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Ever notice that you don’t have to wash your wool sweaters as often as your cotton shirts? Or that cotton sweatshirts have to be cleaned more often than wool ones? That’s because wool is naturally resistant to odors. Proper Cloth has channeled this property into woven button-ups. Their new line of Reda Merino Wool Flannels gives you the luxury and performance of wool shirts, but in flannel form for the cooler months. Wool is a natural temperature regulator, so you’ll always feel comfortable. For lazy people like me, it’s also naturally wrinkle-resistant, so you don’t have to iron your shirts in the morning. The material pairs exceptionally well with chinos and jeans, as you see above. And Proper Cloth has knitted wool fabrics, so you get the performance of wool along with the stretch and comfort of t-shirts.
We’re still some months away, but this coming spring/ summer is wedding season. If you’re looking for the perfect tie, consider Chipp’s grenadines. They’re made from the same Italian fabrics used at top-tier producers, but cost less than a third of the price. Made in New York City and available for just $60, they come in every color imaginable. For weddings, however, you’ll want something slightly cheery, but still sober. Silver is a terrific choice for festive occasions. Silver ties look less like office-clothes than their dark blue counterparts, and the textured grenadine weave here keeps these from looking cheap and shiny. If you want something you can wear to the office, as well, consider dark blue. Chipp has the color in two shades. Go for one that’s just slightly off from your suit, so you get some contrast.
It’s the 100th year of NFL season, and the Super Bowl games are just around the corner. To celebrate, Dapper Classics has a new line of football-themed socks. Available in a range of colors and decorated with a cheeky football motif, you can wear them for a bit of game spirit with your favorite pair of chinos and a sport coat. Best of all, for today only, Dapper Classics is offering them at 20% off if you use the code FBALL. For the rest of the month, they’re also holding their “Sock of the Month” promotion, where you can get January’s sock for free if you buy three or more pairs of socks at full price.
Like millions of other people, the team over at Rowing Blazers is feeling devasted by news of the Australian wildfires. So they what to do what they can to help. All proceeds from the sales of their Australian rugbies are going directly to WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization. WIRES is committed to the preservation and rehabilitation of Australian wildlife, and Rowing Blazers wants to support their relief efforts. Each of their four Australian rugby shirt designs is cut and sewn in Europe from a stout 14oz cotton. They feature Australian icons, such as the Waratah flower, a New South Wales emblem, and the 1961 Australia’s rugby team crest. You can wear them on their own with jeans, chinos, fatigues, or chunky corduroys such as you see above. They can also be layered under casual jackets and tweed sport coats for a collegiate look. See our post on rugbys for style inspiration.
Inveterate thrifters know: you have to love the hunt when it comes to thrifting. If you don’t, then you’ll likely have to shop at curated second-hand stores, which comes with mark-ups. LuxeSwap is one of the rare exceptions. As an eBay consignor for high-end, second-hand clothing, they allow you to get a more curated selection, but with the free-for-all pricing that happens through auctions. Nearly all their auctions start at just $10, and most items end at a fraction of the price of what they originally sold for at full-retail.
New auctions go up every Thursday. Last week, the company put up a new round of menswear specials that includes Flat Head jeans, Venanzi dress shirts, Drake’s scarves, Ambrosi trousers, and Armoury knitwear. This cigar brown Kiton suit can be worn this summer with a long-sleeved polo, oxford cloth button-down, or washed denim shirt. As a cotton suit, it can also be broken into separates, such that the suit jacket can be worn as a sport coat and the suit trousers as chinos. LuxeSwap also has suede chukkas from Alden and Enzo Bonafe (the second of which is hand-welted). Those can be worn with everything from denim to casual tailoring.