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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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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My Search for Brown Suede Chukkas ft. the Kempton Boot from Loake

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I guess my posts are just long now, deal with it. 

For those of you who follow my instagram account, you’ll know that I’ve been looking for a good pair of suede chukka boots for a little while now.  They’re a classic piece of menswear that can go with almost everything in your wardrobe (no surprise there).  After considering my options, I finally got some.  They’re actually the first piece of footwear that I’ve paid full price on.

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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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