Why You Should Consider Vintage Ties from the 1930s-1940s

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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.

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The 1910s Novelty Tie

It’s Spencer’s first article! 

A century ago, a suit and tie was the everyday attire for men. To differentiate between work and play, men would have fun with accessories. While many of those same accouterments still exits, one item that has been faded from the collective consciousness is this style of novelty tie popular from the turn of the century up until the early 1920s, faithfully reproduced by Damian Monsivais of Monsivais & Co.

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The Style of Two Cities

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While I spent a lot of time in Paris and London with my family sightseeing, I definitely made a point to put a focus on menswear.  As a poor grad student with loans looming over his head, another trip to Europe doesn’t seem too likely, at least for a few years.  As a result, I used what ever free time I had to meet up with Instagram mutuals and check out fantastic menswear stores that we just don’t have in Los Angeles.  Here are the people I had the pleasure of meeting!

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London Calling

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Warning: Long post again!  It wouldn’t be long if I didn’t have pictures, but where’s the fun in that?

London was the last half of my family  euro-trip.  Unlike in Paris, we only had a few guided tours, which freed me up to explore on my own and meet some cool people! While the style documentation is in a separate article, this post will summarize  what I did each day as well as briefly talk about the outfits I wore.  I hope you enjoy!

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Tailoring a $3 Thrifted Suit: A Brown Chalkstripe Three Piece

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I’m always on the lookout for cheap, vintage suits. You’re guaranteed to find great suits at vintage stores like Joyride or from sellers like Benny, but there’s nothing like the feeling like scoring a great piece at a thrift store.   If you look hard enough and have great patience, you can definitely find some cool stuff!  And sometimes, you’ll find it on a sale day where your suit will cost $3.

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“Classically Effortless” ft. Chad Park and B&Tailor

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Suits have a bad rap.  Menswear bloggers today are dedicated to making suits and formal wear look as casual as possible.  For example, Dan Trepanier has an article on wearing Henley’s with your suit and HVRMINN wears Nike’s with his sharp DB’s. It seems that the suit (and its traditional accoutrements) has not shaken its pariah status among the masses.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m all about dressing down a suit, but I’m still a standing fan of the classic suit worn.  To my knowledge, there’s only a few men that can make wearing a suit look natural and easy, and I have the pleasure of featuring one of those masters.  I present Chad Park from B&Tailor.

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