GOD BLESS THE BEACH I PUT THIS TOTE OVER
NUDE BEACH TOTE, Draught Dry Goods Pre-Summer Drop 2013
“Summer is upon us, and a capable tote filled with beach accouterments is a critical part of the experience. The water-resistant bottom will keep your clothes dry while you romp around in your birthday suit, and the large interior pocket provides easy access to whichever libations or drugs you require to peel off said outfit.”
My first post in over six months, I believe; but I got to wear my favorite Gant x MB Madras.
“What advantages does this motor car have over, say, a train, which I could also afford?”
Real People: Tassel Loafers and Layers
Over the past few months I’ve really enjoyed the outfits from Jeremy in Philadelphia. His style is fun but not too eccentric. I’d even argue some of his style is a bit conservative in nature, however, with a modern fit.
After looking through his photos, I noticed two common things he wears quite often: suede tassel loafers and a layer underneath his jacket.
I like suede tassel loafers a lot. They pair nicely with more sporty clothing and fabrics. And if you’re a person who likes to go sockless in the summer, they are, in my experience, more comfortable to wear. Jeremy’s worn them with chinos, a khaki suit and denim and I think that demonstrates how versatile a pair (or two) can be.
In regards to his extra layer, often in the form of a v-neck or a waistcoat, I first thought it was more a function of the cooler weather recently. But I really liked his three-piece suit and realized it’s a bit of a distinguishing characteristic of his and it’s nice to see someone make it regularly a part of their style.
In case you didn’t know, I’m taking over the Club Monaco tumblr for a the month of April. Go check it out.
Sometimes you just get really lucky and the light in a photo is made perfect by what’s around you. Diffused through the trees, I kept moving my friend over inch by inch until it fell on him just right. -Liam Goslett
A Tale of Two Hangers
Over the weekend, I was going through the archives of Tutto Fatto a Mano, a blog about tailoring I really like. It’s maintained by Jeffery Diduch, a professional tailor and pattern maker that’s done work in bespoke and ready-to-wear. Of the people online who talk about garment construction, quality, and tailoring, I find Jeffery’s opinion to be more reliable than most. He has the technical training for it and is impressively fair-minded. Much of his site, in fact, is dedicated to “myth busting” commonly held beliefs about tailored clothing.
Anyway, in the archive, I found this old post about hangers. As I’ve written before, I’ve always used wooden hangers with wide, flared out shoulders for my suits and sport coats, but remained skeptical of their necessity. That is until last year, when I grabbed drinks with a Savile Row tailor, who confirmed that an improper hanger can indeed ruin the shape of a jacket.
Jeffery has some really nice photos to illustrate this. In the top photo, we see a jacket being hung on a thin, “wishbone” hanger. As he notes, the ends of the hanger are poking through the sleeveheads, where there’s a piece of canvas meant to give support. This is causing the rippling you see at the top of the sleeve, which can be set in over time and require a skilled presser to remove. Worse still, if you pack your jackets too closely together in your closet, these creases can be very difficult to get out, even by an experienced hand. In the second photo, when the same jacket is set on a better hanger, we see the ripples go away and the collar of the jacket sit up a bit more properly.
My hangers of choice are by The Hanger Project. In full disclosure, they’re our advertiser, but I’ve genuinely become a fan since receiving some of their hangers for review. I have a few new sport coats coming to me by the end of the year and plan on purchasing The Hanger Project’s hangers for all of them. I like that their shoulders are about a half-inch wider than most of their competitors’ and they come in four different sizes. The second part is particularly useful if you have jackets with narrow shoulders like mine. They also come in some beautiful, nicely finished woods. They are, however, a bit expensive. If you can afford them, two other sources to consider are A Suitable Wardrobe and Butler Luxury.
If these are all too expensive for your budget, there’s no reason to break the bank. Wooden Hangers USA sells perfectly decent hangers at a very reasonable price. The woods aren’t as nice, and the shoulders aren’t as wide, but the first is a matter of aesthetics and the second could be an advantage if you have a particularly cramped closet. The point here is that good hangers are worth considering, no matter where you get them, and that you ought to take care to not pack your jackets too closely together. Jeffery’s photos nicely demonstrate the reasons why.
The Not-Quite-White Shirt
Over the weekend voxsartoria shared this photo on his blog of A Suitable Wardrobe’s Will Boehlke, who we’ve featured here before several times.
Ever so briefly, Vox mentioned two things: Will’s bow tie and also his “underrated off-white shirt,” which I think does deserve more attention.
Of course, you need a white shirt for more formal cases and a variety of shirts in blues are great, too. But blue can get quite boring to wear all the time with white feeling a bit inappropriate to wear more casually. This is where off-white shirts in cream, ecru and other “not-quite-white” tones offer a great solution.
I like to wear my ecru oxford cloth button-down shirt during the daytime with more relaxed and casual clothing: tweed or cotton jackets, under wool sweaters or just by itself with jeans.
As an alternative to white, it allows you to use the color without any of the high-contrast and looks more natural against sunlight. This subtle difference gives your wardrobe an alternative to wearing white-collar business shirts with clothing that would be better suited for outside of work.
It’s for this reason that I think the shirt compliments darker earth tones the best: maroon, olive, browns and tans. But it also works well against navy, as Will proves above. It’s a very pleasing look.
If your daily wardrobe skews toward the casual end, then look into a few shades away from white. It might end up being quite versatile for you.
Check out the things Jesse and I found on eBay over the weekend. I particularly like some of the things we have listed in the bags and footwear sections today, but if nothing here catches your interest, you can always use our customized search links to find more deals. We have them for high-end suits, good suits, high-quality shirts and fine footwear.
- Brooks Bros. brown checked tweed, 41R
- Ralph Laruen grey herringbone sport coat, 42L
- Ralph Lauren grey suit, 42L
- Various coats, various sizes
- RRL toggle coat, S
- Brooks Bros. field coat, S (pictured above)
- Pea coat, S
- Gant Army shirt jacket, S
- Engineered Garments green jacket, S
- Holland & Holland rain coat, ~38-40
- Barbour tan jacket, M
- Freemans Sporting Club plaid jacket, M
- Crescent Down Works grey vest, M
- Loro Piana suede quilted vest, M
- Crescent Down Works brown parka, L
- Barbour International, L
- APC beige parka, L
- Burberry quilted jacket, L
- Cucinelli suede jacket, XL
- Tan v-neck sweater, S
- LL Bean brick red sweater, M
- Drumohr cable knit sweater, M
- Nigel Cabourn Fair Isle sweater, L
- Bowring checked shirts, 15
- Paul Stuart purple shirt, 16
- Thom Browne grey plaid shirt, M
- Hilditch & Key shirts, 17-17.5
- Some nice shoes, various sizes
- Vintage boots, various sizes
- Heinrich Dinkelacker shoes, various sizes
- RRL engineer boots, 8
- Brooks brown oxfords, 9
- Shell split toes, 9
- Edward Green tassel loafers, 9
- Brooks Black Fleece pebble grain boots, 9
- Crockett and Jones brown wingtips, 9.5
- Sid Mashburn double monks, 9.5
- Crockett & Jones suede derbys, 9.5
- Tods brown suede chukkas, 10
- Loake suede chukkas, 10
- Crockett & Jones black split toes, 10.5
- Red grenadine
- Put This On club tie
- Two navy Ralph Lauren ties
- Bow ties
- Diamond print ties (E. Marinella, Drake’s)
- Lands End extra long green knit tie
- Barbour backpack
- Muholland fishing bags
- Muholland green carry-on
- Vintage Abercrombie & Fitch fishing bag
- Vintage Abercrombie & Fitch travel kit
- Vintage Ray Ban Clubmasters
- Bunch of pocket squares
- Pipe stand
- Painting of a ship
- Rubinacci pocket square
- Hermes watch
- Scottish Estate Tweeds book
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Liverano DB with over over sized check