Hello there, i was thinking if you could show me what to wear if you were getting married and what the best man should wear, preferably in pictures. Best regards from Sweden. thank you
I would wear a made to measure tuxedo - mine would probably be midnight navy with peak lapels and besom pockets. My best man would probably wear a navy suit of some kind. I’ll post a few shots after this.
Canadian in Montreal here. re. parkas: Helly-Hansen-less ubiquitous, Norwegian, Asian made; Fjallraven-nice cuts for hipsters with beards-Swedish made in Vietnam; Kanuk-handmade in Montreal-CG quality but ugly; Moose Knuckles-CDN for Ed Hardy types ; Nobis-good quality CDN made; Arc'teryx-high tech&light, CDN-moving more prod. offshore; Woolrich- moving prod. back to US, high.quality&rare here. Base & layers matter most+ down doesn't work well as synthetic in humid damp cold like TO or MTL.
How would you wear a pair of chalkstripe suit trousers as a separate? People say it can't be done, that you'd be "wearing half a suit." But I kind of want to know what you have to about this say Jake!
I wouldn’t wear them with a jacket, avoiding the orphaned suit pants look. Instead, I’d opt for a button down and a knit of some kind - maybe something chunky. Then I’d layer further and thrown on a down vest or gilet, or maybe a jacket of some kind. Basically anything to make the trousers look like more of an ensemble, versus something out of place.
I have a very dark navy sports jacket. How can I bring out the blue in it, as opposed to making it seem black?
Technically you should opt for the opposite end of the color wheel. Although that puts you somewhere in the orange spectrum, I think you’d do well with a pair of British khakis trousers - something in a darker beige perhaps. A light blue or white shirt and a tie might help as well.
Any recommendations on good cashmere sweaters in a modern/slim fit?
Cucinelli makes pretty amazing cashmere sweaters, as does Loro Piana. For some slightly cheaper models, I’d look at Uniqlo or Club Monaco. The unbranded RL ones are nice too, and you can usually find them on sale somewhere. Just size down.
Hey Jake, what's your choice for a quality pair of mole skin trousers? Cheers!
Epaulet makes a really nice pair of olive moleskin trousers, or at least they used to. Just get them slimmed up a little and they’re perfect. Otherwise, I think Aspesi makes a couple models in moleskin and I’m sure those are pretty nice.
Great blog! Love reading it! Whats your take on Septieme Largeur? Do you have any experiece with 'em? Just love the sleek lasts and chiseled toes! Very tempted to get the Joffre on the 199. Anyhow - keep up the great blogging!
I’ve always admired Septieme shoes from afar, but have yet to pick up a pair. They do use some beautiful lasts and their patina studio can churn out some crazy designs. I think they’re worth a shot at the price point, especially if you favor that sleeker style over something a bit more traditional, a la Meermin. The Joffres in old brown box (kind of a rough name for a color) especially look quite nice.
Hey Jake! Thoughts on RM Williams Craftsman in black as a dress boot? Picked em up in black yearling and with gy welt but am not sure if it is a great match to a suit or any kind or more formal wool pants. What (if at all) would you pair 'em with?
Those yearlings are awesome boots - nice pickup. I have a somewhat similar pair of black C&J short chelseas and I wear them with anything from dark denim to grey trousers. I think they’d look great with a navy suit as well. I typically like to keep the bottom half of whatever I’m wearing on the darker side, with the black boots.
I have inquired about your recommendation on military brands/style in the past and you have never let me down, thanks! Do you have any recommendations for miltary style watch brands both inexpensive and high end with all the utilities?
No worries - thanks for stopping by. I’d check out the Seiko 5 series, CWC, MKII, and perhaps Marathon.
I'm attending university in Canada and looking for a good coat to brave the rapidly approaching winter. Every single person at this school owns a Canada Goose jacket so I'd like to find something a little less played out, but with a similar heavyweight and warm design. Any suggestions? I've been looking into Ten C on ebay, but I've heard some people on forums say they're not as warm as they had hoped they would be. Unreal blog by the way!
Check out Aether - it’s quite warm and I believe it’s cheaper that CG.
To the pal asking for Scarosso shoes: I had a look at them a year ago in a Berlin pop-up shop and they are ok. As you'd expect, they are blake-rapid, but what made me put them back in the shelf is that there suede did not make a good impression on me (softness, fulness and color wise).
They look decent for the price, but I have no experience with them. They seem to fall into a pretty broad category of blake-constructed Italian shoes that all seem to be made the same. You can find a number of other similar brands on Yoox. If anyone has anything more distinguishing to say about Scarosso in particular, let this guy know.
I think Topsiders are meant to be worn sock-less, but not dress shoes especially. What do you think? Thanks for your posts.
It varies, but generally I’d agree with you. I definitely used to wear Topsiders sockless, but tend to switch it up with dress shoes and loafers, according to various levels of wear and comfort. Aesthetically, I don’t mind sockless dress shoes, but not to anything formal or resembling business.
What do you think of Uniqlo's upcoming re-release of +J? What are your favourite pieces from the collection? Thanks, and keep up the great work!
It looks decent - I was hoping for a little more to be honest, but I like the vest and the chester coat. +J has always been a little hit or miss for me, so I guess it’s par for the course. I’m glad they’re bringing it back though. The Pure Blue Japan stuff looks pretty awesome as well.
Hey there- love the blog! Ive got a wedding coming up in October, in Nashville, "dress well, not quite cocktail, not casual". I've got Indy Boots and a chambray spread collar in mind, what would you recommend for trousers and jacket? Or any other recommendations on an appropriate ensemble? Thank you in advance!
I’d recommend a navy blazer and a pair of grey trousers. You can probably change out the trousers for a different color or shade, but that’s what I’d probably wear. Enjoy the wedding. (I have a cocktail wedding coming up and am wearing something pretty similar)