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From the archives…
'Tis the season for tartan scarves.

From the archives…

'Tis the season for tartan scarves.

Jacket: J. Crew Field Jacket, thrifted $12 (I think?)

Sport Coat: PRL by Corneliani, thrifted $17

Shirt: Gitman Bros. OCBD, thrifted $5

Tie: Robert Talbott, thrifted $2

Scarf: Johnston’s of Elgin cashmere tartan, STP $35

Jeans: Rivi, thrifted $8

Shoes: Florsheim Royal Imperial Shell Cordovan Longwings, thrifted $13

I went into the city (SF) yesterday and randomly ended up at a consignment shop sale where I both bought these items, and ran into Anthony (author of the herrthrift tumblr).

Ties: Vintage Sulka and NWT Brooks Brothers, $10 & $5 

No-name silk tartan pocket square made in England, $8

Vintage Atkinson’s Irish Poplin Tartan Bow Tie

Vintage Atkinson’s Irish Poplin Tartan Bow Tie

Wool Knit and Tartan.

Wool Knit and Tartan.

More vintage Southwick, this time originally from San Francisco’s The Hound.

More vintage Southwick, this time originally from San Francisco’s The Hound.

There’s something about a shawl collared sweater that just pairs nicely with a tartan shirt.
Sweater: J. Crew, $25 on clearance
Shirt: Nautica, thrifted $5 

There’s something about a shawl collared sweater that just pairs nicely with a tartan shirt.

Sweater: J. Crew, $25 on clearance

Shirt: Nautica, thrifted $5 

Criminally Underrated: The Mint Green OCBD

Criminally Underrated: The Mint Green OCBD

At the intersection of Casual Friday and Holiday Party.

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.

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.

Plaid Out.

Plaid Out.

Knotted.

Knotted.

Wool Tartan Ties:
All thrifted. None more than $2.50.

Wool Tartan Ties:

All thrifted. None more than $2.50.

Vintage Polo Ralph Lauren Wool Tartan.

Vintage Polo Ralph Lauren Wool Tartan.