You can’t really see it, but I’m wearing a super-soft and very warm flannel shirt from PRL in a classic olive, tan, burgundy and orange check pattern. There’s nothing particularly interesting about that fact, but the story behind it is worth recounting. I would have shared it earlier but decided against it at the time because I was concerned it might strain my readers’ credulity, happening as it did so soon on the heels of my Brioni/Borrelli thrifting come up.
I was recently compelled to liquidate a significant number of items of clothing from my wardrobe, and in so doing put together five garbage bags full of old shirts, coats, and other sartorial miscellany for donation to my local Goodwill drop-off center. Thrifting has been exceedingly good to me, and so I like to give back whenever I can.
I loaded the bags into the trunk of my whip (that’s the appropriate term for a 2004 Corolla right?) and drove down to the Goodwill drop-off center. The Goodwill near my apartment is a giant hub for the organization, and many giant Goodwill trucks are parked there ready to receive donations. They presumably distribute their wares across the area from this location.
In any case, the elderly gentleman who was in charge of accepting donations instructed me to just dump my bags in a giant crate full of clothing, some of it in bags and some of it just loosely laying about. Two such items caught my eye: 2 brand new (still folded with pins and tags attached to them) Polo Ralph Lauren flannel shirts. Not only were they very classically patterned, they also matched perfectly with the Brioni and Borrelli jackets I had just thrifted a few days earlier. I assume someone received them as gifts over the holidays and they went straight to the Goodwill.
I asked the man working there if I could have them, and he said sure, he saw no reason why a guy dropping of five bags of clothing ought not to have a couple of shirts he liked in the donation crate. So my trip to the donation station ended up being more rewarding than doing a good deed and getting rid of excess clothes. It was a boon for my casual winter shirt rotation, which has, until now, been a spotty area in my wardrobe.
I’ve really taken to the more ‘casual’ look of layering a heavier weight lambswool crewneck under a tweed-y sport coat lately, especially so since we’re in the midst of an unseasonably cold spell here in the Bay Area. I find the crewneck sweater to be a great way to inject some color into an outfit, especially so when it’s tempered by a more restrained looking jacket.