBD’s, jeans/chinos, and decent (but not cry-if-they-get-ice-cream-on-them nice) sweaters or sweatshirts for shoes I’d go with desert boots or classic sneakers (for me, that’s Chuck Taylor’s. For life. NO #MENSWEAR ARGUMENT WILL SWAY MY POSITION).
One thing you can do to class it up a bit is invest in a nice day bag. I have a Saddleback which is ridiculously nice (but ridiculously expensive). I’m sure J. Crew or LLBean Signature or the like have cheaper canvas options. Some guys are hesitant to buy a bag, but that’s silly. They’re so great to have when you’re on your feet all day and have to hold myriad things for the fam. And they’re so much classier than the ratty old nylon backpacks most guys cart around, I don’t understand how people get by without them.
I know my normal MO is a bit more bold and outrageous, but even I don’t see “family vacation to Disney” as the time for wild sartorial interludes.
EDIT: thinkingwins adds
I am a father of four and do Disneyland 2-3x per year. My getup, every time: Polo OCBDs. They prevent sunburn, and look great even when rumpled. Cotton chino shorts (J Crew, Polo). Vans w/ loafer socks. No bag. Use stroller as a mule.
All of which sounds like really solid advice.
Well it’s March, so we’re finally getting some snow.
My girlfriend is out of town to attend a funeral.
Work is closed.
Give me some entertaining questions to think over while I watch slow moving foreign action movies on Netflix.
Also, netflix recommendations, because I’m ultra broke til the end of the month and only movies can keep me company.