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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!

Shetlands as Outerwear

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Wearing Shetlands as outerwear is my jam. I am not sure why, but it is. If I had to take a guess it is because I love to wear sweaters, I love to layer, and of course The OPH.

When using Shetlands as outerwear you have lots of options. On a kind of cool day you can often get by with a Shetland alone. If it’s colder you can toss on a vest which is one of my favorite looks. If its even colder and/or wet I may use one of my Shetlands as an insulating layer under my Barbour. The options and combinations are endless.
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IMG_2850If you are a sweater wearing fool like myself this is a no-brainer.  Just be warned that if you post a picture on Social Media of you wearing a sweater on a cool morning you may get a response, “It’s going to be 80 degrees here! How are you wearing a Shetland?!?!”

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

Shaggy’s back

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Dogs always find there way back home and J.Press’s Shaggy Dog is no different. Not only have the Shaggy Dogs returned, but J.Press’s website has also returned online after being down for the past week or so. No major shocks in terms of the new site, but it was nice to see them updating it as well as the return of a perennial classic.
J.Press Real Shaggy Dog201 7 Shaggy Dogs are back in a plethora of colors (J.Press Shaggy Dogs 2017). They are available in the core colors that I always recommend for sweaters including navy, charcoal, and wine. There are also a few seasonal colors like burnt amber and pine green. Black, one color that I have never seen before is also being offered. I found this interesting as black is usually relegated to knit ties and shoes in world of trad, but in all honesty maybe they have offered it before and I just mentally blocked it out.
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One of the most interesting aspects of its return is its pricing. While $245 is by no means inexpensive this is what they cost back in 2015. I remember because I did a post about the soaring cost of Shaggy Dogs. Maybe the Shetland market has plateaued?

When I first learned about trad style a Shaggy Dog was a serious desire for me. For those of you that are in that position today I thought that I would share what I have learned about these sweaters since my acquisition. From an older post,

If you do not have a Shaggy Dog let me warn you that they are very very warm. This can be a bad thing. For instance, it is a challenge to wear one in the office without immediately over heating, but this week it was a savior. With a cold spell keeping the temperatures in the single digits my Shaggy Dog helped keep me warm as I trekked from the parking lot to the office which was great. What was even better is that when I lost heat on Friday the Shaggy Dog allowed me to fend off the cold until the furnace was repaired Saturday evening. It is times like this when the Shaggy Dog really shines.

 

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.