Resources For Dressing Vintage and Vintage-Inspired

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Dapper Day is finally here, and while I do like to write a post each time (to help you get dressed), I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of articles that I think can help you get started with vintage or vintage inspired style!

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Ethan’s Grails: The 1930’s Unstructured Navy Flannel DB Belt Back Jacket

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Phew. That title is a mouthful, isn’t it?

As I continue to be more intentional in my buying (instead of buying random thrifts for the sake of tailoring), I’ve decided that my money could be better used on obtaining grails, both for wear and use in a bespoke reproduction.  One of the first ones was the 1930’s brown SB patch pocket suit (with gorgeous lapels).  This jacket was the next one.

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Vintage Menswear Details They Don’t Do Anymore

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Extra Long Blog Post! 

One of the questions I get from guys who have come across my style is “why do you like vintage”? Well the truth of the matter is, I don’t always like to wear vintage.  There are a few things that modern manufacturers get right that I enjoy (extremely soft tailoring is one). If I had the money, I could possibly have an entire bespoke wardrobe.  However there’s one main reason why I always return to vintage and that’s due to the details that they just don’t do anymore.

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The Vintage Sport Shirt

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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.

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High Contrast Summer Outfits

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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. 

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The Runaway Collar

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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.

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