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
Winter Greens and Browns
Jacket: Borrelli, thrifted $50
Shirt: PRL cotton flannel, free
Scarf: Moon of England, STP $12
Pocket Square: Kent Wang, gift
If You’re Hard Pressed for Gift Ideas…
You can’t go wrong with a plaid or tartan scarf. Cashmere if you’re feeling flush, lambswool if you’re on a budget. They’re both great, and the recipient is sure to be pleased either way.
Clearly, I love scarves. They’re an excellent way to add some color to an otherwise drab or conservative outfit, and they’re extraordinarily pragmatic in so far as keeping your neck warm is essential for keeping one’s core temperature well-regulated in cold weather.
The majority of the scarves pictured above were purchased over the years at Sierra Trading Post, one of my absolute favorite places to buy new things on deep discount. You can always count on them to have Johnston’s of Elgin (Made in Scotland) cashmere scarves in stock (though right now there aren’t a ton of available patterns), as well as lambswool ones. Another brand worth checking out on STP is Moon of England, especially for their lambswool tartan scarves. Although they’re a little on the short side (50”), they keep one quite toasty and are eminently affordable ($15 w/o any additional discounts). And though I don’t own one, the Moon of England heathered cashmere scarf looks quite nice, and is currently even more affordable than the Johnston’s of Elgin ones.
Additionally, if you sign up for STP’s ‘Deal Flyer’ you are bound to get some nice discount codes, which will bring the prices for these scarves down even further.
Horsehide and Tweed
Sometimes it’s hard to beat a broken-in leather jacket for a casual fit on a cold day. Especially a horsehide one. It ages so beautifully, and weathers rain much better than cowhide.
As for the hat, I bought it years ago on crazy clearance at Sierra Trading Post. It’s made in Scotland by a company called Failsworth, and if I’m reading the labels correctly the tweed pattern is called ‘Dumfries.’ I can’t remember the exact price but I know it was under $10, and I regret not buying more of them when I had the chance.
Yesterday’s Scarf and other Scarf Deals…
I own a lot of scarves, and most of those are either cashmere or lambswool winter scarves. I love the combination of a soft hand and substantial warmth that only cashmere can provide, but they are generally prohibitively expensive. The Barbour cashmere scarf pictured above likely retailed in something like the $150-200 range, but I picked it up four or five years ago from Sierra Trading Post (STP) for about $35. I never pay more than $40 for a cashmere scarf, and in order to do so I troll STP a lot.
Every year they have tons of cashmere scarves by Johnston’s of Elgin, which are quite nice, and they sell for ~$70 or so. Sign up for STP’s ‘Deal Flyer’ email alerts and you will frequently receive coupon codes which, when combined with sale prices, can bring the scarves down to about $30, which is as cheap as I’ve ever seen them and I’ve been watching them for almost a decade.
Lambswool scarves by Johnston’s of Elgin (currently $30) and Moon of England (currently $15) can often be had for as low as $12 if you stack coupon codes and clearance sales wisely. The current selection is quite varied and nice, and should be able to fulfill any and all F/W scarf needs.
Taken with instagram
I love scarves. And it’s another chilly day here, so I broke out the big guns. This one is extra-warm, as it’s both wide and long. Once again, this was purchased on epic clearance a few years back at Sierra Trading Post, and I used an extra 35% off coupon code. I believe it was around $25.
Jacket: Beijing bespoke, from my 2006 trip, $40. For whatever reason, this corduroy jacket was made differently from the green tweed jacket I had made at the same time, which is to say it has softer shoulders, a nice roll to the lapel, and a floating canvas rather than a fused one.
Scarf: Johnston’s of Elgin lambswool, Made in Scotland, ~$13, STP
Pocket Square: piece of scrap cotton tartan fabric from a local fabric shop’s free scrap box, .00
Here’s today’s work outfit.
Jacket: Brown wool w/ navy and orange windowpaning, my secret Beijing tailor (more on this at a later date), $60
Scarf: Lyle and Scott cashmere tartan (can’t remember what clan), made in Scotland, STP ~$20
Shirt: Beijing bespoke, $12
Tie: Robert Talbott rep tie, thrifted $2
Pocket Square: Nordstrom Rack, $8