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
It’s all vintage, so it was probably worn around some Ivy league campuses in the ’60s. I went to a seven sister’s college so I figure it’s alright to wear the Ivy league look. Plus I have a beard so it’s not too contrived.
Coat: Lodenfrey $0
Sweater: Vtg. $4
Shirt: Brooks Bros $5
Tie: Brooks Bros Makers $2
Pants: Corbin for David Wood $2.50
Shoes: Vtg. $12
Red, White and Bloggy.
The Prep look, now with 10% more Italian loafer.
Jacket - Vtg. Cricketeer $5
Shirt - J Crew $3
Pants - B Republic $5
Shoes - Vtg. Johnson & Murphy $1
Pocket Square - Ladies Scarf $1
Moderately Abashedly Prep.
Thrifting the other day I found this vintage Polo club-collared, butcher stripe shirt for $5. Now, I’m not really into club collars, or contrast collars, but this came with mother-of-pearl cufflinks attached to the shirt (hat tip to PTO for the MoP lip test) that were essentially free, and I’m not one to turn down free stuff*.
Once I got it home I found the shirt actually fit me moderately well, and that it was in a pattern I liked and I also remembered that I have several collar pins/bars for exactly this type of scenario!
I went with a pretty standard prep look. I wanted to dress the contrast collar and french cuff shirt down about as far as I could get it, which meant jeans, brown jacket and plenty of madras for color. White bucks because if I’m gonna have white up top, I’m definitely gonna have it down low.
I’ve written before about my qualms with being associated with “prep” as a thing, but hey, if it includes loud colors, white shoes and clubmasters… who am I to deny my inner WASPy jerkoff?
In any event I’m not sure how I feel about the club collar, but I’m glad that my look could encompass it without stretching too far. I have a whole piece I’m working on that will address that in more depth.
*Ed. Note: Remember, you can buy a shirt/jacket for the buttons when you’re thrifting. Find a beat to hell jacket with cool buttons for $5? Well… if you harvest 4 buttons on each sleeve and 2/3 on the chest, that’s a full button swap for a jacket for… well… $5.
Jacket - Southwick $5
Shirt - Vtg. Polo $5 (w. cufflinks & broken collar bar)
Collar Pin - Part of a $4 set with cufflinks, collar pin & 2 collar bars
Tie - Kenneth Gordon $2
Jeans - Levis 511’s $5
Shoes - Vtg. LLBean Made in USA $9
Trad So Hard Mothafuckas Wanna Blog Me.
If I did this again (and I will) I’d swap the matte pocket square for a silk one with some sheen. Otherwise I don’t think I’d change much.
Also, I’m glad I held onto my couple skinny cotton ties. I thought of getting rid of them, but figured they’d be useful for Mad Men themed parties, or if I happened upon an amazing vintage madras jacket.
Vtg. “Triton” Madras Sport Coat
Vtg. Jordan Marsh “A Fitted Shirt” OCBD
Vtg. Skinny Cotton Tie
Levi’s 505’s (inherited)
Stafford White “Douchebag” Braided Strap Loafers
No Pets of Golf: Puffy Vests, okay.
One of the biggest advantages to thrifting is that even on my 4-figure income, I can still afford to experiment some.
I’m pretty anti puffy vests/coats, but I’m also very pro 70’s/preppy-skewing. Recently I came into my brown 70’s parka, and also this vest. Normally, I would have passed it by, but hey, puffy vests are having a moment and even the mighty Fistful of Style isn’t immune to the siren call of the blogo-webs. So I grabbed them to see how they look.
My total investment was $5. So even if I decide later that I don’t like them, I can either donate them (at a cost per wear of $2.50… or $0.00), or consign them and even make a couple bucks. Either way, the opportunity to try out new things (essentially) risk free is an unheralded bonus of thrift shopping.
Just remember, It’s easy to look for expensive things in thrift stores, it’s hard to push your boundaries. And what’s the saying? If it isn’t hard, it isn’t worth doing?
Food for thought.
“Outerwear by Sears Men’s Store” Vintage Vest - $5
Vintage LLBean Norwegian Sweater - $5
LLBean Sig. Desert Boots - $20 (!!)
Levi’s 505’s - Inherited
LEC Gingham Shirt - X-mas Gift
Hat - X-mas Gift (Thanks mom!)