Polo’s & Jacket’s Look 3
June 21st, 2013
3. Country Vibes
As you may have noticed, I often gravitate toward earthy color palettes (like browns, greens, and rustic oranges), regardless of the season. I think they remind me of life back on the farm…I also think they complement my skin tone and hair color.
I got lucky the day I found this vintage Ralph Lauren polo, from one of his epic Southwestern-print-heavy collections back in the day. It doesn’t have a button-down collar, but it stands fairly well under a jacket.
This suit jacket is mostly silk – what I consider the most underrated fabric in menswear. It’s lighter than linen, breathes just as well, and has a sheen unlike any other fabric, which is great for offsetting textures. We have a great post on men’s silks in the works…
Funny story about this brown silk/cotton Hugo Boss suit:
It was the first “slim fit” garment I ever bought, on eBay in 2006, when I was wearing XXL Pelle Pelle t-shirts and Karl Kani jeans with 22″ leg openings. My girlfriend at the time, a fellow college basketball player, hated it. The pants were “way too tight”…”I can see your b-lls!”. Haha.
So then came my first visit to an alterations tailor, to let the crotch out (we had to get creative and add an inseam gusset using the excess fabric under the hem). Long story short: the pants never got loose enough for her and that trip to the tailor was an eye-opening experience that got me hooked. Shortly thereafter I stepped up my eBay hustle (selling an excessive sneaker collection to buy slim-fit European clothing)…and today she and I remain friends :/
C’est la vie.
I recently put together these sick new Allen Edmonds brogues using their new online custom design tool. Originally I was going to do something colorful and crazy, but I’m glad I stuck with the brown-on-brown texture blocking (walnut calfskin, brown alpine grain, and chocolate suede).