Another taper, hem, and cuff job. Trousers from an unconstructed black corduroy suit. I found the jacket at a consignment shop two years ago, and managed to find matching trousers on eBay last month! Party suit. #diy #tailoring #sewing #suit #sartorial #alterations #corduroy #menswear
Here’s how to put together a very casual suit. Patch pockets, tweed, a purple plaid band collar shirt by @propercloth, and longwings. Ariston donegal tweed fabric, put together by @beckettrobb again. #dandy #dapper #sartorial #menswear #mensstyle #mensfashion #instafashion ##sprezzatura #suit #longwings
Can you tell I took a bunch of these at once? Mixing it up with the same open weave VBC trousers from yesterday, a jacket in #ariston donegal tweed, and a gingham vest from a Nordstrom rack clearance. #mensstyle #mensfashion #menswear #sartorial #sprezzatura #dapper #dandy #instafashion
Vintage Safari Suit and Variations
I found this awesome, very 1970’s cotton/linen safari-styled suit at a vintage shop in SF a couple of months back. It’s got a low button stance, bellied lapels, four bellows patch pockets, faux-epaulets, and 1/4” top-stitching around almost everything. It’s made by Hart Schaffner Marx, and the jacket is fully canvased and half lined. The shoulders fit me perfectly.
I probably won’t wear it as a suit, because the jacket has a few stains on it that may not come out, and it might not have enough room to lengthen the sleeves enough, but it otherwise fits great.
At $30, it was completely worth it just for the trousers, though. They’ve got a proper rise, a coin pocket, excellent construction, the fabric is great for summer, and the color is versatile (they’re the same ones in my previous post). They hold a razor sharp crease, and fall very cleanly. All I had to do was hem them for length, and slim the leg down. They had a very 1970s 11” leg opening, which I slimmed down to 8”. There’s even room to add cuffs later if I want them.
For the heck it, here’s a couple of variations - I think I actually like the jacket more with the darker brown linen trousers, and a couple of different tie/pocket square combos.
It’s funny posting about a summer outfit towards the end of September, but summer weather is still firmly in place in many parts of the US, and if San Francisco follows its normal pattern, it will be warm enough to wear this again in October.
I picked up this jacket (a rough-weave linen/silk blend from Cantarelli) on Yoox. Buying out of season, during one of their clearance sales, when there’s a discount code, and it’s the last item left….means you can get something quite nice at a steal, if you’re lucky. Most of the really nice stuff disappears, but I snagged this for just north of $100.
This jacket reminded of this great Angel Ramos look posted a few weeks ago. It’s got a very rough weave, and could go with linen trousers, or denim (I think I’m finally going to have to give in and buy white jeans). The shirt is a Beckett & Robb OCBD, and the trousers cotton/linen, from a vintage Safari suit (more on that soon).