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Fall Fun

Featured Fall Fun

Warm weather is know for all of its “fun” clothing, but fall has fun too. To be honest the summer needs it, because wearing a jacket and tie can be a challenge plus there is little to no opportunity for layering. Fall brings tweed and shetlands back into the mix which is plenty exciting for most, but this post is for those that like a little more oomph.

1. O’Connell’s Long Sleeve Sport Shirt – Cotton & Wool – Panel Tartan – $99.95 (Each one is unique)
Oconnell's Patchwork

2. Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Tartan Cotton Flannel Fun Shirt – $ 69.50
BB Red Fleece Fun Shirt3. Polo Ralph Lauren The Iconic Oxford Fun Shirt – $89.50
Fun Shirt PRL
4. Polo Ralph Lauren Patchwork Vest – $245
PRL Patchwork Madras Vest

There you have it. Proof that even as the temperatures drop that you can still tell them all to GTH. While fun shirts may not be my thing I like that others like them. Each of the above items has its pros and cons (like the ticket on that vest!), but I wanted to highlight a little something for everyone. Last thing, the patchwork on the vest is perfection in my book.

P.S. Don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about our critter friends!

Trad Done Right

Chase at Work

There is no better way for me learn to than by example. That is why I am going to take some to shine some light on my friend Chase H. Winfrey. This guy knocks consistently knocks trad looks out of the park and does it his own way.
ChaseI could spend this whole post waxing poetically about how Chase kills it on regular, but I won’t. I want to focus on one specific image. You know, the one above. In my humble opinion this is trad perfection. He holds it down on all three fronts. He has the right items in the right colors in the right fit.

First there are the trad aesthetics. It is clear that he knows what is what in the world of trad. He has the 3/2 sack blazer with patch pockets (the importance of patch pockets are underrated in my book), OCBD, flat front trousers with cuffs, and penny loafers.

Not only does he have all the right items, but he also has all the right colors. The blue blazer, blue OCBD, and blue emblematic tie all work really well together as there is enough contrast between the blues. Next up he incorporates olive trousers, off-white socks, and brown/burgundy penny loafers. From top to bottom none of these colors compete for attention, but instead they create a harmony.

I probably should have started with this, but the proportions are so on point here. Nothing looks too big and nothing looks too slim. To me this is the most impressive part of the whole rig. The fit and cut of those trousers are about as close to perfection that one can get. This is not easy to do!

If you, like me need the occasional style inspiration I encourage you to give Chase a follow on his Instagram (Chasehwinner). Not only will you find more great examples of trad done right, but also extremely cool menswear illustrations (Like the one below!) as well as some gorgeous items from Drake’s where he currently slangs clobber.
Chase H Winfrey Illustration

So It Goes

The Uniform

One of my goals has been to establish a dependable source for my essentials. In my case essentials means OCBDs and chinos. I thought that I had my chino situation taken care of, but it’s not looking that way.
FullSizeRender(23)I have been pretty content with my J.Crew Essential Chinos in Classic fit. I will be the first to admit that they are not perfect. The rise could use another 1/2 inch and the leg opening could lose 1/8 of an inch, but overall they are great. I have learned that its easier for me to live with these slight imperfections than it is to chase the unicorn that is perfection (Psst, perfection is not real).
FullSizeRender(21)I was looking to order another pair of these chinos last year (or maybe the year before) when I could not find them. After a call to customer service it turns out that J.Crew had revamped their naming conventions and the Classic Fit was renamed the 1040 fit. I don’t love companies doing this, but at least they were still making my chinos (This is foreshadowing.).

Fast-forward to today and while the 1040 fit is still available they no longer offer the Essential Chino. The Essential Chino was their work-appropriate chino. They now only offer the broken-in fit. They do have other options that may work for me in their Bowery fit chinos. They may even end up bringing these back, but that isn’t what this post is really about.

What I want you to take away from this post is their is no “done.” Our favorite items will always be changed or discontinued. It is unavoidable. There is nothing I want you to do, but to accept this as I am learning to do. We may even find something new that we like more than what we had.

Hits of the Summer

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Summer is on its way out. It will be sad when we have to say goodbye to seersucker and shorts, but exciting to say hello to corduroy and tweed. In anticipation of the upcoming season I thought that I would take a moment to reflect on my favorite items from this summer.

Sperry Camp Mocs

1. Sperry Mocs (see original post)- Far and away these were the best purchase of the summer. I wore them 99% of the time. The fit was perfect. They are extremely comfortable. The only downsides are that the shape could be improved and the branding on the mid-sole could be removed. All in all an awesome moc.
White Sweatshirt in Summer

2. White Sweatshirt – My first white sweatshirt was far too heavy for the coolest summer evenings. My second attempt was a cobble-cloth-ish sweatshirt from Brooks Brothers Red Fleece line. It was the perfect weight and the cobble-cloth like finish differentiated from the typical sweatshirt. While my Sperry Mocs were my favorite item of the summer this sweatshirt was the people’s favorite. I cannot recall a time that I wore it and did not receive a compliment.
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3. Lightweight Green Chinos – Last, but most certainly not least are a pair of lightweight chinos in oxford cloth from J.Crew (770 fit). These green trousers have already received some attention in my “On the Green” post, but they deserved another round of applause. It is not that often that my trad clothes are on-trend, but these pants helped to get me there and for that I am grateful.

Well there you have it. These three items were my most worn and most liked of the summer. What was your best purchase of the summer, this summer or any summer?

 

Golfing Again

Golf Shoe Search

This will be my 3rd year trying to learn how to play golf. I slowed down a bit last summer as my discouragement outweighed my progress, but this year I am moving in the right direction again. For any reader that is considering getting in the game I wanted to share a couple cool posts from the Red Clay Soul blog. This guy knows a thing or two about golf and that includes how to get equipment on the cheap.

Scotty Cameron Before & After: Putnam Putting
I’ve done a few Scotty Cameron putters in the past, and have been very pleased with the results.  I like restoring a putter, rather than buying one off the rack (for a premium).  It gives me the opportunity to make the putter mine, and mine alone. Remember the one I found at Goodwill?  And the… Read more

Refurbished Footjoys – Follow Up
In a follow up to the ‘Footjoys – In need of a retread‘ post, here are the results. I couldn’t be more pleased – Footjoy recognized that the warranty did apply to these shoes, and completed the work at a $0 cost. The shoes were totally rebuilt. What happened during the process what that Footjoy… Read more

While golf is challenging it is also rewarding. It can also be very frustrating, but this year I am doing my best to minimize that frustration by remembering that the reward is playing the game not the score. It will take everything I have in me to get there, but I will do my best.
Casual Golf