Hipster Woodsman Wear.
This was from Sunday 3/4, but I’ve been posting out of order because it’s my blog and I can post things however I want!
I work weekends. Saturdays are typically busy and I like to wear a jacket/tie to see and be seen by the
other Portland Hipsters Portland Elite. Sunday’s are usually quiet at work. I take this as an opportunity to wear more casual stuff, more “Maine-y” stuff and sometimes more “experimental” stuff.
In this case it was just a simple Northern New England look. And classic, because BUFFALO CHECKS AND CHUCK TAYLOR’S ARE CLASSICS I DON’T CARE WHAT #MENSWEAR SAYS. Not all “classics” are part of the “fine tailored #menswear” mold, no matter what anyone says.
Anyway, one of my coworkers was wearing a Royal Stewart flannel shirt, I guess she got the “red plaid” memo.
Outerwear by Sears Mens Shop Vest - $5
CKJeans Denim Jacket - $Free (Long boring story…)
Rogues Gallery Buffalo Check Shirt - $3
BR Olive Pants - $9
Navy Chuck Taylors - $13
Blue Web Belt - $2
The un-spranging of spring.
Well, it was close there for a while, but then we had a foot of snow on March 1st. Fortunately it hasn’t completely halted the unstoppable “March” of springtime (see what I did there?). Today was 35ish, but sunny. Perfect for winter items in a spring palette.
Green and purple, in muted shades work very well together in implying the impending greenery and blooms. The purple chucks remind me that sneaker season is right around the corner, (and also… come on, maximalist).
Soon guys, real soon.
Haggar Imperial Navy Hopsack Blazer - $5
JCrew Lambswool Sweater - $7
PRL Purple University Stripe Shirt - $2.50
BRepublic Chinos - $5
Black Watch Blanket Scarf - $2
Hat - Gift
Purple Chucks - $Final Clearance @ Marshalls $15? (Something like this, first time I’ve paid sub-$20 for new Chucks since 1999).
3 Cheers for the Rose and the Gray.
On shitty days (40 degrees and raining on old snow) you gotta keep some color to remind you that every day isn’t a “oh yeah, I need to get my windshield wipers replaced, hope nobody sideswipes me because this salt spray makes it pretty hard to see out all my windows” type of day.
Plus I always wear Chucks when its drizzling out, because I enjoy making poor life decisions.
Also of note, my gray flannel sport coat which is a lovely vintage Jos. A Bank. Much like Haggar which also lost its way to the pleaten-ing and general “cheap-boxy-looking-ification” of dept. store menswear.
Once upon a time these were good, mid-range-price point type places that offered something comparable to any other union-made vintage garment. Or really to much of the modern Brooks Bros/J Crew/Bean Signature type quality of today.
Finally, I generally eschew the “statement piece” for a general statement. For instance, the chucks, pocket square or silk knot would all be a subtle injection of color on a miserable day like this, but all together they change from “I AM WEARING RED CHUCKS” to “I am wearing red”. Think of it as a process of addition by addition.
I know, I know, weird thought right? Getting more from a look by adding more to it?
Jos. A Bank - $5
Vintage Van Heusen fitted shirt - $5
Penguin Japanese Selvage Denim - $5