or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › The Look goes on...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

The Look goes on... - Page 144

post #2146 of 2747

I've somewhat recently had a hot weather epiphany here.  Summer is my least-favorite season for the most part, and the heat is what really kills it as I like wool, tweed, layers, etc... 

For both resort and home(I live by the sea in both locations), I've been using the Outlier "New Way" shorts.  I have a pair of navy and a pair of tan.  They look like tailored cotton shorts, and they dry extremely quickly.  Four pockets, an internal drawstring, belt loops, and tough mesh pockets(for drainage), 2-way stretch, etc.  You can go from beach to bar, etc., rather quickly because they dry so quickly... and they don't look like swim trunks.  8" inseam on a size 34.  

Those and J Press Madras buttondown shirts, with sky/faded denim colored Vans or navy Supergas, or the old standby of a pair of Quoddy 3-eye boat shoes.   

For headwear, I have a Brooks Brothers porkpie and some other brand bucket hat.  Not the coolest look, but better than most of my peers out there!  

If I have to get a little dressier, again(and not a paid endoresement), Outlier is my new go-to.  Their "60/30 chinos" are the greatest things ever made...  They have 4-way stretch, made of cotton and Schoeller fabric, repel water and stains, and you don't sweat through them, as they're great at regulating temperature.  They're cut like and look like regular cotton chinos, but you could go for a jog or do yoga(!!) in them as they're so stretchy.  11" rise and 8" hem, so they're trim but not slim or low-cut if you dig.  I asked them about putting a crease in them, and they weren't 100% sure about it not damaging the fabric(the only thing that I think can do that), so I've held off.  They're a little dear.  

I have a pair of olive ones and a pair of dark khaki/tan ones, and they can easily go a week between washes.  I'd live in them if I could.  I travel for a living, and they're great for that, as they wash/dry quickly and store pretty small, and repel everything. 

Those and a nice madras, linen, or OC buttondown from Gitman, J Press, Michael Spencer, or Ratio, or a navy, green, or red Lacoste polo, and Alden Cape Cod cordovan loafers or tobacco suede Astorflex desert boots with mid-ankle merino wool socks. Cool evenings I have a Paul & Shark crewneck jumper(the one with the buttons on the shoulder), or a natural color Baracuta G9.   

These last things are probably too "skinhead" for most of the British here, but in New England you really have to be ITK to notice.  Most people just think I'm off to security detail or something, haha.    

post #2147 of 2747
Quote:
Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post

Would i be in the Riviera (unfortunately it didnt happen for a few years) and not at the beach (where i only wear swimming trunks), i would wear a Smedley Isis or Milo polo, a white 501, and some espadrilles. The sunspel polo is on my wish list BTW

 

 

Smedleys rule, though I don't tend to wear them on vacation as they're not exactly hard-wearing.  
I like them Sunspel Riviera polos, and the fabric is amazing-- but I find the sleeves way too short.  I guess I'd opt for the long-sleeve version.  

post #2148 of 2747
Yes i had noticed the too short sleeves on the Sunspel Riviera. Their Jerseys polos have longer sleeves though. The Riviera tend to be a little short at the waist too.
About the Smedleys it is true they are not as hard wearing as pique polo but they are so thin it is nice to wear them by hot weather. I noticed the critical point with them is washing, where it is not a problem with say, FP, RL, or Lacoste.
post #2149 of 2747
I went for the Sunspel pique polo not the knitted Riviera polo. The Riviera looks a bit more fitted than the pique. One thing I noticed on sizing, their website gives two lots of sizing - one relating SML to chest size and another giving garment dimensions. The accurate one is the garment dimensions, the chest size one is a mismatch by one size down and would put you into something skintight - very strange. As a benchmark, M is 40" garment chest size so fits a 38" actual chest. Stuck mine in for a couple of slightly hotter than recommended washes then drys and the length reduced by nearly 2" but the width stayed the same, which suits me fine.
post #2150 of 2747
Quote:
Originally Posted by covskin View Post

...
My casual wardrobe as at now is one tshirt, two polos, two jumpers, one sweatshirt and one pair of jeans...

So pretty much back where I was at 18! - which is good, you don't really need any more than this.

...though will keep an eye out for that one elusive Fred Perry polo that embodies the essence, thinking red laurel leaves, no piping and a light colour (light blue?). One polo and one jumper at next changeover?

So over the last couple of years my wardrobe has evolved from a simple work/casual split (suits, white shirts, navy ties/multiple jeans, polos, jumpers) into a more nuanced formal/work/smart casual/casual split. Initially (though now replaced by something better) by the cascade of jackets from my two old work suits, that had previously fulfilled these purposes, into these new categories supplemented by a wider range of shirts (double cuff, contrast collar, stripes, twill), ties (silver, navy stripe, green) and trousers (prince of wales, chinos, cords) resulting in a reduction in size of the casual category back to what it was before I had any need for the rest of it. A sort of utopia...

A quick count (1 jacket + 1 trousers = 1 outfit) excluding shoes, ties, socks, underwear, outerwear and a few spares for the future

formal - 1 suit, 1 outfit, 4 shirts
work - 3 suits, 5 shirts
smart casual - 2 outfits, 2 shirts
casual - 1 tshirt, 2 polos, 2 jumpers, 1 sweatshirt, 1 jeans

=25!

In the medium/longer term I see the work category reduced to one navy pinstripe suit worn with the formal shirts, so with the polos reduced to the essential Fred Perry and one jumper

=16!
Edited by covskin - 8/25/16 at 6:33am
post #2151 of 2747
I have a Sunspel short sleeve polo in brick red/rust jersey cotton size medium for sale if anyone's interested. Please PM me. I bought it off eBay thinkng it was a riviera which is how the sale was titled. I wanted the fine mesh riviera and don't really want the jersey cotton version although I like the colour. Thanks to the poster above for defining the difference between a Sunspel 'polo' (pique) and a 'riviera' (wide mesh) as I asked End a couple of times if there was a difference and couldn't get an answer. I have a navy riviera and I love the wide mesh, perfect for hot Florida summers and my upcoming holiday to Cozumel. I hate the pocket and had it successfully removed.

I never heard the term 'Robot shoes' but after a bit Google I see they are the shoes from the mid eighties with pointy uppers a bit like Teddy Boy brothel creepers but with thin Doc Marten soles. I LOVED those shoes. They were available in all kinds of versions, including leopard skin as worn by the white kid in the 'Who are you mixing it with?' Southern Comfort ads that played at the cinemas back then. 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love?' as background music and a gorgeous creole cutie poured into a skintight red cocktail dress. Anyone else remember?

Anyway there was a shop in Newcastle called Schuh that had a sale once and was almost giving these away for ten quid but they were all the slow-selling exotic ones like pink suede. I limited myself to black leather with suede apron. Had about three pairs and my one and only ever pair of monkstraps in black with white stitching. Also mail ordered a couple of pairs from Scorpio (formerly in Newgate Street, now a stall in the Green Market) after I moved to America in the days before the Internet and online marketing. The stall is still there specializing in exotic footwear and great customer service.

More recently Dr Martens occasionally put out a rare version and I jumped on a pair in black with a snakeskin pattern to the leather, but since I stepped up my shoe game I find the soles a bit clumpy and reserve them now for my very rare black-suit-in-a-nightclub forays. If they did those uppers with a thin leather sole I would be all over them.
post #2152 of 2747
'Robots' were definitely the 'sussed' shoes for class of 65. Yes it was mid 80s. The more common were the black leather monkstraps. Mine had laces (two eyelets i think), were in grey suede with a suede lace passing over the apron. They looked the dog's'bollocks (well at the time) definitely a must have for the ITK people. As usual then you had to go to England to get them. Yes i remember the 'leopard' ones, and yes they looked like pointed creepers but with a DM sole instead of the thick crepe one. Actually they had the same maker, Cox. Not impossible you can find some with a leather sole, have a look at Britboot...
post #2153 of 2747
Quote:
Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post

'Robots' were definitely the 'sussed' shoes for class of 65. Yes it was mid 80s. The more common were the black leather monkstraps. Mine had laces (two eyelets i think), were in grey suede with a suede lace passing over the apron. They looked the dog's'bollocks (well at the time) definitely a must have for the ITK people. As usual then you had to go to England to get them. Yes i remember the 'leopard' ones, and yes they looked like pointed creepers but with a DM sole instead of the thick crepe one. Actually they had the same maker, Cox. Not impossible you can find some with a leather sole, have a look at Britboot...

Haha yes we have the same memory. I just took a look at britboot thanks, they have some nice versions there, just the black calf in leather soles but I'll continue to keep an eye on them. Back around 1984 various versions of these were very popular among lads who frequented a nightclub I went to. It was outwardly an 'alternative' club with a lot of goth and semi goth type people (the cute Siouxsie type goths not the ugly socially deficient Slipknot type!), but the music was very varied including Chic, Bowie, Roxy, Everything But The Girl, Kraftwerk and a band I loved back then named Fashion. On the cover of their 'Love Shadow' and 'Streetplayer' singles some of the band members are wearing said shoes. Well worth checking out if you have a guilty pleasure for ridiculously over-produced sleazy electro-funk!
post #2154 of 2747
Does anyone know where I can pick up a surfer/monkey/bomber jacket to the following specifications:

1. Red (Burgundy is an acceptable alternative)

2. No piping on cuffs and collar (unless I have absolutely no choice in the matter).

3. Absolutely no pilot pockets on the sleeve.

4. non-zip side pockets.

5. No inner whatjamacallit on the zip (i.e. not like an MA-1 jacket has)

Thanks.
post #2155 of 2747
Acquired from a vintage clothing shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, recently - a vintage Tootal scarf.

post #2156 of 2747
Quote:
Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post

Does anyone know where I can pick up a surfer/monkey/bomber jacket to the following specifications:

1. Red (Burgundy is an acceptable alternative)

2. No piping on cuffs and collar (unless I have absolutely no choice in the matter).

3. Absolutely no pilot pockets on the sleeve.

4. non-zip side pockets.

5. No inner whatjamacallit on the zip (i.e. not like an MA-1 jacket has)

Thanks.

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90


Following your specifications (except the piping, but very discreet).

From Fred Perry 'Laurel Wreath' last collection. 125 quids.

https://www.fredperry.com/shop/men/coats-jackets/twin-tipped-bomber-jacket-j7214-d34.html

post #2157 of 2747

Speaking of FP, an unusual item from my wardrobe (i bought it mid 90s)

 

border bs:0 bc:#000000 ps:0 pc:#eeeeee es:0 ec:#000000 ck:500d02a4f1f1d7497340cc586896bf11


A sweat shirt with piping on the collar.

 

Sweat shirts were quite popular among skinheads here early 80s. Plain or from Lonsdale (who didn't had silly connotations then. Weller wore them.)

 

Processed By eBay with ImageMagick, z1.1.0. ||B2

post #2158 of 2747
I think the original connection of Lonsdale for Mods was that when Carnaby Street first started getting noticed there was a Lonsdale shop right round the corner (Beak Street?), and since Mods were in some ways the instigators of wearing sportswear as casual clothing, they started adopting the T shirts, boxing boots, sweatshirts etc. Ditto for cycling. When I first visited Carnaby Street about 1980 (it was really crap then!) I'm pretty sure the shop was still there.
post #2159 of 2747
Quote:
Originally Posted by Clouseau View Post

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90



Following your specifications (except the piping, but very discreet).
From Fred Perry 'Laurel Wreath' last collection. 125 quids.
https://www.fredperry.com/shop/men/coats-jackets/twin-tipped-bomber-jacket-j7214-d34.html

Close. I would wear the jacket with a (white) Fred Perry, though, and I guess I have a 'thing' about not doubling a logo.
Edited by Man-of-Mystery - 8/29/16 at 9:01pm
post #2160 of 2747
Quote:
Originally Posted by Man-of-Mystery View Post


Close. I would wear the jacket with a (white) Fred Perry, though, and I guess I have a 'thing' about not doubling a logo.


I totally agree with that. Actually i don't like logos much, but the Fred Perry laurel is the only one i can wear. But i always refrained from buying a FP jacket - even if some are good, because if i can accept a logo on a polo/tennis shirt, i can't stand it on a jacket. The personal preference thing - again.

I now tend to buy only logo-less clothes, except FP shirts, but i am very tempted with the Sunspels.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Streetwear and Denim
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Streetwear and Denim › The Look goes on...