50 When I Woke Up.
So it must be a good day for corduroys, cashmere and desert boots.
Plus I have a meeting with my professor for my final grad school project so I need to be in formal businesswear (you know, for Maine).
But seriously, if you’re looking for a casual fall look… this is it.
In other news, one time in high school my friend was wearing something very similar to this and we had the following conversation
Me: You look like a J Crew ad!
Him: I’ll have you know this shirt is from the Gap!
Me: Alright, a Gap ad.
Him: No, everything else is from J Crew.
Sweater: LLBean (Clearance) $10
Shirt: JCrew $10
Pants: JCrew $5
Desert Boots: LLBean Signature $20 (!)
Ashley was back for real today.
Spent the morning thrifting, the afternoon getting tacos, beer & gelato. Glad I didn’t spill anything on my white jeans.
Oh yeah, I’m wearing white jeans. It’s about 60 today, so I don’t feel weird about it.
PRL Jacket - $4
PRL Shirt - $5
LLBean Sig Jeans - Final Clearance $20
LLBean Sig Desert Boots - $20
Burgundy Knit Scarf - $1
Think this isn’t a 70’s cop look?
Google a little movie called “Dirty Harry” (imagine him with slightly less awesome hair… also no .44 mag).
But it’s also a little “trad-y”.
With just a tinge of rock-n-roll from the desert boots and selvage denim (yes, I know mods wore desert boots, work with me here).
3 great tastes that taste great together.
Polo RL Jacket (n w/o t) - $5
LLBean Cashmere sweater - Final Clearance $15
LLBean OCBD - $5
Pengin Selvage Deinm - $5
LLBean Sig Desert Boots - $20 (!)
Woolrich Gun Check Scarf - $3
Hat - Gift
The student organization is having a brewery tour (at a brewery that doesn’t usually do tours), being the worst has its advantages.
As to what I’m wearing, I started the day thinking I had a meeting for my capstone (final graduate project) today. Nothing too crazy, just information, but still a “professional” context (so far as anything like that exists in Maine). So I put on something nice, but not too stand-out-y.
This outfit with burgundy captoe oxfords, this PRL greenish/brown jacket and my French Airforce Overcoat, it’s nice, but not too fancy. Plus I can ditch the sport coat if it’s particularly casual. See being classically “well dressed” (i.e. suit/jacket & tie) in Maine is much more awkward than wearing jeans and a fleece vest, regardless of venue (maybe not when you are a lawyer currently arguing in front of a judge).
Then, when I realized I was a week early and could go on a brewery tour I changed… not all that much.
I wore a slightly bolder jacket, and swapped out oxfords for desert boots, but that’s about it. I’m still wearing a sport coat and trousers to a brewery tour. And I’m not going to worry about it. Because anyone who knows me isn’t going to care, and anybody who doesn’t know me and judges me negatively because of this? Fuck em’. Life’s too short to worry about who maybe might think you could possibly be a (jerk, douche, stick-in-the-ass, etc…) because you’re not quite dressed appropriately by their specific measure.
My advice to anyone who worries about dressing “casually” is to not worry. If it’s a casual setting, it’s probably with people you know. They’ll still like you if you “overdressed” (i.e. sportcoat) to a brewery tour, or a “underdressed” (i.e. sweater, no tie) to an informational meeting.
The worst part about worrying if you’re properly dressed for casual occasions is that it makes you self-conscious, and when you’re self-conscious you’re uncomfortable, and when you’re uncomfortable in your clothes, they look bad on you.
Confidence is the most important element of what you’re wearing. In any scenario.
Zero King Khaki Pea Coat - $5 (Clerk at the bank loved this coat)
Polo Houndstooth Sport Coat - $4
A & Fitch (yeah motherfucker! wut?) Navy 30/70 Cashmere/Wool Sweater - $5
LL Bean White OCBD - $5
Charcoal Herringbone Trousers (part of a suit) - $20
LL Bean Signature Desert Boots - $20
Navy Blue Hat - $2
Tweed and denim.
Absolutely my go to in the cold months. It’s warm even when standing outside in the freezing cold not wearing a coat because you have to take pics of the fit (I SUFFER FOR MY
ART BLOG!) Also, I know how I’ve written that I like pattern mixing to be aggressive, just because you’re mixing 4 patterns doesn’t mean it has to be really in your face. The herringbone and glen plaid are basically just gray from any distance, with the subtlest red in the plaid tying the tie and pocket square to the rest of the outfit.
Giant fur collar peacoat cause that’s how I roll.
And seriously. It was fucking cold as shit today. Finally.
It’s late and I’m tired, so I’ll just offer this for commentary.
It’s fine to wear dark jeans with a navy blazer. Just remember that the informality of jeans provides a lot the of contrast. Pair this with a white spread collar and navy tie and it looks kind of like you were trying for a suit but wore jeans because that’s what the cool kids do. Keep the elements casual and the navy jeans on navy jacket plays much better.
Pattern mixing is one of those things that is tricky. I love seeing bold patterns mixed with reckless abandon and having the color be the thread that ties a look together. Other people prefer keeping pattern mixing monochrome or with one color, but mostly subtle interactions of geometric forms. It’s largely a matter of taste.
That said, the standard advice is good advice. Make sure they’re different scales, and try to tie the colors together in a way that makes sense. In this case I just happen to have a red and blue paisley pocket square with green and yellow accents, perfect with a green and blue tartan tie with red and yellow accents. The gingham is just a bonus.
And seriously, I’m really addicted to this new camera. The pictures are just infinitely better.
I find a tweed sport coat even more essential (to my wardrobe) than a navy blazer during F/W. Aside from pairing beautifully with dark denim (a F/W staple for most I’d suspect), tweed has so much more texture and (potentially) wonderful color.
Take this Brown Harris Tweed woven with green and burnt orange in it. Pairs very well with an autumnal forest green gingham and bright orange sweater as the more vibrant colors play off the more muted colors in the tweed.
Denim and tweed. Think about it!
Been a while since I posted.
Feeling blah about the blah-g (WORDPLAY!)
If you can believe it, the Navy blazer is a Vintage Haggar. 100% wool (hopsack? I think), braided leather buttons, trim fit, high armholes. Apparently sometime before the 70’s they were actually a fucking awesome tailoring firm. LBJ agrees.
My friend John. Wearing thrift store and LL Bean and looking just about as on point as you can this season (floral tie and everything). Plus I’ve always enjoyed his penchant for straw hats.
+ Mutton Chops FTW!