26
Sep

It’s on sale: J.Crew — J.Crew is having a 25% off sale with code STYLE25, now thru Sunday, September 30 on purchases of $150 or more. While their “In Good Company” collaborations and tailored clothing are not included, there’s still a lot of items and staples worth looking at for your fall wardrobe — such as sweaters. Here’s a few I’ve highlighted:

Slim merino wool v-neck, crewneck and cardigan sweaters: Perfect for layering under a blazer or sport coat without adding too much bulk. I personally prefer cardigans ($66.75 on sale) for when wearing a necktie, but those of you looking for a more casual outfit could go tieless and with a crewneck ($58.50 on sale) and button-down collared shirt under a sport coat. 

Lambswool crewneck and v-neck sweaters: Looking for a warmer fabric and planning to go sans-sport coat? Lambswool will be a great choice — and it’s cheaper, too, at $48.45 a sweater on sale. I wear my lambswool v-necks with an OCBD and under my waxed cotton jacket and selvedge denim, which makes for a great casual outfit for a trip to your local dive bar.

Lambswool fair isle sweaters: Countrywear that I think is an acquired tasted (admittedly, I’ve yet to find myself wearing one), but many seem to like it. Several different styles for $88.50 on sale.

Donegal lambswool chunky knit cardigan: If you don’t have a chunky knit cardigan in your wardrobe yet, you’re missing out. They’re super comfortable and a great casual piece that you can wear around the house and throw on under a parka. You really only need one nice one, and at $96.00 this isn’t a bad price. It’s the kind of sweater that keeps you warm and always looks great. 

21
Aug

It’s on sale: J.Crew — You can take an extra 30% off all sale items at J.Crew right now with code LOVEIT thru Thursday. 

That puts this chunky knit donegal cardigan sweater at $111.99 (down from $200) and this dopp kit at $26.60 (down from $48).

23
Jan
22
Jul
It’s on sale: Tretorn Nylite canvas sneakers — Only $27 plus free shipping at J.Crew with code LOVEIT.
I steadfastly refuse to wear sneakers, but I know that many other style bloggers love ‘em some Nylites. Pretty cheap deal and they seem to have a good amount of sizes left in stock.

It’s on sale: Tretorn Nylite canvas sneakers — Only $27 plus free shipping at J.Crew with code LOVEIT.

I steadfastly refuse to wear sneakers, but I know that many other style bloggers love ‘em some Nylites. Pretty cheap deal and they seem to have a good amount of sizes left in stock.

19
Jul

I've been in the market for a summer suit. Since it was more of a want than a need, I decided to wait toward the second half of the summer to get it, so I could get it on sale. I'm starting to look around to see what's on sale and what are the best options. I've been looking at the J. Crew Aldridge and a few of the Brooks Brothers ones. Any recommendations? The use will be future weddings, general dress for work and other occassions where I want to go further than the typical pants, shirt, tie combination. Thanks

- Asked by Anonymous

At the price range you’re looking at, I’d go with whatever fits you better (or will fit better with alterations, that is). If it was my money, I’d probably go with the Brooks Brothers options for a few reasons. First, J.Crew’s final sales have no returns, so unless you know their stuff will fit you perfectly (or you’re buying in-store), then I’d be conscious of that. Secondly, all of J.Crew’s final sale suits (and it looks like a lot of their suiting) appears to be fully lined. That’s going to be dreadful in the summer and probably another $35 to have the tailor turn it into something partially lined, which is only partially better for the summer. Finally, I tend to think that J.Crew’s lapels are kinda too slim for my tastes (and, yes, I’m aware that I own several jackets that have slim lapels). Not saying that’s a dealbreaker, but something to keep in mind. If I were buying something where all things are being equal at money spent, I’d just go for moderate sized lapels.

28
Mar

It’s on (final) sale: J.Crew

J.Crew is having an extra 30% off their Final Sale items right now (code: LOVEIT). Here’s a few items that may be of interest:

Cotton-twill briefcase: Comes to around $70, for those of you who want a cheaper alternative to the Filson. Not sure if this is waterproof though.

Bowery wool classic-fit pants: Also around $70, in dark charcoal and lighter grey (above). I have a pair of these, and you should plan to get them tapered at a tailor. Depending on your price range, these could be worthwhile.

Baracuta G9 harrington jacket: At about $160, this is a rather low price to get an original Baracuta. I thought about getting one, but some research showed that these jackets aren’t kind to people of narrower torsos that also have longer arms (if anyone’s had a different experience, please let me know).

04
Mar
So, I completely ignored all of dieworkwear’s wonderful advice about socks and bought a couple of $5 cotton/nylon pairs from J.Crew’s factory store. They arrived today and for the time being they’ll have to do the trick while I work in the public sector.

So, I completely ignored all of dieworkwear’s wonderful advice about socks and bought a couple of $5 cotton/nylon pairs from J.Crew’s factory store. They arrived today and for the time being they’ll have to do the trick while I work in the public sector.

15
Nov

Deals to be had

Lands’ End: ENDS TODAY. 30 percent off of everything, including overstocks and Lands’ End Canvas. Code: LESHARE30 PIN: 7785.

J. Press: Ends Nov. 25. Up to 25 percent off. Code: PSNOV10. (Via)

Endless: Ends Nov. 17. 25 percent off of all boots. No code. (Via)

J. Crew: Ends Nov. 18. Extra 30 percent off discount sale items. Code: JCREW.

17
Sep
25
Aug

Take it to the Tailor: J. Crew Bowery Wool Classic Fit Pants

Continuing my preparation for fall, I took another pair of trousers to the tailor: the J. Crew Bowery Wool Classic Fit Pants.

The classic fit doesn’t have a terrible fit by any means. The leg opening is just fine, it tapers quite well, but the problem comes at the seat of the pants (as others have griped about elsewhere). One $25 trip later and it fits snug and the hips are a bit narrower.

As for the pants themselves, they’re not a bad deal for the price (hoovering right now around $100+ tax and shipping. They’re half-lined to the knee and are dang comfortable.

It’s worth noting though that if you’re spending $125+ (cost plus tailoring) that you might want to consider going for a pair from Howard Yount (prices average around $160). The fit is perfect (waists are true-to-size, FYI), the material is top notch and they’re made in Italy.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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