Fall Vibes

It’s October.  It feels like Fall took forever to get here.  2020 has been weird in a lot of ways – including the feeling of ctime.  I think of that scene in True Detective where Matthew McConaughey espouses that ‘time is a flat circle’.  Almost overnight, the highs are in the low 70s.  It feels like I was sweating a couple of weeks ago, but no longer.

As I move to change up my closet, it’s fun to see how things have changed, and how things have stayed the same.  This year I’m looking forward to a more utilitarian style, opting for boots and texture vs. dress shoes and sport coats.  The darker hues in the Fall palate are by far my favorite.  I’m excited about low-maintenance options this year (read: no dry cleaning) but still high on style.  Here’s what I like:

From top left:

1. Drakes Brushed Lambswool Sweater:  Drakes rarely misses, and their sweaters (aka ‘jumpers’) are top-notch.  The stripes give it a cool vintage feel, and the brushed wool gives it a, well, really comfortable feel.
2. Persol 3194S Sunglasses: There is always room for an updated pair of sunglasses.  Time to put the aviators away, and go with something heavier.  You’ll be hard-pressed to beat Persol.
3. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Watch:  Darker, fall tones.  The bronze is a nice touch.
4. Barbour Tinford Jacket:  The ‘do everything’ jacket.  Barbour has really upped their game in their quilted selection…plenty of options depending on your taste (and a good price point).
5. Peter Millar Butte Cotton Blend Popover:  The fabric of this shirt will perform more like a long sleeve polo than a dress shirt.  No need to dry clean – just wash, hang to dry, and wear.  It’ll soften up over time.
6. Martin Dingman Jacob Alligator Belt:  A lot of the exotic belts are shiny – which is very appropriate for a dressy look.  I’ve really taken a liking to a matte finish.  Still a first-class look, but more versatile.
7. Boardroom Socks Purples:  If you are going to wear socks, have some fun.  These USA-made purples look fantastic.
8. Ledbury Dark Blue Indigo Arnett Shirt:  Great texture, and a cool look.  Think of this shirt as an updated Chambray, and wear it accordingly.  Avoid blue jeans, but everything else is fair game.
9. Levi’s 501 Garment Dyed Jeans:  The garment-dyed Levi’s get a lot of well-deserved love.  Check out these Charcoals, though – a great addition to the tan/green hues readily available.
10. Fisher & Baker Passage Vest:  The best puffer vest on the market.  Great function, but it’s the fabric that sets this one apart.
11. Grant Stone Chelsea Boots:  I have a pair of GS loafers that are some of my favorites.  These Chelseas are seriously awesome.  I love the darker leather color paired with the natural sole.  These look fantastic out of the box, and will only get better with age.

What has your attention?

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10 Comments

  1. B. Scott Robinson
    10/05/2020 / 8:50 AM

    Basics this Autumn…

    British Tweed 2 & 3 button jackets, vintage BB and Harris Tweeds

    Miller Bro’s shirts

    BB Clark fit heavy cotton trousers

    Croc belts

    Rotate through my shoe collection more. C&J, Peale & Co, , vintage A&E

    Jackets will be doing double duty field and city. Beretta, Harkila….keeping it very simple.

    Cheers,

    BSR

    • JRS
      Author
      10/05/2020 / 3:47 PM

      Smart. I like the specificity. Tweed should get a lot of play.

  2. JDW
    10/05/2020 / 10:19 AM

    The Over Under Clothing Wingmaster Duck Camo Field Jacket has my attention.

    • JRS
      Author
      10/05/2020 / 3:47 PM

      Is that not a fantastic looking jacket? They really knocked it out of the park.

  3. NEM
    10/05/2020 / 10:27 AM

    Beckbe fleece vest, and Tensaw ES are on my radar. Also picked up Thursday Boots President recently and they are terrific out of the box. Oh, and Tudor Black Bay is bronze, not brass.

    • JRS
      Author
      10/05/2020 / 3:48 PM

      I can’t recommend the Tensaw ES enough. I absolutely love mine.

      • NEM
        10/05/2020 / 8:20 PM

        I know you do! I just can’t settle on a size. I’m in between a M and L.

  4. Brad Wesley
    10/05/2020 / 10:27 AM

    I’ll vouch for the versatility of the Barbour Tinford. I’ve had mine for several years and it gets lots of wear (and compliments) through the fall and early spring. It will be a more casual vibe for me whether in the office or WFH this fall

    • JRS
      Author
      10/05/2020 / 3:48 PM

      I’m pulling the trigger this year. Now the only question is which color…

  5. MRJ
    10/06/2020 / 12:43 PM

    Just pulled the trig on the Barbour Tinford in Olive. Been on the fence about it for a while and this post sold me haha! Thanks RCS!

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