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Old Man Steez
Shirt: Lands’ End Tailored Fit, mega clearance $9
Cardigan: J. Crew, gift

Old Man Steez

Shirt: Lands’ End Tailored Fit, mega clearance $9

Cardigan: J. Crew, gift

The Schott Pea Coat

The pea coat is a perennially popular winter coat. Its timeless double breasted design, original functionality of keeping navy men warm at sea, and wide availability across a number of different price points make it a go to in cold weather for men and women of all ages and styles. 

Schott NYC's pea coats (Schott has, in the past, held the U.S. Navy contract) are an American classic, and are widely available on ebay, in army and navy surplus stores, at flea markets, and in thrift shops. I purchased mine on deep clearance for about $80 years ago at a brick and mortar shop in Ann Arbor, MI when I was a grad student. It kept me warm through many any icy and snowy Michigan winter. They retail now for a bit over $200, but are well worth the investment if you're looking for a warm American-made winter coat that will never go out of style, and you can easily find them priced pretty far under the MSRP.

They make a slim fit version too, but mine is the original cut, and I feel they run pretty true to size. I wear a pretty standard 40R off the rack, and my pea coat is a 40R, and fits a chunky sweater underneath quite comfortably. If I were buying one now I might try a 38, especially so if I thought I’d rarely need to layer anything heavy underneath.

Casual and rainy Friday…
Shoes: Red Wing Chukka, purchased NWOT @ Crossroads Trading Co. $36
Jeans: APC New Standard, gift from friend

Casual and rainy Friday…

Shoes: Red Wing Chukka, purchased NWOT @ Crossroads Trading Co. $36

Jeans: APC New Standard, gift from friend

Casual.

Casual.

Here’s a picture set of the full shawl collar cardigan+tweed jacket outfit. I used to feel like the substantial nature of a shawl collar sweater made it incompatible with a notch lapeled jacket, but have since overcome the sense that that was some sort of sartorial peccadillo. 

The jacket is the $30 Vintage Chaps Ralph Lauren mentioned the other day in the post about one of my favorite thrifting spots being blown up. Though $30 is much more than I like to pay for a thrifted jacket, I really loved the fabric, and it is in perfect condition—the pockets were still sewn shut, despite the fact that it’s got to be almost 20 years old. I wouldn’t pay that kind of money for newer Chaps stuff, but this jacket was made in the USA, and features fully canvassed construction. $30 well spent, I think.

New Jeans
I’ve been looking for a new pair of raw or very dark wash denim lately, but did not want to spend a lot of money on them. Uniqlo was a miss, and I was feeling a bit pessimistic about my options. A friend of mine works in advertising and grabbed me a pair of APC New Standards from a shoot. They’re too big for him, so he gave them to me. Problem solved.

New Jeans

I’ve been looking for a new pair of raw or very dark wash denim lately, but did not want to spend a lot of money on them. Uniqlo was a miss, and I was feeling a bit pessimistic about my options. A friend of mine works in advertising and grabbed me a pair of APC New Standards from a shoot. They’re too big for him, so he gave them to me. Problem solved.