Monday, January 30, 2012

Young Man: Style Icon #1

My Dad

I know what you're going to say. "Father's day is like six months away. Everyone does that one." I know everyone does this one, but it's true. Since I've cooled down from my early "trad-only" days, I've found that my style is very similar to my dad's. You can see that in this post, from when my parents and sister came up for Thanksgiving. We even posed the same (not purposely, honest). The shift really hasn't been noticeable. Until now.

Here are some elements that are similar.

Patterned shirts

My dad and I even own some of the same shirts (mostly tattersall). We also have the same patterns: lots of university stripes, checks, flannel etc. I like solid shirts too, but patterns are awesome.

Dark Jeans

My dad has been wearing in a pair of 505's for a few years. He washes his more than I do, and doesn't spend quite as much as I do (or have), but I think his look awesome. I told him once that his fades would get lots of chatter on the denim threads. He looked at me like I was crazy. He's a fan of regular cuts too, which I'm leaning towards again. Still like slim every now and then though.

Nice Shoes

As I mentioned in the previous post, my dad has shoes that he bought before I was born. I've always liked that. He also is almost always in nice shoes when he's out. Either his Rockports, or some kind of boat shoes.

Since I've settled into a more natural style (not as many extremes - trad, workwear, etc. but more a meshing), I've found that I look a lot like my dad. His is obviously more natural (he's never read blogs or forums - except this one - an admittedly poor sample), and mine is a little more forced. But I like the way I'm going.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Old Man: Sunday Style

Nursery duty = jeans. Easier to wipe spit up off of than nicer pants.

The Cordial Churchman bow, LL Bean shirt, Jordan's tweed, RRL,   

Florsheim boats. Green smartwool socks. 

Polo gloves for pre-church ice-scraping duty.

In light of Anon's very helpful comment last week, I'll be trying out some new posts this week. Last week was pretty busy, but I'll try really hard to stick with posting this week. Style icons/inspirations, wish lists, favorite pieces, etc. Hopefully it will work.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Young Man: Selling Out

OK, so here's the deal. I don't make much money. So I can't buy new clothes or gear very often. My small group is also reading Radical Together together, which advocates putting everything on the table and seeing what is truly necessary. So I've been thinking about it, and I've got a good base of stuff already. Most of it could be better quality, but I don't need to dress well for anything (like my job). It's more of a choice. I happen to think it's a good choice. But not a necessity (or at least buying new clothes isn't one for me now).

Here's the problem, and how all this stuff applies to the blog. One of the things I like writing about and reading about in other blogs is new stuff. Reviews basically. There haven't been many reviews or new stuff lately, but now there's probably not going to be any. I'm afraid the blog will get boring and no one will read it (not that many do now anyways), but even worse, that I'll get bored of writing it. I actually enjoy this thing.

So, how to rectify this? I'll do more reviews of stuff that I already have (I already have another Waskerd review planned, plus some posts on how stuff I use a lot holds up). But I only have so many things to review.

So here's my second solution: I'm calling all companies who want their stuff reviewed on a small to medium time blog to send me stuff. It doesn't have to be big things, and I won't even keep it if you'd rather I not. I just want more fodder for posts. I doubt any clothing companies read this blog, but if they do, get at me. For the rest of you readers, if you know any manufacturers personally or as acquaintances, talk to them on my behalf. Is there something you've really wanted to see reviewed? Get it touch with the company and send them this post and a link to the blog.

Want some ideas? Here's some stuff I've been wanting to check out.

Bedrock Earthquake Huarache running sandals - once my Vibram Five Fingers wear out, this is the way I think I'll be going.

Epaulet Rivet Chinos Service Pants - I know from experience that Epaulet makes awesome stuff, and these are about the only cargo-ish pants I'd ever wear.

Patagonia Snap-T - A classic piece. And Red Clay Soul's posts on them have made me really want one.

Prison Blues Correction Connection Yard Coat - A cool coat.

Woolrich Altitude Vest - I've been looking for a nice vest for a while, and this was on Five Mile a week ago and looked real nice.

LL Bean Signature Eastport Ranger Boots - I have the moc version and love them. These look like a nice boot that would be real versatile (and close to zero-drop, if you know what that means).

Oak Street Bootmakers Natural Beefroll Pennies - I've loved these since I first saw them. My buddy Andy just got a pair and they look awesome (it's partly because of Andy's new swag that this post came about).

So there are some starting points. But if you think you can get me some swag, then I don't care. I'll review anything (clothing or accessory related). And don't worry, I'll be as fair and impartial as I can.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Old Man: Sunday Style

This morning was brisk, so I broke out my (only) scarf, along with some tweed and an old Brooks sweater vest.

All buttoned up.

I took the scarf off in church. I found this sweater vest on one of my very early thrifting adventures. Not a bad score if you ask me. It has the old Brooks tag and logo and everything. I think it even still had the price tags.

Also included is a J Press Donegal tweed, J Crew pink oxford, 

Epaulet chinos, and Allen Edmonds loafers.

A friend at church who just started looking at the blog suggested that I make a separate page that has a list of all the acronyms that I regularly use. It thought it was a good idea as people who read who aren't as into Ivy league/trad stuff (ie not super nerds) probably don't know what ocbd, tnsil, and other things mean. Until that gets up I'll try to cut down the acronyms.

Thanks for reading. Carry on.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Young Man: Gigs, pt. 2

A while ago I told you guys about a benefit concert I was playing with Emerald Road. Some videos turned up on youtube, so I thought you might want to check out the tunes. In all the videos I'm the one kind of in the middle, pink shirt, brown cap.

(the fiddle player tricked me here - she didn't tell me I was starting the set until right then)

Several things I noticed from watching these: I need more practice, particularly on the flute (tone, volume, projection, etc.), and I do a really weird rocking thing. It really annoyed me watching it. I think it comes from tapping my feet alternately. Anyways, hope you enjoy.


Monday, January 9, 2012

Old Man: Sunday Style and New Traditions

Lots of blue.


This year has been great, because my wife and I have been starting a lot of new traditions for our family (since we have the little one and want to be consistent). We cut down our own tree, spent Christmas and Thanksgiving in Clemson, went to bed at like 10 pm on NYE (well that's been going on for a while), and now, with the tree, we had to start a new tradition: Christmas tree burning.

We live in a condo, so even a small grill is out of the question. We have friends in Six Mile with a good bit of land, and they invited us over after church to burn our tree along with theirs. Needless to say we accepted gladly.

The base.

Our wee tree.

Their properly sized tree.

Great fun. It was wet and drizzling out, which worked out well and made me less nervous about spreading.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Young Man: Paracord Bracelets

Head over to the Cordies facebook page to see some bracelets I thought up yesterday and made up this morning. They're still in development but they might start showing up places. Look out for announcements here and at the facebook page.


Young Man: New Music

Unfortunately it's American folk music that hasn't really progressed. But I love it.

Willie "tea" Taylor

"Life is Beautiful"

Tom VandenAvond

"Even the Olives Are Bleedin'"

Beards, banjos, Ireland, four string guitars. Man it's all good.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Old Man: New Year's Style

Well I don't suppose there's much new about this. But it is new year's day, so...

Jordan tweed/JCrew card/LE shirt/ADG tie/RRL officer chino/Florsheim ankle weights

In church the pastor spoke on Christ's resurrection. An appropriate topic.

Enjoy the holiday all (or what's left of it). I will celebrate the new year by going for a barefoot (truly barefoot, mind you) run this afternoon.