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Brooks Brothers Paisley Madder

Brooks Brothers Paisley Madder

The classic red university striped OCBD. Paired here with a BB rep tie, white irish linen pocket square in a haphazard TV fold, and grey flannel jacket.

Tie: Brooks Brothers, thrifted $5
I hit up a local Goodwill this weekend and picked up this BB tie which was NWT. Interestingly, I own its matching number in a dusky olive—also purchased at a thrift NWT. Apparently this was an unpopular gift that season…

Tie: Brooks Brothers, thrifted $5

I hit up a local Goodwill this weekend and picked up this BB tie which was NWT. Interestingly, I own its matching number in a dusky olive—also purchased at a thrift NWT. Apparently this was an unpopular gift that season…

Just picked up this linen shirt from Brooks Brothers’ recent sale for $32 shipped. Good thing too, as it’s in the 90s this week here…

So I Haven’t Lost All of my Thrifting Mojo…

The other day, half in jest, I mentioned to my wife that I ‘needed’ a cashmere navy blazer or sport coat. She responded, appropriately, with a hearty guffaw. My desire, however, was further confirmed for me by how much I was tempted by one on the StyleForvm sales board later that day. It was, though a great deal, still priced higher than what I could justify spending on a sport coat right now.

The next day, I popped into a thrift I don’t visit very often and came upon this great vintage Brooks Brothers 100% cashmere blazer in my size for $20. It’s got all the great classic American details that distinguish the old Brooks blazer: 3 patch pockets, lightly padded natural shoulder, no darts, a very American 3 roll 2 lapel, swelled seams, etc. I’ve put it together here with my regular uniform these days of an OCBD, simple tie (I’m a sucker for brown and blue ties), jeans, and suede shoes. 

Trad
Jacket: Vintage Brooks Bros. Cashmere Blazer, thrifted $20
Shirt: Luxire Blue University Stripe OCBD, $79
Tie: Vintage Robert Talbott for J. Coop Oakland, thrifted $2
Pocket Square: White Irish Linen, c/o Solosso

Trad

Jacket: Vintage Brooks Bros. Cashmere Blazer, thrifted $20

Shirt: Luxire Blue University Stripe OCBD, $79

Tie: Vintage Robert Talbott for J. Coop Oakland, thrifted $2

Pocket Square: White Irish Linen, c/o Solosso

I foresee much of my Spring/Summer uniform looking like some version of this: button down collar shirt sans tie, unlined sport coat, jeans, suede chukkas or loafers. Today it’s Brooks Brothers, LBM 1911, Drake’s, Red Cotton Denim, and Allen Edmonds.

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

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.

The Brothers Brooks and Gitman.

The Brothers Brooks and Gitman.

Purples and Greys.

Brooks Brothers and Polo Ralph Lauren

Jacket: PRL by Corneliani, thrifted $17

Sweater: Merino Cardigan by PRL, clearance $40

Shirt: BB OCBD, thrifted $5

Tie: Vintage BB, thrifted $2

Vintage Brooks Bros. Tweed, Brooks Bros. OCBD, and Brooks Bros. Ancient Madder.

Vintage Brooks Bros. Tweed, Brooks Bros. OCBD, and Brooks Bros. Ancient Madder.

The Contemporary Brooks Brothers Collar Roll.

The Contemporary Brooks Brothers Collar Roll.