Sunday, July 29, 2012

Young Man: Vacation

The girls and I are going to Hilton Head for a few days starting tomorrow. I'll have my camera and computer, but I won't be posting while we're there. I'll have some posts when we get back.

If anyone has some dynamite seafood recommendations, hit me up. Thrift honey-holes, too.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Young Man: Tumblr

(take this post with a grain of salt. I won't delete or edit it massively, but it comes on way stronger than I actually feel)

Tumblr is an interesting place (for some good analysis, read John's blog a lot).

I'm going to talk about Tumblr here, in general terms, but I suppose everyone's dashboard is different. Mine doesn't look like yours (if you have one). But this is my blog, so we're talking about my dashboard here.

I follow a lot of #menswear stuff. It isn't really what I'm into now (it's Italian more than Ivy, which is what I dig), and I followed most of them when they were on the last trend of workwear. Now they're all on "sexysex" and polish. I dig wrinkled oxfords and suits, shoes I haven't polished in way too long, and ties where the silk has pulled from my ignored neck stubble.

When I actually take the time to look through more than five or six pages of my dashboard, I get the feeling that I'm reading Lamentations Ecclesiastes (thanks, thisfits). Sure, there are some nice looks, and there's always something to differentiate it from the last one, but it gets old really fast. And it's not that it merely gets old. It's worse. It's hard to put into words, but I guess it's an oppressive sameness. I feel dumber afterward.

Because of this, I look through Tumblr once a week at most. That's probably why mine sucks (by the community standard).

John wrote this on his post about super awesome blogspots: "This introspective labeling will create you a community but close your mind."

I think that's a great insight. What we have now is people with huge tumblr blogs selling their vision of style to people (literally selling, since most of them have clothing lines nowadays), and people somehow equate big blog stats with flawless style and taste, and they just are not the same.

LAS is a (blogging) visionary because got every joe with a blog to link to their post on his site. Now he sells his vision of style at giant prices, and people buy it. But blogging vision does not (and should not) equal style vision. There are great bloggers with terrible style, and terrible bloggers with great style, and some with neither (what, what).

I guess this post could be seen as whining because my blogs are small time in this community. It's strange to say, since I still feel young, but YM/OM is truly an old man. I had a heyday, a year or two ago, and now I think I'm washed up. I'm OK with that. I don't have to worry about being "true to my readers." Who gives a crap what I have to say? So I'll just talk about that which I am thinking. Which usually doesn't interest anyone other than myself.

It's OK. I like to write. I also like to be acknowledged, but I'm getting better with that. I might even delete my stats programs. I waste way too much time looking at bar graphs for an English teacher.


(This post should is not an inditement of all tumblr blogs. There are some really terrific blogs I follow, and they are what keep me coming back to that black and white box. So thanks to all of you good guys)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Old Man: Thrift

I hit my favorite thrift store today, looking for something specific for once. I needed more khakis, and more dress shirts (white button down, specifically).

I ended up with two pairs of J. Crew khakis, and three short sleeve shirts that will be perfect for my fast approaching trip to Hilton Head (a white Polo polo, an LE seersucker, and an LE madras). Great stuff. I still need those few dress shirts, but they'll show up somewhere.

Here's what I wore.

LL Bean tattersall, RRL officer's chinos, AE loafers.

Good luck with your own trips.


Old Man: Manners

As you know, I'm gearing up for the coming school year. One of the things that I need to figure out is how to arrange my room, and what to put on my walls.

My mom asked if there was anything that I wanted that she could get for me. Seeing as I'll be teaching young adults (in the South, no less), I immediately thought of the Old Try print "General Manners No. 1"

This is on its way to me as we speak. I can't speak highly enough of the folks at Old Try. I can't wait to get it and set it up. Pics when it's up, I promise.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Young Man: Wristwear

After a long period of abstinence, I have returned to wearing what ADG called "hippie bracelets." Not the beaded hippie bracelets that are selling for a hundred plus (which is just ridiculous), but ones I have made. I'm considering selling some of these through the Cordies store, but rest assured they will be more in the five buck range.

The ones on your left are paracord, the one on my left is leather lace. I should have adjusted them to make the loops more visible, but I think it's a pretty cool design (look on instagram if you want to see the loops better).

Tattoos are without a doubt the coolest form of wrist decoration, but these bracelets are a close second (and cheaper and less permanent).

Watches are third.



Sunday, July 22, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012

Young Man: Skating

Here's proof that I do skate. Fox Carolina was doing their "Celebrating the Carolinas" today and my friend David asked me to do a little longboard demonstration for his segment on the show. Here's the video. I come in around the 40 second mark.

Celebrate the Carolinas continues in Clemson

Just a t shirt and shorts. Didn't really want to mess up my suits. Sorry.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Old Man: Classical Clothing

As some of you may know, I am going to be teaching English at a Classical Christian school this coming fall. I am excited about this as the model for Classical Christian education seems to me to be an excellent way to foster appreciation of the good, the true, and the beautiful, in whatever subject is taught.

However, as I understand this model, the object of this study of the classics is not to focus solely on those classics at the expense of modern works, but to form an appropriate and sound (Biblically, in this case) sense of what makes a piece of literature (in my case) good, true, and beautiful, or any combination of those attributes. That might sound limiting to some of you dear readers (and it did at first to me), but it is not. Only when taken in the most literal and strict sense is a classical education limiting. If you only study the classics at the expense of modern works, you miss out on the whole purpose of Classical Education, which in my opinion is to help you found a Biblical worldview when it comes to Literature. However, if you see the classics as touchstones to help form a critical eye, and a jumping off point from which to view other works, it becomes incredibly freeing, as you are able to tackle any style, genre, or subject matter, with a solid base from which to work.

(As an aside, I would think that even the most devout postmodernist would agree with this in practice, if not in theory. Could you [the devout postmodernist out there] imagine a writer setting out to deconstruct a text without first having read Derrida, and de Man, and even their precursors like Saussure and Freud? I have read them all and even still I cannot begin to deconstruct a text. But that probably comes from other problems with my mind.)

OK, I hear you say. What in Dante's vision has this got to do with clothing? Well, I did put the word clothes in the title so I suppose I do owe you an explanation.

It's no secret that I am a fan of "the Curriculum," a set of standards of clothing, if you will. I won't go into all the details, but you can read the founding parable and decide for yourself what the Curriculum actually is.

It's also no secret that I have strayed from the path through my journey. Words like jeans, slim fit (gasp!), heavy ivy, heritage, and the worst of all, t-shirts come to mind. But I've always stayed true at heart to the basic principles of the Curriculum. And because in the founding weeks and months of my clothing journey, I was exposed so heavily to the Curriculum through Andy's place and the Curriculum (bless their hearts, they took me in when I had not even the slightest clue, and they have created a monster), I am able to look at a trend or other style of clothing, evaluate it according to my guiding standards, and either accept it as good, true, and beautiful, or reject it as, well, not those things. Or at very least appreciate it for what it is, even though it does not line up with my personal style.

I think this process has given me a well rounded style. I wear suits to church. I wore a blazer, khakis, a striped tie, and penny loafers to my interview. I will wear tweed and bow-ties to teach. But I wear t-shirts around the house, and jeans to the grocery store, and shorts and flip-flops when it's too hot to think about anything else. I stray thus in good conscience, knowing that I have tested and approved these styles, and feel comfortable about my choices.

One of the greatest compliments on an outfit I have ever received was given by Oxford Cloth Button Down, regarding my latest Sunday Style post. He said "I like how comfortable you look in your rig." And gosh darn-it, I feel comfortable in it.

I'm not saying everyone needs to abide by "the" Curriculum, or by mine. But a good grounding in a classic style isn't such a bad thing to have. You can always modify it. And to be honest, I would be suspect of anyone who didn't use the standards of their Curriculum to analyze a new style or trend, and synthesize the best parts into theirs.

Thanks for reading.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Young Man: Waskerd Rings

Oh man. Gonna get a lot of hate on this one, I'm sure.

(Pre-emptive strike - the only rings I would consider wearing besides my wedding ring would be a class ring and this one)

As most long time readers know, I love Waskerd by Derek Shaw. He sent me a wallet to test for him and it has been my everyday wallet ever since.

I kept seeing some wooden rings, but they were always marked "Coming Soon." What a bummer. Well I checked facebook tonight and saw that he released them (hey I guess Facebook is good for something).

Waskerd Wooden Rings

Image property of Derek Shaw

I love these things. If I was in a different financial situation I would rock the heck out of that maple. The ebony is also crazy nice too.

Derek, if you're ever looking for someone to wear one of these to (probable) death, let me know!

Even if the rings aren't your cuppa, check out his wallets (and the awesome other stuff he's added lately). Some seriously great stuff.


Old Man: Sunday Style

This is getting to be the usual Sunday look around here. And I'm OK with that. Easy enough to not worry about getting it wrong, but with plenty of room for creativity. The Curriculum.

Southwick blazer, Brooks shirt, thrift tie, RRL chinos, AE loafers.

My daughter took this picture. Pretty good for a 16 month old.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Old Man: Betweeded Scholars

There is a pretty great thread going on over at Ask Andy About Trad, called Scholars of Yesteryear. Lots of tweed inspiration there.

Some good news for the readers of the blog: I just accepted an offer to be the Upper Level English teacher at a private school here in the Upstate. This means I'll be wearing coats and ties everyday. This means you'll get more pictures of me actually wearing this stuff instead of having to read me drone on about it.

In any case, enjoy the rest of your summer. It's going to get busy here in a few weeks.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Young Man: Press

I never quite know what to think when I'm on A Guide to Bad Taste. Can't quite tell if he's telling you I have bad taste. But I'm pretty sure that this is a good post.

Thanks for the mention John. It's always a pleasure.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Old Man: Sunday Style

No picture of this stuff actually on me today, because I took the jacket, tie, and shirt off as soon as I got inside. Sorry but over 100 is my limit for wearing a jacket unnecessarily. I did end up putting the shirt back on, once I stopped sweating.

Southwick blazer, J Crew uni stripe, Lands End knit, RRL chinos.

Guitar case makes a guest appearance since I played in worship this morning.

Enjoy the Sabbath. I'll probably be carving down a hill later (when the pavement stops being hot enough to melt my wheels and gloves).