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The Official Dieworkwear Appreciation Thread

SJR3

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I first discovered Put This On while in college and Googling boat shoes. PTO sparked my interest in menswear, and I of course soon found Die Workwear as well. And down the rabbit hole I went, never to return!

Seriously, from an anonymous reader, thank you, Derek. Not to gush too much, but I've spent dozens of hours reading your content and often go back to reference certain articles multiple times. I appreciate the depth and detail you delve into. Informative but never boring. As someone else eluded to, many #menswear blogs have come, fizzled, and gone, but I know I can always count on PTO and DW to be there.

Now, crepper admission: I once spent like 15 minutes trying to find a picture of you. I was like, "This dude must be the best dressed guy on the planet. The fuck does he even look like?! He's gotta have fit pics somewhere..."
 
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What I enjoy the most is the fact that thr articles are quite varied. Everything from awesome vintage leather jackets to soft tailoring.
Always a niche item explained unpretentiously.

Last trip to Tokyo, I ended up getting 7 Barnes outfitters t shirts, inspired by @dieworkwear :-D
 

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Now, crepper admission: I once spent like 15 minutes trying to find a picture of you. I was like, "This dude must be the best dressed guy on the planet. The fuck does he even look like?! He's gotta have fit pics somewhere..."
@dieworkwear and @voxsartoria look exactly alike, if that helps.
 

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If there is one single person I had to say helped me define/visualize/buy my style it is @dieworkwear

His writing is not only great, but makes you feel like you’re talking to a friend casually about a shared passion. While also somehow suggesting you buy $1000 shoes but not being pretentious or annoying.

The fact he is also so willingly available in forums/email etc is just another extension of him being awesome.

Thank you for your contributions Derek, I look forward to reading your next article as always.

PS never liked split toes, now I’m scouring the earth for them. This is all your fault.
 

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Book please. Even if it’s just a collection with choice photos.
 

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Book please. Even if it’s just a collection with choice photos.
Selvedge cover, shell cordovan corners.

But the title has to be "let the quoddy's hit the floor". Im serious that was the best 6 words in all of menswear this year.
 

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@dieworkwear what are some of the most favorite articles you've written?
Most of my writing is at Put This On and we went through a major site overhaul earlier this year. I wrote a bunch of stuff for our "onboarding page," which is a page for people who just picked up an interest in style and want to get "up to speed."

https://putthison.com/start-here/

The site also has a "best of" section, which I think is pretty good.

https://putthison.com/tag/best-of/

PTO is somewhat aimed at being a reasonable and practical a guide to getting dressed. In the past, DWW was mostly for lookbooks and really expensive purchases (the second of which, understandably, often rub people the wrong way). But in the last year or so, there are some general style features and random musings.

I like the posts on George Braques, Pablo Picasso, and Bill Evans. The Evans piece is somewhat short, but he's one of my favorite musicians. I'm often listening to Waltz for Debby or Portrait in Jazz when I'm writing.

http://dieworkwear.com/post/166789613644/transcending-fashion-and-tradition

http://dieworkwear.com/post/151757823209/the-carefree-style-of-pablo-picasso

http://dieworkwear.com/post/149183683329/bill-evans-and-the-ivy-look

There are some grumblings about how J. Crew is falling apart, stores are being too product specific, and brick and mortars are closing.

http://dieworkwear.com/post/176819549999/menswears-last-big-moment

http://dieworkwear.com/post/176037498514/the-great-uncoupling-in-fashion

http://dieworkwear.com/post/163186699059/the-great-retail-apocalypse

I've also gotten some positive feedback from readers who liked my posts on the "the studio artist look," what I think makes for an ideal coat wardrobe, and the idea of sang froid in American style. Also some posts on how to think about and coordinate colors in an outfit (the second of which was with @gdl203)

http://dieworkwear.com/post/158789786754/the-studio-artist-look

http://dieworkwear.com/post/153784946894/the-ideal-coat-wardrobe

http://dieworkwear.com/post/177290906634/sang-froid-in-american-style

http://dieworkwear.com/post/172672832659/dressing-for-your-complexion

http://dieworkwear.com/post/174481516914/how-to-color-outside-of-the-lines

This post on Robert Mueller ended up making it into the New Yorker (it was a mention in a Troy Patterson article, who I think is a fantastic writer, so that was a highlight)

http://dieworkwear.com/post/164343953889/the-trad-in-washington

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/on-and-off-the-avenue/robert-mueller-style-icon

But mostly, I've spent the last year trying to get out posts I've been wanting to write for a while. I think the last ten or so years have been great for men's style. People are more thoughtful about how they might want to dress. They think about things such as timelessness and quality. They're more aware of when clothes fit and they're not just about chasing logos or brands.

At the same time, there's also this obsessiveness that I think sometimes squeezes all the joy out of fashion. For me, the purest moment in men's style is when a kid wants to dress like his cultural heroes. Or when he puts on a cool jacket and can't wait to show off in front of his friends. Those moments are still possible, but sometimes guys get so caught up in the idea of quality and details, the purity of that feeling seems lost to me. I interviewed Brian Davis at Wooden Sleepers last year, who said:

We’ve spent so much time talking about effortless style, but sometimes guys get too worked up over details. Just put on the jacket and wear it. A lot of this is much simpler than sometimes it’s presented online. It goes back to the first day of school and wearing a jacket that makes you excited, a jacket that makes you feel cool. It can be about a feeling.
So some of the things I've written in the last year have been about pushing back on what I feel is that heritage-y, quality-obsessed, detail focused attitude. And this general feeling that everything is bad and classic-ness is under attack. Like, general CM-y grousing.

Here's a post on why I think today is the best day in fashion:

http://dieworkwear.com/post/179187825819/today-is-the-best-time-in-fashion

Why I think the suit died, but for good reasons:

http://dieworkwear.com/post/175555470874/the-suit-died-but-for-good-reasons

The idea of dressing from emotion and developing personal style

http://dieworkwear.com/post/169283674199/dressing-from-emotion

http://dieworkwear.com/post/165376979764/on-developing-personal-style

How I think handwork is often oversold and how I think it's best appreciated. Also a bit about why it's hard to judge quality, which was done with the help of @jefferyd. I think that post with Jeffery is the single best thing I've written, but only because I'm just transcribing his thoughts.

http://dieworkwear.com/post/164602719599/why-buy-handmade-goods

http://dieworkwear.com/post/161906291514/whats-the-point-of-handwork

https://putthison.com/why-its-hard-to-determine-quality-there-are/

On hating cheap things. But also a bit on how I hate cheap cashmere

http://dieworkwear.com/post/168587465864/on-hating-cheap-things

http://dieworkwear.com/post/178712872649/tragedy-of-the-common-cashmere

On wearing suits just because they make you feel happy and not obsessing over the occasion or appropriateness.

http://dieworkwear.com/post/177605610524/put-on-your-happy-suit

A lot of that is kind of like saying, "here are all the articles at PTO about how to dress well, spot quality, and build a good wardrobe." But then there's also a lot where I try to stress it's not that serious. You can look great on a budget; you don't have to buy these handmade goods. Quality should be self evident and you don't have to read a billion StyleForum pages to know how to buy shoes. I think the online media space for this stuff is so ... anxious.

Like, the other day I was looking at these YouTube channels on men's style. And if you sort by most popular videos for each channel, the most watched videos are always like HERE ARE TEN MISTAKES YOU'RE MAKING and WHY A *REAL MAN* HAS TO DO THIS. It just seems altogether so unpleasant, and the attitude stretches from classic menswear nerds to fashionistas who say you HAVE to have this thing this season or you're a bozo.

I think rules can be good, but sometimes this stuff is best when it's back to that purest moment of feeling great in a cool jacket. And that feeling can be possible in a $10 thrifted piece or some $7,000 Huntsman suit. And just cause everyone around you is wearing sweats doesn't mean you can't wear a sport coat or something. I generally think fashion would be better if it were just a bit less anxious. Be aware of rules, but don't be slavish about them. Know how to spot quality, but don't turn these things into science projects. Just buy dope shit and wear it.

Anyway, I genuinely appreciate the kind words in this thread. Most of the posts at PTO and DWW are written the morning of, and I always wish I could spend more time on something. I'm often so embarrassed at how the post turns out that I can't even stand to re-read it cause I know I'll dislike it. @Gerry Nelson is often kind enough to DM me when he sees typos (which is genuinely very, very appreciated). So it's nice to know that despite all the self-doubt, some people like the posts.
 

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Book please. Even if it’s just a collection with choice photos.
Half joking, but also kind of serious, but my dream is to one day write a book of collected menswear stories from shop keepers, tailors, and shoemakers. Basically people in the fashion trade.

Sometimes I get the chance to hang out with some of these people, so we go to a bar or get coffee or have dinner. And some of these people share the most amazing stories about customers. Like absolutely crazy and hilarious stories. It's just a mix of what happens when you sell a really expensive product that attracts out-of-touch elites and detail obsessed nerds.

I shared this idea once with a shop owner, who totally lit up when he heard it. He said that he's been wanting to do the same thing. In this ten or so years of being in this biz, he's saved every crazy, batshit email he's received from a customer. They're all in his computer, labeled and in a separate folder. He says he wants to publish the collection of emails one day. The book, he said, will be titled "Morons" because that's the name of the folder.

Anyway, my idea is about stories regarding pranks tailors have played on customers, gossipy stories about what's happened in the backrooms of tailoring shops, and the totally insane people sometimes people in this biz have to deal with. Obviously you want to be sensitive about it cause you don't want anyone to feel ashamed, but man ... there are so many good stories out there. I think it would just make for really amusing toilet reading.
 

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I make sure to buy everything I like twice. Once in the size I assume I need or want, and one in the actual size I need. I sell the former for a loss and then call the whole thing an adventure.

Menswear nerds are worse than Star Wars fans.
 

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I also love your work Derek. I've been a big fan since I first started seriously getting into menswear some ten years ago. Please keep doing what you're doing. And thanks again for all your kind help through PMs and on the forum.
 

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