The Details

I am not very good at taking pictures. In even said taking pictures on purpose, because I do not think that what I do should even be confused with the word photography. I have always known this, but it was thrown in my face last week when I was out on a bike ride. I found myself out in the country staring out across the country side in awe. I took a pic, then another, and yet another, but I could not capture what I was seeing and feeling. I have a similar problem with my outfits, but I think that there is one exception which are my close-ups pictures.

My close-up pictures, at least in my opinion, often capture the essence of my outfits in a way that I cannot with a full body shot. It could be the combination of textures, a better look at the color and contrast of color, or the intricate pattern that isn’t always visible when viewed from a distance. It is also these details that make the outfit. I have included a few examples of my favorite pics below.

Tie & Collar RollSweater & Tie

Jacket & SweaterJacket ComboMadras shorts & BeltPink & BurgundyLavender & Olive

Tweed, Paisley & CordsCords & TweedSweater & Watchbandnavy pink watchSweater Tartan WatchWinter LayersTartan & Vest

oxford cloth button down
Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

8 Comments on "The Details"

  1. Alexander says:

    What is this particular Timex model called? Wonderful pictures.

  2. oxford cloth button down says:

    Alexander – Thank you. I can’t remember the name of the model. It is about 3 yrs old from Target, I will try to find the model name/number and report back.

  3. Erik says:

    I sympathize with your photography insecurities, but always enjoy the pictures. The quality and style of your ties, oxfords and jackets inspire me to take the extra 5 minutes in the morning.

    Since I started following the blog, I’ve thrifted some new ties, ordered some new oxfords/pinpoints, and picked up some loafers. While the sartorial inspiration is appreciated, it’s actually helped remind me that I can seek out deals on these things. Historically, I’ve always been the guy who just goes to the store or orders something online when he needs it. As a result, putting some new items in my closet always seems daunting as clothing continue to get more expensive. Now, I’m maintaining my prep closet, but getting a better value in the process.

    It’s almost a hobby (as if I need another), seeking out the best deals to expand my stylistic expressions .

  4. I love that fox tie. And the jacket it’s paired with makes for a stunning look. You’ve definitely inspired me to try to take some ‘details’ pictures!

  5. Jeff says:

    Jerrod, can you please explain why Timex watches seem to be popular among those who dress trad? They always look nice with your ensembles, but I was always under the impression that Timex watches were not of very high quality and were considered “disposable.” I would have thought that a vintage 1930s or 40s watch would be more desirable.

  6. oxford cloth button down says:

    Erik – I appreciate your kind words. I am glad to hear that I have influenced you to thrift a bit. There is nothing better that a 99 cent tie.

    C.H. Winfrey – Thank you and I do not doubt that you could pull off any look that you wanted.

    Jeff – I think that their popularity stems from the utilitarian/Yankee frugality roots of the Trad wardrobe. They are not expensive and they last a long time. However, their are other more expensive watches that many trads desire such as a vintage Hamilton thinomatic or Omega Seamaster.

  7. Aaron says:

    Great work OCBD,

    Looks like you can get quite a lot of mileage out of a single Timex watch.

    I have a similar watch with a leather band that is starting to fail, perhaps I shall switch to one of the lovely colored ones as you have demonstrated.

    Where do you find your watchbands?


  8. Aaron – Glad that you stopped by! My first stop for bands is Central Watch. I also like O’Connell’s, JPress and Smart Turnout. I am not a big NATO fan, but has some great prices.

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