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
"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.