So, this year I set a wardrobe budget for myself- that was very modest and made me shop around for bargains. It’s paid off extremely well and I’ve made $1,000 go pretty darn far in my opinion. I had been eyeing this Post O’alls Royal Traveler vest in “southern” chambray to wear year round here in the South. I ended up snagging it for $108 (retail was $254) from Union Made Goods and I’ve really been enjoying it. This will be my fourth Post O’alls piece and I have nothing but amazing things to say about what Takeshi is doing with Post. The construction, fabric selections, and overall utility of all of the garments is perfect. This vest is nothing less, tons of pockets, a great fit, neat details, and just very wearable with everything I own. I really enjoy anything chambray because it always wears well, and you can see the wear patterns after constant wear and wash. The pocketing on the vest is what I really dig about it. There’s two side pockets that are actually two separate pockets, both accessible under the same button flap. Both sides of the chest are huge pockets, you can see the openings on either side of the buttons. It also has two internal button closure pockets. It’s quite different than the Cruser vest I have in navy herringbone, and that’s why I wanted it. Variety is always good. The material itself is similar but not exactly the same as the chambray Daiki uses for Engineered Garments season after season – so I do plan on wearing it with my chambray work shirt.
The shirt and pants are Engineered Garments, and the shoes are the ever-so comfortable Birkenstock Bostons.
This years summer has not been anywhere near as hot as it previously has been. I love my layers, and try and get away with really light ones during the summer. Chambray + olive drab forever.
I never really thought of my blog as a fashion blog, and the more and more I continue forward with Simple Threads, the more I realize that it isn’t. It’s just a photographic journal of well made American clothing from some amazing brands with rich history. I’m not by any means fashionable, and I honestly am fine with that. I just like to share the wear & tear of the stuff I own. To show everyone else why it’s worth the extra money for nice stuff.
It’s really good to be back. A long move, and a very busy work schedule have kept me away for far too long. Thanks for sticking around and continuing to read & write me. Summer is 100% here, yet I continue to find myself in these Left Field trousers. At first, a herringbone pattern on pants sort of weirded me out due to the vertical stripes, but now I’ve grown to really dig them. Brushed flannel Engineered Garments work shirt and the good ol’ RW 8131’s. Summer or not, these are just to comfortable to take off.
Over the past two years I’ve slowly put together my wardrobe. Since I have no local shops to actually try stuff on, shirting was really difficult. I was totally against slim fitting shirts, and that’s really what the market is filled with right now. I began to slightly obsess over the fit and construction of the Engineered Garments work shirt once I snagged my chambray. I’ve broadened my horizons since then, and will continue to do so, but I stick with what works for me. High gussets, lots of pockets, long-lasting fabrics, made in America, and absolutely no button down collars. Shop smart, and wait for sales. I know a lot of people steer clear of brands like Woolrich Woolen Mills, Engineered Garments, Post Overalls, etc because of the higher cost… but when you’re still wearing it in 5 years, it’ll be worth it.
One of my biggest style inspirations and hands down favorite designer, the man himself, Daiki Suzuki understands that wearability is key when it comes to garment design. I’ve built my wardrobe around various Engineered Garments and Woolrich Woolen Mills pieces because they all go so well together. A few years ago when I decided I wanted to put together a wardrobe that I wouldn’t get tired of, or that wouldn’t get out of style; I focused on putting together things that could just be “thrown on” and look good. This Knockabout shirt was one of the first American made shirts I purchased, and I’ve been wearing it none stop for the last few weeks. This is seriously the type of garment you pass down to your grandkids (if it’s still cool by then). Tons of pockets, triple-stitched throughout, and an amazing fabric. The Engineered Garments Workaday line is just basic, functional clothing made with top quality fabrics and sewn together by some seriously skilled workers in the New York City Garment District. These Workaday fatigues boast a more baggy fit and are seriously the most comfortable pants I’ve worn. The reversed sateen is super soft but really durable. Just simple, well made clothing that will continue to look better the longer you own it. Don’t buy a lot of stuff, just buy stuff that’s well made, that you like, that ou can easily wear, and that won’t fall apart on you.
Easily wearable as everything Suzuki designs. I picked this up from my good pal Michael Andersen, since he’s slowly but surely becoming a tech-ninja. Another mans trash if another mans treasure or something like that. I really like the construction on this one: the saw-tooth stitching on the shoulders, sleeves, and collar allows it to keep it’s shape even though the fabric is extremely lightweight. May be due for an indigo dip shortly if I continue to spill guacamole on it.