Yes, the casual side fits both my current reality (work and play), and my past tastes as a mod revivalist. Like most folks, I assume, I do have occasion to wear a suit, or at least blazer and trousers, for weddings, more formal parties and posher restaurants, etc... The MacNeils are one pair that come out for blazers and sometimes jeans with an ocbd/v-neck sweater combo. They're sharp enough, but stay on the less formal side being walnut pebble grain. Never seen anyone else wearing them. Seems people either wear shiny black long wings with suits, or some god-awful distressed or cheap fashiony iteration with jeans. I really like the look of mine and the quality is certainly there for the price.
I currently have only two pairs of Clarks left. One is a well beat-up pair of sand desert boots, which I just can't give up for fear of having my mod card revoked! I wear them with jeans for ball games and shitty bars. The other pair is a dark-green camo desert trek. I wear these quite a bit as they're super comfortable and just different enough to keep me "away from the numbers."
Living in San Diego affords me a climate you lot would probably consider as being in perpetual spring/summer. I kind of shop in that mode year-round. However, I love jackets and coats. I already have far more than I should, but can't stop and am always culling out the weak links in favor of the next "perfect" specimen. I just picked up my new favorite the other day. It's a green/brown Bellfield fish-tail parka. A bit trimmer than your standard fare, with a safety orange zip-out lining, which is designed to be worn on it's own as well. It's a bit snug with liner in, but alone fits great and has a nice shape to it. The material is 100% cotton and feels like a soft, thick worn canvas.
Other things I've recently purchased are two short-sleeve ocbd shirts, one white and one light blue. I like the look of these. They have to be worn with proper clobber and a certain "attitude," or you may as we'll stick some pens in the pocket and start fixing someone's computer on the spot. Untucked for me. I also just bought two wide-striped short-sleeve henleys, which are bright enough to give them some pop, but aren't obnoxious.
I've been a surfer all my life, and spend an inordinate amount of time at the beach (again, for both work and play), so that influence creeps into my style for sure. I despise the standard current "surfer" look, however, there is a rich surf and skate style history to be mined. Vans, or some Topsiders variation, have been on my feet, off and on, since forever. I appreciate a simple canvas skate/deck shoe. I just took a chance on some navy leather Eytys, which look like Vans with a much thicker (almost creeper-like) sole. They might be wrong... They might be quirky cool. We'll see...
Edited by cocostella - 3/3/15 at 1:33pm