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Anonymous asked: Hey man. Great blog. Im an avid follower ! Have a dilemma I hoped you could help me on. Have been in the market for some black cap toe oxfords for a while and had put 350 euro aside for some Crockett and Jones Hallams. However, through your blog and others I have become enamoured with Meermin, and for that price I could get their Oxfords AND a pair of the suede Double Monks. What ya think ? (I should add, I do already have the tan Carmina Dubs in calf). Any advice is appreciated. Thanks !
Thanks for hanging out. This is a tough one. I’ve always liked the Hallams and am a big fan of C&J. In my opinion, they are built to a better standard than Meermin’s main collection. However, Meermin represents great value for your money, and you’d be getting two for one…
If it were me, I’d go for the Hallams and then save up for the Meermin suede monks. You’ve already got a pair of monks to tide you over and if you can afford Carminas and C&J, then you likely won’t have to wait too long to pick up the Meermins. Those C&Js (assuming they fit well) should last you a very long time, meaning you won’t have to worry about black captoes for a while, thus freeing up your future shoe budget for more exciting choices.
Anonymous asked: Hey, Jake. First of all, love the blog and how much time and effort you put into helping people with questions. I've thrifted a few jackets over the years and come to find out that they are probably orphaned suit jackets. Is there any way to deconstruct these or somehow make them less formal so they fit with other less formal/odd pants?
Thanks very much. It really depends on the individual jackets you picked up. If they have a distinctly “suit” feel to them (i.e. pinstripes, or something formal) then they may be difficult to wear with odd trousers. However, if they are patterned or textured (tweed, thick worsted, flannel, cotton, etc), they will probably work fine as separate jackets. It’s very difficult to actually deconstruct a jacket in a meaningful way to “de-formalize” it, so you’re likely stuck with the way they look - just make sure you get them tailored well and I’m sure you’ll be fine (one thing you could do with some flap pockets is tuck them in to imitate a besom pocket, which can look less formal in some situations). If you want to email me pics of the jackets I can take a look at them.