Polo: Got the size large for the length, but it’s too big in the torso and still even a bit short on me (I like to tuck mine in, which gets more difficult if I wore low-rise chinos). I probably could use a medium, but then it’d be too short. Sadly, I have to return it, however, if you’re of a “normal” torso size in terms of length, then these are super nice. I pretty much agree with what dieworkwear said about them at PTO. I need to find a place that sells polos in tall sizes.
Put This On club tie: Fucking cool. Wearing it tomorrow. Keeping this forever and hope I never spill something on it. This is the second tie I’ve purchased from Kent Wang (the other was a silk knit) and they make some super nice ties. I definitely want to get one of their grenadine navy ties at some point.
I've been reviewing your WIWT posts and was wondering, do you feel that your pants could use a slightly smoother taper? They appear somewhat shapeless, but have the right break. I just feel that a more tapered leg could significantly improve your look.
Also, I love the jacket project; very creative and cool.
I suppose they could, but I’m not sure how comfortable with it I would be. I generally go for a 7.5-8” leg opening on my pants and have the tailor taper it through the leg and also take in the seat (if needed).
I don’t like the super skinny look. I do have larger thighs, but scrawny legs from the knee downward and I’m rather tall, too.
I will note that the chinos from yesterday aren’t tailored at all. They’re the Milano cut from Brooks Brothers, which I think fit me well enough to where I wasn’t concerned about having them taken in for alterations.
I think adding on the patches and cuff details cost around $50. I received a non-itemized bill that also included taking in the sides of the jacket plus having three pairs of pants altered in various ways, so that’s just a guess. It also cost me about $30 to buy and ship the materials used.
Today’s variation on the uniform involves swapping out grey trousers for khaki chinos. I don’t wear chinos all that often to work in the fall and winter — maybe because they’re a bit too casual — but the warmer the weather gets, the more likely I’ll wear them.
Is it my imagination or do you tend to have your jacket sleeves shortened a bit more than usual (from the WIWT archives it looks more like 1/2" or 1")? If so, isn't it way better than 1/4"? I certainly think so, but then again I have short arms.
I prefer around .75” of cuff, but sometimes go an inch. It’s partially because I have long arms, partially because of how much fabric is in the cuff that can be let out and partially because of how long my shirt sleeves are depending on the manufacturer. It’s a mess!
But I prefer to show more cuff than less. I would rather show 1” and make the jacket look a bit short than .25” and make it look too long.
It took about two weeks, but I was finally able to pick up my sport coat from the tailor yesterday and the completed project looks fantastic. The coat has completely been transformed from this:
To this (excuse my poor photography skills and not-so-great camera):
The red duck canvas pops from the back and side, adding color where you normally wouldn’t see any. The mother of pearl buttons look much better than the dark plastic buttons they replaced and give the coat a summer feel. From the front, the striping is the only detail that really shows up at first, but it allows you to use other red elements — I went with a slight red stripe in the tie and a white pocket square with red polka dots.
My tailor was really thrilled with how it turned out. He told me that one of the wardrobe people working on the upcoming “Playboy” TV series that’s being filmed in Chicago stopped by to pick up some work they’d given him and remarked they really liked the jacket. So, that’s pretty cool.
Adding on the cuff stripe actually gave my tailor a bit more problems than he originally thought, as he had to open up the sleeves and cuff to sew it on properly. I can’t imagine the headache and time it would’ve taken if I’d asked him to give the jacket surgeon cuffs on top of that.
As for what to wear with this jacket, my initial thought is to keep the shirt simple: white, although I went with a faint navy pinstripe in the shirt, just to give it some variance with the white jeans.
The white jeans might be a bit bold, but honestly I think they completely get pushed to the background with this jacket’s red detailing. I also think it helps keep the look regulated to three colors. I think khaki chinos and grey trousers would work, too, but I just like the look of white denim with this the most.
For a necktie, I went with navy, but wanted to have some color in it. I think a solid necktie actually would work against the jacket, because the red and white colors need to be echoed in the necktie somehow, but only slightly.
In footwear, I think the casualness of boat shoes looks good. Wingtips might be a bit much, although some dirty bucks would probably look nice.
And if you want to look like you’ve been dressed by the Internet, add a Panama straw hat and Ray-Ban aviators:
Your one of my favorite bloggers
i wanted to know what inspires your style
and do u think my blog is getting better
Thanks. I like what you’re doing a lot, especially since you take outdoor shots with natural light. I don’t have the patience to set stuff up like that.
As for what inspires my style? Tough question. I may have to think about that for a while. I think initially it was “Mad Men,” because of the conservative styling they had on the show, but now it’s kind of gotten a bit more complex than that. I’ll have to gather my thoughts and do a separate post later.
This week at work I’m only going to wear navy blazers and sport coats, which if you go back through my WIWT archives you’ll notice that it’s pretty much become my uniform for the office (when I’m not in the legislature).
I’ve been thinking more about what direction I want to take my style and it’s becoming more of a push toward a collection of navy blazers, grey trousers, white and blue shirts and navy neckties. Without a doubt, this is entirely boring, but I’m finding that sticking to the uniform and varying one element is usually enough to provide differentiation.
So, this week, the mainstay will be the navy jacket and I’ll vary the other elements. The one knock I have against the navy jacket (or, at least, the ones I own) is that it doesn’t have enough of a color difference between itself and dark denim. To remedy this, I think a tweed jacket in the fall/winter and a cotton jacket in the spring/summer works well.
For bags I recommend checking out Urban Outfitters. I don't tend to like much of their stuff buy I just bought a light colored messenger there to use with warmer weather and I've been very happy with it. Can't speak about its long term durability yet, though. Anyway, I believe they have a decent number of bags online at varying price points.
Ah, I hadn’t thought about checking their site.
Unrelated: I just checked it to look at their outerwear and noticed they have some Penfield jackets that I might consider getting. I think I write them off too quickly.
I'm sorry, I may have made the question too specific - what I was meaning to ask was a good site/ store to buy nice satchels and bags for a decent price.
P.S. I'm a college student so price is a big factor.
My other advice is to check craigslist locally. People are always trying to ditch briefcases and messenger bags on there. That’s where I got my briefcase. There’s also always Etsy and eBay, too. I would just search for “canvas satchel” or “canvas backpack” and see what turns up.
Ever have this happen to you? I have this issue with a MTM shirt that I ordered (currently trying to get this resolved, we’ll see).
Notice how when the arm is raised, the shoulder/sleeve intersection has two things going on. First, it pops up. Second, the shirt’s sleeve tucks itself into and under the stitching on the shoulder. Needless to say, this is really uncomfortable.
What causes this to happen? At first I thought I’d entered some lousy measurements, but that’s not the case. The problem is with the shirt’s construction.
I laid this dress shirt on top of the shirt I modeled the measurements after. Notice the angle of the sleeves in comparison to the torso. The red one (BBESF) has a slight angle in comparison to the shoulder line. The blue MTM shirt has a very extreme angle in comparison to the shoulder line.
How dramatic is this? I busted out my protractor (shoutout to acutestyle!) and took this measurement:
The BBEST has a angle of 5 degrees, whereas the MTM has a angle of 30 degrees — a 25-degree difference. That measurement gets extreme as you look at the variance of how the arms end up toward the end of the sleeve.
Anyhow, if you have this problem on your shirts, then this is why. The manufacturer basically put the sleeves on too extreme of an angle and it’ll dramatically affect your range of motion even if you raise your arms up slightly. Also, it feels weird to wear it.
As to the guy asking about bags. Not to claim expertise or anything, but I have carried a shitload of bags since I was 15. Army surplus stores are your best bet for simple styles like those 2. A quick search turned up these 2 for back packs
and these satchels
and as a sidenote. I carried that 2nd canvas satchel from 2001-2010. I wore through one, but they'll take seriously hard (everyday, overstuffed, way too heavy) use for 5 years. Recommended.
But then I upgraded to this
and have never looked back.
Thanks a bunch for your recommendation to turn to Army-surplus stores. I would’ve recommended them, but I think the person was looking for those bags specifically.
Also, I completely agree with going for leather bags (and Saddleback has a solid reputation), just because the look a lot nicer and last a lot longer.
It’s a WAYWT site where people enter into style battles against their grandparents. Frankly, we all know who’s going to win, but for the sake of promoting style, grandparents, and awesome families, I thought this would be a fun site to create.
Please subscribe and, more importantly, submit photos!
Also, please spread the word. I’m not big enough to be able to promote this by my lonesome.
What a funny idea! I’m going to see if I can find some photos of my grandparents somewhere now.
I know Ryan hates on the reblogs in this, but it deserves to reblogged… It inspires me to put together more original content for my own blog. Sometimes it’s tough to come up with original things, and I fall into the habit of just highlighting shit I like (although I try to at least check out a lot of it in person, even if I’m not buying it). Good call CB, posting it here.
Admittedly, Good Ol’ Pletty can be a bit polarizing with his tone and this piece is rife with backhanded compliments and subliminals. There are, however, some good points especially for new/young bloggers.
So, this is getting quite the reaction today (see here and here, surely more to come). I’ve already kind of said my piece about blogging and made it known about my preference for original content (among other things). I think Plett struck a nerve by asking for more originality, but I get that some people just like to reblog stuff for the sake of keeping a “cool shit” archive for their own purposes (for me, that’s what I use the like button 50% of the time for on Tumblr). I think his points he laid out were generally good observations — if your intent is “to go pro” in any blogging field, not just menswear.
But I also don’t think that most of us are trying “to go pro” — I’m not, I have a day gig. I kind of see the Tumblr community as sort of a forum without a centralized location and a backchannel of sorts. Really, its’ something to kill my work day during the slow times.
I’ve got several items in my closet that for one reason or another aren’t working out for me — believe me when I say that I wish I could keep these items, but no decent amount of alterations will make these work well for me. So, I thought I’d offer them here before putting them up on eBay.
If something strikes your eye, then shoot me an e-mail and we’ll go from there. I take PayPal and will probably ship USPS Priority. Also, if you live in Chicago, then we can just meet and save ourselves the hassle of shipping.
I’m not terrible firm on the prices and will probably cut you a deal if you buy multiple stuff, too. Prices don’t include shipping. (Adding: I’ll probably only ship domestically in the USA.)
Calvin Klein white linen suit — The jacket and pants are 100% linen and both are fully lined. The jacket has three interior pockets (one is a security pocket). When compared to a white dress shirt, the jacket is more of an off-white color. The jacket’s shoulder is slightly constructed. No alterations have been made to the jacket. The pants have been hemmed and taken in at the waist. The jacket is single-breasted, two-button front, averaged sized 3” lapels and non-functioning cuffs. The pants are flat fronted and uncuffed.
I’ve literally worn this suit once (to a summer wedding) and it has zero stains, holes or any other kind of damage. It’s also been dry-cleaned and has sat in a garment bag for the past two years. Unfortunately, I bought it before knowing what my real size was and it’s much too big for me in the shoulders and too long. The jacket claims it’s a 40L, however, I’d put it more at a 42L.
Chest (armpit-to-armpit): 44” (22” laid flat)
Waist: 41” (20.5” laid flat)
Sleeve: 36” (back of neck to cuff), 25.5” (shoulder to cuff)
Length: 32” (end of collar to hem)
Waist: 36”(+2” to let out)
Inseam: 31.5” (+2” to let out)
Cuff width: 9” (laid flat)
I bought these as separates and probably paid more than $300 total. I’m asking $150.
Navy linen double-breasted blazer — This navy blazer is half-lined, has two interior pockets, three exterior patch pockets and a 4-on-1 button stance. The maker is “Christian Dior Sport,” which I admittedly know very little about, but it’s also definitely vintage with a union label inside — leading me to suspect it’s American made. No defects anywhere, but it hasn’t been dry cleaned yet. The jacket is unconstructed, but has slight padding in the shoulder.
I really wanted to keep this, but it was just too big for me. No alterations have been made yet and it’s in really good shape. I can’t find any flaws on it. No sizing information on the jacket, but I suspect it’s a 42L.
Sleeve: 27” (shoulder to cuff), 36.5” (back of neck to cuff)
I’m asking $25.
Martin+Osa khaki chinos — Just a basic pair of khaki chinos from the now-defunct brand. Washed once, but never actually worn after trying them on. Simply just too big for me on the waist and bought them as part of a final sale, which means I wasn’t able to return them. Listed as “34x30” but that’s a vanity size. They feel pretty good and broken in.
Cuff width: 8” (laid flat)
I’m asking $25.
J. Crew gingham shirt — Three One button-down collared dress shirt from J. Crew. Bought from eBay, I assume it originally came from a sample sale. J. Crew probably will bill these as dress shirts on their site, but I’d consider them more or less sport shirts.
The shirt is 100% cotton and has a chest pocket, gauntlet buttons, placket front and seem to be long enough to tuck in or leave untucked.
While this shirt fits my neck and arms just fine, they’re slightly big on me and I honestly am not wearing them that much. I’ve only worn it three times, it’s been washed, and features a very soft collar. Sized “medium.”
Sizing blue shirt (only one left):
Sleeve: 26” (shoulder to cuff), 35.5” (back of neck to cuff)
J. Crew retails these at $60 and up. I’m asking $25 per shirt.
So, that’s it. If you want to buy something, then just email me. Feel free to ask questions or request more measurements/photos if you need them.