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The Beard is Back

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The beard is back. In a Seinfeldian attempt to take a vacation from myself I have grown my beard out over the past few weeks. At the same time the air conditioning in my office decided to go on vacation. The has resulted in me wearing a lot of casual clothes to work in order to beat the heat.

Here is what I have learned over the past few weeks.The longer your hair or beard is the harder it is to look trad, ivy, or preppy in a casual setting, I don’t have much casual wear, polo shirts aren’t all bad, and madras shirts can be much cooler than t-shirts. I hope that the AC returns soon so that I can wear a tie again!

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New Tretorns Plus…

Tretorn Nylite Plus

I just scored a new pair of Tretorn Nylites. I went with the Nylite Plus’s as they have more padding…and were all I could really find. I also thought that I remembered reading that these were truer to the original than the previous model which you know that a trad loves to hear.
Tretorn NyliteYou might be wondering what happened to my old Nylites. Well let me tell you that not all things survive being washed on hot (aka they shrank), but I do still have them. Below you can see them (old-bottom) compared to the new pair (new-top). The new pair has a lot more padding (meaning some) around the ankle and even more support in the footbed than the old model. For someone like me who needs support in a sneaker this is great. The sole of this shoe does look a little larger (width) and it is by about 1/16 of an inch which I don’t love, but will probably quickly forget. I do think that the larger and more elongated logo on the old navy pair looks better. The old pair is also floppier, but we will see how the new model breaks in.

Tretorn preppySo truer to the original and more comfortable??? I am sold! Truth be told I have only worn them once, but they were comfortable straight out of the box. I have actually never had a pair of truly comfortable minimalist canvas sneakers so lets just say that I am thrilled. I imagine that they will get a lot of use this summer. Before I go I did find where I read about the Nylite Plus’s being truer to the originals. It was over at Sid Mashburn. I have included that below,

It’s the old-school Nylite we know and love — the ultimate icon of Swedish athletica — but better. And by “better,” we really mean “truer to the original.” Tretorn brought back the padding on the sides and footbed for a more comfortable tennis shoe… think more sneaker, less slipper. And the inside is designed specifically with a more sweat-resistant, light-pile, eco-friendly French terry, which is great to wear (you know it) sockless.

J.Press Warehouse Sale

J.Press Shaggy Dog Clothes

In case you didn’t get the invite to the J.Press Warehouse Sale consider yourself invited. On a serious note there are some deals to be had and I believe that the sale ends when everything is gone. There are still a few great items left in various sizes. Most of the sale inventory is J.Press Blue which runs a little smaller than the mainline Press. Below are a few items to wet your whistle (J.Press Warehouse Sale).

VINTAGE OXFORD BUTTON DOWN SHORT SLEEVE CANDY STRIPE  SHIRT-PINK
$38.50 Pink Candy Stripe OCBDGINGHAM SEERSUCKER SHORT SLEEVE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT-NAVYGingham Seersucker 43.75

$57.75 High Count OCBD Fun Shirt

TATTERSALL BUTTON DOWN SHIRT-BLUE/PINK/YELLOW

$57.75 Yellow Tattersall

& SONS GARMENT PINPOINT OXFORD SHIRT - RED

$42 Red Pinpoint

GARMENT DYE BUTTON DOWN SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT-OLIVE

$38.50 Garment Dyed Olive OCBD

The Miyuki-zoku in Life & Illustration

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I like to keep a nice selection of coffee table books around. One of my newer books is called “Cool: Style, Sound, and Subversion” (see here). Overall it is a pretty cool book. It covers a lot of subcultures and is fairly accurate. It gives a 1-2 page write-up with each subculture including Ivy League Style, Preppy, unfortunately no Trad, and what I am focusing on today is the Miyuki-zoku…kind of.
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What struck me about the the Miyuki-zoku page was the illustrations. I knew that I had seen this image before. It turns out it wasn’t one image, but a few images drawn together. It only took a handful of Google searches to put it all together. I found our friend on the far right in the madras looking Harrington jacket and Chucks in a blog post on Ivy Style. I then spotted the guy in madras shirt over at Put this On.
Japanese Ivy Style

The Miyuki-Zoku, 1964David Marx posted this great photo on Twitter today. Shown above are some members of the Miyuki-zoku, a 1960s Japanese youth movement that revolved around Ivy Style clothes. Somewhat notable: the men are seen wearing short...What was interesting to me about this is that we have photographs being documented in illustrations. I am sure this is fairly common, but seeing it this way just got me thinking about the how cultures and art feed each other. I don’t know where I am going with that other than it is interesting to think about. Before I get too deep let me provide you with links to the articles referenced above so you can read more about The Miyuki-zoku.

Learn more about the Japanese youth movement the Miyuki-zoku:

Ivy Style – The Miyuki-zoku: Japan’s First Ivy Rebels

Put this On – The Miyuki-zoku, 1964

 

Trad Summed up in a Single Photograph

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If I had to sum up the trad look of the 2000’s in one photo this would be the picture that I choose. I think that it embodies the sentiment of trad style very well. It is far more casual than its forefather ivy league style while at the same time a little more reserved than the preppies that came after, but obviously a product of both.
This is Trad Quinessential Trad Everything about this photo screams trad. The Barbour is quintessential trad when combined with a sport coat or navy blazer. At the same time here we have the Brooks Brothers 1818 sack which is important because it is (I almost write was, because I have heard rumors) one of the last mass-produced 3/2 sack blazers on the market. The shirt is a simple blue university stripe paired with a Brooks Brothers No. 1 Rep (See BB Tie Nomenclature here), but most important here the is collar roll. The chinos are plain front with cuffs and little to no break (Cuff, no break). Finally it is capped off with a pair of penny loafers. Mine are cheapo Weejuns, but if I had unlined Alden LHS from Brooks Brothers I would have featured them.