Best Made Co. Quilted Indigo Overshirt

The overshirt offers extreme versatility. It’s heavy enough to function as a light outer layer on crisp mornings, but still light enough to serve as a mid-layer under a winter jacket on the coldest days. It’s stylish as well, often looking like a slightly beefed up version of your favorite shirt. There’s a sense of freedom of movement that leaves you uninhibited to get done what needs to get done. And one of the best examples of this jacket-shirt hybrid is the Quilted Indigo Overshirt from Best Made Co. Continue reading

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Flyover Press Midbest Sweatshirt

This November the rest of the country learned that ignoring the Midwest comes at their peril. I can’t say I’m particularly proud of the way the people of the Midwest have been stereotyped because of that, but I am optimistic that perhaps for once the people of the coasts will realize they need to pay more attention to the middle of the country. Continue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: The Tie Bar

The Five Best on East Dane

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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Southern Proper Single Stripe Bar Bow Tie

It’s been far too long since I’ve done a Bow Tie Friday post. To be completely honest, I don’t wear bow ties nearly as often as I used to. Even at church, where I almost always wore one every weekend a couple years back, I haven’t worn as many. Part of that has to do with the colder weather and a proclivity towards sweaters. Another is the fact that I now have an 18-month-old who makes getting ready in the morning an adventure and half the time I’m lucky to just assemble a matching shirt and pants before getting out the door. Perhaps that will change this year and I’ll keep up with the bow tie posts and wear more as well. And if I do, I have a feeling I’ll be putting more emphasis on the classics, the ones with simple stripes or plaids, like the Single Stripe Bar Bow Tie from Southern Proper. Continue reading

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Faherty Alpaca Blend Cowichan Button Pullover

I can hardly justify spending $400 for a sweater. I don’t care if it’s made from ethically-sourced Alpaca wool and Merino wool or knit in a traditional Fair Isle style. $400 is still a steep price to pay. But if you have the extra cash laying around, the Alpaca Blend Cowichan Button Pullover from Faherty is a beauty.  Continue reading

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Vineyard Vines Tartan Tuxedo Jacket

We’re in the middle of awards season and as much as I love the classic black, peak lapel tuxedo, I’m always most impressed by those who can inject a little swagger and break out from the norm. Maybe it’s a subtle break, the midnight navy shawl collar, for instance. Or perhaps it’s something a bit more extreme, like this Tartan Tuxedo Jacket from Vineyard VinesContinue reading

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The Five Best on East Dane: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The Five Best on East Dane

Every couple of weeks I’ll take a look at the five best things on East Dane at the time, each time choosing a different theme. East Dane is one of the best shops on the web for clothing and accessories, compiling a wide variety of brands in one place. If you have Amazon Prime you can often take advantage of free, fast shipping as the store is tied in with the retailer. Continue reading

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Central State Table Beer

Central State House

With the snow falling and the roads iced over, I think we’re all in need of a bit of summer. Sipping on Table Beer, the flagship blonde formerly known as House, from Central State always take me back there. My first experience was out of a growler in a wine glass sitting next to the lake in southwestern Michigan two summers ago. Since then I’ve snatched it up in cans when I’ve seen it on liquor store shelves and almost always had some variation on it every time I’ve been to Central State’s beer bar/de facto taproom The Koelschip.  Continue reading

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Brooks Brothers Supima® Cotton Half-Zip Sweater

Few articles of clothing are as versatile as a quarter or half-zip sweater. Depending on what is worn underneath, they can easily go from business attire to casual weekend wear. They’re perfect as outerwear when it’s not too chilly out and add an extra layer of warmth underneath a jacket when it is. And while wool provides an extra bit of warmth in the winter, if you’re going to have just a few, stick with cotton, as it still keeps you warm in the winter but can also be worn as the temperatures warm up. Brooks Brothers just released a new batch of Supima® Cotton Half-Zip Sweaters in colors that have me thinking spring already. Continue reading

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Great Lakes Clothing Co. Highland Plaid

As we begin a new year, I’ll once again be doubling down on espousing all the good that comes out of the Midwest. Of the batch of upstarts that sprouted within the past few years, Great Lakes Clothing Co. is one of the few to still survive and thrive to this day. The brand still focuses heavily on its casual t-shirts and sweatshirts but has been adding other elements in limited production as well. This includes a pair of plaid button downs, the Highland and the Bayfield. And while both are great, the Highland is the winner in my eyes. Continue reading

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