08
Oct
Tellason denim jacket — I’m not usually one for denim jackets, but I saw this at Haberdash and kinda changed my mind regarding them. 

Tellason denim jacket — I’m not usually one for denim jackets, but I saw this at Haberdash and kinda changed my mind regarding them. 

31
Aug

It’s on sale: Levi’s for Brooks Brothers denim trucker jackets — Frankly, this quite my personal style as I prefer to just wear odd jackets. But after seeing edwinzee and suitsandboots pull the look off in the past, maybe it’s something you’re looking to try. 

Edwin and Tommy demonstrate a fairly easy way to wear the jacket: khaki chinos and a button-down collar shirt. I would probably avoid introducing a necktie, a spread-collar dress shirts, wool dress trousers or balmoral shoes to the jean jacket — it’d be an incoherent look that’s pushing tailored, more formal clothing with something more rugged and casual.

The jean jackets from Brooks Brothers and Levi’s come in faded wash and dark rinse varieties for $79.20 (down from $198). 

31
Aug

Howard Yount Fall Preview part 3: Outerwear — This is a new one for Howard Yount, which hasn’t offered overcoats before. Comes in a grey cashmere fabric from Loro Piana and a brown herringbone cashmere from Ermenegildo Zegna with suede elbow patches. They’re competitively priced at $799 each and look rather fantastic. 

02
Apr

Yes or no to denim jackets, was looking into maybe getting one for the spring/summer. If yes, any advice on how to properly wear and maintain a denim jacket, or well I guess maintain denim in general.

- Asked by Anonymous

Given how suitsandboots kills the denim jacket look so often, I’m going to give it the thumbs up and defer you to him for proper care for such things. 

(FWIW: Denim jackets aren’t my thing. I prefer to wear a blazer of some sort.)

As for my jeans, I just wash them when they smell unbearable. Put This On’s first episode gives a good howto on washing denim

ADDING: gaws said: 

Sean Hotchkiss makes the strongest point for a denim jacket. Check Justin Chung’s February archives.

Well, there you go. 

23
Jan

What would your recommendation be on JCrew's Authentic Bayswater Peacoat? It's on sale and can be had for around $120 right now in my size. I'm looking for something I can get many years wear out of. Is there a better alternative I should save a bit more for or should I pull the trigger?

- Asked by Anonymous

If I’m not mistaken, my roommate has this peacoat. I think it’s pretty nice, and it’s probably a good deal on sale.

You could maybe go cheaper if you spent more time looking on eBay for an vintage wool peacoat on eBay, however, I’m not entirely certain it’d be leagues better — it really depends on what you score. You could save up about a $100 more and get something from Schott NYC, but you’d have to determine if it’s worth that much time/money to you.

14
Jan

Been liking the Filson Mackinaw Cruiser for awhile now but waiting for them to restock in my size. Do you think it can look good wearing it over a sportcoat? Overcoats aren't really my style and I'm looking for a good substitute. I tend not to dress up my sportcoats while only wearing them with jeans/chinos. Looking into the Forest Green color. I'm a college student so majority of my outfits are always casual. Would it work? Would that color go with anything I wear under it?

- Asked by Anonymous

That coat looks pretty good and warm, too. Not sure it would be long enough to wear over a sport coat though. As for color, charcoal would probably be the safest, however, I wear a military OD green field jacket over my sport coats all the time, so forest green should be just fine.

I’ve worn my filson Mac over a blazer before. The coat swallows the blazer so that it is invisible underneath. Not much sartorial value in layering. However the coat is thick as a thumb and never disappoints in the warmth dept. For the record mine is navy.

There you go!

13
Jan

Re: the posts about jcrew outerwear and mayfair topcoats - i just bought a mayfair coat in a size bigger than i normally wear for jcrew to acommodate fitting a sportcoat or suit jacket underneath. I guess i had planned for it to be my overcoat for the rest of winter. When i got it though, i immediately noticed it having jcrews signature skinny lapels. They are tiny and i feel slightly odd with them on the coat. Am i nitpicking at an otherwise fine piece or are there certain rules for overcoats?

- Asked by Anonymous

I don’t think there are very different rules for overcoats. Really, it’s just a subjective matter of taste. If you can live with it, then keep it. If you can’t, then return it. I would say though that skinny lapels on larger chests could look kind of weird. Then again, Jon Hamm wears skinny lapeled sack suits on “Mad Men” and hardly could be confused for a guy with a small torso and still manages to look great. But that could be because he’s Don Draper.

12
Jan

Thanks for the suggestions. Quick question I want it slim fitting. They offer a slim fitting Mayfair which I'm interested in. I live in NYC, should I opt for the slim fitting Mayfair or the Thinsulate Mayfair considering weather here can get bad. Would this jacket keep me warm whereas I can just get the slim fitting version?

- Asked by Anonymous

No clue. I haven’t been to a J.Crew in a while. But ask yourself a few questions: Am I going to be layering underneath anyway? Am I able to tolerate cold weather? 

Frankly, we get cold weather here in Chicago and I rarely reach for Thinsulate-lined stuff for commuting around. Unless I know I’m going to be outside for a long time (ie: digging my car out), then I just layer up and put on my overcoat. You won’t die as long as you keep moving and really just suck it up for a bit. Honestly, I’d be more worried about my toes than anything else getting cold. 

12
Jan
08
Jan
acutestyle:

Old Navy Toggle Coat $50 Oh word?  Might have to check this out.

A friend of mine actually owns one and I was rather surprised at the quality of it, especially at that pricepoint. Don’t know the fabric composition though.
ADDING: via an anon and brandocuh:

50% polyester, 3% nylon, 5% rayon, 37% wool.

acutestyle:

Old Navy Toggle Coat $50
Oh word? Might have to check this out.

A friend of mine actually owns one and I was rather surprised at the quality of it, especially at that pricepoint. Don’t know the fabric composition though.

ADDING: via an anon and brandocuh:

50% polyester, 3% nylon, 5% rayon, 37% wool.

06
Jan

I'm looking for a few jacket/coats for this upcoming winter. I'm a small guy so I'm not looking for long length coat. I'm a college student so I'm looking for something I can wear everyday. More on the casual side, although I do rock sportcoats I usually wear them dress down with jeans, chinos or cords, never trousers. I currently have a true navy Schott peacoat looking for 3 more outerwear. Gets pretty cold here in NYC. Looking to spend about $300-400 per outerwear, no black. Please help?

- Asked by Anonymous

Maybe a duffle coat? There’s a ton of options out there on sale right now that you could go for. I’d hit up the usual suspects and you could probably either get something further up the pricescale for that budget, or halve your budgeted spend by looking around. L.L.Bean is having a huge outerwear sale right now, including this blackwatch duffle coat.

Adding: pleatsareforlovers said:

ehh if he’s a small guy, that duffle will not work without an extra $100-$150 of tailoring to go with it. I’m stocky and the small was still massive on me.

Hmm, well, in that case, check out the clearance pages for Park & Bond and Mr Porter. There’s bound to be something there that fits your bill.

16
Dec

I inherited a navy cashmere topcoat from my father a couple of weeks ago. It's a nice coat but the buttons are outdated and some of them are broken. Do you think you could recommend some replacement options? I was thinking of going with brown horn or black. Don't think I'll go with brass. Thanks!

- Asked by bestdressedcra

I think a deep, nutty brown horn button set would look great. As for where to buy them, I’m not entirely sure. My default place to look for buttons is this eBay seller, but I’m not sure if he’s got overcoat sized ones. Might be worth it to give him private message and see if he’s got access to any.

You could also ask your local tailor, as they might have some.

08
Dec
08
Dec

I'm a fairly small guy. About 5'7, 135lbs, & about a 36 chest. I am looking for a winter coat to combat through NYC winters. I was thinking an overcoat but since small I don't think it will compliment my build. So I settled for a peacoat. I was interested in Schott but they do not have my size. Can you recommend some brands or a coat that is casual but also can be dressy?

- Asked by Anonymous

You need to hit up a military surplus store and see what they’ve got. I usually see all sorts of sizes at my local one. Or hit up eBay and find a vintage one. 

I would give Rugby a look. They have coats in size extra small, including a pea coat and an overcoat that’s about near Schott prices (on sale, no less). Not sure if you’re a student, but be sure to get that student discount if you are. 

Via mypantalones

To the Anon, look at +J for Uniqlo. Outerwear is spot on. Just picked up a cashmere blend chesterfield, and it’s perfect. Your size might not be perfect, but it’s worth a look.

Might be a great option if you live in NYC.

Also, suitsandboots pointed out that Schott does custom orders.

And thingsthatpleaseme suggested checking out the boys/kids section of Polo and Brooks Brothers. 

05
Dec

Ahoy there! Wanted to drop you a line and say that I think you have fine taste and a great blog. I was hoping you can answer something you've probably been asked before: I've recently thrifted a form fitting levi's denim jacket but find myself wondering what exactly I should be wearing with it. Any advice, rules, etiquette on denim jackets you'd like to share? If it means anything, I'm hispanic (black hair, olive skin), and hopefully my tumblr may give you an idea of what I'm into. Thanks a lot!

- Asked by genuinecourage

Denim jackets aren’t really my wheelhouse, but I’d take a look at suitsandboots to get some inspiration. I think he does quite well when he wears the denim jacket. 

I’d probably try to treat it a bit like any other layering piece, except in a casual manner. Maybe skip the necktie and go with a plaid button-down collar, crew-collar sweater and then the jacket on top. I’d avoid wearing indigo denim and instead go for another colored jean (tan, white, olive) or go with chinos (except maybe navy). 

Hope that helps.

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