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I’m attending a wedding today, and with a high of 96° F, I expect to wear pretty much the same outfit I’m wearing above, chatting with my then-pregnant wife as captured by the photographer at the last wedding I attended. The suit is a cotton-linen one from Lands’ End, the shirt is Ralph Lauren Purple Label, the tie is a silver grenadine from Drake’s, and the square is from Kent Wang.
As it happens, this morning Lands’ End added the suit back to their website after a long absence. It’s in their “On the Counter” section, which gradually reduces the price of an already on-sale item over the course of the week until it’s 75% off on Friday. That would make this jacket just $33 if there are any left by the end of next week.
You can see in the picture my one qualm with the suit: the low armholes make for an awkward and inelegant bump in the shoulder line when you raise your arm. Good clothes should fit when you move. That said, the suit has served me well over the course of two hot summers, and I otherwise am quite happy with it. The fit is slim, the shoulders snug and unpadded, and it really does keep you relatively cool in hot, hot weather. I’d recommend it at the current price, and certainly at a further-discounted price.
As I noted earlier in the week, the accompanying trousers are also steeply discounted ($29), but the navy is sold out online so you’ll need to call in and ask about their “pre-hemmed stock.”
"On the Counter" merchandise generally has limited sizing and sells out really fast, so I’d check now to see if the jacket is available in your size.
John D. sent in the following note by email:
You are officially the men’s fashion hero of my wedding. Grabbed a Lands End SuperNatural Wool suit via your site a couple months ago and just snagged a pair of those linen - cotton trousers for our rehearsal dinner. Any chance you can point me to some decent but affordable braces while we’re at it?
Haha … you’re too kind.
I don’t know much about braces, but J. Crew has some from Drake’s London for $70.
The WIT20 promo code hasn’t expired yet, so you can get an additional 20% off. That makes the braces about $65 shipped (before tax) — that’s a good $30 savings off what you’d pay buying direct from Drake’s (even after discounting for VAT).
Worth noting: WIT20 does not appear to be a “glitch” code, since it’s still working just fine on third-party merchandise that J. Crew usually excludes from promo codes (including Drake’s accessories, like pocket squares and the braces pictured above). The code expires tonight at midnight Eastern time, so if you still want to get in on discounted Alden or Alfred Sargent footwear, now’s the time to do it.
Wanted to snap the whole outfit last week for a piece about my take on business casual, but never found an opportunity.
Jacket (linen-hemp): MaCo
Shirt: Lands’ End
Square: Drake’s London
Trousers (cotton-linen): Courtesy of Frank and Oak
Slide Buckle (sterling silver): Tiffany & Co., via eBay
Sunday’s outfit came together a little haphazardly.
I started, as I usually do, by looking at the weather forecast, noting that the temperature was expected to top 90°F (32°C). Thus, I opted for a new cotton-linen shirt, courtesy of Emmett London (review coming soon).
My initial instinct was to go with a Pitti-friendly uniform of a lightweight navy blazer and off-white linen trousers, but for whatever reason my mood was more somber. I instead went with a bit of a unicorn in my closet: a linen-hemp sportcoat in a charcoal glen plaid with a rust check. It’s an exquisite jacket from Maco, a house line by Caruso—lightweight, unlined, with soft unpadded shoulders and a 3-roll-2. It would be the perfect jacket for summer if it weren’t for the color, which seems more appropriate for more dour days in fall and winter.
That ended up dictating the rest of what I wore. I thought a lightweight navy tie would be appropriate, so I decided to try an untipped Drake’s wool-silk herringbone tie from Gentlemen’s Footwear that I’d originally planned to save for the coming fall. Thinking that I needed a bit of color, I chose a Drake’s wool-silk kelim print square.
Finding pants that go with a charcoal jacket isn’t easy. I picked the trousers from my brown plaid Lands’ End suit. Plaid on plaid is a questionable choice, but I figured the pattern on the pants is subdued enough to pass as a solid. For shoes I went with my Meermin longwings.
What I ended up with is a bit of a mess. Jacket, shirt, and trouser materials are appropriate for warm weather—tropical-weight wool and linen blends. Tie and square, in contrast, have texture and material more associated with fall. Visually, I think the whole thing comes together and actually looks fairly elegant. Seasonally, the overall palette seems out of place for a warm mid-July day.
I won’t pretend this is the product of conscious rule-breaking begotten by advanced sartorial knowledge. Nor is it a complete disaster. It’s merely incoherent.
Once again in a semi-official capacity, but the weather is much nicer today, so no linen shirt necessary. Opted to skew more toward formal wedding attire—navy suit, silver tie, white shirt. French cuffs, too, a bit of a rarity for me.
My job this morning does involve trudging around in wet grass, so instead of black cap-toe oxfords I went with dark brown suede chukkas with a Dainite sole. And since my staple navy wool suit is out of comission, I went with cotton-linen instead.
Shirt—Ralph Lauren Purple Label (StyleForum B&S)
Long week’s over.
What the heck, are these chinos really this baggy?
Opumo, a This Fits’ advertiser, just started their summer sale. They’re a London-based online shop that specializes in quality menswear accessories, and the sale includes the likes of Mismo, Wood Wood, and the Herschel Supply Co., with discounts of up to 60% off.
My favorite item on sale is this Drake’s Prince of Wales check tie. The glen plaid is rendered in navy instead of the more traditional black or silver. It’s a slightly more contemporary take on the traditional wedding tie, but is still perfectly appropriate whether you’re the groom, a groomsman, or a guest. You can see what appears to be the same tie included in this wedding outfit by Australia’s Patrick Johnson Tailors.
The tie is on sale at Opumo for 40 GBP, with free shipping to addresses in the UK. If you’re in the United States like me, you’ll have to pay shipping but will also get a 20% VAT discount, which brings the tie out to just over $61 shipped.
That’s an incredible value given the original retail price ($145) and how hard it is to find discounts on Drake’s ties. In fact, I think that’s the best price I’ve ever seen for a new Drake’s tie, period.
Carmina shoes. EG Cappelli and Drake’s London ties. Finamore shirts.
When Young Yoo first contacted me a few months ago to tell me about the online store he was opening, his planned lineup read like a grail status short list of classic menswear brands. Just as compelling as the planned inventory was Young’s motivation: at 5’6” with 5.5 UK feet, he specifically wanted to expand the options for high-quality menswear available to short men in the US.
And while there’s much for men under 5’9” to get excited about with today’s launch of GentlemensFootwear.com, Young still has plenty in store to intrigue those who are taller, larger-footed, or—with free worldwide shipping—outside the US.
Take those Carminas, for example. Gentlemen’s Footwear has about a half-dozen competitively-priced stock models, ranging from a conservative brown half-brogue to a more daring, yet no less tasteful, navy double monk strap. Sizing in the first run ranges from 5.5 UK (6.5 US) to 9 UK (10 US), but in a few weeks Young will put in another order that will include sizes up to 12 UK. If you see something you’re interested in and don’t see your size available, be sure to shoot Young an email at email@example.com to have your size included in the next order.
In the midst of launching his business, the Los Angeles-based Young was kind enough to answer a few questions from me about his goals and motivation. I’ve edited our back-and-forth for clarity.
In the interest of full disclosure, Young offered me a care package of a tie, Saphir shoe care products, and an Abbeyhorn shoe horn as a token of appreciation for the work I do at This Fits. He asked for absolutely nothing in exchange, not even hinting at a request for a post. I volunteered to cover the launch of his store, as I’m excited about what he’s doing and, well, he seems like a genuinely good guy.
Aliotsy: You first reach out to me because I write quite often about dressing shorter men, and Gentlemen’s Footwear was born out of your frustration with finding clothes and shoes in your size. Can you share that story?
Young: Being 5’6” and wearing a UK 5.5 in footwear, it has always been an arduous and frustrating process finding US retailers that carried my size. I was aware of a few international shops that stocked smaller sizes, but I didn’t want to risk ordering from overseas, either. Finding quality size 14.5 dress shirts was an even more disappointing task. After multiple frustrating attempts, I began thinking about the extremely limited choices that smaller men like myself are constrained to, and took it upon myself to think of a solution – cue the inception of Gentlemen’s Footwear!
Young’s a dapper guy in his own right. Here he is with his dog Cookie.
Aliotsy: Your stock list for launch includes some highly-regarded names in menswear. Can you share what you’ll be offering?
I’m very excited to offer Carmina Shoemaker from Mallorca, Spain. As many of the readers may already know, Carmina offers Goodyear-welted shoes that incorporate leathers from select tanneries, such as the storied Horween Tannery in Chicago. Carmina Shoemaker offers, in my humble opinion, top quality for its value and I am a huge fan myself. Gentlemen’s Footwear will also be offering Saphir shoe care products, Finamore Napoli dress shirts from Italy, Drake’s London ties and pocket squares, and last but not least, E.G. Cappelli neckwear from Italy.
The rest of the interview after the jump, plus pictures of Young’s stock Carminas and a few MTO shoes…
Playing fantasy football gives you mercenary loyalties.
But far be it from me to not root for the home team, in my own way.
Tweed jacket by Paul Stuart, Kelim print wool-silk square by Drake’s.