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Upstairs downstairs 11/5/12

Jacket: Daks of London, thrifted $10

Shirt: Uniqlo OCBD, $15

Bow Tie: Brooks Brothers silk repp, thrifted $2

Pocket Square: Nordstrom Rack, $8

There is a subtle blue in the windowpaning of the jacket too…

Shoes: LL Bean Signature, $40
Pants: Dockers Khaki Waders, Urban Outfitters clearance $19.99
Scarf: Johnston’s of Elgin cashmere tartan, STP ~$30
Tie: Vintage J. Press English Silk Regimental ‘Ansford College,’ estate sale $.94
Jacket: Daks of London, thrifted ~$10

Shoes: LL Bean Signature, $40

Pants: Dockers Khaki Waders, Urban Outfitters clearance $19.99

Scarf: Johnston’s of Elgin cashmere tartan, STP ~$30

Tie: Vintage J. Press English Silk Regimental ‘Ansford College,’ estate sale $.94

Jacket: Daks of London, thrifted ~$10

Here’s a more close up shot. I think I must have been trying to capture the pocket square, which is actually a tie that I took apart because it had some frayed edges. I mentioned earlier that I love brown ties with navy foulard patterns. This one was beautiful, a vintage Robert Talbott made for some long since closed brick and mortar haberdasher. I didn’t want to let it go, and so decided to repurpose it as a pocket square. I think the results are rather astounding. Those of less modest means may scoff, but a broke-ass-dude has to get in where he fits in (tip of the hat to local MC Too $hort). The only drawback is that I have to be careful when I first stuff it into my pocket, but once in, it stays put and has a rather elegant and ruffled look. I’ve seen other bloggers suggest putting a white cocktail napkin in your chest pocket—it looks nice in a professional photo, but in real life people are going to look at it and think “is this dude trying to wear a paper napkin as a pocket square?” Better no pocket square that a paper napkin, in my opinion…
I’m a big fan of making use of ties that have minor imperfections. Ties with small holes or stains can easily be worn with a v-neck sweater (as long as you know you’re not going to be taking that sweater off). I’m a fan, when doing this, of tying the knot further down the tie, for a fatter asymmetrical four in hand rakishly turned to the side (post on this at a later date). 
Jacket: Daks of London wool/silk blend, thrifted $8
Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger regular fit w/ spread collar, thrifted $6
Tie: Vintage Polo Ralph Lauren navy silk grenadine, thrifted $4
Pocket Square: Unconstructed Robert Talbott tie, $2

Here’s a more close up shot. I think I must have been trying to capture the pocket square, which is actually a tie that I took apart because it had some frayed edges. I mentioned earlier that I love brown ties with navy foulard patterns. This one was beautiful, a vintage Robert Talbott made for some long since closed brick and mortar haberdasher. I didn’t want to let it go, and so decided to repurpose it as a pocket square. I think the results are rather astounding. Those of less modest means may scoff, but a broke-ass-dude has to get in where he fits in (tip of the hat to local MC Too $hort). The only drawback is that I have to be careful when I first stuff it into my pocket, but once in, it stays put and has a rather elegant and ruffled look. I’ve seen other bloggers suggest putting a white cocktail napkin in your chest pocket—it looks nice in a professional photo, but in real life people are going to look at it and think “is this dude trying to wear a paper napkin as a pocket square?” Better no pocket square that a paper napkin, in my opinion…

I’m a big fan of making use of ties that have minor imperfections. Ties with small holes or stains can easily be worn with a v-neck sweater (as long as you know you’re not going to be taking that sweater off). I’m a fan, when doing this, of tying the knot further down the tie, for a fatter asymmetrical four in hand rakishly turned to the side (post on this at a later date). 

Jacket: Daks of London wool/silk blend, thrifted $8

Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger regular fit w/ spread collar, thrifted $6

Tie: Vintage Polo Ralph Lauren navy silk grenadine, thrifted $4

Pocket Square: Unconstructed Robert Talbott tie, $2