New Year’s Resolution: Jacket & Tie


I have had this conundrum for a while. I look at, discuss, and even write about jackets, yet I hardly ever get to wear one. To top it off, I have acquired around 50 ties through dedicated thrifting and many of them have never seen the light of day. In order to rectify this situation I made a New Year’s resolution to wear more jackets and ties.

Brooks Brothers Navy Sack Blazer

The biggest hurdle to keeping this resolution is my company’s dress code. The dress code is a very casual business casual which means that dungarees are abundant and my chino/OCBD “uniform” is viewed as dressy. While many people believe that a dress code is instituted to set a minimum standard, it is also sets a ceiling for what is acceptable.

Green Tie & Grey Jacket

The ceiling is a  not as clear as the minimum primarily because of the  unspoken rule that superiors should dress better than their subordinates. For instance, the uniform of a general in the military is more intricate and ornamented than an officer. This military example translates into the private sector in the form of suits, shirts, ties, and shoes. There is an unspoken expectation that a subordinate will not attempt to outrank his superior in terms of dress. Basically, I knew that I was treading into uncertain territory.

Southwick Jacket & Fox Tie

Despite my concerns about upsetting the natural order of the org chart I decided to carry out my resolution. I chose Tuesday/Thursday as the two days a week that I would wear a jacket and tie. I picked these days because the office is emptier on these days and it would allow me to fly under the radar. The first day was not as bad as I expected. Sure I had to weather a few “got a job interview today?” comments and other snarky remarks, but not nearly as many as I had anticipated.

Tweed & Paisley close-up

I am so glad that I made this resolution. At least for now there has been no major push back from management and all I had to do is to put up with a little teasing from my co-workers, which I was going to have to endure about one thing or another anyway. For this small price getting ready for and going to work has been so much more enjoyable. I have been able to wear ties and jackets that had not been touched up to this point and really learn about what works , what doesn’t, and what looks best on me. I can’t believe that I have been putting off one of life’s simple joys for so long. Now I just need to get more jackets.


Duffle Jacket & Brooks Brothers Blazer

Brooks Brothers Navy Sack Blazer

Lands End Repp Tie

Tweed Sack JacketTweed Sack & Repp Tie

Brooks Brothers Sack Jacket in Grey Herringbone

Green Tie & Grey Jacket

Brooks Brothers Sack Blazer

Repp Tie & Blazer

Southwick Sack BlazerGrey Herringbone Sack JacketRepp Tie and Grey Herringbone

Grey Herringbone & Red Repp Tie

Red Repp Tie & Grey Sack Jacket

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Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

14 Comments on "New Year’s Resolution: Jacket & Tie"

  1. David says:

    Wonderful outfits. Where can I find the weejuns worn in the third picture from the top?

  2. David says:

    Sorry, I mean the fourth picture.

  3. Steve E says:

    Just wondering if your coworkers know of your blog? Great jackets and ties.

  4. oxford cloth button down says:

    David – Thanks! I purchased them from the Bass outlet about 3yrs ago. I think they still have some very similar ones. The leather on these is much nicer than the burgundy which does have a plastic feel it.

    Steve E – Thanks! They do know about my blog although I don’t think that they read it too often.

  5. max says:

    looking sharp-


  6. LIn says:

    I like the combinations of ties and jackets.
    Are you concernted that your co-workers or supervisor might read this and be less than pleased?

  7. oxford cloth button down says:

    Max – Thanks!

    Lin – Thanks! I don’t think that I have anything to worry about, but I guess there is always that risk.

  8. artvandalay says:

    Looking good, my friend. Your collar roll and tie dimples are enviable. How many different jackets do you have in the rotation? Always interested in the makers and vintage as well seeing the different labels inside.

  9. oxford cloth button down says:

    Art Vandalay – Thank you kindly, sir. Right now I only have 4 jackets in the rotation; A new Brooks Brothers blazer, a new Southwick Cambridge tweed, a thrifted Brooks Brothers 3/2 grey herringbone, and a tweed Roderick St.John’s 3/2 sport coat ( a defunct menswear shop in Indy).

    The Roderick St. John’s is by far the most interesting in terms of labels. I will try to do a post on it at some point.

  10. artvandalay says:

    I see Roderick St. Johns pieces down here in Cincinnati thrifts every once in a while. Didn’t know they were based out of Indy. That’s a great looking jacket.

  11. Duke of Welllington says:

    Dear Sir,

    Looking sharp.

    I have to hand it to you Americans, based on the blogs, you have much better selection in the thrift shops down in the US. I’ve never seen a tie I’d wear in a thrift shop up here and doubt I ever will. Brooks is also non-existent up here and Ralph can be hard to find. Our shops deal in Costco’s Kirkland signature shirts, Hilfiger and Chaps shirts made “exclusively” for Costco, and junk from Sears (man, what crummy clothes they peddle!). Did I mention the Costco shirts? My theory is that we don’t have as many super rich guys up here who “turn over” their old duds in the thrifts.

    All the best,
    A Cold Canadian

    • Sara says:

      Ha, I feel your pain, fellow cold Canadian! I grew up in New England, and have family in the midwest, and you are certainly right about the thrift store pickings there vs. here (I, too, live in Canada.) I don’t think it’s a matter of income level as much as style (although sheer numbers probably factor in, as well), that classic, preppy, consistent-for-decades style just never made it up here. I just bought my husband a great BB navy blazer on Ebay, and his response was, “who are *the* Brooks Brothers?”…..sigh.

  12. Flo says:

    You look great! I think “business casual” was the worst thing to happen in the office workplace, I’ve seen flip flops show up–eeek! And dungarees/jeans have no place in ANY office situation, I don’t care how casual it is, casual Friday is the only day I would find that acceptable. We’ve turned in to a bunch of slobs, thank heavens for people like you who still appreciate dressing well and look professional!

  13. oxford cloth button down says:

    Thanks Flo!

    Peter – Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to hear more. Feel free to send me an email at

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