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WIWT

WIWT

Polo Ralph Lauren Neat.

Polo Ralph Lauren Neat.

Jeans by Red Cotton Denim, socks by Marcoliani, shoes by AE for PRL.

Jeans by Red Cotton Denim, socks by Marcoliani, shoes by AE for PRL.

Sweater: Uniqlo, $20

Shirt: BB OCBD, thrifted $5

Tie: BB Makers & Merchants, BB Outlet $15

Jeans: Red Cotton Denim, c/o Red Cotton Denim

Shoes: Red Wing Wabasha, Nordstrom Rack $50

A dad in the 80s might be a grandpa now…

A dad in the 80s might be a grandpa now…

More 80’s Dad Reinterpreted. 

Every so often I make an impulse purchase that is, at best, of dubious utility. This weekend, presumably, it was this ‘Binchotan Toothbrush’ from Japan which claims boldly that with the aid of binchotan charcoal (and a kind of unappetizing looking set of bristles) harmful mouth germs can be prevented from growing, and fresh breath ensured. We’ll see…

At nearly $8 it was pretty expensive for a non-electric toothbrush, but I’m hoping its value lies within the purview of the mantra ‘buy better, buy less.’ I’m keeping my fingers crossed in the hopes that it will be the last toothbrush I need ever buy, or that it can at least be rebristled several times before I go the full bespoke toothbrush route. 

The aforementioned BB Red Fleece OCBD, thrifted The North Face jacket, Lands’ End Canvas shawl collared cardigan, Red Cotton Denim jeans, and L.L. Bean Katahdin Ironworks boots by Chippewa.

The BB OCBD: Brooks Brothers vs. Brooks Brothers Red Fleece

For those of you who have been faced, as I was not long ago, with the dilemma of finding Brooks Brothers’ Red Fleece OCBDs on sale for about $25 and wondering how their collar rolls are, I give you this.

The collar points on the Red Fleece OCBDs are much shorter than those on regular Brooks Brothers ones. We’re talking 3.25” on the regular BB, and a hair under 3” on the Red Fleece (this is even shorter than the Uniqlo OCBDs collar points, which are right at 3” by my measurement). Though the construction on the Red Fleece is not as nice as on the regular line (I find this is especially so regarding the buttons), it’s perfectly fine, and should hold up to hard and frequent use quite well. 

The Red Fleece shirt is also shorter, which makes it great as a casual OCBD to be worn untucked with jeans or chinos, and without a tie. For ~$25, I’m fine with that as its purpose. They also have the nice added touch of an additional button at the back of the collar.

The fit throughout the body is similar to Brooks’ regular Extra Slim Fit I think, and the Red Fleece size ‘Large’ is a tad tighter throughout the body and neck than a 16.5x34 ESF, so I’d say it’s probably comparable to a 16x34 in the ESF.

Overall, despite the shorter collar points—the roll still has a decent shape to it, it’s just kind of short—I find myself wearing my two Red Fleece OCBDs at least once a week these days. I’ve mostly worn them under a crewneck sweater with some additional outerwear layer, but my look has been quite casual these past few weeks.

A horsehide jacket feels, smells, and breaks in differently than a cowhide one.

Early-1980s Dad Reinterpreted
Jacket: The North Face, thrifted $25
Sweater: Lands’ End Lambswool Crewneck, $30
Shirt: Gitman Bros., thrifted $5
Jeans: Red Cotton Denim, c/o Red Cotton Denim
Shoes: Red Wing Chukka, Crossroads Trading NWOT $36

Early-1980s Dad Reinterpreted

Jacket: The North Face, thrifted $25

Sweater: Lands’ End Lambswool Crewneck, $30

Shirt: Gitman Bros., thrifted $5

Jeans: Red Cotton Denim, c/o Red Cotton Denim

Shoes: Red Wing Chukka, Crossroads Trading NWOT $36

Ivy Style.

Ivy Style.

Hamilton Khaki and NATO Strap

Hamilton Khaki and NATO Strap

New Outerwear

I just picked up this Polo Ralph Lauren ‘Peak’ Down Vest on ebay last week. Though I often see them selling for around $100, I got this from a new seller with less than 10 transactions for $50. I was the only bidder. Ebay’s buyer protection policies are such that it’s much less risky to buy now from a new and untested seller than it used to be. With this being the case, deals can often be had from sellers who are just getting started and are compelled to price their goods a little lower than the going price.

The other day…