Summer Ties

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I have a few ties that I really enjoy wearing in the summer. It is not that they are made from seasonal material such as Madras, Seersucker, or Shantung, but their color calls for warm weather. They also all work well with a navy blazer and especially well with my not quite navy blue wash-n-wear jacket turned blazer.

Summer Stripe tiesAbove are the ties that I love to wear when the sun is out and the weather is warm. They are nice and colorful with stripes that pop. There is also a lot of green which is no surprise as I have a thing for green (Going Green: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). From left to right we have a vintage Robert Talbott, a current Arnold Steiner (see here), a vintage Gant, and a few year old Lands’ End tie to round it out. I was happy to see that at least 1 item I posted about is actually still available.
IMG_1719Here are a few take aways from this post. One, trying sporting a brighter repp tie this summer. I find that it keeps my look aligned with the season adding an element of fun to the often somber or at least predictable navy blazer combos without resorting to whimsical club ties (nothing wrong with them). The last take away is that this post reminded how much use I like having a blue jacket that is not navy. May be worth considering.

Below are more pics of my summer ties because what is a post without pics!
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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

 

The Perfect Madras Popover

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I just recently acquired the perfect madras popover. It is perfect to me for a reason that you might not suspect. Before you get too excited know it’s no longer available for purchase.
Madras PopoverLet me get right to the reason that I am so excited about this popover. It is the placket length. The placket (aka the fabric around the front buttons) of most popovers is about half the length of a regular button front shirt (and have 4 buttons). This is not bad a thing, but I had a madras popover about 20 years from Polo Ralph Lauren that had a shorter placket similar to a polo shirt (w/3 buttons like this one!). I loved this shirt and have been looking for another the last 2-3years. Fun fact. 20 years ago I didn’t know the shirt was called a popover I just assumed it was an interesting take on a polo shirt.
IMG_0803While the placket length makes it perfect the details definitely don’t hurt. The madras is genuine, the scale of the pattern is small and the colors are muted. The small scale and the muted colors are what’s important to me here as I know that’s what works well for me. The fact that the madras is genuine angle is simply icing on the cake.
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You guys all know that I stay away from second hand clothing. It is time consuming to search for and returning it is either not possible or a hassle that I would prefer not take on, but when you win you can win big. This shirt may not push me to scour the internet for old PRL Rugby, but it may serve as a blueprint for more perfect popovers.

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.