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My girlfriend and I have been taking advantage of a service called HowAboutWe ever since I bought her a subscription as a Christmas present. I may do a longer post detailing the awesome perks, since we’ve been loving it so much, but the short story is that they curate events (or for the couples version, which we signed up for, ‘dates’), that can include discounted or exclusive activities, hook you up with a reservation, and voila, next thing you know you’re in a new brandy distillery in Chicago watching apples being smashed(?) by a man on a bicycle.
Really, it’s been a great way to get us out of the house on the weekend when the weather says to just stay on your couch! Not only does it give my girlfriend and I even more quality time to spend with each other, it also has given me lots of opportunities to exercise my wardrobe by freeing me from my weekday business casual without taking me the whole way down to lounge-on-the-couch casual.
For example, we were back at it again this weekend with a quick trip down to NOSH food festival/farmers market, and I ended up rocking a great balance between the sharp style I like to exude and the more rustic, well, farmers-market-friendly options:
To start off, I love to wear a shirt and tie, and blazer when I can. However, going into this, I knew that coming in a pressed white shirt, silk tie, jacket and chinos probably wouldn’t only not fit the crowd, but would also end up getting something spilled on it. So instead, I made some conscious choices to dress down my standard ‘fit to something that would work great in the circumstances.
First, I went with generally rougher and more casual fabrics. Instead of a poplin or white oxford shirt, I rocked a plaid, heavier cotton (almost flannel) shirt. For the tie, I went with cotton knit instead of a shinier silk knit, and for the blazer I left my more constructed and sleek options at home, instead grabbing an unlined, soft-shouldered wool twill.
I even made the same general effect with my shoes…these boots are pretty sharp, definitely no shit-kickers, but the suede leather, as opposed to polished, takes things farther into casual territory, as do the lugged soles, which also came in handy walking home through the slushy mess that spring is bringing us.
On the other hand, a few details kept me feeling like I was still on the top of my game. The shirt, for example, while full of more casual details, is actually one of my custom shirts, so the fit is perfect (which will instantly have you feeling like you look 100%). I kept the tie clip, partly because I didn’t want my tie falling in my food, and again, because it keeps a sharper edge to the whole look. Last, while I did pick jeans (like a farmer, eh?), I kept them slim and dark to keep some sharp lines from top to bottom. I also decided to go ahead and rock a pocket square (always a bit of a dandy move), but even kept that on the more casual end of the spectrum by picking a cotton, ‘bandana’ square in a spring-appropriate green that would compliment but not match the green tones in my shirt.
Last, I maintained the balance by throwing a casual waxed cotton jacket on top. No sense in building that careful balance, only to cover it all with a more formal overcoat. Lucky me, the olive color of my jacket worked great with the blues, greens, and greys making up the outfit so far.
You guys know the story by now: "Every weekend, check in on the blog for a collection of the best (read: my favorite) deals and steals on the interweb for some quality shopping over the weekend. Have any to add? Share them in the comments or shoot me an e-mail. Also, if you’re biting on any of these hooks, I’d love to hear about it!"
Today, I’m blogging with a headache, so I’m keeping the descriptions minimal, but I wanted to get this out cuz there are some hella nice deals this week:
J.Crew has a ton of crazy good deals right now, and I had a hard time narrowing it down. I ended up going for one warm-weather pick to look forward to spring, and one cold-weather pick to continue to deal with this winter. For the rest of these cold months, this quilted jacket will make the perfect layering piece:
I’ve actually had my eye on this for a while, but the normal $168 was a bit too much to stomach. The current discount has it down to $80, which is much more do-able for a spring jacket.
For whenever it finally gets warm, J.Crew has a ton of classy but interesting swim shorts in a variety of lengths, sizes and colors, so you can look for your own needs. My personal favorites are these seersucker shorts:
I guess you could call Huckberry a flash sale site, but the collections are much more focused on quality, and a little less on crazy discounts. So you get things like these Sea Vees sneakers designed by Todd Snyder:
White canvas sneakers are a classic for spring and summer, and the rugged laces on these are an awesome detail. The markdown isn’t huge, but $74 really isn’t bad, and still better than the original $92.
The lovely Christine in front of the lovely Colorado Rockies.
As I mentioned in last week’s post, we went on a brief hiatus as I was out of town on vacation and away from my computer for a couple days. We skied in Snowmass, partied in Aspen, shopped in Breckenridge, hiked the Flatirons and shot pool in Boulder. I’m back in Chicago now, but still working to catch up (and let my body recover from the rigors of learning how to ski/falling down a mountain), so we’ll return full swing on Friday with a new edition of our weekly Deals and Steals. Meanwhile, take a look through the archives, check out our social media, chime in on a discussion, shoot me an e-mail and say ‘hi’…whatever floats your boat!
The whole crew…huge thanks to Christine’s family for bringing me along and teaching me the ropes!
Disclaimer - I don’t like Drake. But that lyric keeps popping into my head. Don’t hold it against me, either way.
So, I’m actually out of town on a ski trip with my girlfriend and her family, and wasn’t planning on posting anything while I was gone. However, I was going through some e-mails before I left and realized we just hit our one year anniversary! I can’t believe that it’s been a year…on one hand, it seems like yesterday that I sat down and started typing away at my first post, but at the same time, it feels like I’ve been doing this forever. I remember when we first reached 100 followers on Twitter, and it was such and accomplishment. I watched each follower come as we ticked closer to triple-digits. Just a month or two ago, we broke 1000 followers, and barely noticed through the whirlwind of activity that Wide Eyes, Tight Wallets has grown to. Looking back, I couldn’t help but jot down some notes to share on our progress over the past year:
How Far We’ve Come:
From a whim of a blog to a focused and functional men’s style blog.
From a silly name like ‘Something Less Pretentious’ to a slightly less silly name.
From unheard and unseen to almost 5,000 visitors every month and steadily growing (thanks, readers!)
We’ve settled into a strong and consistent publishing schedule.
As we expand our platforms, we are working to keep every aspect polished and tight (for example you should see some improvements to the tumblr feed, which I’ve been cleaning up).
We continue to seek great brands and writers to work with, and have a steady queue of reviews and posts in the pipeline (contact me if you want in).
All the while, we look to make even bigger steps, and in the coming months we hope to make huge improvements to the blog as we work to create a redesigned site and move to a self-hosted platform (which in turn will open up even more opportunities to take Wide Eyes, Tight Wallets to all new heights).
Anyway, the point is not to brag or anything, but to express my appreciation both for the journey itself and for the support I’ve gotten from readers, colleagues, friends and family alike. Thank you to all of you, and here’s to another great year in the works!
NOTE - We’ll be offline for the next few days as I romp around Colorado, trying to learn to ski and hopefully not breaking any bones. You can expect us back by the end of next week (March 7th), if not sooner.
This weekend I’m taking a trip to Snowmass Village, Colorado with my girlfriend and her family. I’ll be offline until I return next week, but I figured I’d take the opportunity to share some packing tips with you before I hit the road (er, plane…). Honestly, this is my first ski trip, and I’m relatively clueless about what to pack, so I won’t be offering any advice there. Instead, it’s with that in mind that I revisit some more general tips that will help you out regardless of where your travels take you:
Know what you’ll be doing: This is probably the biggest, and it’s amazing how many people (including myself) will just skip it and try to pack for anything and everything. Instead of being over-prepared for everything, this kind of tactic will really leave you over-prepared only for the things you won’t be doing, and under-prepared for the things you will be doing. Instead, take the time to find out what occasions you need to be considering. For example, on my upcoming trip, I know we’ll be spending the whole weekend in the ski town of Snowmass Village, rather than any time in Boulder (where Christine’s brother lives) or Denver (where her sister lives and we will be flying into). We aren’t going out to any fine dining establishments, having any business meetings, or going clubbing. So what does all that mean? It means I can save a ton of space in my bags by leaving my suit, blazers, dress shoes, and dress pants at home. Instead, I can focus on casual, outdoorsy gear that will keep me warm on the slopes and around the town, and comfortable in the lodge or local bars.
Opt for versatility: If at any point you are trying to decide between multiple items of clothing, always go for the most versatile option. That way, you’ll end up with the maximum number of possible combinations once you arrive at your destination. This makes it way harder for some unexpected circumstance to screw up your entire wardrobe plan for your trip, and instead you’ll be more able to adapt and adjust to events on the fly.
Don’t forget your basic packing tips: These are the ones that everyone learns (or should) at some point, but that we often forget. Things like rolling your jeans and trousers to save space and avoid creases; to stuff your socks (or ties and other accessories) into your shoes - again to save room; to keep your necessities in your carry on in case your checked luggage is lost; the list goes on, but you get the idea. Keeping all of these things in mind will give you more room - and since you know exactly what you are packing for, you’ll have more room to over-prepare for those specific occasions.
Dress smart for the airport: Again, something that is easy to forget in the whirlwind of packing. Keep your airport check-in simple by making smart wardrobe choices. Among my favorites: wear a jacket with a lot of pockets. Then, keep all of your things in your jacket pockets rather than your pants. Going through security, you just need to remove your coat, rather than digging out your phone, change, wallet, headphones, ID, money clip, etc. etc. right there at the x-ray machines. In the summer (non-coat weather), same idea works with a light blazer. Similarly, save time by wearing slip-on shoes, like loafers. Nothing pisses me off more than seeing someone in front of me in line with lace-up boots on that will probably take him/her ten minutes just to untie. Easy little decisions like this will make things that much smoother and less stressful.
There are zillions of travel tips out there, and I’m not going to try to list every single one I can think of, but these four are the ones that I’ll be keeping in mind as I pack for this upcoming excursion. Feel free to share your own in the comments!
Laundry care can be a minefield that will leave you with stained, torn, shrunken clothing with just a small misstep. Even if you do all of your research, you’ll find dozens of conflicting opinions all over the Internet, and all from reliable sources. The long and short of it is just simply that what works for some people, doesn’t for others, and it’s pretty darn close to impossible to find out why. Your best bet is to use trial and error (hopefully on not-too-expensive clothing) to lock down what works for you, and stick to it.
Personally, the most difficult category of clothing to safely clean and care for has always been sweaters. I’ve followed instructions on labels, used tips I’ve found online and tactics handed down from friends and family, and time after time ended up with completely unwearable knitwear. Now I approach all my sweaters with extreme caution, and opt for a careful hand wash and lay dry method that has (so far) yet to fail me. If you don’t have a tried-and-true method yourself, this is probably a pretty fail-safe place to start. Here is my process:
Fill a bucket with cool to lukewarm water - make sure the bucket is clean, as you don’t want to be accidentally contaminating your sweater with any leftover grime or cleaning solutions. The water should be cool (definitely not hot), but if you go too cold your hands will be freezing halfway through this, so anything up to lukewarm will do.
Add a small capful of detergent - I use Woolite, as I’ve heard many people recommend a wool-specific detergent (usually a bit gentler). If you have problems with itchy sweaters, I’ve also heard people vouch for using hair shampoo and conditioner instead of laundry detergent, although I have yet to try this myself.
Gently submerge your sweater - From what I’ve read, the real damage from washing machines to wool sweaters is the agitation, not the heat or water. Rubbing the sweater against itself or other clothing, especially while wet, will cause the fabric to pill and turn into a flannel/felt-like consistency. Therefore, you want to be gentle as you soak your sweater. Move it around a bit to make sure the soapy water is thoroughly absorbed, but don’t go crazy.
Allow the sweater to soak - I usually let mine sit for 10 minutes or so. I’m not sure if this is even necessary, but it doesn’t hurt, and makes me more confident that my sweater will actually be cleaner when this is all said and done.
Empty the soapy water and rinse - I usually squeeze out as much of the soapy water as possible, refill with clean water, submerge and repeat 3 or 4 times. Again, you want to be careful that you are not agitating the sweater too much or allowing it to rub against itself. After the last rinse, again squeeze out as much water as possible.
Roll the sweater in a towel - I actually sandwich mine between two towels, and then roll it tightly to sop up as much moisture as I can.
Lay the sweater to dry - Last, find a flat space where you can lay it to dry (I’ll warn you though, sometimes this can take even a few days, especially with thicker knits). At this stage, you can reshape the sweater (while still wet) to remedy any stretching or shrinking that may have occurred. Here’s another time when having your measurements can come in super-handy, as you’ll be able to form your sweater to your exact body type. Once the sweater has dried, it will hold the new shape you’ve formed - at least to some significant degree.
Again, I want to emphasize how much laundry care techniques seem to have a case-by-case success rate, so don’t kill me if this doesn’t work for you. And with that spirit in mind, please feel free to share your own methods in the comments!
The deal: "Every weekend, check in on the blog for a collection of the best (read: my favorite) deals and steals on the interweb for some quality shopping over the weekend. Have any to add? Share them in the comments or shoot me an e-mail. Also, if you’re biting on any of these hooks, I’d love to hear about it!" And the steals:
J. Press and their younger brother, York Street, are both offering some awesome end of season deals…so many in fact that I’m having a crazy hard time trying to decide what to highlight (thus, I highly recommend checking out the whole selection on both sites). Honestly, there’s a ton of great stuff, so I picked two items at the ends of the spectrum. First, from York Street (the slimmer fitting of the two), there is this fantastic looking navy overcoat in a highly desirable (read: soft and warm) blend of wool and cashmere:
At $295, it’s still an investment, but when you take a look at the original price of almost $1000, it’s for sure a steal. Ignore the foolish pants this model is wearing…and damn if that coat doesn’t hit all the right notes. Ticket pocket, three button closure, hits a bit above the knee, available in navy and grey…plus, since it’s a York Street offering, it will fit slimmer than something from the standard J. Press line.
Which is the very reason I picked this classic-prep striped tie as my recommendation from J. Press. Obviously, since it’s neckwear, you don’t have to worry about losing the slim fit. Even without ’fit’ to worry about, I thought this tie would run wide, but it’s 2.75” at it’s widest, which is actually my favorite tie size - not quite hipster-skinny, but still proportional for a slim guy.
This one hits the other end of the price-commitment spectrum at less than $20, but the original price of $70 hints at a much higher level of quality than other options in the $20 range. The pattern is super preppy, which I actually dig, and while the burgundy/dark green colors are maybe just a bit Christmas-y, they are also just generally seasonal.
Levi’s is currently offering free shipping, which is especially good news when combined with the fact that they have a ton of stuff already marked down to some awesome prices. For example, they have their iconic denim trucker jacket marked down from $88 by more than 50% to just $40:
This one is the dark blue rinse, but they have a few others as well. Offered in a slim fit, it will be a versatile and timeless addition to your wardrobe. Wear it as a light jacket in the spring and fall, and carry it into winter as a layering piece.
These wool/cotton blend jeans aren’t quite as good of a bargain, but I’m fascinated by the idea. Wool jeans? Well, at least partly wool? I’ve seen jeans with a minor percentage of silk before, but this takes things in the opposite direction. With this never-ending winter, making your jeans a tad bit warmer wouldn’t hurt.
Like I said, not as crazy cheap as the trucker jacket, but still offered at a significant discount, down to $60 from $128 (again, over 50% off there, folks). In the classic 501 fit, which is always a popular choice.
Banana Republic is offering up to 50% off, and once again, they have just a ton of stuff on the list. Definitely worth browsing through, but I locked onto this dot-print button-down shirt because it’d be so great to stop thinking about winter and start looking forward to spring…sigh. If you step back (or look at the smaller picture), it looks solid, but up close it actually has a pretty bright, almost bold pattern.
The pattern itself will be perfect for a spring or summer casual option, but that solid-from-a-distance appearance keeps it from being in-your-face. Best part? At half off, it’s barely over $30 (just $32.50).
I love Jack Spade style, so I was excited to see them pop up on Gilt. I was kind of disappointed to see that the bags were still out of my price range, until I found this pair of cashmere gloves. Discounted down to only $45, which is cheap for gloves in general, let alone cashmere, I was expecting some sort of crappy, 5% cashmere blend. But no. Well, yes. It is a blend, but a whopping 92% cashmere???
We reviewed Spectre & Co. last year, and I was a big fan of their dress shirts. I’ve kept in touch with founder Jeffrey Zhang since then, and he gave me a heads up on some new additions to the shop. As always, they’re bringing everything at pretty spectacular prices, so we’ll end this list of deals and steals with a few from them. One of the big areas they’ve branched into has been accessories, with scarves earlier in the year, and just this week the addition of belts. They have some in solid colors with contrast edging, but my favorite are these braided belts:
I’ve been on a big braided belt kick lately…funny, I always thought they were kinda dorky looking when I was a kid, but now I love them. While I have one that I got for next-to-nothing at the thrift shop, it’s pretty beat up, and I’m definitely thinking of updating and upgrading to one of these, especially with the $50 price point.
Also, not necessarily a new offer, but recently re-stocked, I’m going to grab one of their white OCBDs. Like all of their standard shirts, this guy will only set me back $45:
The white OCBD should be a staple in every man’s closet, but I’ve recently found a renewed love for them. I find myself wearing my few multiple times a week, so I’ve come to decide that I can’t have enough of them. Therefore, finding an affordable but high quality option is awesome. Soon, they’ll be adding ties for $35, and I’m pumped to see what they’ve got.
I’ve always been kind of averse to outerwear. The good stuff is so expensive, and the cheap stuff is so ugly. Therefore, I’ve made it through three Chicago winters (and many more Pennsylvania ones) with no real winter coat, no boots, living in layers and thick socks. However, I got an early feeling this year that this winter was going to be particularly rough (and man, I couldn’t have been more right). More significantly, I took on a project this year to write a course on dressing seasonally for Cladright (more on that below), and it really inspired me to finally step up my outerwear game.
Honestly, I was still going to save this post for next year, thinking it was too late for you readers to get much use out of cold-weather tips, but hell, this winter is never going to end, so here are my biggest and best new gear investments:
Between two coats I have been able to combat pretty much anything this Chicago winter has thrown at me. On one hand, I have this incredible Gloverall wool duffle coat that keeps me toasty, even when the temps are friggin -11 (before windchill). Honestly, this purchase alone gave me a newfound respect for winter outerwear, as I think it’s the first time I’ve really been warm through the whole winter.
On the other hand, I recently picked up a lighter waxed cotton parka from Frank and Oak that I reserve for rain, snow, and everything wet in between. As much as I love the Gloverall coat, if I wear it during heavy precipitation it gets a bit…soggy. Since it’s usually a bit warmer when it snows, I’ve taken to throwing on this parka over a few layers to stay warm and dry.
Second to my Gloverall coat, my footwear purchases this winter have had the immense effect of waking me up to the idea that my toes don’t have to be freezing from October through March. Again, I made two purchases:
First, I caught a pair of tan suede boots on a great sale from Ralph Lauren. It looks like these are sold out at Ralph Lauren, but Macy’s sells it as well and has a few sizes left. Ideally, I’ll get some dressier (leather soles) and more weatherproof (non-suede uppers), but these have been amazingly handy. With the help of some Allen Edmonds suede spray, they’ve gone through slush and snow and barely shown the wear. At the same time, the lugged sole is thick enough to keep my feet off the freezing ground (and much warmer), but is still trim enough to wear with a heavier winter suit.
However, last month we caught some heavy snow followed by a really warm day and lots of rain and Chicago turned into a giant, ice-filled lake (as did my living room, but that’s another story). As rugged as those suede boots have turned out to be, I decided it was time to get something truly weatherproof. From there, the decision was easy as I’ve had my eye on a pair of Bean Boots by L.L. Bean. While they sell out in-store and online pretty early in the season, I was able to find a brand new pair on eBay. You can also pre-order them now for next season. The things are just straight up awesome…I feel indestructible, stomping through snowdrifts and puddles without a care in the world.
As I mentioned above, I wrote a course on dressing for the Fall and Winter for Cladright, which is a member-based style education program run by Barron Cuadro of Effortless Gent. Cladright is an awesome resource all around, with more lessons as well as discussion forums, interviews, and a variety of member perks. Enrollment only opens periodically, but keep your eyes on the site, because I believe Barron is planning on accepting a new round of members pretty soon (OR, sign up for the e-mail list and get alerted).
Sorry for the radio silence the past few days, but I was happily caught up in a fantastic Valentine’s Day weekend with my gal…we cooked a great dinner on Friday (crab cakes, corn pudding and fresh tomato/cucumber salad…mmmmm), went out dancing with friends on Saturday, and caught a fantastic sketch comedy show at Second City last night. But never fear, we’re back! Unfortunately, Chicago is still cold and snowy and grey, so I haven’t had many opportunities for good photo shoots. The silver lining is, that gives me some great chances to take a break from personal style and get into some meatier discussions, which I have enjoyed.
On that note: one of the most important pieces of advice I will give any stylish gent working on expanding their wardrobe, and especially if you are trying to take advantage of thrift shops or the virtual treasure trove that is eBay, is to know your measurements.
Purchasing used clothing and accessories can be an incredible opportunity to expand your personal selection without spending an arm and a leg, but it’s also a risky venture. Not only are sales often final, with no option for returns, but you’ll also find that a lot of pieces will already have been tailored - for someone else’s body.
When it comes to eBay, most sellers will help you avoid sizing mistakes by providing very precise and specific measurements. If they don’t, any decent seller will happily provide them upon request, and if they won’t, you probably don’t want to buy from them to begin with.
At a thrift or consignment shop, the measurements won’t be as readily available, and trying things on of course is always an option. However, the key to successful thrift shopping is being ready to dig through innumerable pieces of crap to find that one treasure, and trying everything on in the process can be exhausting. My trick is to mark some of my more important measurements (i.e. shoulder width or sleeve length) on a measuring tape and bring it along with me. I’ll still try something on before I buy it, but I can weed through a lot of the excess without even taking an item off the rack.
Even when buying new, having your measurements on hand is a huge benefit, especially shopping online. Again, it’s not being able to try things on that make online shopping risky, but all clothiers will provide sizing charts, and if there’s a measurement they don’t provide, they should be able to relay it if you ask. I still always lean towards companies that offer free returns, but being able to compare their measurements with your own will take a lot of the risk out of the process.
Besides my tape measure, I also keep an index card in my wallet with all my important measurements, as well as my preferred sizes from my favorite brands (especially shoes). The more measurements you can include, the better prepared you’ll be. On one side, I list the measurements of my best-fitting clothing…mainly my custom shirts and suits, so that when I see something with similar dimensions I can grab it in a flash. On the other, I put my body measurements, which come in handy more often when consulting sizing charts from online retailers. By including as much as possible, and carrying the card everywhere, I’m always prepared to…um…spend more money…(is it payday yet?!).
Sorry folks, Deals and Steals is getting delayed until after Valentine’s Day. I’ve just been way too busy doing everything I can think of to spoil my darling girl tomorrow.
Also, screw shopping tomorrow! If you have a significant other (no matter what level of significance you are at), spend some time with them! Even if you think this is just a made-for-money Hallmark holiday, time spent with those you love is never a waste. It doesn’t have to be a fancy, you don’t have to treat it like any other day, but find a way to show you care.
There ya go, my sappy romantic spiel, cuz I’m a sappy romantic guy at heart!
Deals and Steals may be up for tomorrow, but in the meantime, a super quick note on Valentine’s day. I mention at pretty much every holiday that I like to wear something special for the day. That does NOT mean I will be in all red everything tomorrow, for, like always, subtlety is the name of the game.
Instead, I’ll be rocking these two items:
First, a pair of heart-adorned socks that I got last year for V-Day and are still (obviously) very appropriate. I like that they specifically aren’t red, which keeps them from being too tacky or chintzy.
Unfortunately, these Topman socks are no longer offered (I snagged them from Nordstrom for only $6, yes I’m bragging), but hey, you’re probably too late anyway, haha. The point is, these are the perfect festive item…it’s almost something I’d wear year round (actually, heck, I do wear these year round), it’s far from costumey, and it’s subtle, as opposed to in-your-face and loud. It’s something I, and those around me, will notice, but not much more. Classy.
Even better though, are these red Mapache Weejuns from G.H. Bass. They originally sent me a pair of these to style for a New Year’s Eve post, but we got dumped on with snow, so there was no way in heck I was going out in these, regardless of how nice they look. Therefore, I’m even more excited to be bringing them out as it warms up a bit just in time for Valentine’s Day, and I think they fit this occasion even better. These guys are still available, and are actually marked down to $80 from $130, so hey, there’s a Deal/Steal in here anyway!
Again, I love that this is a style I will continue to wear year round, and not some clowny costume I’m wearing just for this day. I’ve written before, and mentioned over and over again, my principals when it comes to dressing for a holiday, and I stick to my own rules. These, on the other hand, follow the classic Weejun shape (which is close to second-to-none in the penny loafer world), but shake things up with a burnt red color. I’ll be using these a lot to inject color into my outfits, especially as spring rolls around, but for now, they combine with the socks to make the perfect subtle Valentine’s day statement.
Keep an eye on Instagram to see the two together, I think it will be a perfect combo (but you never know til you try it)! Of course, chime in with your thoughts (on IG, or below).
Also, I’d love to hear what your Valentine’s day has in store (both for the festivities - or lack thereof - and for your outfit). I’d share my plans, but if my lovely lady reads this before her day of surprises begins, it’d spoil all the fun! So you tell me!!
creell asked:Mr. Johnson - do you ever feel elusively or smugly judged in public for your apparel? Or is it the norm where you're from? (I think you have great style by the way. I would definitely alter my wardrobe to emulate it if I wasn't going to college in a few months - making it slightly redundant.)
Yea I have , and I still deal with it a little from time to time. I made my transition towards the end of my junior year of college. During that...