Every year, my pal Charlie Todd and his group Improv Everywhere cover a beach on Coney Island with beach-goers and swimmers in formal attire. This year was their biggest ever. FANTASTIC.
Celebrity famous person Nick Cannon wore two million dollars worth of shoes last night. They’re Tom Ford loafers, encrusted with diamonds. And honestly? I think he looks pretty good.
That’s all, really. I’m just kind of confused that I only have positive thoughts about Nick Cannon’s Two Million Dollar Shoes. So, you know, thought I’d share.
Real People: Dressing Down a Suit
There are no fewer than a thousand guides at this point on how to dress down a suit, but many of them involve ruining the kind of elegance that makes suits attractive in the first place. The best way to dress down a suit, I think, is to do what RT from Copenhagen has done here.
- Wear a suit that’s inherently more casual. Textures, colors, and materials will affect how a suit looks. RT’s suit is made from tropical wool (Minnis Fresco, to be exact). Although wool is typically more formal than cotton or linen, the rougher texture and slightly lighter color keep this from looking like the silky, dark business suits you’d wear to boardroom meetings.
- Think of the jacket’s details. Here, RT’s jacket has soft, unpadded shoulders, little structure to the chest, and patched, rather than welted, pockets. These can seem like small details, but when added up, they can have a powerful effect.
- Dial everything else back appropriately. There’s no need to go as far as wearing whimsical socks or bubble vests. You can just dial everything else back a notch or two, so they’re in harmony with your suit. So, instead of a crisp, white shirt — which sometimes can seem a bit formal — try something patterned or light blue. And instead of sleek, formal oxfords, try loafers, derbies, or even chukkas.
- Forgo the tie. But if you do, leave the first two buttons of your shirt unfastened, so you get a slightly more attractive collar line, and use a pocket square.
As for what RT is specifically wearing above, the blue Fresco suit was made for him by Napolisumisura (a bespoke tailoring house that’s touring the US right now, incidentally). The light blue shirt with very fine white stripes is from Vincenzo di Ruggiero. It has a soft, unfused collar, which makes it ideal for casual wear. Finally, the burgundy pocket square with a crosshatching pattern is from Bottega Veneta, the dark brown belt from Edward Green, and the dark brown derbies from Crockett & Jones.
It’s On Sale: Ben Sherman Harrington Jacket
Ben Sherman’s green Harrington jackets are on sale for $41.99. Add an extra $5 for shipping, and you have a fairly versatile piece of outerwear for $47. The offer is only good for sales within the US.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you anything about the sizing or quality of these jackets, as I’ve never handled them, but you have 30 days to make a return if things don’t work out.
Our Biggest Sale Ever
We’ve got some new styles coming to the Put This On shop, so we’re clearing out some room. Get $100 off a purchase of $250 or more with the code DOINGITBIG. A monstrous 40% discount that applies to anything we sell. The deal’s about to expire, so go for it right now.
Put This On, Season Two
If you haven’t already seen our second season, you ought to. We have six episodes, spread across our trips to New York City, London, and Milan, where we investigate what makes each city so special, style wise. A re-cap:
- The Melting Pot: A look at what makes NYC diverse. Jesse talks to ‘Lo Heads — a collective of Polo Ralph Lauren enthusiasts whose style originated on the streets of NYC. Then he stops by Worth & Worth, one of the city’s best hat shops, and talks to Jason Marshall, a jazz musician with a love for tailoring. Finally, some tips on how to pack for a trip.
- Eclecticism: More on NYC’s eclecticism. Jesse visits Jay Kos, a boutique that mixes the traditional and non-traditional, and goes thrifting with the guys behind Street Etiquette. Next, a chat with writer and editor Lewis Lapham about his view on clothes (one of my favorite segments, personally), and then a dissection of a suit with bespoke tailor Leonard Logsdail.
- (New) Traditions: Jesse visits some of the best London has to offer when it comes to traditional style. Savile Row’s Richard Anderson and Norton & Sons, the basement of legendary cloth supplier W. Bill, and one of menswear’s most beloved neckwear producers, Drake’s. Ian Bruce of The Correspondents also talks about his personal style.
- Eccentric Style: The eccentric side of London. Guy Hills’ inventive tweeds, David Saxby’s vintage and vintage-repro offerings, and Cordings’ unique outdoor clothes. Jesse also shows us the different ways you can tie a scarf.
- Elegance: For those who love Italian style, this is the first of two episodes on Milan. This episode has an interview with Luciano Barbera (arguably one of the best dressed men today), a visit to G. Lorenzi (arguably one of the best menswear stores in the world, although they’ve since closed up shop and become Cedes Milano), and a chat with Salvatore Battello, the elegant owner of W-D Man. Plus, Jesse goes over what color of shoes you can wear with what color suits (or trousers in general, really).
- Consolidation: Big brands such as Gucci and Prada are increasingly taking over Milan’s fashion business, squeezing out some of the smaller operations. Jesse visits some of these smaller artisans and shops, including bespoke shoemaker Antonio Pio Mele and the beautiful boutique 10 Corso Como.
- Extras: Lastly, some extras, including my favorite of all PTO segments, a short feature on menswear writer Bruce Boyer. David Hill also asks some hard questions at New York’s Fashion Week, and our director Ben Harrison visits the FIT Museum’s exhibit on 1930s fashion.
Again, many thanks to our funders for their support!
Put This On, Season One
Long before I became a writer at Put This On, I was a fan and a reader, and like many people, I discovered the site through Jesse’n’Team’s 10-minute webisodes. They’re fantastic, if you haven’t already seen them. Season one covers topics such as denim, shoes, the fit of our clothes, and how traditions have evolved. You can watch them free online or buy the DVD.
A roundup of episodes:
- Denim: PTO’s first episode! Jesse visits one of the best denim shops in Los Angeles, Rising Sun, and talks to the owner about what makes a good pair of jeans. There are also some tips on how to take care of your denim, as well as recommendations for where to buy jeans at a wide range of prices.
- Shoes: Raul Ojeda of Willie’s Shoe Service talks about what makes quality footwear; Jesse goes over basic shoe care; and our director Adam Lisagor has a tip for tying shoelaces that will change your life.
- Work: Jesse talks to director Paul Feig about his love for suits, and Adam shows us how to tie a four-in-hand knot. Roxanna from Nerd Boyfriend also goes through some iconic photos of stylish men, showing us how to recreate those looks with things we can buy today (or rather, in 2010, when this episode was first released). Lastly, Jesse goes over the dos-and-don’ts of how to dress for a job interview.
- Grooming: Jesse visits his barber and later gives a how-to for the classic wet shave. There are also some useful tips at the end on how to avoid those gross yellow pit stains that can occur on shirts.
- Tradition: An episode on traditions and where they’ve gone. Jesse visits one of the oldest clothiers in the US, J. Press, to talk to Jay Walter about his career in classic American tailoring. Later, he interviews Thom Browne, a designer who has been known to take traditional, 1960s styles and tweak them for a more modern look.
- Body: How should your clothes fit? Jesse visits Carl Goldberg of CEGO Custom Shirtmaker to find out how a shirt should properly fit, and then the legendary Alan Flusser to chat about how men can dressy according to their body type. Lastly, he visits his tailors back home in Los Angeles to show how you can get a better fitting off-the-rack shirt with some simple alterations.
- Personal Style: The elegant, quirky, distinctive, and everything in-between. Field correspondent Dave Hill reports from the Corduroy Appreciation Club (where Jesse once gave a keynote speech), and Roxanne from Nerd Boyfriend investigates Andre 3000’s unique look. Plus, a conversation with Gay Talese, a man who not only has a celebrated writing career, but also his own signature lapel style.
Many, many thanks to our funders for their support!
Our Biggest Pocket Square Sale EVER!
We’ve got some beautiful new pocket squares coming in from our atelier in the next couple of weeks, and our shelves here at the office are pretty full. That means good news for you, the pocket square consumer. A chance to stock up big time on our beautiful, hand-made, hand-rolled, ultra-limited accessories.
Here’s the deal: buy $250 worth of pocket squares this week, and we’ll give you a hundred dollars off. A HUNDRED DOLLARS! This is literally the deepest discount we’ve ever offered. It even applies to stuff that’s already on sale.
Just visit our shop, fill up your cart, and use the code DOINGITBIG for your discount. Shop now, though, because this all ends Friday.
This Nigel Cabourn jacket is great if you can stomach the price. When worn, it basically looks like this (although obviously in a different color). I have the same coat in a darker green and use it as a casual, all-purpose jacket during the fall months. The coated surface makes it suitable for the rain.
- Green Nigel Cabourn jacket, 38
- Tan Nanamica Cruiser, S
- Navy field jacket, M
- Nike field jacket, M
- Nigel Cabourn Aircraft jacket, M
- Navy parka, M
- Tan Wings + Horns jacket, M
- Hooded Kapital jacket, L
- Tan shawl collar jacket, L
- Blue Engineered Garments jacket, L
- Grey chore coat, L
- Barbour Skyfall jacket, L
- RRL aviator jacket, L
- Gray Engineered Garments jacket, L
- Grey double breasted coat, 43
- Red mountain parka, XL
- Barbour fishing jacket, XL
- Nigel Cabourn Surface jacket, 44 (same model as pictured above)
- Barbour x To Ki To jacket, XL
- Grey Engineered Garments herringbone jacket, XL
- Navy Engineered Garments jacket, XL
- Suede A-1 jacket, 44
- Brown B1 Nigel Cabourn jacket, XL
- A2 jacket, 46
- Russell Moccasin boots, various sizes
- Crockett & Jones cap toe boots, 7
- Ralph Lauren semi-brogues, 7.5
- Ralph Lauren shell cordovan shortwings, 8
- Ralph Lauren penny loafers, 9
- RRL engineer boots, 9
- Vass cap toe oxfords, 9
- New & Lingwood suede tassel loafers, 10
- Yuketen moccasins, 10
- Ralph Lauren shell cordovan boots, 10.5
- Ralph Lauren shell cordovan penny loafers, 10.5
- Nigel Cabourn x Viberg work boots, 11
- Visvim grizzly boots, 11
- Yuketen moc toe boots, 11
- Quoddy moc toe bluchers, 11.5
- Florsheim shell cordovan longwings, 13
- JM Weston suede penny loafers, 13
- Allen Edmonds shell cordovan penny loafers, 14
Our Beloved Sponsors
A quick thanks to our five sponsors this month for their support. Our first sponsor, The Hanger Project, just got a bunch of new neckwear and knitwear in. Lots of textured Drake’s ties, made from tussah and shantung (good for the warmer months), wool/ silk blends (for the colder seasons), and grenadines (for year round). For sweaters, they also have some new pieces from Inis Meain, a small, high-end manufacturer located on one of the Aran Islands. Included are some “celebration knits,” which are highly decorative pieces that people on those islands would traditionally wear for special occasions.
Our second sponsor Gustin does online crowdsourcing campaigns for raw, selvedge denim jeans, workshirts, and rugged outerwear. Since they don’t stock any inventory, and sell directly to customers, they can offer much lower prices (as they don’t have to pay for middle man markups and account for unsold inventory). At the moment, some of their projects include black denim jeans, plaid flannel shirts, waxed trucker jackets, and a couple of small, leather goods. The downside? Once campaigns hit 100% funding, the opportunity to get in on the project closes, and everything is sent to production.
Next, Proper Cloth just finished up their first fashion show with Esquire Magazine. They’re an online custom shirtmaker, but are working to close the gap between made-to-measure and ready-to-wear. Delivery times have been compressed to one to two weeks, and they’ve designed “collections” of pre-designed shirts, which you can adjust to your measurements. Of course, you can also just design your own shirt from scratch, and if you’re uncomfortable with taking self-measurements, you can also send them your best fitting shirt for them to copy. They’ll replicate the fit, but make you a new shirt according to your fabric and style selections.
Lastly, we want to give a warm thank you to Ledbury and Chipp Neckwear. Ledbury just released a ton of new “short run” shirts in a range of basic stripes and checks, which could be used for both professional and casual settings. Chipp also just started a blog, where Paul (the company’s founder) will talk about some of his experiences being in the rag trade for over fifty years now.
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