We ate some food, drank some dranks, and exposed our legs this past Independence Day. I’m won’t get into a lot of detail, but let’s just say that our poops were very good the next day.
My family never really does anything on the Fourth of July (US Independence Day). It’s not due to the fact that we’re Asian or anything, but just that we treat it as a regular day off. Plus my parents live in different places, have different lives, and my brother is away at college; it just doesn’t make sense to do anything. Hell, my friends don’t really do much either usually because the 4th coincides with the dates for Anime Expo. Luckily I can always count on Spencer and his white family, since they always have a fun time with some good food and company. To top it off, AX 2018 didn’t start until the following day, so we took it upon ourselves to have some chill American fun at Spencer’s house.
Obviously I brought my camera with me to document the day, which results in this makeshift editorial. My non-Spencer friends aren’t really menswear/fashion people, but that didn’t really matter to me! I just wanted to take pictures of my friends having a good time. Even though it wasn’t a fashion event, Spencer and I took the opportunity to rock our seldom seen shorts. It’s mainly due to the fact that we wear other clothes on the weekends (think chinos or casual trousers) and that we can’t really wear shorts to work.
And we weren’t about to wear pants on the fourth. It’s hot, we’re not here to impress anybody (kinda), and it’s hot.
Spencer has a look thats equal parts Wooden Sleeper’s and Drake’s: his Put This On cap and olive military-inspired shorts (from J. Crew no less) give that vintage Americana/workwear vibe but the madras shirt and canvas sneakers help push that neo-ivy agenda. The use of the chambray chore coat acts as a middle ground, as both are pieces that have been utilized by both styles of menswear, whether in the form of true vintage or the linen overshirts peddled by Drake’s.
I personally really like the use of the chore coat/overshirt. Firstly, I like how it interacts with the shorts, giving the entire outfit a bit of an edge and a play on proportions. Then it helps cover up the madras shirt, not because the pattern is too bold, but because a button-up shirt (whether long or short sleeve) tucked into shorts makes for a bit of a “dad look”. We don’t have a problem with old school style but it’s more so avoiding the old man connotation. Plus no one really wears chore coats anymore!
We don’t really talk much about shoes other than occassional reviews and memes, but we wanted to shout out these canvas sneakers . Spencer has been on the search for some versatile white sneakers for a while, after getting inspired from some contemporary icons. He finally settled on these Gola x J. Crew canvas sneaks, which are less sporty than Converse but not too sleek like a pair of Common Projects or Stan Smiths. In all honesty, they were purchased as an affordable alternative to the Moonstars sold by Drake’s. Spencer wouldn’t wear his with tailoring like the Drake’s guys do, but I’m pretty sure that these Golas are going to get plenty of wear.
My outfit is also something that takes equal parts inspiration from vintage/workwear and Drake’s. I’ve been really intrigued with shorts + overshirts lately, no doubt due to this but I’ve always wanted to do it with a more rugged way instead of something thats inherently preppy/sartorial. If you look way back in Tony Sylvester’s instagram, you’ll find that he would often wear shorts with chore coats and jungle jackets, sometimes matching hues in order to make a “suit” of sorts. I really like this version of the “short suit”, which trades the traditional lapeled jacket for something more casual; in my case, I went with a navy blue chore coat.
The vintage loop collar shirt was my way of injecting some classic 1940s-1950’s American style into the outfit, and even push it to being less workwear and more vacation-esque. This shirt is a cool 1950’s one made of a tan seersucker, the likes of which I’ve never seen before. It’s a good subdued neutral that pairs well with the navy found everywhere else in the outfit.
For some personal panache, I decided to cuff my shorts (old Polo RL from eBay) in order to make them shorter and more “modern”. The shorts are pretty damn roomy and long in their original state, and while I don’t mind some thigh breathing room, I definitely didn’t want to look weird with a high waist and a length that goes a bit past my knee. A navy waxed cotton bucket hat and birkenstocks help finish off the outfit.
Like I said, I don’t really plan these editorials; I’m never going to say “hey lets make a party just so we can take some cool life style shots”. I will say that I enjoyed the photogenic opportunities that presented themselves, as it reminded me of the Drake’s in the Countryside lookbook that came out a few weeks ago. In the end, we simply had a fun time eating fatty foods, listening to some great music, and occasionally playing some games.
I just happened to document it.
Could you imagine if more menswear “bloggers” actually did a real blog and included everyday life? I think it would make the whole industry a bit more grounded and easy to get into! Or perhaps they just prefer to keep things serious with occassonal candids, as long as it’s them laughing and walking down a cobblestone street in Florence.
I hope you Yanks had a fun Fourth of July! And for those who aren’t Americans, I just hope your Wednesday was as normal as it could be.
Always a pleasure,