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If I were rich I’d buy this Jack Spade Stuff

In Menswear, Outfit on September 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

According the the GQ blog about fashion & style, the clothing company Jack Spade has made some killer new stuff…

…introducing men’s suiting for the first time, and they’re not messing around. The collection of traditionally-inspired pieces (think hopsack, herringbone, flannel, and camel hair) will be constructed entirely in the Massachusetts factory of venerable made-in-the-USA tailoring house, Southwick.

GQ also reports that one of the (really smart) things that Jack Spade is doing to build buzz around this new line of clothing is having a gentleman named J.P. Williams, who a the co-founder of design mw.

modle the new stuff.  I had never hear of Mr. Williams before reading this post, but as the picture below (as well as those in the GQ post) will show is that he is the perfect guy to show this stuff off.

Why do I say that Mr. Williams is the perfect guy to show this stuff off?  Because, not only does the clothing look good on Williams, which is something that could be said of many other men; he’s the right age and build.  Putting these clothes on a middle aged slim guy who has found a great deal of success in the design field will make the clothing more appealing to that demographic.  And lets face it… with what Jack Spade charges for their stuff that is really the only demographic that will be able to afford such fine things.

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Some Layering Tips

In Menswear, Outfit on September 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

As I was wandering about the web today I found this very nice, and very short, article over at Valet.  I thought that I’d do what I can to pass along the great information that can be found here in regards to layering up clothing, which is something I suspect many people will be doing now that the fall has officially arrived.

while fall is a season of earth tones, the key is to introduce an element of color or texture—a bright, crisp shirt peeking out under a sweater, a pop of sock in a surprising hue, or a bold knit layered under a tweed jacket.

A summer suit: via An Affordable Wardrobe

In Outfit on August 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm

One of the fashion / style blogs that I really enjoy reading is An Affordable Wardrobe.  A post that appeared over there today illustrates why I think this blog is double plus awesome…

Summer weddings are fun, though dressing for them can be tricky. For a guy, wearing a suit and tie in the heat is mostly an uncomfortable prospect. But that shouldn’t stop you. I see it as an opportunity to pull off one of the Summer looks I love so much but rarely get to utilize, given that we live in a time when casualness is king, and Summer specific dress clothing, for men at least, is practically becoming archaic. Still…

The outfit that Giuseppe (the author of the blog) put together is killer.  (Check out that amazing knit tie!)

image via: An Affordable Wardrobe

An affordable Wardrobe is also the site that turned me onto the idea of recyclingold shirts by turning them into pocket squares.  A great idea.

Bold red tie VS subdued gray tie.

In Outfit on August 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm

The set up:

I’m someone who normally wears lots of blacks, grays, whites, and blues.  Until very recently I was someone who stayed away from bold primary colors.  However, recently my girlfriend Mei told told me that if I were to throw in a bold primary color with many of my outfits the result would be double plus good.

The experiment:

Figuring that I really had nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by attempting this small change I gave it a shoot.  To my way of thinking, rather than try a very new outfit, the best thing to do would be to wear an outfit which I normally wear, and add the bold color to it.  Wearing the outfit in the past gives me some data to work with.  Namely: I  know how people respond to the outfit with out the bold color.

So I put together one of my typical outfits.  White dress shirt with matching pants and vest.  Then I grabbed one of my, infrequently used, red ties and threw it into the mix. The result is pictured below.

Red tie by you.

Bold red with white and gray.

The result:

Throughout the day many people made some very nice comments on the outfit in general. In my humble opinion the most flattering comment was that I looked like I could be an extra on the TV show Mad Men.

**Side note: Just in case it was not obvious –I often go for the Roger Sterling look.**

As I stated above, I’ve worn a similar outfit in the past (see picture below) but did not get nearly as many positive comments.

  by you.

Blue, black, and gray.

So as of this writing there is one data point that seems to suggest that the use of a bold color resulted in more people taking notice of my overall outfit.

Things to consider / keep in mind:

Whenever someone changes something about their personal appearance said person’s friends, family, co-workers, and others who see said person often tend to notice and comment on the change.  Due to the fact that I don’t normally wear bold colors, people may just be making comments because they register the change.

In addition to this, in our culture it is social protocol to make positive comments about someone when they change an aspect of their appearance.  It is considered rude to make a negative comment, even when a negative comment is probably justified.

Moral of the story:

I plan to gather some more data about this.  But in the meantime if I ever want to tall attention to myself, or my clothing, I’m going to use more bold colors.  When I want to blend in more I’ll use a more mono-chromatic color scheme.

Cheap Outfit 001

In Outfit on July 21, 2010 at 8:51 pm

With the exception of my glasses all the items of clothing that you can see in these pictures were bought at a thrift store, and their cost was under $20.00.  Here are the items…

Cheap outfit 001: shirt, tie, and vest cost under $20.00

Cheap outfit 001: shirt, tie, and vest cost under $20.00

I’ve rounded the prices of everything up to the nearest .25 figuring in the sales tax per item.

1. The tie cost a $2.00

2. The shirt (from Express for men) cost $7.50

3. The vest cost $5.50

And just in case you’re curious, here is how they look on me…

Indoors with regular glasses.

Indoors with regular glasses.

Outdoors with sunglasses.

Outdoors with sunglasses.