Prep Work: White and Dirty Bucks

G.H. Bass Buckingham Buc

G.H. Bass Buckingham Buc

Seersucker season is here. I don’t care what anyone says, it starts on Easter and it’s acceptable to wear any time between Easter and Memorial Day that the weather warrants pants that will stay cool. Like peanut butter and jelly, seersucker has an almost inseparable partner, the white or dirty buck. These are the official shoes of the seersucker suit and mark the beginning of warm weather as much as seersucker and sundresses.   Continue reading

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Smathers & Branson Caddyshack Needlepoint iPhone Case

Smathers and Branson Caddyshack Needlepoint iPhone Case

And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice. – Carl Spackler

You know what else Mr. Bill Murray has goin’ for him? How about a brand new Caddyshack Needlepoint iPhone Case from Smathers & Branson? Continue reading

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Oak Street Bootmakers Plain Toe Blucher

Oak Street Bootmakers Natural Plain Toe Blucher

Every season Chicago’s Oak Street Bootmakers keeps the Midwestern shoe-making tradition going strong with a solid collection of new shoes. For spring/summer 2015 the company has released three new styles. Two of them, a hybrid penny loafer/sneaker and a hybrid boat shoe/sneaker, are going to take a little getting used to. The boat shoe/sneaker hybrid is essentially a boat shoe with a white Vibram sole, so it isn’t that much of a stretch. There’s seems to be a continued insistence, why I don’t know, on wearing sneakers with suits, so if we could convince those adherents to that style to wear the penny loafer/sneaker hybrids we’re at least halfway to getting rid of that trend.  Continue reading

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Saturday Sip: Three Floyds Yum Yum

Three Floyds Yum Yum American Session Ale Beer

Last September Three Floyds decided to end the nineteen-year bottling run of Pride & Joy, the brewery’s take on an American mild ale. Replacing Pride & Joy on store shelves is Yum Yum, an American session ale. The move makes sense on multiple levels. Mild ales don’t exactly draw in the crowds, even though Pride & Joy has plenty of fans, especially those that were drinking Three Floyds before Zombie Dust ran rampant across the brewery’s limited distribution area. Pride & Joy will still be available in kegs, so it’s not disappearing completely. Session IPAs are the sexy beer of the moment and Yum Yum fills the hoppy niche quite nicely. Continue reading

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General Knot & Co. 1940s Run for the Roses & Stripe Reversible Bow Tie

General Knot & Co 1940s Run For the Roses & Stripe Reversible Bow Tie

Look, you’re a little late if you’re just now looking for a Derby bow tie. That’s why I posted this one last week. But if you want to risk it and overnight one today or you just want to get a head start on next year but not have to wait an entire year to wear it, I’ve found the perfect bow tie for you. Even if you aren’t able to wear the 1940s Run For the Roses & Stripe Reversible Bow Tie (here forth referred to as the Run For the Roses) from General Knot & Co. in time for the Derby, you’ll have plenty of chances to wear it all summer. Continue reading

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Southern Marsh Seersucker Gingham Dockside Swim Trunk

Southern Marsh Seersucker Gingham Dockside Swim Trunk

Southern Marsh just dropped a set of swim trunks made with seersucker and finished with a gingham pattern. How the preppy internet has not exploded, I’m not sure. The Dockside Swim Trunks take the prep swim trunk game to an entirely new level. We’ve seen gingham swim trunks and we’ve seen seersucker swim trunks but until now I’m not sure if we’ve seen both together. Continue reading

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Brooks Brothers Chest Stripe Shawl Collar Cardigan

Brooks Brothers Chest Stripe Shawl Collar Cardigan

I always find the early spring to be one of the toughest seasons to dress for. The mornings are notoriously cold. When I walked out the door yesterday morning it was just slightly above freezing. By the time I left the office it was in the 60s. Those temperature swings are not easy to dress for and always require some sort of layering. Often that’s a lightweight jacket or a pullover but lately I’ve been embracing the cardigan as my spring “jacket”. It’s a dressier look than a pullover and doesn’t have to be removed immediately upon entering the building like a jacket. Wear it all day if you’d like or need to. Continue reading

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Costa Del Mar Cut Sunglasses and Giveaway

Costa Del Mar Cut Sunglasses

I’m an advocate of inexpensive sunglasses. I’ve lost more than I can count and replacing a twenty to thirty dollar pair a couple times a year is a lot less devastating to the bank account than a two hundred dollar pair. That does not mean that I don’t always have at least one of those two hundred dollar plus pairs available. I’ve just learned not to wear them to concerts or let Chelsea borrow them. That’s what the inexpensive pairs are for. Continue reading

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Martin Dingman Field Khakis

Martin Dingman Field Khakis

One of the things I enjoy most about spring is that pants in colors outside of khaki, navy and gray become readily acceptable again. Granted I’m not usually one for following color rules based on seasons but I still fill a little out of place wearing brighter colors like green and yellow during the winter. I’ll break the rules maybe once or twice from November to March just because but for the most part those brighter colors are in storage. That’s probably why the first thing that caught my eye while recently browsing the new arrivals at Martin Dingman was the green pair of Field Khakis. Continue reading

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Saturday Sip: Jackie O’s Dark Apparition Stout

Jackie O's Dark Apparition Russian Imperial Stout

This morning a few thousand lucky beer geeks are waking up and venturing to an industrial park in northwest Indiana for the annual release of one of the most coveted beers in the world. I won’t be joining them but I will be cracking open one of my bottles from last year’s experience and I’ll probably complement it with another Russian imperial stout or two. If I still had a bottle of it, or wanted to make a completely unnecessary but definitely worth it trip to Toledo to pick one up, one of those would be Jackie O’s Dark Apparition. Continue reading

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