13
Jan

Point Pinos — Try to avoid sitting down in seagull shit.

03
Jan
WIWT: Chicago — Spent the past four days in a snowy, cold and windy Chicago. Despite all of that, it was great to be back to see friends and family (and eat food that I’ve come to miss). 

WIWT: Chicago — Spent the past four days in a snowy, cold and windy Chicago. Despite all of that, it was great to be back to see friends and family (and eat food that I’ve come to miss). 

19
Dec
Really amazed at how well this photo turned out that my friend happened to snap tonight. 

Really amazed at how well this photo turned out that my friend happened to snap tonight. 

15
Dec
Warm winter weekends — Brown naked cowhide leather bomber, blue OCBD, raw denim, tennis shoes and aviators. 

Warm winter weekends — Brown naked cowhide leather bomber, blue OCBD, raw denim, tennis shoes and aviators. 

26
Nov
New sport coat and trousers — Finally got around to photographing these despite wearing them for a while now. A brown glen plaid with blue overcheck in a cashmere-wool-silk blend from Carlo Barbera, done in a 3-roll-2 triple open-patch pocket configuration. Other details include dual vents, light tan horn buttons and quarter lining. Again, made through the Khaki’s of Carmel custom program. 
The trousers are a donegal blue tweed from the J. Lawrence line at the store. I originally planned to wear this jacket with dark brown moleskins or corduroys, but these trousers worked perfectly. The fit is slightly slimmer than the J. Lawrence chinos and has a lowered rise. I was mildly concerned about the coarseness of the fabric, but they’re half-lined and I wear over-the-calf socks, so it’s not noticeable at all. I wouldn’t mind a full suit in this fabric.
For shirts, I go between a checked shirt that has tan, brown and navy with an ancient madder paisley tie or a simple blue OCBD with a navy repp. 
The fabric choice surprised me and wasn’t one I’d initially considered (in fact, I wasn’t considering picking up an odd jacket at all), but I’m glad it came up in conversations over fabrics with Jim. It’s soft without being delicate. It differentiates itself without being too loud. It’s now a starting point for my thoughts toward color and pattern for an odd jacket in the spring. 

New sport coat and trousers — Finally got around to photographing these despite wearing them for a while now. A brown glen plaid with blue overcheck in a cashmere-wool-silk blend from Carlo Barbera, done in a 3-roll-2 triple open-patch pocket configuration. Other details include dual vents, light tan horn buttons and quarter lining. Again, made through the Khaki’s of Carmel custom program. 

The trousers are a donegal blue tweed from the J. Lawrence line at the store. I originally planned to wear this jacket with dark brown moleskins or corduroys, but these trousers worked perfectly. The fit is slightly slimmer than the J. Lawrence chinos and has a lowered rise. I was mildly concerned about the coarseness of the fabric, but they’re half-lined and I wear over-the-calf socks, so it’s not noticeable at all. I wouldn’t mind a full suit in this fabric.

For shirts, I go between a checked shirt that has tan, brown and navy with an ancient madder paisley tie or a simple blue OCBD with a navy repp. 

The fabric choice surprised me and wasn’t one I’d initially considered (in fact, I wasn’t considering picking up an odd jacket at all), but I’m glad it came up in conversations over fabrics with Jim. It’s soft without being delicate. It differentiates itself without being too loud. It’s now a starting point for my thoughts toward color and pattern for an odd jacket in the spring. 

11
Nov
17 Mile Drive — This was the last photo I took today while making my way along the historic 17 Mile Drive. Despite being in the area more than six months, I haven’t seen this portion of the shoreline and decided to spend the day checking it out. Shortly after this photo was taken, a giant set of waves not only soaked my legs, but also overtook my camera from its perch on the rocks and plunged it into the ocean to mix with salt water and sand particles. It is no longer functional.  

17 Mile Drive — This was the last photo I took today while making my way along the historic 17 Mile Drive. Despite being in the area more than six months, I haven’t seen this portion of the shoreline and decided to spend the day checking it out. Shortly after this photo was taken, a giant set of waves not only soaked my legs, but also overtook my camera from its perch on the rocks and plunged it into the ocean to mix with salt water and sand particles. It is no longer functional.  

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. 

17
Oct

WIWT: 10-17-2013 —  Explored the beach beneath the hotels between Cannery Row and San Carlos Beach. 

17
Oct

New suit no. 1 — Lightweight grey flannel with a subtle double-stripe through Khaki’s of Carmel's made-to-measure program. Fully canvased, two-button, notch lapel, dual-vent, dark horn buttons, natural shoulder, quarter-lined (in navy with white polka dots) and trousers with a slight break and 1.75” cuffs. 

13
Oct

Sundays before sundown — Along the Pacific.

19
Sep

WIWT: 09-19-203 — It’s not always a jacket or suit for work at Khaki’s of Carmel. Sometimes it’s a sweater. In this case, an Italian wool-silk blended rugby in black layered over a white OCBD and black silk knit tie. I picked up the sweater from work not too long ago to try it out as an alternative to V-necks under a sport coat or blazer. Frankly, I just like wearing it over a button-down shirt on its own. With the right combinations, it looks really refined. 

Down below, mocha brown slim moleskin trousers from Mason’s (which are absurdly comfortable) and chocolate brown suede tassel loafers. I’ve been really happy with the fit of Mason’s, which I hadn’t tried on before starting this job. The pants fit me incredibly well through my entire leg and this particular shade of brown pairs well with a wide range of hues for the autumn months. With Carmel’s moderate temperatures, however, I could probably wear them year-round. 

Finally, I also couldn’t resist showing off my newly acquired vintage Longines on a special-order alligator watchband from W. Kleinberg. I found the watch at an antique mall in Aptos where a dealer restores vintage timepieces. I fell in love with the watch the moment I saw it, but knew its flimsy lizard leather band had to go. A co-worker had a great navy alligator watchband, so I felt pretty confident ordering from W. Kleinberg in their black version. It gives the watch a much more formal look — almost too formal for some outfits. 

15
Sep

WIWT: 09-15-2013 — Walked down to the beach. Ended up soaked to my knees and with sand in my trouser cuffs. Worth it.

16
Jul

WIWT: 07-15-2013 — Trip to Big Sur. Traded boat shoes for ranger moccs and chinos for jeans. 

15
Jul
WIWT: 07-14-2013 — At the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

WIWT: 07-14-2013 — At the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

08
Apr
WIWT: From Last Week — I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the look of loafers with a suit, but considering the circumstances it wasn’t the end of the world. Helps that they’re horsebits, I think. 
Fit details:
Suit: Proper Suit (review)
Shirt: Hugh & Crye “Rockefeller” blue & white stripe
Tie: Vintage J.Press ancient madder
Pocket Square: Howard Yount
Glasses: Ray-Ban Aviators
Belt: Vintage sterling silver slide buckle with black Belt Master strap
Socks: Lands End over-the-calf charcoal wool
Shoes: Alden black horsebit loafers
Bag: Filson 256 briefcase in brown

WIWT: From Last Week — I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the look of loafers with a suit, but considering the circumstances it wasn’t the end of the world. Helps that they’re horsebits, I think. 

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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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