I have been getting a good amount of questions from my readers lately, and I decided to answer them in a large group as to not clutter up my blog. Here are the most pertinent questions, after filtering out the indecent, indecipherable, and inflammatory.
The #menswear scene on tumblr is an interesting one; there is a lot of wonderful original content out there, but also a ton of stock photography and runway shots that get passed around endlessly. There is nothing wrong with having a blog that highlights those things, but we all know the feeling that comes from seeing the same Ovadia & Sons lookbook photos dozens of times on your dashboard.
The tumblr gods have been smiling upon me recently, and after being a trending blog on tumblr’s mobile app and now a spotlight blog under the fashion tag, I wanted to point my new readers toward other blogs churning out the good stuff. These are small blogs run by normal guys that are actively putting out great content and have a sense of style that I appreciate (or envy, in most cases). Enjoy!
It seems that J. Crew is planning on lowering their prices in the coming Spring/Summer season after disappointing profits last year.
Although there are still some good deals to be had on occasion, J. Crew’s prices have certainly gone up in past years, distancing itself from other mall brands. I’m curious to see how dramatic the change is.
Also, if you’re reading, J. Crew: I’m sure your suit sales would go up if you added an inch to those skinny lapels, eh?
EDIT: Aliotsy at thisfits pointed me towards this article, which suggests that the above information is not true. Sounds like there’s a bit of confusion about this issue.
I love the Club Monaco trench but they aren't currently offering it so I was wondering if you knew of any other brands offering something of similar quality/price? Love the blog, thanks! -Wes
That’s a good question without an easy answer. I get this question regularly and for your sake and mine I wish that they would re-release the dang thing. I’d keep an eye on both Club Monaco and J. Crew, since both of them have offered something similar on occasion. Outside of that, there is this Brooks Brothers option, which is similar, although I have not seen it in person. The price is higher, but with regular sales it might dip down to a reasonable price at some point. It should come as no surprise that Burberry has several great options, but those are at least ten times the price of the one I have, which was about $150 on sale. Good luck!
Edit: there are some good alternatives in the comments below, so check those out as well.
Your recent post on replacing buttons was the first I had heard of Brando. I looked them up on Yoox and they have a number of jackets on sale in my size. Would you recommend them? Any hesitations?
Brando is a Luigi Bianchi Mantova diffusion line, and I think they’re a reasonable buy when on deep discount at Yoox. The full price is a bit steep, but when they’re discounted to, say, $200 or below I’d say it’s a good price for a trendy made-in-Italy blazer. They do run very slim and a bit cropped, so unless you’re really into that look I’d suggest sizing up. I bounce between a 36R and 38R - mine is a 38R and still quite slim.
Need to buy two cashmere sweaters to replace two older ones that were eaten by moths (that problem is now fixed). See that V necks can be had at from the Ralph Lauren sale you posted for around $200. Any idea of the quality of these? I prefer a smoother texture so not looking at cable knit.
Sorry to hear about the moth problem - glad you got that taken care of!
I don’t have any direct experience with RL cashmere v-necks, but my hunch is that they are made to the same standards as the cable knit since they are part of the same collection. And if you’re talking about these, don’t forget the code MERRY25, which brings the price down to $157.50.
arolexapple said: Do they sell PRL cashmere cable knit in size XS? If so, where can I find it?
It doesn’t appear that they do, unfortunately. If you’re between a S and a XS then it might be possible to shrink the sweater slightly, but that can be a risky undertaking. After you wash a sweater you have to lay it out to dry in the desired shape (this is called “blocking”). If you use warm water instead of cool water and block it in a way that lets the knit retain a smaller shape, it is possible to decrease the size of a sweater. I have done this with some success, but attempting to change the shape of a garment is always a bit risky.
Of course, a surefire way to shrink a sweater is to put it through a wash and dry cycle, but you should never do that; it’s a surefire way to shrink it beyond recognition and ruin the fabric.
I’m 5’9”, slim, and wear a small. Mine is actually a touch on the full side, but not enough to justify going down a size - maybe if you’re between sizes it would be better to go down. It’s worth noting that mine is from a few years ago, though, so the sizing may have been modified a bit.