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Duck Hunting

Mallard Cords

Commenter Fred Johnson got me thinking about all things ducks after last week’s tie post. So, I geared up, ventured out on the internet and went hunting. I know a place that almost always comes through, and this time was no exception.

I ventured over to a piece of PRL property with high hopes. I was not disappointed as our Uncle Ralph knows that we like our casual clobber covered in critters and he usually keeps his land stocked with a few. This season is no different. There are actually three different trousers that fit the bill. There are a pair of chinos with mallards (see here), a pair of slim jean style cords (see here) with pheasants (and hunters), and last, but not least a tasty pair of brown cords with both pheasants and mallards (see here).

All of these pants are priced between $145-165, but every hunter knows that a successful hunt is about understanding the virtue of patience and opportunity. For us this would be waiting for the perfect sale (they are all currently 25% off), but never forgetting that sometimes you only get one shot and you have to take it when it appears.

Mallard ChinosHunters on cords
More Brown Mallard CordsI can’t think of a better way to welcome fall than by breaking out a pair of these on a Saturday afternoon. Some must have pumpkin flavored something to feel the full effect of fall, but for us trads a piece of clothing embroidered with mallards is more our cup of tea.

For the Love of Ties


I can’t get enough of ties. I can spend hours online looking through page after page of regimentals, foulards, and ancient madders. I find the colors, patterns, and textures intoxicating. They are the only item that I continue to thrift for because of the high ROI. They are how I express myself. Long live the tie.
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J.Press Gets Modern

Press Featured

As you can tell from my last few posts I have been keeping a watchful eye on F/W 15 releases. This is something that you must do when your size is either produced in limited numbers or is very common. Mine is the former, and I am in the market for a sport coat.
J.Press Modern Fit
I was browsing the Press site when I noticed a new fit name called, “modern.” The name was appended to a nice looking rust colored Donegal sport coat featured above (link to sport coat). At first I imagined that modern simply meant slimmer and shorter. While I am sure that this is true the most interesting aspect of the modern fit is that there is no vent.

Why no vent? I have seen many jackets without a vent so it is not a complete shock. I personally associate vent-less jackets with the ‘80s, but they have been around long before that and are probably more commonly associated with formal coats such as dinner jackets. However, neither of these associations are particularly modern, but the vent-less jacket does have one association that could be viewed as modern and that is the Continental look. Perhaps this was their inspiration.

I doubt that any one reading this was shocked by the title. If anything, they were probably wondering which modern move it is that I was referring. It will be interesting to see if this fit stays around or if it will be gone next season. Maybe this is part of the new J.Press Blue Line (see here)?

United States of Trad: Julian Bond

Julian Bond F2

It has been too long since my last United States of Trad post. This edition of UST features the recently deceased Julian Bond. Bond was a civil rights activist, member of the Georgia Senate, and subscriber of the Ivy League Look for many years.
Julian Bond Julian Bond Julian Bond will be remembered by most as a civil rights icon, but many in menswear circles will also remember him as any Ivy style icon. The image of Mr. Bond in his tweed jacket, Shetland sweater, and his OCBD peeking out from beneath is iconic. This is a picture is frequently pops up when someone is trying to illustrate the cool side of the Ivy League Look.
Julian Bond Julian Bond 3 piece suitMr. Bond contributed a lot to both society and the Ivy League Look. Although he moved away from the look later in his career he continued to be a sharp dresser. I can forgive him for that transgression as he like Miles Davis and Steven McQueen helped many see that there is a cool side to the look.

You can read more about Julian Bond’s life here: NYT Julian Bond Obituary

Dream Draft Wardrobe

Dream Draft

It seems like everyone in the world around me is prepping for their fantasy football draft. Since I do not play fantasy football or even follow sports (, but I do love to play them all!) I thought that I would do my own fantasy draft of sport coats and blazers. Below I have listed my dream fall/winter sport coats and blazers.

  1. Worsted Navy Blazer
  2. Flannel Navy Blazer
  3. Mid-grey Herringbone Wool or Tweed
  4. Brown Herringbone Wool or Tweed
  5. Camel Hair
  6. Brown District/Gun Check
  7. Olive Cord

I think that I would be content for the rest of my days with jackets listed above. I prefer solid jackets, because they can be worn more frequently without being noticed. I do the same thing with my shirts and sweaters. It makes getting ready in the morning easy. I have also noticed that it allows my clothes to fade into the background which in my opinion is where they belong.

While the list above is a dream I am working towards making it a reality. This means no adding thrift store jackets that aren’t on the list, purging my small closet of items that don’t fit the list, and perhaps getting to that MTM sport coat that I have been putting off in hopes of finding one at a thrift store or OTR. The journey continues.