01
Nov
New suit no. 2 — Another lightweight flannel (again from the Khaki’s of Carmel custom suit program), this time in a dark navy narrow double pinstripe. It’s even lighter than the first. Nothing out of the ordinary here: notch lapels, two-button, flap pockets, dual vents, quarter lined interior and flat front pants with 1.75” cuffs. 
Today’s also the first day of my friend Ernest's #NoDN, so it’s a good excuse as any for a selfie. 

New suit no. 2 — Another lightweight flannel (again from the Khaki’s of Carmel custom suit program), this time in a dark navy narrow double pinstripe. It’s even lighter than the first. Nothing out of the ordinary here: notch lapels, two-button, flap pockets, dual vents, quarter lined interior and flat front pants with 1.75” cuffs. 

Today’s also the first day of my friend Ernest's #NoDN, so it’s a good excuse as any for a selfie. 

09
Nov

NoDN #09 — Off to get Italian food for dinner with friends and to see my roommate’s Second City show. Felt like wearing something a bit more sporty. 

06
Nov

NoDN 06 — It’s Election Day and I avoided the temptation of wearing elephants on both my pants and necktie. Party affiliation in moderation.

01
Nov
NoDN 01 — I am not cheerful during mornings. Working this week out of the Merchandise Mart with rest of the startup team at 1871, which is a really casual work environment (and pretty darned awesome co-working space). 
Outfit details:
Sweater: LEC double-breasted navy jersey cardigan
Shirt: Brooks Brothers blue OCBD
Tie: Vanda Fine Clothing donegal blue wool
Jeans: 3Sixteen SL-100x
Shoes: Tretorn white Nylites

NoDN 01 — I am not cheerful during mornings. Working this week out of the Merchandise Mart with rest of the startup team at 1871, which is a really casual work environment (and pretty darned awesome co-working space). 

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17
Oct

ANNOUNCEMENT: NoDN 2012 is coming.

aldoushuxtable:

Hi. 

The November of Dressing Nicely is returning for the third consecutive year. If you don’t know what that is, click here.

This year, we’re doing something differently.

  • Ladies? You’re in. 
  • We’ll be doing more shoots with stylish Chicagoans and stores like we did last year.
  • Trying to lock down a venue for a big ass party during the month. Not  pretentious like a lot of the “fashion” parties are in Chicago…think a high-class kegger.
  • Product reviews.
  • Other stuff I haven’t figured out yet.
  • We’ll still be posting the pics to the RedEye site and I’ll be compiling the best ones I get all week here. 

If you want in/have a product for me to check out/have a store we should go to/have any general questions/just need someone to talk to, you know where to find me.

Reblog this if you think your followers would be interested. It’s the Chicago way.

Ernest, you know I’m in.

30
Nov

WIWT: 11-30-2011

It’s the final day of the November of Dressing Nicely (aka, #NoDN) and it’s rather fitting that I actually needed to wear a suit today for work. You don’t really want to show up at a meeting with executives of a potential business partner wearing jeans. It’s also not the time to go over the top with your color, pattern and texture coordination acting as if you have something to prove.

I kept it simple and stuck to the rules: a dark, conservative, solid suit; a solid blue spread-collar shirt; a traditional necktie pattern with only two colors; a coordinating, a pocket square that’s been TV-folded; and black captoe oxfords.

Nothing’s too flashy or out of place, but it’s still a well-coordinated look that gets the job done. I’m a firm believer that if you don’t have to wear a suit everyday, then you can probably get away with owning a simple setup like this and be all right for 95% of what you’d need to wear a suit for in your life.

Get a well-fitting suit, a fitted shirt, a solid pair of leather-soled shoes and a nice necktie — and never worry again about needing something nice to wear on short notice.

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16
Nov

WIWT: 11-16-2011

As stated yesterday, it’s back to the uniform. I had a meeting with a client today, but didn’t want to go for a full-on suit. 

I know I perhaps over-preach my love of this kinda-sorta personal uniform I’ve found for myself, but I never feel bad wearing it. I can see myself easily having a wardrobe full of navy jackets and ties. 

Anyhow, next week I think I’ll do a feature on my wardrobe “essentials” and how I think you can have a full, seven-day wardrobe from just a few elements. Others have done this before, but I’d like to try my hands at it. 

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15
Nov

WIWT 11-15-2011

This wonderful fall weather in the Windy City is allowing for me to continue my rebellious stretch of wearing white denim. This time it’s with a donegal tweed jacket that’s part of a suit.

I should’ve taken a close-up picture, but the jacket has a faint windowpane of blue and rust in it, hence the blue OCBD and brown tie. I need to find a silk square with brilliant orange or rust in it with a paisley design along with some navy to really set this jacket off, but the blue linen works well enough.

Back to the uniform tomorrow!

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14
Nov

WIWT: 11-14-2011

Finally got this jacket back from the tailor last week. It’s a weird green moss-like color in 100% cashmere. Wasn’t really sure what to wear with it for a long time, but I just figured you couldn’t screw up too much using the "Italian Background".

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11
Nov

WIWT: 11-11-2011

No, I don’t own any corduroy, just flannel, tweed and knits for me.

Yes, it’s getting “cold”, but I think I can still get by without an overcoat — provided I layer with a sweater underneath and carry gloves and a scarf.

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11
Nov

WIWT: 11-10-2011

Decided to keep with the more casual theme again. I actually wore a navy sport coat over this, but took it off once I got to work. I know tennis sweaters aren’t for everyone, but I kind of dig the big V-neck on them. Your mileage may vary.

I haven’t really had to think much before on casual office wear, because I’d long ignored it in preference of the jacket and tie — it’s so much simpler to do! But many of the same principles still apply. You still need good fit and instead of a wardrobe of jackets, perhaps focus on getting a few, high-quality sweaters.

Admittedly, my sweater collection isn’t vast by any means (again, preference for a jacket and tie), but I think some rules overlap with the purchase of jackets. You want something decently constructed from good materials. You want it to fit well. And you should be aware that different sweaters can be made of more casual or formal material.

Obviously, the tennis sweater’s origin is one of sport, making it a bit more casual than perhaps a merino V-neck, which can find itself more formally layered under a suit at times.

I’m still an advocate for the jacket and tie, however, I do recognize that it’s not for everyone out there. If you find yourself in that situation, then maybe start giving a lot more thought into sweaters and making them a part of your wardrobe.

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10
Nov

WIWT: 11-09-2011

I’ve been stretching to do more casual stuff lately. It’s a bit of a change for me, but it’s not exactly difficult to do.

If your workplace (or lifestyle) is denim-friendly, then it’s pretty easy to fall into the slump of throwing on a button-down collar shirt (left untucked) and call it a day. Instead, try to go for a bit more cleaner look — least in the colder months when you can make use of layers.

Tuck in the shirt, throw on a sweater (or in this case, a sweater-vest) and select a jacket made from a more casual fabric — like tweed, cotton, corduroy or moleskin.

Neckties aren’t necessary (gasp!), but get yourself a nice silk square with a pattern or design on it for a slight bit of sophistication.

To really anchor this down though, get a great pair of shoes. Denim and brown brogues will look fantastic. It’d be tempting to go with more casual footwear, I know, but don’t. If you don’t typically wear your “nice shoes”, then here’s a chance.

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07
Nov

WIWT: 11-07-2011

The new job is treating me well, and the one interesting (but not unexpected) thing is that wearing dress trousers is more out of place than denim. While I don’t mind being different, it’s nice to have the option (and I probably won’t be wearing my suits anytime soon unless I have a meeting with a client outside our offices).

Anyhow, fairly basic setup here: tweed and denim. Not sure what made me think to wear a pink OCBD, but I felt it would look good and more casual than perhaps white or ecru.

Because the pattern of the jacket is really “heavy” visually, I decided that I wanted stronger silk elements to contrast against it, hence the boldly striped club tie and dotted pocket square.

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ADDING: plywould replied:

Nice ‘fit… but if you keep this up, you’re going to have to nix that “…without a face” tagline…

I’m showing my mug for #NoDN. After this month, back to cutting my head off.

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06
Nov

WIWT: 11-04-2011

"Oh, look. He wore the ‘uniform’ again to work. Yawn. Why doesn’t he ever wear something different?"

I know I tend to wear something standard each day in and out, which is why I think this WIWT/NoDN thing will get boring after a while as I’ve purged my wardrobe of quite a bit other than navy jackets, grey trousers, brown shoes and navy ties.

So, here’s something different. It’s what I wore out Friday evening:

Black double-breasted flannel blazer with a purple gingham shirt and black silk knit tie.

I actually ended up swapping out the purple square for a plain white one. Felt it was going a bit overboard since I was also wearing lavender socks.

Not something you’d wear to the office, but it’s a bit more colorful for the evening. And, yes, those lapels are beasts, but whatever. I think the jacket looks pretty darn swell and I never wear this thing enough.

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04
Nov

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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