I’ve been fighting the good fight to make polo shirts “cool” again. When the fit is right, the placket deep, and the collar wide, it can be a great substitute for a dress shirt and pairs naturally with a sportcoat and trousers. But what about denim?
Absurdly long article on a garment that almost no menswear writer has touched on.
In the world of vintage casualwear, one article of clothing reigns supreme: the sportshirt. Because of its uniquely shaped collar (which lies flat and creates a notch, like a jacket’s lapel) it is commonly known on the internet as the Cuban or camp collar shirt. While the term loop collar has been thrown in the mix, it’s best known among true vintage enthusiasts and collectors as the sport shirt.
There have been a few articles written by other people on this subject, but none of have gone past the 1950s and 1960s in terms of history. We’re here to put the record straight on this classic piece of vintage menswear that was worn by men of all ages in a variety of different outfits.
It’s long, deal with it.
It’s been a while since we’ve done a post on actual style advice; a lot of the articles have been pretty educational as of late. Well, seeing as it’s summer, I thought that it would be pertinent to give of some ideas on how to dress. Something that we’ve loved doing to make an interesting outfit in hot weather (that has direct connotations to the 1930s-1940s) is by going high contrast.
Long post alert.
Nothing is really ever new in menswear. The first “recent” trend to come back was the high waist and pleats , though I’ve been wearing those two for years thanks to vintage clothing. The next trend that has been sweeping the contemporary menswear circles isn’t really a design thing, but an affectation on how you wear your shirt collar. The thing is, this has been done since the 1920’s and continues to be done by veterans of the vintage community.
This isn’t sponsored. This is literally me trying on my friend’s clothes.
Nothing says “fashion” like Rick Owens. Seriously. With an avant guarde design and luxury status among this facet, I never thought that I’d ever get (or want) to wear anything Rick. However, when a friend comes to visit with a suitcase full of Rick, you just gotta go all in.
I am always on the search for “softly tailored” garments: little/no shoulder padding, unstructured and barely any lining. In fact, it is this detail that gives contemporary tailoring a slight edge over vintage pieces for me. When the two are combined however, you best know that I’ll be all over it. I think I just found the perfect casual vintage suit!
CRAZY LONG POST ALERT (lots of pictures!)
Vintage and vintage inspired looks are what comprise a majority of this blog. Now Spencer and I agree that you don’t have to stick with one area to dress well. You can always wear tailored thrifted trousers or a modern suit to create a look that takes cues from both contemporary and Golden Era looks. However, if you really want to have a look that truly throws it back to the 1920s-1940s, there’s one thing you can’t skimp out on: the tie. The fact that these vintage ties have such a unique print, fabric, and construction makes it as if you’re wearing a piece of sartorial art around your neck.
This past weekend, Spencer and I attended the Monsivais & Co Grand Opening party at their newly opened showroom in Highland Park. It was a great event, with some great style worn by the attendees.