Dressing up on a day off, to go look at fabrics for suits at @beckettrobb. @prodigal_punk - I’m following your lead again, with a suit in the green Ariston donegal. #menswear #mensstyle #dandy #dapper #tweed #beckettrobb #vandafineclothing
When I started trying to dress better, it all started with finding a T-shirt that fit me perfectly, and buying 6 identical shirts and purging almost everything else. Find what works, get rid of what you know you won’t wear anymore, move on. Then I found a brand of jeans that fit me well (Taylor Stitch). These corduroys they made last winter, in the same cut as their jeans, and I love them.
Rinse, repeat for jackets, dress shirts, tailored clothing. You know how it goes. This is the Levi’s Commuter jacket in black, which reminds me a little of one of my favorite movie costumes.
The funny thing is, this combination here is almost identical to an outfit I wore a lot in high school - then it was a pair of olive green Levi’s 501s and a black leather jacket and Doc Martens.
Here’s something I’m looking forward to wearing more often, as the weather gets warmer - an unlined linen suit from Becket & Robb. Not long after getting it, I sort of regretted not getting it made as a three-piece.
But in actuality, I would probably never wear it with a matching waistcoat - I’d much rather mix it up a bit, so I had them make me this vest in a linen/wool/silk blend. It’s hard to see here, but the windowpane does have a thin blue component that really goes well with the blue linen. It’s a stock fabric at B&R. If they still have any left, I’m very tempted to get a suit made from it to match the vest, and mix & match with the blue suit.
The Black Corduroy Sportcoat
I’ve had this sportcoat in my closet for a while - I found it on deep discount at a consignment store, and it fits me quite well for an off the rack piece. All I had to do was shorten the sleeves by about 1/4”. I love corduroy, and this jacket (it’s by Façonnable) is a very light weight, fine-wale corduroy. It’s very much not the kind of corduroy that evokes adjectives like “stuffy”. Half-lined, completely unstructured, super comfy.
But it’s a black corduroy sport coat - not the most versatile. For a while I tried to find a pair of trousers to match, but that was futile. Even though I did find trousers with the same wale in a tone of black that’s close enough that it doesn’t matter, I found that the nap of the fabric would be different, and they’d reflect light in completely different ways.
So, I gave up on trying to make a black suit out of it (although I’d still like to have a black corduroy suit for dressy casual evening wear), and figured out how to wear it with jeans. Black jeans, a cardigan from Uniqlo (they were down to $10 in end-of-season clearance. I went nuts and bought four colors), and a chambray shirt. Substitute a henley or even a dark heather gray T-shirt to go even more casual and play with that tailored/streetwear boundary.
Oh yeah - the cardigan has those silly cardigan waist pockets, which I find completely useless. On all my cardigans I sew them shut, then cut the pocket off, to cut down on bulk around the mid section.
Jacket - Façonnable (consignment)
Shirt - Chambray by Proper Cloth
Cardigan - Uniqlo
Jeans - Black Kurabo denim by Taylor Stitch
Pocket Square - Gray chambray, by Fifth & Brannan
Shoes - Alden single monk strap (eBay)
Olive and Rust backpack.
I made this bag six years ago (geez, time flies) under my Zugster Bags alter ego. The color balance on the last photo of the linings I just bought is off, but the olive and rust almost perfectly match the olive and rust in this bag. And the sport coat I’m re-lining is a bit darker, but similar in color to the sandy main color of the backpack.
I think it’s safe to say I really like these colors.