Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
Finally, remember how much of his hot, hot heat he’ll lose through his neck, and get him a good basic scarf.  If he isn’t the losing-stuff type, then go with cashmere.  You can always steal it from him, right?

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

Finally, remember how much of his hot, hot heat he’ll lose through his neck, and get him a good basic scarf.  If he isn’t the losing-stuff type, then go with cashmere.  You can always steal it from him, right?

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
This one’s a splurge, but isn’t he worth it?  Get him a nice cashmere sweater.  A v-neck in a basic color (oatmeal, navy, gray, burgundy) that suits his complexion.  He can wear it all the time.  Don’t let him dry clean it - clean it once a year or so in the sink.  Find one on sale at the mall, or for better quality (all cashmere is certainly not the same) get a used one made in Scotland or England on Ebay.  Even a Ballantyne won’t cost you more than about $40 - and good cashmere just gets softer.

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

This one’s a splurge, but isn’t he worth it?  Get him a nice cashmere sweater.  A v-neck in a basic color (oatmeal, navy, gray, burgundy) that suits his complexion.  He can wear it all the time.  Don’t let him dry clean it - clean it once a year or so in the sink.  Find one on sale at the mall, or for better quality (all cashmere is certainly not the same) get a used one made in Scotland or England on Ebay.  Even a Ballantyne won’t cost you more than about $40 - and good cashmere just gets softer.

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
Get him some socks!  For the most basic of socks, we recommend Gold Toe.  Quality at an affordable price.  Keep those gym socks off his feet for about $3 or $4 a pair.

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

Get him some socks!  For the most basic of socks, we recommend Gold Toe.  Quality at an affordable price.  Keep those gym socks off his feet for about $3 or $4 a pair.

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
For days when jeans aren’t quite enough, drop Uniqlo NYC a line and get a pair of their Vintage Chinos.  Good looking, nice fabric, great cut, great details.  They cost about $40, and Uniqlo will ship to you if you drop them a line.

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

For days when jeans aren’t quite enough, drop Uniqlo NYC a line and get a pair of their Vintage Chinos.  Good looking, nice fabric, great cut, great details.  They cost about $40, and Uniqlo will ship to you if you drop them a line.

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
For bad weather days, get him a pair of L.L. Bean “Duck” Boots.  Resolutely practical and eccentrically attractive.  About $95 new, or find them used for about $25.

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

For bad weather days, get him a pair of L.L. Bean “Duck” Boots.  Resolutely practical and eccentrically attractive.  About $95 new, or find them used for about $25.

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
For cold weather, get him a vintage naval peacoat.  The real deal will only cost you about $50-75 in great condition.  Remember that they’re sized to be worn with a bulky sweater underneath.

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

For cold weather, get him a vintage naval peacoat.  The real deal will only cost you about $50-75 in great condition.  Remember that they’re sized to be worn with a bulky sweater underneath.

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
Above: get him a mid-brown 1 1/4” belt from Narragansett Leathers.  They’ll make it to your specifications for $32, and finish it with a nice brass buckle.  It may not be the only belt he ever needs, but he will certainly need this belt.  (Get him one in black, too.)

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

Above: get him a mid-brown 1 1/4” belt from Narragansett Leathers.  They’ll make it to your specifications for $32, and finish it with a nice brass buckle.  It may not be the only belt he ever needs, but he will certainly need this belt.  (Get him one in black, too.)

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
Above: the Lands’ End Hyde Park Tailored Fit Dress Shirt in blue.  A simple button-down with a solid fit and good construction for $30.  A solid layering piece if ever such a piece there was.

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

Above: the Lands’ End Hyde Park Tailored Fit Dress Shirt in blue.  A simple button-down with a solid fit and good construction for $30.  A solid layering piece if ever such a piece there was.

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
Above: a pack of plain white t-shirts by Kirkland, house brand of Costco.  About ten bucks for six shirts.  Nice heavy cotton, a little on the beefy side, if you’re not too tall, consider sizing down.  (If you’re classy, we like Alternative Apparel, but if you’re thrifty, these will do well.)

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

Above: a pack of plain white t-shirts by Kirkland, house brand of Costco.  About ten bucks for six shirts.  Nice heavy cotton, a little on the beefy side, if you’re not too tall, consider sizing down.  (If you’re classy, we like Alternative Apparel, but if you’re thrifty, these will do well.)

Eight Days of Style
Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.
Above: the Levi’s 514 in tumbled rigid.  A simple, dark, well-cut jean that goes for just $30.

Eight Days of Style

Reader Lucy wrote to us to ask that we suggest eight super-basic, affordable Hanukkah gifts for her boyfriend “to replace his stained light-wash jeans and Nine Inch Nails t-shirts.”  We’ll offer one choice for each day the oil burned.

Above: the Levi’s 514 in tumbled rigid.  A simple, dark, well-cut jean that goes for just $30.