Hi Jake. I'm going to an outdoor wedding in Los Angeles this summer where the dress code is described as "cocktail attire." I was thinking navy linen jacket, light stone cotton trousers, light blue shirt, brown penny loafers and a brown cotton tie. Do you think that would be too informal for cocktail attire? I'm from the northeast so I have no idea what counts as under-dressing in LA. Thanks!
I was just in LA and I think you’ll be just fine with that outfit. An easy way to make it slightly more formal would be to wear a pair of brown lace ups - maybe some suede wingtips.
With the on trend trend of field / military style jackets with 4 front pockets, why do people not just go and buy the real thing at military surplus stores? I have for two decades had 2 or 3 lighter weight (not winter parka) 3/4 military jackets from surplus stores. One French and two Canadian military issue. $40 +/-. Great with fall cords With the "authentic" heritage thang goin on, I have yet to see pics of real military issue being worn. I guess people prefer to spend $400 for logos etc.
I understand what you’re saying about authenticity, but there are a number of reasons why I’d assume folks opt away from the real thing. Some people must feel a bit uncomfortable wearing actual military-issue garb, having not served themselves. Obviously not a huge deal for many, but for some that counts. Also, militaria has been the root for a lot of clothing we wear today, so to knock one particular trend seems a little bit like getting mad at a drop of rain in a downpour. Finally, it’s quite easy to find 4 pocket front field jackets for under $80 (Uniqlo - no logos), so it’s not merely a trend for the overly priced fashion set.
I, for one, like the style of jacket, but have no interest in looking like a former GI. Derivatives from the original I think are acceptable, no?
Jake, my dude...quick question. How much farther is my hard-earned cash going to go if I cop Carmina before Meermin? I have two pairs of Meermin, but I wanna try out those DB's from the Armoury really bad, and I have the flow. But Carmina = two pairs of Meermin, though....
Carmina makes fantastic shoes and they’re well worth the investment. If you’ve got extra cash and the last fits, you should go for them. As you already have Meermins, you may as well mix it up.
Hi! I'm wondering if you could help me with a problem. My bf got his first job that requires business attire, so my button-down game has been pretty strong this year. In the last two months, however, the elbows of his shirts have ripped. Every single one. I don't think he has outgrown his size. He has a lot of regular brands; from Zara to Ralph Lauren. His new Banana Republic shirt ripped today! His last one! I'm at my wit's end. Are elbows a common problem? Have any suggestions? Thank you!!
Haha this is such a common problem - he probably sits at his desk on his elbows for much of the day. Happened to me when I used to work in finance and a banker buddy of mine has the same problem. I’ve always thought that someone should make dress shirts with reinforced elbows…maybe someone does, but I don’t know who unfortunately. You could theoretically put patches on the elbows, but I don’t know if it’d be worth it - might look weird in a business environment. I would stick to thicker fabrics like oxford cloths - check out Kamakura. They make great shirts for a decent price. If you want to just accept the elbow issue and go cheap, then Charles Tyrwhitt has decent shirts that usually run 4/$200. Hope that helps.
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