What I wore in New York, day three.
What I wore in New York, day two. Cool and wet weather calls for a few simple layers.
What I wore Saturday - details.
Last Saturday was a very #menswear day - I spent the day attending trade shows, trying on nice clothes, drinking scotch, talking about the value of handwork in shirts, and so on. This is what I wore - nothing too fancy. These are some of my favorite items to put on so it’s a look that I’m often seen in. Classic FStB.
What I Wore Sunday - Casual & Collegiate
There’s something wonderful about spending time on a college campus in the fall, and it’s even more enjoyable without the weight of homework and exams hanging over one’s head. Over the weekend I took a short trip down the peninsula to my local Alma Mater to meet with good friends and spend some time on the campus again. These trips are always filled with nostalgia, and this time was no different. From a stylistic perspective, grad school was where I really began to learn about clothing and presenting myself well. Like everyone, I made some regrettable decisions, but overall I think I was able to dress in a put-together way without standing out too much. This outfit harkens back to those days.
My best days in college would find me wearing chinos (or denim, if the weather was cool enough), a patterned button-down shirt or solid polo, and loafers or sneakers. Add a messenger bag full of books and I was good to go. Nothing I wore at that time was particularly expensive, and it all got worn hard. These chinos in particular are saturated in nostalgia; they’re from Bonobos circa 2010, and the fit was exactly what I wanted; straight (not tapered) leg, but a slim thigh. Unfortunately, Bonobos’ cuts have changed and nothing to this effect has existed for a long time. For that reason, I’ve completely worn these things into the ground. They’re frayed, stained, and wrinkled, but I still love them.
As for the sweater - I know that hoodies are decidedly not #menswear, but I think they definitely have a place on the college campus. The trick is finding the right one. I sprung for this zip-front number to keep myself from looking too much like the frumpy freshman in the pull-over hoodie. I like wearing it open to show some shirt, and I made sure to size down to get something not to baggy or long.
For me, college style was about trying new things, learning what worked, and not caring too much once I left my room. After all, there’ s a lot more to do in college besides deciding what to wear.
Oh, and here’s hoping we can pull out a win on the biggest PAC-12 game of the year tonight. Go Card.
Although we’re deep into the Autumn season, San Francisco continues to have mild 65-70 degree weather. It keeps taking me by surprise, but at this point I should be used to the fact that the weather is always going to be like that here. I do like the idea of layering up, but most days only require a sturdy shirt and light jacket.
This celebrated Gant Rugger M-65 jacket has been a lot of fun to wear. I plan on slimming down the sleeves eventually (they’re quite large, as is typical of this type of jacket), but I still enjoy the full silhouette that they currently give. This chambray shirt from Proper Cloth has also quickly become a favorite of mine - more on that soon.
Also, these Gustins are breaking in nicely. I think we’re coming up on their first wash, too.
The belt is the "Scott" belt from Equus leather, a lovely piece that was generously given to me by Charlie, the owner of Equus. It has become my go-to belt for denim and other casual fabrics - its richness and depth of color make it very easy to wear.
Today: suited up for a day of meetings and an evening event hosted by Proper Suit. I hope to see some of you there! (at the event, that is - I don’t hope to see you at my meetings)
My most recent wedding trip took me back to my undergrad Alma mater in Washington, and gave me the opportunity to wander around the campus for the first time in several years. In a stroke of good luck, my favorite classroom had the same lock code as when I was a freshman work study, allowing me to sneak in and play the piano I used to practice on. Turns out that the ol’ Steinway sounds just as good now as it did back then.
Shirt - Proper Cloth | Tie - E&G Cappelli | Pocket Square - the Knottery | Suit - Beckett & Robb (more coming soon)
Having friends with access to a sailboat is a great asset when living in the Bay Area. Sailing around the bridge piers and islands and taking in the incredible views is one of the best ways to spend a sunny Saturday.
Of course, dressing for nautical adventures has its own set of challenges. The temperatures can range from blisteringly hot to windy and cold quite quickly, and a slippery deck requires shoes that will keep you secure during all the furious tacking. And, of course, polarized sunglasses are a must. I channeled my inner Kennedy and layered up for the wind with a simple OCBD/crewneck combination, combined with an off-white pair of chinos. And, like JFK, I used sneakers to keep myself fastened to the deck, since I never really liked boat shoes. Lastly, I brought my trusty Warby Parker Sinclair shades to cut down on the glare while providing a classic eyewear shape.
Crew-neck sweater - GANT by MB | OCBD - GANT Rugger | Chinos - Bonobos | Watch - Omega Seamaster on Knottery strap | Sunglasses - Warby Parker | Sneakers - Tretorn Nylite | Belt - Equus Leather