The Spring Squeeze

Rarely do I react to promotional emails, but this week I did. It was 70 plus degrees on Friday when I saw an email from J.Press about their Spring 2017 collection. The unseasonably warm weather must have had an effect, because I clicked on through.

It was not just the temps that got to me, but also the memory of a shirt. Two years ago I purchased a short-sleeve patchwork madras button-down shirt from their York St. collection that was an instant classic. I have worn this shirt religiously the last two summers and this summer I would like to pick up another casual short sleeved shirt. Here is the shirt that I am raving about: Patchwork madras shirt

Lucky for me it looks like they are offering quite a few that will fit the bill. There is a muddy patchwork madras and interesting brown garment died shirt (is it an ocbd?) nicely filling the need for summer earth tones. For those who are looking for a little more color in their warm weather clothes there is a green gingham and a pink gingham seersucker shirt. Prices are $125 a pop and the will be available at the end of April.
Before anyone gets up in arms about shopping for the upcoming season let me explain. Yes, you will pay more than if you wait for the end of season sale or simply shop off season. Now that I have gotten that out of the way we are all clear that this is not the most frugal decision. The upside is that the color that you want and your size will be in stock. We all know what it is like to hold out for an item until the price is as low as possible only to wait too long. Head on over the J.Press to look through all of their new offerings and start working on your game plan (J.Press).

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

6 Comments on "The Spring Squeeze"

  1. Woofboxer says:

    I have 3 or 4 J Press short sleeve madras shirts that I have picked up in their sales over the years. They are nice enough and I didn’t mind the $30 – $40 that I gave for them. I suppose my chief criticism is that the collars could be bigger, perhaps not so important in a sports shirt that is designed to be worn open necked, but they fall short of the perfection I would want for $125.

  2. Pat says:

    Really like the Madras shirt. Here’s a rain jacket that could add a Take Ivy look to spring|pdpipadh1|related_prods_vv|pdpipadh1|50370935|0

  3. Charlottesville says:

    I also have a few J. Press madras shirts that I bought in their Washington DC store about 10 years ago, and they are still in regular summer rotation. Mine do not have the flap pocket, which is a nice touch, but I paid considerably less for them, around $50 each as I recall. I wonder if eBay may be a good source. I also have a few seersucker versions from a local trad store called Eljo’s and LL Bean. Whatever the source or the price, seersucker and madras short sleeved shirts are a great summer look. I also agree with Woofboxer that the collars could be a bit longer, and concur that this is not as big an issue on sport shirts.

  4. Gainsbourg says:

    What’s the fit like on J. Press shirts?

    I’m a 36 chest and I’m afraid their Small may be too big.

  5. Morris says:

    For what it’s worth, I wear a standard core uniform every day consisting of:
    + Brooks Brothers OCBD shirt in white, blue, blue striped, or pink
    + Levis 501CT dark rinse – like Sid Mashburn cut jeans – alternate with Gray Wool Slacks
    + Allen Edmonds brown Fifth Avenue or Allen Edmonds Randoph brown loafers
    + Blue/Maroon solid V neck sweaters from Brooks Brothers

    I own multiple identical copies of the above items. It makes it very easy to get dressed in the morning and everything fits perfectly. This core gives me 48 different combinations. Add to that three different jackets and blazers and I have 150 different combinations.

    No it’s not boring. It’s liberating!

    I wear the same items every day except weekends and evenings I wear Stan Smith’s.

    This approach has dramatically simplified my life. Only my wife knows that my core wardrobe consists of just a few items. By design.

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