It’s on sale: Brooks Brothers Friends & Family sale — It’s that time again: Brooks Brothers is offering 25% off all regularly-priced items (with a few exceptions like shell cordovan and Edward Green shoes). Still, this means a lot of basics which never go on post-season discount will be at their cheapest and it’s now time to stock up if you could use these items in your wardrobe.
Brooks Brothers is also offering free shipping on orders over $200. Use code FNFBB1 to receive the discount and the sale ends September 24.
A few of my picks:
Extra-slim fit oxford cloth button down dress shirts: Still made in the U.S.A. and my favorite off-the-rack dress shirt. A good casual shirt that layers underneath sweaters without a tie and goes well with blazers and a knit tie. I’ve raved about them and been known to buy a couple. They come to $145.25 for three shirts, or about $49.75 each (down from $79.50). Oh, and don’t forget they also come in stripes, too.
Merino button down cardigan — I bought two of these last year (in different shades of grey) and they’re pretty great. I’ve found a lot of use for them as good layering elements under a blazer to add some warmth. They’re perfect for that odd weather that’s too warm for a full overcoat but too cool for just a flannel sport coat by itself. Down to $88.50 from $118.00 in lots of basic colors. I’d recommend grey, charcoal and navy for starters (red and denim blue for the #menswear ambitious).
Milano fit advantage chinos — While Brooks Brothers has many seasonal casual trousers, they do have some mainstays as well. Trouser fit tends to vary by personal preference, but I don’t mind my pair in terms of their fit. Plenty of classic colors to choose from. Price comes to $119.25 for two pairs, which is $59.63 each.
Milano fit corduroy trousers — OK, moment of truth. I’m not completely sold on the concept of corduroy trousers. There’s something about the wales that weird me out a bit. But Derek as Put This On has called them "a fall staple" and Jesse has firmly shown his support by speaking at The Corduroy Appreciation Club, so you’d certainly be in tasteful company. Trousers come to $73.88 a pair with the discount in eight different colors.
Social Primer tailgate navy flannel blazer — I’ll cut to the chase: the lining is what kinda gets me on this particular navy flannel blazer. I already have a navy blazer — too many in fact — but this has some pretty cool details, like patched flap pockets.
Donegal tweed hybrid sport coat — Admittedly expensive, but definitely pretty awesome. Great country look with bellow pockets, elbow patches and a zip-out liner for warmth. I’ve given way too much thought into picking this up. Thank goodness it’s not in navy or it’d probably be game over.