Here are a few shots from a wedding in Tampa I attended last weekend. The day was overcast so I kept it simple, wearing a navy suit. However, it is spring so I did pep up my look a bit by wearing a sky blue and navy striped shirt with an orange, spotted tie, and a print B&C Cotton Square.
Since work doesn’t allow casual Fridays, I wear a tie instead (hence the title). Today I decided to wear a striped navy tie over a red, white and blue plaid shirt. Everyone has their own style or way of tying ties and what shirts they wear them with. I normally wear striped ties with plain, gingham or plaid shirts and usually use the four-in-hand knot for my tie, keeping the length of the skinny tail the same as the wide tail.
How do you match ties and shirts? What are some different ways you like to tie neckties?
I find it fun to adapt to the regional unique styles around the United States. It’s interesting to look at how the differing cultures shape the way that people dress. I always take it upon myself to bring my style with me wherever I go, but also to adjust it in order to participate in the culture of that place.
Recently I was in Texas and I ended up visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards (Pictured Above). Men at the Stockyards wear their their riding boots and faded western shirts. I wasn’t going to wear a cowboy hat and chew straw, pretending to be someone I’m not, but it seemed to be a good occasion to utilize my Chukka boots. Chukka boots are versatile. They can be worn to look rugged. They can be worn to look sharp. Wherever you go, Chukkas seem to be in style. If you find a quality pair of leather Chukka boots, know that they are a worthy investment and will be durable/long lasting.
What are some other articles of clothing that you have found to be culturally versatile?
Yesterday we posted a pair of kicks you’ll most likely need for your everyday casual spring look. We do realize that not everyone has escaped the cold yet, so for those of you still bundling up on a daily basis, this is for you.
This is one outfit Clay is wearing to keep warm. Clay currently lives in New York City.
This is Clay on an ordinary day. He’s in New York City attending The King’s College. While his absence from the rest of the brothers in Florida makes it difficult for him to contribute on a regular basis, sometimes he sends us a few snapshots from his day. This is one of them.
1. Layer your blues. Here he’s wearing a light blue, tweed sports coat over a dark-wash denim shirt. (links below)
2. Buy some Oxford calf leather shoes featuring a punched toe cap design. (links below)
Without detracting much from the formality of dress, punch toe cap designs add some additional personality.
Here’s another post where you can tell we’re in a warm climate. But Spring is on its way so you can rock something similar very soon!
In this shot Kirk is wearing a unique blue and green striped/textured button up (thrift find) over a simple, off-white T-shirt. Try wearing something similar and don’t feel obligated to button your shirt all the way down. Pair with some slim fit trousers and oxfords with no socks. Alternate the pattern/color button up with a different color T or V-neck.
Texture Button Up Shirt (could easily be denim or other color! Stay away from plaid, it’s too hipster for this look) – 1. Old Navy Chambray $18 / 2. Levi’s (denim) / 2. Levi’s (other) / 3. Nordstrom 1901 /
It’s Winter, but in Florida it still feels like Fall (at least on the days it doesn’t feel like Spring! Confusing? Yeah.). Regardless, if the weather is cool/cold outside it’s a perfect time to experiment with a tweed blazer. Tweed is all about the texture which announces casual yet sophisticated look.
Here is Zach wearing a riding-style tweed sports coat, looking like an urban version of a country gentleman. The focal point of this outfit is the bold wave-striped pocket square. The pattern of the tweed gently contrasts with that of the pocket square, causing it to stand out, but not overwhelm.
A couple weeks ago, I lucked out and found this leather jacket for $8 at a local thrift store in Orlando. For $8, you really can’t go wrong, but this was an exceptional buy for me because of the jacket’s versatility and unique color. There wasn’t a label or name brand attached to the jacket, but I was able to find a couple items online that are similar and on sale. Check it out!
Gents, here is an epic thrift find by Zac. He picked up this vintage Ralph Lauren Cardigan for $6 at a small town thrift store this Winter and it has been making the rest of the brothers jealous ever since!
This style of cardigan became trendy again in the last few years. My favorite thing about it is the versatility. You can dress up in it or go casual (clearly Zac wears it while traveling through the land of Narnia!). These designs are still making appearances on the runway from NYC to Milan. This style won’t be going away any time soon.
Do you own one like it? Is it your style?
Here’s what he’s wearing (similar):
Photo Cred: Kirk Chambers of Brothers and Craft