It’s on Sale: Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

Brooks Brothers’ Thom Browne-designed Black Fleece line is on flash sale. Discounts vary but some are quite deep. Black Fleece’s house style is sort of trad caricature, and its narrow lapels and cropped cuts seem to be aging quickly right now, but these remain very, very nice clothes. Button-down oxfords at around $60 (from $200) and at least one suit at under $300 are highlights to me. Ties are quite nice, too; unfortunately, I didn’t see any of Black Fleece’s excellent dress shoes.

-Pete

It’s On Sale: Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Shirts
It’s rare you find an oxford-cloth button-down collar dress shirt in green these days, at least in the heavy fabric that Brooks Brothers uses, of which I’m a fan. The mint-toned shirt from their Thom Browne-designed line is currently on sale for $78 (down from $195) along with many other Black Fleece dress shirts, which all seem to be 60% off at the moment.
I think the shirt would look great for spring and summer under a seersucker or beige linen jacket. Sadly, my too-long arms don’t work well with Thom Browne’s sizing, but those of you with more normal or shorter proportions should check out what’s available.
The shirts feature mother-of-pearl buttons and all appear to be made in the U.S.A., unlike the majority of Brooks Brothers shirts these days. If they fit you, I think they’re a decent deal considering they’re $10 cheaper than the price of what Brooks Brothers retails their dress shirts.
-Kiyoshi

It’s On Sale: Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Shirts

It’s rare you find an oxford-cloth button-down collar dress shirt in green these days, at least in the heavy fabric that Brooks Brothers uses, of which I’m a fan. The mint-toned shirt from their Thom Browne-designed line is currently on sale for $78 (down from $195) along with many other Black Fleece dress shirts, which all seem to be 60% off at the moment.

I think the shirt would look great for spring and summer under a seersucker or beige linen jacket. Sadly, my too-long arms don’t work well with Thom Browne’s sizing, but those of you with more normal or shorter proportions should check out what’s available.

The shirts feature mother-of-pearl buttons and all appear to be made in the U.S.A., unlike the majority of Brooks Brothers shirts these days. If they fit you, I think they’re a decent deal considering they’re $10 cheaper than the price of what Brooks Brothers retails their dress shirts.

-Kiyoshi

It’s On Sale
Jil Sander Linen Scarf
$55 from $89 at Yoox
Yoox is having their Spring-Summer sale. Not the bonanza it has sometimes been in the past, but some interesting stuff. This Black Fleece shirt, which I own and love, for example. Or this Aquacscutum raincoat, these Incotex pants, this Engineered Garments casual jacket, or this Loro Piana coat. Plus tons of Boglioli sportcoats in the $150-200 range.
To help, I clicked off the more PTO-approved brands in the sale - use this link to reach them.

It’s On Sale

Jil Sander Linen Scarf

$55 from $89 at Yoox

Yoox is having their Spring-Summer sale. Not the bonanza it has sometimes been in the past, but some interesting stuff. This Black Fleece shirt, which I own and love, for example. Or this Aquacscutum raincoat, these Incotex pants, this Engineered Garments casual jacket, or this Loro Piana coat. Plus tons of Boglioli sportcoats in the $150-200 range.

To help, I clicked off the more PTO-approved brands in the sale - use this link to reach them.

Put This On Episode 5: Clothing Credits

Intro:
Tie: Pierrepont Hicks
Shirt: Lands’ End
Sweater: Vintage Scottish Cashmere
Jeans: Levis LVC 1947
Shoes: Grenson
Vest: Lands’ End

At J. Press:
Shirt: CEGO Custom Shirtmaker
Jacket: Polo Ralph Lauren
Sweater: Vintage Scottish Cashmere
Tie: Vintage Unlabeled
Pocket Square: Luciano Barbera
Pants: Incotex

At Thom Browne:
Shirt: Brooks Brothers Black Fleece
Tie: Santoni
Pocket Square: Vintage
Pants: Vintage Ralph Lauren Purple Label
Shoes: Vintage Florsheim
Socks: Robert Talbott

I just bought two cashmere turtlenecks on eBay. One is gray, by Black Fleece. The other is cream, by Pringle (and old). I’m pretty sure I can wear them. Pretty sure.

I just bought two cashmere turtlenecks on eBay. One is gray, by Black Fleece. The other is cream, by Pringle (and old). I’m pretty sure I can wear them. Pretty sure.

It’s On Sale
Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Multistripe Oxfords
$75 from $250 at BrooksBrothers.com

It’s On Sale

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Multistripe Oxfords

$75 from $250 at BrooksBrothers.com

Q and Answer: Short-Sleeved Dress Shirts
Clifford asks: My new question for you is, what are your thoughts on short sleeve dress  shirts for the hotter months?  Yay or Nay?  I very seldom see anyone  pull this off without looking like Homer Simpson.
In general: nay.  However, it can be done.
You should never wear a short-sleeved dress shirt the way Homer does: as a substitute for a long-sleeved dress shirt.  Best case scenario is you look like a Mormon missionary, and worst case scenario, you look like something that’s even worse than that (nothing coming to mind right now).
However, it is possible to wear a short sleeved button-up shirt in a more casual context and not look like a dweeb.  First of all, fit will make a huge impact.  A slim fit here is even more important than usual because it sends the message: “this is a choice I’m making.”  Your goal is to be clear that the short sleeves aren’t just a concession to the heat and slobbiness, but rather an affirmative action.  The second thing to remember is that you’re looking for a casual shirt.  Something like this gingham button-down from Black Fleece is a good example.  A casual pattern, a casual fabric, a casual collar style and a sharp fit (at least on the not-very-skinny folks like me).
It should also be paired with clothes that fit you well.  The goal, again, is to have an ensemble that gives people the feeling that you know what you’re doing, which will allay their fears that you are Homer Simpson. 

Q and Answer: Short-Sleeved Dress Shirts

Clifford asks: My new question for you is, what are your thoughts on short sleeve dress shirts for the hotter months?  Yay or Nay?  I very seldom see anyone pull this off without looking like Homer Simpson.

In general: nay.  However, it can be done.

You should never wear a short-sleeved dress shirt the way Homer does: as a substitute for a long-sleeved dress shirt.  Best case scenario is you look like a Mormon missionary, and worst case scenario, you look like something that’s even worse than that (nothing coming to mind right now).

However, it is possible to wear a short sleeved button-up shirt in a more casual context and not look like a dweeb.  First of all, fit will make a huge impact.  A slim fit here is even more important than usual because it sends the message: “this is a choice I’m making.”  Your goal is to be clear that the short sleeves aren’t just a concession to the heat and slobbiness, but rather an affirmative action.  The second thing to remember is that you’re looking for a casual shirt.  Something like this gingham button-down from Black Fleece is a good example.  A casual pattern, a casual fabric, a casual collar style and a sharp fit (at least on the not-very-skinny folks like me).

It should also be paired with clothes that fit you well.  The goal, again, is to have an ensemble that gives people the feeling that you know what you’re doing, which will allay their fears that you are Homer Simpson. 

It’s On eBay
Brooks Brothers Black Fleece (by Alden) Shell Cordovan Longwings (Sz. 11)
Starts at $499 (or Buy It Now $549.99), ends Sunday

It’s On eBay

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece (by Alden) Shell Cordovan Longwings (Sz. 11)

Starts at $499 (or Buy It Now $549.99), ends Sunday

Episode 2: Clothing Credits

Intro

Pants - Uniqlo Vintage Chino

Shirt - RRL

Overshirt - Vintage (ca. 1950s)

At Willie’s

Shirt - Lands’ End Tailored Fit Oxford

Tie - Vintage, unlabeled

Blazer - Vintage by A. DiNella & Son of Philadelphia

Square - Robert Talbott

Shoes - Vintage Florsheim Longwings in Burgundy Shell Cordovan

Example Shoes - Joseph Cheaney & Sons

Cleaning & Polishing

Shirt - Brooks Brothers Black Fleece

Chinos - Benjamin Bixby

Shoes - Generic Surplus