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Plaid and small foulard.

Plaid and small foulard.

"Sitting  round ‘dem conference table…" —Terry Ganzie (from the soundtrack of my youth, circa 1993)

"Sitting  round ‘dem conference table…" —Terry Ganzie (from the soundtrack of my youth, circa 1993)

J. Press Tweed

J. Press Tweed

Mixing Bright and Busy with Muted and Understated

When wearing a bright and/or busy shirt like this one from Ledbury, I find it’s often best to pair it with a more traditional or understated jacket and tie like these. The tie is a very simple wool/silk Zegna that is grey with a very muted greenish neat pattern, and the jacket is a vintage tweed herringbone sack by Southwick for Cable Car Clothiers—very traditional. And if it’s not too matchy-matchy, I’ll often go with a pocket square that complements some of the colors in the shirt. Here, the pocket square has purple borders with an orange floral foulard (which pairs nicely with the shirt, I think) set against a tan background that matches the natural tones found in the jacket. The grey in the tie can be found in the herringbone weave of the jacket as well, and the green in the neat pattern is there in the shirt.

Bow Tie: G. Fox & Co. English handblocked silk foulard, thrifted $4
Shirt: Uniqlo university striped OCBD, $15 (grand opening sale)
Sweater: Banana Republic merino wool v-neck, clearance $20
Jacket: Joseph Abboud “American Soft” line, thrifted $12

Bow Tie: G. Fox & Co. English handblocked silk foulard, thrifted $4

Shirt: Uniqlo university striped OCBD, $15 (grand opening sale)

Sweater: Banana Republic merino wool v-neck, clearance $20

Jacket: Joseph Abboud “American Soft” line, thrifted $12

I’m slowly building a collection of vintage Brooks Brothers ties.

I’m slowly building a collection of vintage Brooks Brothers ties.

Tie: Vintage Burberry, thrifted $2

Tie: Vintage Burberry, thrifted $2

Here’s a vintage H. Freeman & Son (not to be confused with Hickey Freeman, another storied American manufacturer) light grey wool sack jacket with a soft natural shoulder, and a 3 roll 2 lapel and button configuration. It’s a great muted grey for the Spring/Summer, especially if paired with a pair of pants that are a bit more eye-catching, like white jeans or some bright chinos.
I bought it years ago at a Salvation Army in Ann Arbor, MI for around $5, but just switched out its original boring grey buttons for these white MoP ones yesterday. I used navy blue thread for an extra bit of character. It’s my DIY attempt at fusing American traditional style with some of the more attention grabbing details found in Italian menswear. I have another navy blazer I want to switch the buttons out for the warmer months, and was thinking about using two colors of thread per button, like navy and green, or navy and burgundy…I’ll post pics if, and when, I get around to it. 
Tie: Robert Talbott, thrifted $2.50
Pocket Square: Tie Bar, $8

Here’s a vintage H. Freeman & Son (not to be confused with Hickey Freeman, another storied American manufacturer) light grey wool sack jacket with a soft natural shoulder, and a 3 roll 2 lapel and button configuration. It’s a great muted grey for the Spring/Summer, especially if paired with a pair of pants that are a bit more eye-catching, like white jeans or some bright chinos.

I bought it years ago at a Salvation Army in Ann Arbor, MI for around $5, but just switched out its original boring grey buttons for these white MoP ones yesterday. I used navy blue thread for an extra bit of character. It’s my DIY attempt at fusing American traditional style with some of the more attention grabbing details found in Italian menswear. I have another navy blazer I want to switch the buttons out for the warmer months, and was thinking about using two colors of thread per button, like navy and green, or navy and burgundy…I’ll post pics if, and when, I get around to it. 

Tie: Robert Talbott, thrifted $2.50

Pocket Square: Tie Bar, $8

I love coming across Brooks Brothers ties of this vintage when I’m thrifting. Solid construction, nice foulards, paisleys, and stripes, and the perfect width (between 3.25” and 3.5”). 
The yellow one was my most recent find, and it’s in flawless condition (as though it has literally never been worn). Picked up on Thursday for $2.

I love coming across Brooks Brothers ties of this vintage when I’m thrifting. Solid construction, nice foulards, paisleys, and stripes, and the perfect width (between 3.25” and 3.5”). 

The yellow one was my most recent find, and it’s in flawless condition (as though it has literally never been worn). Picked up on Thursday for $2.

Shirt: Lands’ End, $12
Tie: Mark Pendleton wool challis from Italy, thrifted $2

Shirt: Lands’ End, $12

Tie: Mark Pendleton wool challis from Italy, thrifted $2

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Today’s tie. Robert Talbott for Tearney’s (a now defunct men’s haberdashery with former locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto), thrifted $2

Taken with instagram

Today’s tie. Robert Talbott for Tearney’s (a now defunct men’s haberdashery with former locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto), thrifted $2

Lots of PRL today.
Shoes: Bass Buchanon, $60 and bought w/ Amazon gift card
Jeans: APC Petite Standard, $22 (IIRC) at a Crossroads Trading Co.
Tie: Polo Ralph Lauren paisley foulard, thrifted $2
Scarf: Polo Ralph Lauren, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s years ago for $12 I think.
Jacket: Polo Ralph Lauren by Corneliani, thrifted, part of a whole suit which was $25

Lots of PRL today.

Shoes: Bass Buchanon, $60 and bought w/ Amazon gift card

Jeans: APC Petite Standard, $22 (IIRC) at a Crossroads Trading Co.

Tie: Polo Ralph Lauren paisley foulard, thrifted $2

Scarf: Polo Ralph Lauren, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s years ago for $12 I think.

Jacket: Polo Ralph Lauren by Corneliani, thrifted, part of a whole suit which was $25

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Friday!!! And a week off from work in my future. The siren wails of the thrift shops call out…

Taken with instagram

Friday!!! And a week off from work in my future. The siren wails of the thrift shops call out…