Gingham shirt w. floral tie is my favorite summer combo. And I don’t know why cream jackets don’t get more props, they wear much cooler than navy, and are just about as versatile. Here I’ve chosen to echo the base colors of navy and yellow in both my pocket square and socks, which I think is a fun way of experimenting with color
Whatever though, nobody reads these WIWT’s anymore, so I should just do something silly.
poop poop poop.
Jacket - Bespoke (gifted)
Shirt - PRL $5
Tie - Brooks Bros Makers $2
Trousers - Vtg. Anderson Little - $3
Shoes - Cole Haan Green Label (Made in Italy) $6
Pocket Square - Handcraft (Made in Italy) $1
Better shot of the patchwork foulard tie.
I’m not really a fan of foulards, but I’m a huge fan of patchwork. We’ll see if I get converted.
In other news after finding a pair of vtg. burgundy longwings the other day I’m officially out of space for my shoes. I’m going to be doing a post series about developing a core wardrobe and what goes into building that (from scratch if you’re thrifting, or even if you have a bunch of stuff already). That should be up… let’s say by the end of summer. Maybe I’ll work on it during my vacation (Ed. Note: I will not be working on this during my vacation).
Vtg. Bill Blass Linen Vest
“Brolly” Patchwork Foulard Tie (Made in Italy)
Levi’s 505’s (Inherited)
LEC Canvas Shirt (Gifted)
LLBean White Bucks (Made in USA)
Well I guess Pitti is starting again.
I kind of hate it because now all of a sudden my general MO is popular for like 1 week.
Next week everyone will be back to navy blue and gray, but not me
GINGHAM AND FLORAL TIL I DIE M——-FUCKER!
Bespoke Jacket - Gifted
Liberty of London Floral Tie
Vtg. Adams Row by Anderson-Little Trousers
Vtg. Howard & Foster Wholecut Chocolate Oxfords
Great color combo, too bad my tie is trying to escape from my collar. Thus are the travails of the thrifter, this LEC shirt has a collar too wimpy for a tie, yet I didn’t have another shirt in the color I wanted, so here we are.
J&M Saddle Shoes
Brown Knit Tie
Waistcoat & Shirt gifted from parents.
Variations on a Theme.
I’m not much for uniforms, but this is as close as I get. During the summer when I’m not at work I’m wearing either jeans or (occasionally) chinos with a bold shirt and desert boots or chuck taylors (sometimes loafers). Simple and a statement without being overdone. Also accepts most sport coats or lace up shoes if I’m suddenly called upon to look nicer (which is pretty much never, I’m called upon to wear a tie maybe 2 times a year, every other time it’s by choice).
If you’re looking to up your summer wardrobe, it’s easy, just don’t over think it.
Vtg. Levi’s “Movin’ On” Shirt
Levi’s 505 Jeans
Tan Web Belt
LLBean Sig. Desert Boots
Memorial Day Weekend.
This is from Saturday, I like to stick to a Red, White and Blue oeuvre on distinctly American holidays (e.g. memorial day, independence day, etc…). Maybe cliche, but also a nearly unfuckupable color palette.
PRL Gingham Shirt
Gray Silk Knot Set
“Golden Weave” Irish Linen Pocket Square
Super blogger outfit today. Which is ironic, because it’s almost entirely vintage, yet feels very contemporary.
Still not sure how I feel about DB jackets. I know they’re huge right now, but I have yet to see one that made me go “YES!” (or even “SORT OF COOL!”) but I’m a thrifty blogger and I got a chance to test drive. This one is solid, I got it taken in on the sides, but I might go a bit more. The tailor said the vent was starting to pull open, and you’re supposed to trust them… decisions, decisions…
Wore the horsebits because the gold bit clashed with the silver jacket buttons and the black leather clashed with my brown bag. You know how I do.
Vintage Jacket by Benoits - $(honestly don’t remember, I think it was like $7 or $8, but it might have been 1/2 off)
Vintage Levi’s Work Shirt - $5
Turnbull & Asser tie - $2
Vintage Lee Jeans - $5
Church’s Horsebit Loafers - $5
Vintage “Zero King” Khaki Peacoat - $5
Trying out some more “casual” suiting options.
I think this is a fairly casual look, the pattern mixing, light color, soft shoulders, and narrow lapels keep this from being too power-suity. It’s double breasted which I’m not necessarily fully in favor of, but hey, people love them DB’s. Bloggerbait son. Just “double” something (monks, breasts, etc…) and get reblogs all day.
I’d write commentary marginally useful, but I’m already running late.
Gray Suit by Benoits - $18
PRL Shirt - $5
“Malcolm” Tartan Tie - $2
Pocket Square - $3
Black Watch Scarf - $2
Hat - $2
Longwings - $12
Finally got a chance to go out with Ashley after a couple weeks of family time and the mandatory fun times of throwing a large new year’s eve party.
I wanted to get dressed up at least a little bit. I was shooting for “blogger business formal” or “urban chic”, to suggest two dress codes with no real definition or parameters. but suggests formality without being formal and just chic enough to gently dip its toes in “euro-douchebag”. I went with 2 pieces of a 3-piece charcoal herringbone, light gray jeans and red gingham. The red ties it to my day look and makes it a bit more casual, the gray on gray is formal, but the jeans hold it back.
I was happy with it.
H&M Topcoat - $5
Charcoal Flannel Waistcoat & Jacket - Part of a Vintage 3-Piece suit “Deansgate for Serry’s of NH” - $20
Vintage Red Gingham Levi’s Workshirt - $5
Gray Uniqlo Jeans - $11
Church’s “Diplomat” Captoes - $16
No Brand Black Watch Blanket Scarf - $2
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.