Good deals can be found outside of the thrift shop as well…
Shirt: Uniqlo OCBD (older model), sale $19.90
Sweater: J. Crew Lambswool Fair Isle, clearance ~$40
Scarf: Moon of England Limited Edition Cashmere Houndstooth Scarf, STP ~$30 (these are not as nice, in my opinion, as the Johnston’s of Elgin ones often available at STP for about the same price)
Vest: Lands’ End Wool Blend Down Vest, clearance $50
Yesterday was, I think, the hottest day of the year so far. I couldn’t stomach the notion of wearing a tie, and wanted to wear a shirt that would keep me cool in the heat. Seersucker is a great fabric for such an occasion, but the contrast cutaway collar on this shirt has made me never wear it without a tie before. I decided I’d go for it, and am quite glad I did.
Though the shirt (by Lands’ End, and purchased on clearance for ~$17) is a bit trendy, in that it’s made of seersucker but also has a contrast collar in a cutaway shape, it is those very disparate and incongruous elements which make it a shirt that dresses down fairly well. I’ll probably wear this shirt several more times this Spring and Summer without any neckwear.
Coordinating, but not necessarily matching…
I’m a fan of having some sense of a through-line in an outfit to make it cohere. I’m also not one who shies away from wearing a little color. One simple way of doing both is having a color that appears 2-3 times in an ensemble. Sometimes, I think any more repetition than that and one runs the risk of looking a little too ‘matchy-matchy.’ Choose an item that will showcase the color (in this case the orange in the shirt), and then add an item or two that subtly include that color. Today, I’ve chosen a vintage pocket square that has a little orange in it—nothing too overwhelming. Since the shirt is quite loud already, and is also fitted with a fairly casual button down collar, I chose to forego a tie as that might have brought this outfit into the realm of costume (which isn’t always a bad thing, it’s just not what I prefer to go for).
Jacket: Vintage Brooks Brothers linen sport coat, thrifted $3
Shirt: Lands’ End tailored fit ‘Paintbrush’ shirt, clearance $12
Pocket Square: vintage, thrifted ~$2