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So, I'll be honest.....I planned on spacing the $150 Wardrobe series posts out a bit more than this.....but I have this thing about rules, guidelines etc, for some reason, I struggle with them.
Anyway, this jacket and vest combo from H & M have got to be some of their best selling pieces of all time considering how much I've seen them on social media, which quite frankly I consider a positive thing. Someone over on their social media/marketing team should really consider doing an online "Who Wore It Best" competition or something (just make sure I get credit for the idea....j/k or am I?). Even though I don't necessarily hold the quality of most of H&M's products in particularly high regard, it indicates to me an ongoing shift in the wardrobe conciousness of the everyday man; that there is a desire to dress better or "dress up more even when I don't have to" as one of my friends so succintly put it. Long story short, when I came across them in my local store and had a coupon that knocked the price low enough, I figured "why not?" I keep going on and on about the weather, but it really has been particularly shitty here and while some folks may have their thoughts on clothing being intended for wear regardless of conditions, I have this thing where I want to keep my nice things....well, nice.
For me, they met the exact parameters I had in mind at the time - inexpensive, so I can wear and beat the crap out of them and flexible enough to rock with cords as seen here, denim or even a cotton chino. I've seen these pieces paired with pretty much everything from your standard shirt and tie to a t-shirt, so I decided to go in a different direction with it, primarily inspired by an old art history professor from my college days. My earlier comment regarding the quality of H&M's products is not meant to be disparaging of the overall brand as I own quite a few things by them but to highlight that there is a time and place for everything. I am fortunate enough now to choose where and when for the most part (although if anyone wants to slide me some Givenchy or Gaziano & Girling's, please feel free to), but I recognize that for a college student looking to improve their wardrobe, H&M provides some decent enough options.
Wool/Poly Blend Jacket & Vest x H&M - $80, Green Corduroy Pants x J.Crew - $13, Black Cotton Turtleneck x H&M - $10, Black Suede Sneakers x Superga - $20, Silver "Phantom of the Opera" Mask Pin - $1.50,
Not included in wardrobe budget: Glasses x Warby Parker, Vintage Watch x Vacheron Constantin, Steel Cuff Bracelet x Street Vendor
Considering how St. Louis has been blanketed in snow for almost a week (and counting) and being the weekend, this seemed like a very good place to start. Every single item here was purchased while on sale....and by sale, I mean 'red ticket, pink ticket, we gotta get this out of inventory clearance' sale which to me is the perfect place to start the search. By now, we all know this stuff is marked up for the highest profit from the minute the new season stuff shows up, which is fine with me, the companies need to eat too. However, so do I which means I make every effort to avoid paying full price for anything...I know, I know I'm like a broken record when it comes to this...but its the truth. As much as I hate it, I'm signed up for emails from the stores where I shop the most so I'm aware of when there's a sale, coupon etc. I also rely heavily on blogs like Dappered for almost real time information from other guys as equally interested in #menswear as I am and will unashamedly admit to spending a considerable amount of time trolling eBay for a good deal. I spent this weekend with my wife catching movies, grabbing dinner and at church and this was an outfit that worked in all of those situations.
Tan Field Jacket x GAP - $45, Brushed Flannel Button Down Shirt x St. John's Bay - $11, Blue Quilted Vest x Stafford Prep - $3, Green Corduroy Pants x J.Crew - $13, Weatherproof Duck Boots x Sporto - $12.
"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out" - James Bryant Conant. This blog is documentation of my journey, sticking my neck out to pursue my passion for men's style and tailoring.