18
Oct
It’s on sale: Gant — Gant’s Friends & Family sale begins today, with 25% off using code FF25. Sale ends Sunday, October 21. 

It’s on sale: Gant — Gant’s Friends & Family sale begins today, with 25% off using code FF25. Sale ends Sunday, October 21. 

17
Oct
canarycoal:

Well lookie here! I’ll be in store all weekend folks! Out of towners can shoot me a email at oakst@jackspade.com and mention Meredith. (at Jack Spade Chicago)

canarycoal:

Well lookie here! I’ll be in store all weekend folks! Out of towners can shoot me a email at oakst@jackspade.com and mention Meredith. (at Jack Spade Chicago)

08
Oct
It’s on sale: 40% off Lands’ End Canvas — Both Lands’ End Canvas and mainline Lands’ End are offering 40% off any single item through the end of today. Use code LEAVES with PIN 9876. 
I received an email from reader Yaakov who bought this LEC navy blazer during their last sale and had a mini-review of it. A few things he noted:

First off, the lining is great. It’s half-lined in cotton, and it really makes a difference. The jacket feels very light in comparison to some other LE jackets I’ve tried.
The shoulders are unstructured, which is nice, especially for me. I fill out on the larger end of the 40R spectrum, so it looks pretty nice.
Buttons are not functional, so for some that’s a plus. (Sleeve length is nice on me, so wouldn’t have minded.) Buttons are a a bit of stark contrast to me — a “bright” brown — but for some again, that’ll be a plus.
My biggest problem with the jacket was the slight collar gap that it created between my shirt and the jacket. For some, (again) not a problem, but for nitpickers it might get annoying.

For what it’s worth in regards to collar gap, that happens for a variety of reasons. Mainly, your body just may not be suited for the jacket. Also, I’ve seen folks with shorter collar points (aka, “skinny” collars that are on-trend right now) experience collar gap quite frequently. So, the blazer might work out for you, but you’d never really know unless you try it on — them’s the breaks with online retail.

It’s on sale: 40% off Lands’ End Canvas — Both Lands’ End Canvas and mainline Lands’ End are offering 40% off any single item through the end of today. Use code LEAVES with PIN 9876

I received an email from reader Yaakov who bought this LEC navy blazer during their last sale and had a mini-review of it. A few things he noted:

First off, the lining is great. It’s half-lined in cotton, and it really makes a difference. The jacket feels very light in comparison to some other LE jackets I’ve tried.

The shoulders are unstructured, which is nice, especially for me. I fill out on the larger end of the 40R spectrum, so it looks pretty nice.

Buttons are not functional, so for some that’s a plus. (Sleeve length is nice on me, so wouldn’t have minded.) Buttons are a a bit of stark contrast to me — a “bright” brown — but for some again, that’ll be a plus.

My biggest problem with the jacket was the slight collar gap that it created between my shirt and the jacket. For some, (again) not a problem, but for nitpickers it might get annoying.

For what it’s worth in regards to collar gap, that happens for a variety of reasons. Mainly, your body just may not be suited for the jacket. Also, I’ve seen folks with shorter collar points (aka, “skinny” collars that are on-trend right now) experience collar gap quite frequently. So, the blazer might work out for you, but you’d never really know unless you try it on — them’s the breaks with online retail.

08
Oct

It’s on sale: L.L.Bean — Both L.L.Bean mainline and L.L.Bean Signature are on sale with 10% off (and free shipping, as always) through the end of the day. They rarely have sales, so this is probably as cheap as their gear gets until stuff goes on end-of-season clearance. 

Some of my picks:

Norwegian sweater: A design that’s been considered a trad staple. For a while, L.L.Bean’s re-issue of these were being made in China, but they’ve since re-introduced them from Norway again. $125.10 on sale. 

Matinicus Rock chunky-knit cardigan: Made from Shetland wool and chunky knit. Every winter I wear my thick cardigan around the house almost daily and it’s a good way to stay warm. Plus, they’re comfortable in that “old grandpa clothes” sort of way. $116.10 on sale.

Bean Boots: The classic. Be warned: these sell out incredibly fast once winter really hits. If you’re thinking about getting yours, then get them early and on sale. I’ve had mine for several winters now and they’ve been a necessity for dealing with snow muddy slush. $89.10 on sale. 

Ragg-wool socks: These are amazing. I have one pair and they’re some of the thickest socks I’ve ever worn. If you only buy one pair of “keep your toes warm” socks for winter, I’d vouch for a pair of these. $17.05 on sale.

08
Oct

It’s on sale: E. & G. Cappelli and Rubinacci ties at Exquisite Trimmings — If you’re looking to get some remarkable neckwear on sale, then you should check out the necktie clearance going on at Exquisite Trimmings. For around $90 or so, you can get some of the finest handmade neckties from Italy. 

One thing I’d like to point out is that the Rubinacci knit ties with the colored spots have their spots sewn on by hand. Most spotted knit ties are stitched on by machine, because handsewing takes a ridiculous amount of time to do. If you’re into that kind of detail, then give those a look. 

28
Sep
It’s on sale: Lands End Canvas navy wool blazer — A question I’m frequently asked is where one can get a navy wool blazer for “cheap”. My usual advice is, “Go thrifting, that’s where I bought two of mine,” but I understand that’s not for everyone (even now it’s pretty tough for me to get to thrift stores in the city sans a vehicle). 
So, this navy wool blazer from Lands End Canvas caught my attention. It’s 100% wool with cotton lining (polyester lining in the sleeves to make it easier to put on), corozo-nut buttons, patch flap front pockets and I believe it’s even dual-vented in the back.  The only potential downside would be the surgeon cuffs. 
Still, for $175 on sale (down from $250), it’s worth a shot. Use code FRIENDSHIP with PIN 1520 to get 30% off. Sale ends October 2nd.

It’s on sale: Lands End Canvas navy wool blazer — A question I’m frequently asked is where one can get a navy wool blazer for “cheap”. My usual advice is, “Go thrifting, that’s where I bought two of mine,” but I understand that’s not for everyone (even now it’s pretty tough for me to get to thrift stores in the city sans a vehicle). 

So, this navy wool blazer from Lands End Canvas caught my attention. It’s 100% wool with cotton lining (polyester lining in the sleeves to make it easier to put on), corozo-nut buttons, patch flap front pockets and I believe it’s even dual-vented in the back.  The only potential downside would be the surgeon cuffs. 

Still, for $175 on sale (down from $250), it’s worth a shot. Use code FRIENDSHIP with PIN 1520 to get 30% off. Sale ends October 2nd.

28
Sep

It’s on sale: Allen Edmonds — The American shoemaker is having their Rediscover America sale from now thru October 9th, with everything 15%-30% off at their site. 

Probably the best deal right now is their Fifth Avenue captoe balmorals, which feature a strip of broguing across the toe but nothing more. A good shoe that’s easily worn with a suit or blazer, now on sale for $229 (down from $335). 

For those of you with a more workwear vibe, the Long Branch wingtip boot is on sale for $269 (down from $350). It’s got a Vibram lug sole that would probably work very well to provide traction in rain, mud and snow during the winter. I think it’d go great with denim, casual chinos and maybe even tweed trousers. 

27
Sep

It’s on sale: Bloomingdales Friends & Family — If you’re looking to get 20% off items like a Gant Rugger waxed parka, Saturdays Surf NYC cardiganBilly Reid chinos and Polo Ralph Lauren flannel trousers, then be sure to check out the sale and use code FRIENDS12 now thru Monday, October 1st. 

27
Sep

It’s on sale: Polo Ralph Lauren black tie accessories — Ralph Lauren is having a 25% off sale on select items on their site with code RLGIVING12. Frankly, there’s not much there to pick from that’s sale eligible, but I did notice their black batwing bowtie and cummerbund were on sale. 

Oh, and also available in black watch (bowtie and cummerbund), for those of you attending a more festive black-tie party this winter.

26
Sep
pantaclothing:

25% SALE, use code FALL25 at checkout. Quantities are limited!

Ed Morel (owner of Panta Clothing) had a few sale threads on StyleForum’s Buy & Sell the past few weeks and I managed to snag one of his cashmere ties last week. His necktie sale has now extended to his webstore. Lots of great six-fold ties for around $89, which is a pretty good deal — especially considering there’s a good amount of staples and neckwear appropriate for conservative business dress. 

pantaclothing:

25% SALE, use code FALL25 at checkout. Quantities are limited!

Ed Morel (owner of Panta Clothing) had a few sale threads on StyleForum’s Buy & Sell the past few weeks and I managed to snag one of his cashmere ties last week. His necktie sale has now extended to his webstore. Lots of great six-fold ties for around $89, which is a pretty good deal — especially considering there’s a good amount of staples and neckwear appropriate for conservative business dress. 

26
Sep
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
Sep

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. 

21
Sep
It’s on sale: Shaggy Shetland Sweaters — Rugby is having a limited time fall sale going on right now. Most of it is unadvisable and over-logoed, but their Shetland wool sweaters are worth taking a gander at for $78.40 (down from $98.00). It’s also worth noting they’ve also got leather elbow patches, which I suppose either makes this really exciting for you or immediately turns you off based on personal taste. Others, however, probably stopped reading the moment they saw these sweaters had set-in sleeves. 

It’s on sale: Shaggy Shetland Sweaters — Rugby is having a limited time fall sale going on right now. Most of it is unadvisable and over-logoed, but their Shetland wool sweaters are worth taking a gander at for $78.40 (down from $98.00). It’s also worth noting they’ve also got leather elbow patches, which I suppose either makes this really exciting for you or immediately turns you off based on personal taste. Others, however, probably stopped reading the moment they saw these sweaters had set-in sleeves. 

20
Sep
markshale:

After over 80 years in business we are sorry to say that we are closing our stores. Please come in and shop while time is still left. Everything in all 3 stores is 20-50% off original prices.

Woah. Sad to see this happen. Chicagoans, this should be worth stopping in to check out. 

markshale:

After over 80 years in business we are sorry to say that we are closing our stores. Please come in and shop while time is still left. Everything in all 3 stores is 20-50% off original prices.

Woah. Sad to see this happen. Chicagoans, this should be worth stopping in to check out. 

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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