With the blogosphere mostly just posting about certain pieces that can be worn with hundreds of different clothes (in case you haven't noticed, disposable style is not our mantra), I think there is one aspect of how we wear our clothes that I get the feeling gets occasionally overlooked. Color is generally something that we stay very basic with as the pictured man above demonstrates. He goes with a nice red and blue colorway, mainly playing with one palette. No reason to overthink it, that would be silly and slightly unmasculine, however, wearing greys and blacks can get (pun intended?) drab. Everyday, I try to throw something on that pops. For instance, the man above (in case you couldn't tell, I got that from the sartorialist; now that's a man who pays attention to color) would look dull without his red cardigan. By all means, a man should be understated, lest he look the fool, but color makes dressing everyday less boring. I'm under the personal opinion that a man should have several colors to choose from in his wardrobe. By having many different colors, he in turn opens up many more ways to wear his clothes. For example, I own a blue khaki shirt that just looks boring with jeans, but pops when worn with light khakis or with a red undershirt. I don't need twenty different khakis or red t-shirts, just one or two khakis and one red shirt. By having these color options I just opened up three more ways to wear my shirt. I'm under the opinion that we should limit our clothing but never limit our colors. My parting thoughts to you: diversify your palette, it makes dressing in the morning, believe it or not, easier.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I own two Ketch neckties. They are both rip-offs of traditional designs sold by stores like JPress and Brooks Brothers. One is paisley and the other is university stripe.They are both made of cheap material but don't look cheap when wore due to their lackluster shine (their polyester isn't showing out). I like 'em but you might only be able to find them in thrift stores. I'm not sure who carries them and I can't seem to uncover much about them.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Ok, I'm going to lay-off these types of posts for awhile. It was really a celebration of the fact that I'm finally hosting my own pictures now and not feeding off others.
I'll be back posting stuff I find neat, and maybe a little odd, in a day or two. Also, the spacing is very intentional.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Not to jump on the Wes Anderson train, but Schwartzman is dressed perfectly in Rushmore. Some would argue that he should be wearing dress shoes. I found myself bugged by this while watching the film, but what kid has more than two pairs of shoes?
Parting thoughts: Breast cancer t-shirts always have a catchy marketing phrase like "save second base" or "we stare because we care". However, prostate cancer t-shirts? That would end badly.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
While being sick as a dog (some sort of allergies/bad cold mix which is my excuse for not posting in a week), my Minnetonka driving mocs came in the mail from Minnetonka. So far, they're comfortable, although the tread is very squeaky in my dorm's halls. I got them a half size small so they fit tight, which was a good call as they don't slide off my heel. I'll have to wear them a few more days before I can recommend them.
Edit: Also, I believe these are the shoes that Jake Davis recently endorsed on his blog. The man knows what's up. Quoddys are beautiful and all (I'm sure they last considerably longer than Minnetonkas), but with my habit of misplacing things, I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing a casual shoe that expensive.
Parting thoughts: I found a LL Bean corduroy shirt in a box of my clothes of winter wear which I didn't know I had. Isn't it great when things like that happen?
Friday, October 16, 2009
My father owns two Raleighs. One from the 70s and one from the 80s. They still have many of their original parts. I rode his Grand Prix Raleigh junior year around Western Reserve campus. It's the most fun of all my father's bikes to ride. It's top speed is second to none in his collection. I hope you enjoy these pictures from a 1977 catalog via Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Technical Info.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Rooting through an old Cannondale catalog, looking for the bike that my father gave me, I stumbled across some cool gear. The Cannondale sneakers are pretty cool and I'd be amazed if I came across them at some point in time at a market or thrift store. They've got a 'we're ripping off New Balance' vibe to them that makes them so much more lovable. The rain suit is stuntin'. Who wouldn't want to go out on a rainy day in that? It actually looks like it might be useful for windy and rainy days, though you would end up looking like Big Bird. I'll be browsing through other old Cannondale catalogs later this week, so that's probably what I'll be posting the next couple of days.
Parting thoughts: I like the term 'banal natter'.
My Grandfather has always had a Gordon Setter female; always named Tara. While majestic dogs, they're generally not the best urban/city dogs. They're bred to be sporting dogs. You wouldn't try to raise a hound dog in Eastern Philly, would you? Unless you like keeping control of a dog tugging at it's leash at every blown leaf or stray pidgeon.
Friday, October 9, 2009
ZOMGHISTROUSERSARETOOLONG! I am bored, on a Friday night. This is bad news bears. I shall fix this. In other news, Leon: The Professional bothered me. Child/adult romances bother me. 'nuff said. This pic is of the villain from that film; if you didn't recognize it.