Winter, 2012


School formal. Normally I advocate a suit, if not a tux, but since people have treated the event as semi-formal in years past, I decided to ease it up this time around. The bowtie is reversible with a dark blue dotted side, more festive than a satin black tie while keeping to the elegant affair. The theme this year happen to be “Fire and Ice” so the red underscore played off well with the dark blue.

At dinner with the Lady before meeting up with our group.

J Press Sack 3/2 roll blazer, made in USA
Brooks Brothers Spread Collar Dress Shirt slim fit
Brooks Brothers Social Primer reversible bowtie, made in USA
Brooks Brothers Regent gabardine dress pants
Allen Edmonds Park Avenues, made in USA
Bucherer dress watch
Ralph Lauren Cashmere scarf, made in Italy
Brooks Brothers Regent rain overcoat

Class

LL Bean Shetland sweater
Gant Foxhunt Plaid OCBD, made in USA, vintage
Bills Khakis M3, made in USA
Cole Haan penny loafers
Hamilton Khaki Field watch


Decided to go for a joker look.

Brooks Brothers slim fit spread dress shirt, green mini striped
J Crew merino v neck sweater, violet
LL Bean Signature G9 jacket
Brooks Brothers Advantage Clark Fit Chinos
Clarks Desert Boots

John Ashford Fair Isle sweater
Brooks Brothers James Tattersall slim fit OCBD
Bill’s Khakis M3, made in USA
Sterlingwear of Boston Authentic Pea Coat, made in USA
Allen Edmonds Walden penny loafers, made in USA

Layering for sweater weather. I’m wearing a Canterbury of New Zealand rugby over an OCBD, which is a fun and sporty look. You all know I’m against fake patches for the sake of fashion (i.e. RL Rugby), but I can forgive it here only because Canterbury is an actual rugby kit outfitter, adding some authenticity to it.

Viyella Tattersall OCBD, made in USA, vintage
Canterbury of New Zealand Rugby Jersey
Brooks Brothers Clark Fit Corduroy pants
Cole Haan penny loafers
Seiko 5 watch

Decided to go full out Urban Prep mode for the sake of this post. I actually did not wear this out (too dandy for me), but if you have the cojones then here’s an example of having fun with layering and matching of colors.

Brooks Brothers slim fit OBCD, pink, made in USA
Canterbury of New Zealand Rugby jersey
Brooks Brothers Khaki unstructured navy sport coat
Brooks Brothers Social Primer reversible bowtie, made in USA
Ralph Lauren corduroy pants
Leatherman Ltd motif belt, made in USA
Cole Haan penny loafers

Church service.

Notice the matching spotted tie and socks.

Club Room spread collar dress shirt
Brooks Brothers 346 (when it was the country club line) Plaid sport coat, made in USA, vintage
Christian Dior tie, made in USA, vintage
Brooks Brothers Herringbone dress pants, made in Canada
Allen Edmonds Walden penny loafers, made in USA
Socks, unbranded
Tiebar.com tie bar
Persol sunglasses

Brisk day in town.

Ralph Lauren OCBD, yellow
Ralph Lauren Cable Knit sweater, kelly green
Brooks Brothers unstructured sport coat
Raleigh Denim, made in USA
Allen Edmonds Westchester loafers, made in USA
J Crew socks, yellow
Trafalgar Engine Turned Plaque and dark brown calf belt strap
Gap scarf, made in Italy
Ray Ban aviators

Family dinner at a nice local French Restaurant

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece University Striped OCBD, made in USA
Brooks Brothers Country Club Shawl Cardigan
J Press dress pants, made in USA
Allen Edmonds Walden penny loafers, made in USA
Trafalgar Engine Turned Plaque and dark brown calf belt strap
Ralph Lauren Knit tie, made in Italy

My brother was visiting town and we took some long over due family pictures after a nice brunch at our favorite golf club.

Yours Truly: Brooks Brothers dress shirt, dress pants, Green Argyle & Sutherland bow tie, J Press 3/2 roll blazer, Allen Edmonds Walden penny loafers
Mother: Ann Taylor sport coat, Brooks Brothers dress, Burberry purse.Eldest Son: Brooks Brothers dress shirt, sport coat, chinos, Red Argyle & Sutherland long tie, Cole Haan tassel penny loafers.

My Trad wardrobe is nearing completion (at least, for my currently placid satisfaction). I have enough of the basics: OCBDs, chinos, dress slacks, and the like that I’ve moved on to the final cantos of Trad Mannerism. On that God mode level is the Barbour wax coat, of which is deserving of its own write up that I’ll post in the near future. The Beau in Sage Green pictured below was purchased for $200 brand new with tags…still steep on my budget, but a helluva saving for the normally priced $400, rarely on sale as a trad horcrux. I’ll save that story for later. Edit: Boom, story told.

For now, bask in my senior thesis on the Gloryhole to Trad Self-Realization.