So, if you've been following the blog for any period of time, you've probably noticed that I don't really wear shorts. Generally because I find it difficult to find shorts that don't look weird on me while still fitting my personal preferences. Most shorts are either borderline capri's or short shorts, neither of which I find terribly appealing. Long story, short (pun intended), shorts for me generally aren't worth the hassle unless they are basketball shorts while running errands.
All that being said, some guys really like them and depending on what the temperature is like where you live, they might be the most practical option for days where you don't have to wear trousers. Now onto the topic of wearing a jacket with shorts. While it may seem counter intuitive, there are some days where the weather is just perfect for it, especially if the jacket it completely unlined and very breatheable like this navy cotton jacket is.
Throwing a short-sleeved OCBD into the mix also isn't a bad idea for keeping things cool. Of course some say never wear short-sleeved shirts with jackets, but I say do you. Finally, I thought this was a great way to experiment with the navy and gray #menswear uniform.
Unlined Navy Jacket x JCP, White Short-Sleeved OCBD x Stafford, Grey Cotton Shorts x J.Crew, White & Gray D-Ring Belt x Gap, Grey Suede Double Monkstraps x 1901, Navy & White Navajo Print Bandana x Levi's
Made of light-weight cotton and completedly unlined, this suit is one of my favorite things in my wardrobe. There is absolutely nothing "serious" about this suit, which may be why I like it so much. I've also found that it works perfectly for everything from running around with the Mrs. on the weekend to heading off on vacation in the Caribbean. The best thing about the latter to me is that the added rumpling that comes with sitting on a plane for a few hours only makes this thing more appropriate for arriving somewhere tropical when paired with some espadrilles. Guess my point is that wrinkles can actually be a good thing. Get some.
Khaki Cotton Suit Separates x Claiborne, Pink Stripped Popover Polo Shirt x UniqloxMichael Bastian, Sand Suede Tassel Loafers x Massimo Dutti, Twill D-Ring Belt x Gap, Silk Tropical Bird Print Pocket Square x H&M, T-Series Chronograph Watch x Timex.
Featuring the Testosterone Shoes "Village Six" Suede Loafer - Buy it HERE.
I've wanted a jacket with some visual interest to it like this for some time as I really like the texture of linen, but finding one that wasn't fully lined turned out to be a bit more difficult than I expected. I guess I sort of expected linen and unlined to be synonymous. Not so much. Not that lining is necessarily bad, unless of course you live in a place where it can get up to 110 in the shade with an almost equal amount of humidity. I imagine even Bemberg lining hurts at those temps (not that I'd know or anything).
The onset of summer in St. Louis tends to feel like someone cranked up the heat full blast and not just any heat but the humid kind that typically leaves you sticky. Needless to say, a fully lined jacket tends to be a bad idea on most days. Fortunately, the #menswear gawds hooked us up with unlined and partially lined jackets to keep us simultaneously cool and sprezzy. Ok, I think I'm done with the cliche words.....or am I?
Another reason I like linen is that in its natural, comfortable state, it's never perfect but it just is. Kind of like knotting a tie and ending up with a longer back blade. The "rules" say you should fix it but I'm good on that. It ended up that way, and I'm comfortable with it. Like the Joker says, "why so serious?" I particularly dug pairing this jacket with these rust suede loafers from Testosterone Shoes because they add an additional level of texture to the look and the rich color of the suede provides constrast to the lighter blue of the socks.
Jacket x Enzo Tovare, Light Denim Shirt x Trashness, Lightweight Chinos x Banana Republic, Brown Dotted Tie x Tommy Hilfiger, Gingham Pocket Square x The Tie Bar, Lapel Pin x byElias, Glasses x Tom Ford, Rust Suede Loafers x Testosterone Shoes
"Don't just count the years, make the years count." - Ernest Meyers.
As I create this post, I find myself reflecting on the past year. Disclaimer - there may be a bit of randomness in this post. About a year ago, I decided to get a bit more serious with the blog and in the time since, I've definitely been blessed. I've had an opportunity to connect with some great people whose work and/or style I admire and better developed what I'll call my #menswear network. I've also focused in more on refining my personal style - separating what I think looks great online or on other cats from what works for me.
The game plan is to keep this thing rolling as long as there is someone out there who gets value from it. I 'm going to keep working on balancing building a solid wardrobe on a budget with quality pieces. While everything I post about may not fit into the easily affordable category, if there is a way to pick it up for less that I know about, I'll definitely share.
Personally, I've had opportunities created and doors opened for me in ways that made it abundantly clear that the Lord has my back and for that I am grateful. Switching careers unexpectedly in the middle of last year had me in a state of flux while I got settled into my new field and also temporarily halted the blogging. Since the beginning of this year however, things have been moving along with the numbers of visits to the blog growing steadily, developing new relationships right here in St. Louis and some great exposure through GQ and Details.
Navy Jacket with White Piping x American Rag, White and Navy Striped T-Shirt x JCP, Yellow Tipped Pocket Round x The Tie Bar, Yellow Alpha Khaki's x Dockers, Velvet Embroidered Slippers x H&M, Sunglasses x Warby Parker.
Before even making my choice of fabric, the first thing I wanted to do was see exactly how detailed I could get with the jacket, so I spent a few minutes clicking through the various options that the 3D tool offered and I very quickly realized that I could pretty much do anything I wanted. And I did.
From design to delivery, I approximate it took about six weeks for the jacket to arrive which I consider good time. I was also quite pleased with the fit and would recommend anyone using an online MTM service get measured by a good tailor, emphasis on good. Afterall, designing a beautiful jacket is pointless if your measurements are off.
In the spirit of keeping things light, I paired the jacket with some chambray pants which quite frankly need a visit to the tailor for some tapering. I'm looking forward to wearing the heck out of this this jacket.
So a while back, I linked up with Daniel and Lade Bespoke Atelier, a company out of the United Kingdom offering both in person and online made-to-measure and bespoke suits, shirts and shoes. My initial coversation with Daniel Orija, led to an opportunity to take their 3D design tool for a spin and I ended up with one of a kind pair of suede tassel loafers. Needless to say, when I was offered a chance to see what it could do with designing a jacket, I jumped at it.
In a world that is rapidly becoming filled with online options for made-to-measure menswear, and having sampled a few of the offerings, I have to say that a 3D tool that allows you to zoom in and see the little details of your design such as the buttons or rotate it to get an idea of the shoulder line from the back is a definite advantage over a lot of the other options available out there.
As intrigued as I was by the concept, I found that having a solid idea of what I wanted was quite helpful as Daniel and Lade has access to over 5,000 fabrics from some of the best mills in the world.
I rolled with a partially lined jacket (wanted something that could really do some service this summer) with a pink paisley lining and was rather pleased at the fact that the time was taken to line up the pattern on the slits in the inside pocket, functioning button holes with contrast stitching and double vents in the back.
"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. - Wale