Mar 26, 2011

Transitioning Into Spring

Spring is officially here.  In Virginia, we had essentially a week of warm weather.  The problem is that it while the high was around 70, the starting temp would be around 45 degrees.  The last thing you want to  do is go from wearing flannel and boots to madras and boat shoes overnight.  By mixing some F/W pieces with S/S pieces, you can have a look that is seasonally appropriate both aesthetically and functionally.


Blazer and Pants-RL Rugby | Shirt-Modern Tailor | Tie-Club Room | Tie Bar-Kenneth Cole | Shoes-Bass Dover | Glasses-Warby Parker | Sunglasses (in pocket)-Merona | Bag-unknown (gift)

 It's important that one be aware of the weather when dressing.  When seasons change, you should ease into the new season's clothes as opposed to diving head first.  I can remember how many times in college as soon as the snow melted, someone was rocking shorts, flip-flops, and a Northface.  It's not enough to just get the clothes to coordinate with each other: they should also coordinate with the weather.  Since it was going to get near 70 for the day, I knew I would be fine to go sockless (also my boss was out of town, so I knew I wasn't going to catch flack for it).  The day's starting temp was about 45, and I didn't want to wear a coat over a  cotton blazer.  Instead I grabbed a half lined herringbone wool sport coat and went on my way.  I was more than comfortable all day as the jacket was warm enough in the morning and not too warm in the afternoon.

One style "rule" is that your leathers should match: brown shoes, brown belt, brown bag.  As with most style rules, one should learn how to break it.  The easiest way to break this rule is to keep everything close in tone.  My shoes are burgundy, my belt is a dark brown, and my bag is black.  If the shoes were cognac or chestnut, this would look off.



The shirt that I am wearing is from Modern Tailor.  It is one of their $20 blue oxfords and I am thoroughly impressed.  Because the shirt was so cheap I decided to make a few upgrades.  I went with the contrast club collar and I was surprised to find that it was essentially a spread club collar.  It creates a different look than many of the pinned club collars that you see on the interwebs.  I also upgraded to the mother of pearl buttons.  In total, the shirt came to less than $40 shipped.  Rather than entering my measurements, I entered the measurements of a shirt that fit me well already and the fit was great.  They have a ton of great looking fabrics at varying price ranges and really the only qualm about my Modern Tailor experience was the fact that the shipping website is in Chinese and once it leaves China I had no idea where it was until it arrived (about 2 weeks after ordering). 

17 comments:

  1. Looking swell as always. The length of the pants is on point. Tailored or did you just buy them shorter?

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  2. @eric: Thank you! I bought them true to size. Brands like Rugby anticipate guys wearing them low on their hips, but I keep mine up near my natural waist.

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  3. CB, I generally avoid the circle jerk of bloggers complimenting bloggers, but I've got to say I legitimately appreciate your style and the fact that you understand most people are on a limited clothing budget.

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  4. Thanks for the advice about "matching" leathers. I couldn't find a belt to match my Dovers to save my life and had to make do.

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  5. There will surely be guys who don´t like the fact that you throw together pieces of various seasons, alas i´m not joining their band. I dare say you look pretty good, the only thing i "worry" about is the length of the jacket, it seems pretty short to me and there is some room for improvement in the neck area, the lapels are standing away from your left shoulder.

    Apart from that: great colour combo and true style!

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  6. @spoozy: Thanks for the critique, man! I really appreciate it. Yeah the lapels are a bit funky from wearing them with the collar up and not properly steaming it before leaving the house that morning. As for length of the jacket, that's one of those personal preference things. Not all my jackets are that short, but I do find that shorter jackets look better when I do decide to go for a casual look. Not all my sportcoats are that short though.

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  7. I think the length of the jacket is good for this look. Longer jackets tend to look awkward with slimmer pants.

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  8. Is the Modern Tailor blue oxford special actually oxford cloth, or is that just the color?

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  9. @Bobby: Yes, the shirt is oxford cloth. It's a decent medium weight oxford cloth considering it their $20 fabric.

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  10. Nice look. What kind of shoes are those?

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  11. I like it. What would you wear those pants with in a more casual setting?

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  12. @anon- Bass Dovers

    @Freon- In a more casual setting I might wear a polo, grey crew neck sweatshirt, an oxford shirt, or a poplin button down.

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  13. the hair looks bad for the warmer weather...and i mean bad like retarded kids! hahaha, I had to! hope all is well...

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  14. Looks awesome. Too bad one has to be gay or work in the fashion industry to get away with this, though.

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    1. I'm a idoit I confess...so please explain what does dressing well have to do with one's sexual preferences please inform us because inquiring minds want to know? REALLY!

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  15. I don't think that this a good combination.

    custom dress shirts

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  16. Mr. C Benjamin enjoyed reading your article...what impressed me most was your comments on your made-to-measure shirt from Modern Tailors seeing that I just dicovered their website recently and purchase my first ever made-to-measure shirt(I am totally satisfied with my shirt)an english two button spread collar with french cuffs.
    Already I'm contemplating my next order and I'm really interested in the edwardin club collar shirt like the one you are wearing in your article featured here on the internet thanks also for the tips on how to successfully break style "rules".

    Regards

    P J Weatherby (readpjweatherby@yahoo.com)

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