fall winter 2014
I picked up a couple of Uniqlo flannels last month and have been happily surprised by how often I turn to them for casual wear. They’re admittedly pretty simple — no high-end materials or unique detailing — but they come at fraction of the price that designer labels are charging these days. Plus, these are plaid flannel shirts — the kind of staple that was part of the thrifted ’90s grunge look, which designers such as Hedi Slimane have been ripping off and repackaging for 100x the price. The cheap versions are arguably the originals.
Like most non-workwear flannels, these are thin, which makes them great for layering. You can wear one open, layered over a t-shirt, with the sleeves rolled up so you don’t look too stuffy. When the weather gets cold, you can also throw on a jacket. I like field jackets in this case, but leather ones also work well. This makes for a nice, comfortable look, without any of the bulkiness that a thicker flannel might bring.
If you wear a flannel shirt on its own, however, then you might want to add what Jesse sometimes calls a "point of distinction." That means something to set what you’re wearing apart, so it doesn’t look too simple or boring. For me, this would be a pair of really beat-up jeans and some tan jodhpur boots, which is a type of strapped ankle boot similar to the Chelsea. I also like wearing my flannels with a mid-length steerhide wallet and some jewelry I bought from Self Edge.
At full retail, Uniqlo’s flannels cost $30, but you can sometimes find them on sale for $20 (which is how much I paid for mine). For something more affordable, try visiting your local thrift store. After all, many of those higher-end flannels are just inspired by thrift store finds. In a recent talk with The Fashion Law, Courtney Love said of the Saint Laurent FW13 collection: “It reminds me of Value Village. Real grunge. I love that rich ladies are going to pay a fortune to look like we used to look when we had nothing.”
Pictured above: Green field jacket from Aspesi; white pocket t-shirt from Barns, red plaid flannel shirt from Uniqlo; straight legged jeans from 3sixteen; tan jodhpur boots from Ralph Lauren; mid-length wallet from The Flat Head; bracelet and necklace from Self Edge; and horsehide Clint Stitch belt from Don’t Mourn Organize.
Damn, between this and his recent posts on (the now hilariously named) Die, Workwear, Derek has been on one recently.
Rich Gang - “Freestyle” (Cash Money, 2014)
Okay Quan said “I don’t care what them white folks say I just wanna see my little boy” then Thug said “I ain’t never been in love, I don’t know how pain feels” but keep on talking about what they aren’t talking about.
The entire history of rap music is just one long string of filler bars and hollow boasts interspersed with brief moments of beauty, clarity and depth. That’s how the genre works.
it’s not a sunday unless you completely waste it then feel really sad around 8pm
Dylan by Ken Regan.
I was shooting pictures at my son’s third birthday party today, and realized that I’d never shot a classic in-the-mirror selfie. Partly inspired by Pete’s post on gardening clothes, I wore loose-fitting chinos (by Benjamin Bixby) and braces (by LVC) today. The shirt’s Black Fleece, the socks are Lands’ End.
No shoes in the play area, please.
I always like seeing selfies from guys outside the usual #menswear circle, especially the dudes from Put This On. They consistently put out great content and do a great job of balancing dressing like #menswear with being a real person.