Spring palette, winter weather.
And thanks for all the well wishes, I had work today, but there are plans for an Eccentric Billionaire party on Saturday. I’m not going to lie, my birthday takes a week and I go pretty, pritty, prrrrriiiiiitttttyyyyyy hard.
Jacket: No tags $2.50
Shirt: JCrew $9.60
Tie: Vtg. Burberry’s $2
Chinos: B Republic $10
Shoes: Vtg. Sebago $7-8
Pocket Square: No tags scarf $2
I really like this purple tweed, and it strikes me a absolutely perfect for spring, but I haven’t quite figured out how to style it in the “right” way. Maybe it’s just that the dog won’t leave me alone for 5 minutes so I can take pictures of myself (#firstdogblogproblems).
Also, if you match your woven belt to your woven strap loafers is that an easter egg or do I need to wait until next week? (LOL PUNS!)
Sport Coat: Cesarani $10
Shirt: Jordan Marsh “A Fitted Shirt” $2.50
Tie: Brown Watch (yes, this is a thing) $2
Pocket Square: Ashear (Made in Italy) $2
Jeans: Calvin Klein $3.50
Loafers: Vtg. Dexter $7-8
Belt: $2 (Made in USA)
Peacoat: Zero King $5
Not yet, but soon!
Sport Coat: Harris Tweed by Cesarani $10
Shirt: Polo $5
Pants: Levis 511 $12
Shoes: Mezlan $8
Pocket Square: Vtg. Liberty of London $10
Hat: B. Republic $2
Gloves: Vtg. LLBean Deerskin $3
Orange you glad I wore black watch pants?
[Ed. Note: They’re not quite black watch, just very close. BUT I KNOW YOU ALL LOVE PUNS SO MUCH]
Jacket: No Tags $2.50
Shirt: LLBean $2.50
Tie: No Tags $5
Pocket Square: Made in Italy $2
Shoes: Cole Haan $31.50
Well… yesterday it was nice enough that this spring friendly outfit was workable. Today I think I might just burn dog shit for warmth. I mean, I have enough of it.
Jacket: Calvin Klein $0
Sweater: J Crew $12 (14?)
Shirt: Brooks Bros $5
Pants: Vtg. Malino Casuals $5
Shoes: Mezlan $8
Hat: B Republic $2
Scarf: Made in Scotland $2
Good #menswear rap name.
YOU’RE WELCOME INTERNET.
Jacket - J Press $5
Shirt - Polo $5
Pants - J Crew $5
Shoes - Cole Haan $10
Pocket Square - $1
Jacket: Joseph’s of Portland ME $4
Shirt: B. Republic $5
Tie: Brooks Bros. Grenadine $2
Shoes: Florsheim $5-7
Lobster Tie Bar: $Free (from Ashley)
Pocket Square: Lauren RL $4
[Ed Note: 2 things today,
1: EvolvingStyle suggested taking my selfies from a slightly higher angle which I’ve done here. Thoughts? needless criticisms? hurtful words?
2: These shoes are already gone, I bought them thinking they were nice vintage Florsheims, turns out they were NOS (new old stock) corrected grain leather. Under what looked like patina lurked a plasticy coating that started flaking off 1/2 way through the day. Let this be a lesson, even dedicated, vigilant, experienced thrifters will occasionally screw the pooch, so to speak. Fortunately wasting 5 or 10 dollars once is preferable to wasting $100 every few months on new new stock corrected grain shoes]
The Casual Suit.
One aspect of my #menswear that always chaps my ass is the idea that to be well dressed is to be virtually unnoticed. That common refrain of “if someone notices what you’re wearing you can’t be well dressed” is, quite frankly, bullshit.
To wit, you cannot go out in Portland ME, in a suit, and not be noticed. Let me rephrase that, it is ENTIRELY IMPOSSIBLE to go unnoticed for wearing a suit in Portland ME. If you’re not currently inside a law office, someone will comment, someone will notice, and (as has already happened once today) someone will ask “what are you all dressed up for” or say “nice suit” [ed. note: the latter mostly happens when I’m a sport coat which should tell you something about peoples base sartorial knowledge in Maine].
But I like the idea of a suit. I like the endless stream of #menswear guys wearing nice suits, especially in more casual contexts. So after 2 or 3 years of dedicated, adult age thrifting, I’ve finally found 4 or 5 suits that I think I could get away wearing casually.
So today I’ve made my first real [ed note: actually second, the first was about a year ago and largely unsuccessful by my estimation] foray into the casual suiting arena.
The real challenge I’ve found is dressing a suit down (as opposed to dressing a sport coat/pants up, which I find considerably easier. In this case I’ve opted for strong patterns, no tie, chelsea boots (was going to wear single monk strap shoes, but the leather soles made it impossible with the condition of the streets) and a colorful pocket square that picks up on the overcheck in the jacket. Paired with a medium weight blue plaid scarf (more pattern) and unlined brown leather gloves, I think it’s casual enough to make me not come off as some jag in a suit, rather someone who is comfortable enough to wear a suit when I don’t need to. I’m sure that I could have worn this with a blue ocbd, and knit tie, but that would be wearing it like a suit, where I’m attempting to wear it more like a sport coat & trousers that just happen to match, perhaps a semantic difference, but important in my mind.
I’m working the afternoon today, so if everyone is like “what’s with the suit” I’ll know I still haven’t gotten there, but at least the process is started.
Suit: Vtg. Kingsridge (will probably get the pants & maybe sleeves lengthened) $9
Shirt: PRL $5
Belt: English Bridle Leather $2
Pocket Square: Vtg. $4
Boots: LLBean $8
Scarf: Pendleton $3
Gloves: LLBean $3-4
I’m so used to dressing like a ’70s cop that switching to a 1960’s ivy leaguer is really fucksing with me.
Sport Coat: Vtg. Sterns of Waterville $<5
Shirt: Vtg. Van Heusen “Profiles” $2.50
Tie: Vtg. “Present” $2
Pants: B Republic $<12
Shoes: Vtg. Dexter $3 or 4
Pocket Square: Vtg. Golden Weave Irish Linen (Set of 4) $5
A Fistful of Style’s Top 5 Things That Will Make You A Better Thrift Shopper
As someone who grew up in thrift stores there are some things that come really naturally to me that I see people doing “wrong” all the time when I’m in the racks.
Also, though thrift blogs have started to proliferate, they typically focus on the “what” rather than the “how”. I think how you shop has a profound effect on your experience and doing it “right” will make your trip faster, easier and far more enjoyable.
Golden Rule. Only buy things that fit.
Never anything that “kinda” or “mostly” fits. If, with all the relevant buttons buttoned/zippers zipped/snaps snapped, the garment (no matter what it is*) hangs cleanly with no baggy excess (too big) or weird pulling (too small) then feel free to buy. Else, put it back.
If you do this you’ll be amazed how easy all the other rules are to follow.
1. Slip on shoes, undershirt, collared shirt, sport coat.
Trying everything on is the most time consuming part, so make it easy on yourself. Wear some kind of top layer so that you can try on outerwear. Wear a collared shirt so you can see how sport coats and suits will look. Wear slip-ons so you don’t have to lace and unlace your shoes a million times.
2. Get a cart. Shoes first. One loop.
Efficiency is your goal. Walk the racks one time. Shoes are the easiest to peruse first (both because they get laid out, but also so you don’t throw shoes on top of your clothes). Then go through each rack end to end doing a scan for things that catch your eye. Put everything you’re considering in your cart.
In the fitting room separate things into “yes” and “no” piles**. You’ll notice there’s no “maybe” pile. Remember, a “maybe” is a “no” until you really know what you’re doing.
3. Don’t drive yourself nuts.
Skip the women’s section***. I know I know, every thrift blog ever says “don’t forget the women’s section!” But if you’re just wandering around don’t make yourself crazy hunting every rack in every store every single time. You’ll hate going. Once you shop quickly and efficiently, and have enough time, you can start shopping more of the store.
Think speed, not endurance. If you can shop a store in 20-30 minutes (maybe quickly after work or on your lunch hour) once a week, you’ll find more than if you take 2 or 3 hours searching the entire store but can only muster up the energy once a month at the end of the week before they restock. Plus, you can easily hit 5 or 6 (or more) stores in one day if you do decide to do it on the weekend.
4. Remember you’re wardrobe building just like anyone else.
Keep your eye out for navy blazers, OCBD’s, brown wingtips, etc… Remember mid-level retailers. Buy the best you can find then improve on it. Donate stuff that doesn’t pass muster anymore. Get things tailored to fit better. If you remember the golden rule, you won’t find yourself too flooded with stuff and can spend your money where it’ll do the most good.
5. Enjoy the weird.
I’m always a little saddened when blogs only emphasize the quality things you find at thrift stores (which abound, no doubt). What about the crazy crap? Stuff that makes you go “Wow! People worked together at great expense and time to make this.” Isn’t is great to know that stuff exists? You wouldn’t believe the crazy crap I run across. Maybe I don’t buy it, but I’m glad I’ve seen it. You should be glad to see all that weird stuff too. It’s part of the fun.
Once you get this stuff down you can start toying with “can I get this tailored” and “I found these Nudie jeans in the women’s pants”, Til then, try shopping with this stuff in mind and marvel at how much better you feel when you get out of the store.
*[Ed. Note: Well… not shoes]
**[Ed Note: well, not piles, keep your stuff on hangers so as not to be a dick].
***[Ed Note: Unless you are looking for women’s clothing, in which case shop as much of the store is appropriate for you and your style,]