The SJC 1930’s Polo Shirt

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Simon James Cathcart has made a home-run again, this time creating an amazing reproduction 1930’s polo shirt.  This isn’t a sponsored post; Spencer and I fucking saved up to get these beauties for ourselves. Best of all, they work with a variety of styles, whether you want something vintage or contemporary!

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The Casual Vintage Gabardine Short Jacket

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I’ve always loved vintage jackets. They’re full of character and details that you can just seldom find today!   We’ve talked about Field Jackets and leather jackets before, but there’s one king for lightweight casual wear and that’s the gabardine (gab) short jacket.   It’s a versatile piece that can serve you well, whether you’re in tailoring or something extremely casual.  
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Going Ivy with White Socks

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One of the many #menswear sins that people like to spout out is to never wear brown shoes with a black suit.  It causes repulsion in some, conniptions in others, and a shunning glance to all.  Even so, there is one sin that is far worse than even that: wearing white socks with dress shoes.  In fact, I haven’t seen too much of it since the 1990s thanks to multiple #menswear bloggers and vloggers who aim to stamp out this inglorious affectation.   However there’s something intriguing about pairing white socks with formal clothing that has been calling out to me.  This practice started in the 1950s and 1960s, and while I take a lot of my cues from the 30s, its time we look somewhere else for inspiration.

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The Return of Drop-Loop Trousers?

Pleats and high waist pants are finally coming back into the minds of everyday people, being present at Pitti Uomo and other sartorial gatherings. Fashion isn’t always new, with discerning gentlemen always looking toward the golden age of menswear (1930-1960) for inspiration to their latest suits. B&Tailor has started offering a certain style of trouser that instantly screams 1940-1955: the drop loop pant.

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Q & A: Finding the Perfect Jacket Fit

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It’s time to start doing a new feature here on Street x Sprezza and that’s Q & As!  I know some of you have got some Q’s and I’ll try my best to supply the A’s.  This first one comes to me from Jacob, a reader who is concerned about finding a jacket that fits from eBay!  Since I buy a lot of my clothes online, I thought it best to tell him my process for buying these vintage pieces.  Here’s a hint: it’s all in the shoulders and length.

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Late Summer Purchases: Espadrilles and Hawaiian Shirts

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September has finally arrived and so has the first wave of fall products.  Banana Republic has started stocking their flannel pants and J. Crew is advertising their latest trenchcoat model.  However, being a Southern California Native, I am still feeling the effects of the 90F+ heat.  That’s why I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy two things I should’ve had since June:  the white espadrille and the rayon Hawaiian Shirt.

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Pleats: They’ve Always been Cool

Just look at those pleats, courtesy of Permanent Style.  If you show this to any mainstream fashion guy, he’d recoil immediately.  Flat-front pants have been the way to go for the past few years.  Favoring the clean look, the mainstream #menswear community has renounced all ties to the dreadful 1990s business look.  But classic enthusiasts in the community have always favored pleats and have still had them in their trousers without looking terrible!  Here, we look at the brief history of pleats and how they have evolved through menswear.  Hopefully you’ll agree that pleats are, and always have been, cool.

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