Madras and End-on-End for Spring
I went thrifting for the first time in awhile the other day. This guy makes me feel like thrifting is no longer worth it around here (to you, Ian, I tip my cap…), and I just haven’t found the time or the energy to get behind it with the same verve as I used to.
I think this is both because I’ve become a much more discerning thrifter, and I rarely buy to flip any more. Things I would have bought no questions asked a couple of years ago, I now leave for someone else to add to their wardrobe, or to sell on ebay. Now that I have a steady job and too many clothes, I figure I ought to pay it forward as often as possible. But, as I’ve got a week off from work right now, one of the first things I did was check out a couple of thrifts that I haven’t been to in awhile. Old habits die hard, and so on.
Don’t get me wrong, this was no big score. But I did pick up a couple of things that I think will be great for the warmer weather. The first is this USA-made BB green end-on-end button down. I love wearing lightweight end-on-ends when the weather gets a little hot, and I can see myself in this one a lot over the next few months with the sleeves rolled up, paired with some jeans and sneakers. Maybe I’ll tuck it in, and wear it with no tie, an unstructured sport coat, and some suede loafers or chukkas. It was $9. There were a bunch of other BB shirts from the same donor I think, and I now regret leaving behind a whimsical patchwork OCBD. Oh well…
The next item is a great older madras tie from Lands’ End. Not only are the saturated colors and pattern stunning, but I love the imperfections in the weave itself like the blue spot you can see in the above picture. I think I’ll definitely be wearing this one as the temperatures rise here in the next month or so. The best part of this was that the store was having a 60% off all men’s clothing and accessories sale, so the tie cost me $1.14.
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Drake’s released their fall/ winter 2013 collection yesterday. It hasn’t received that much fanfare on blogs yet (even in the ever-quick Tumblr-sphere), which is surprising given how many fantastic things there are.
Like last season, this collection seems to have a nice focus on textured neckwear. There are the traditional things, such as raw silks and tussahs in both solid and patterned designs, as well as plays on standards, such as variations on the traditional grenadine. In addition, there are some nice designs with a 1950s/ 1960s sensibility, such a fuzzy mohair blend and a range of boucles. The word boucle comes from the French word boucler, which means “to curl,” and it refers to how the yarns are formed. The fabric is made with a series of looped threads, typically with one being a bit looser than the others. This looser thread forms a small curled loop in the fabric, while the others form the anchors. The effect is a fabric that looks very textured and interesting, and feels slightly rough to the touch. I think of it as a fall/ winter version of raw silk and like to wear mine with tweeds.