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Just saw this on Buzzfeed.  As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t shake the feeling that this is always true.  Which is a bummer to me, because now that I have to be super careful about getting sunburned or tanned, I really ought to wear hats way more often.

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I’ve alluded to some interesting experiences lately on this blog and I was just encouraged by Antonio Centeno at Real Men Real Style to write it up for the benefit of my (and some of his) subscribers.  First of all, if you’re interested in listening to my tunes, you can hear a couple at ReverbNation or my full albums at Bandcamp, and here is my Facebook fan page with updates on my music and articles.  My apologies for the extra helping of self-promotion on this particular post, but I think I (just about) have the storage space necessary on this blog to contain my ego, and you don’t have to read, so no worries!

I’m currently sitting here in my recliner with sixteen penny- to nickel-sized gouges all over my body, covered in bandages.  The full significance of how I came to be in this unenviable position starts way back with me as a teenager.  Anyone who knew me in high school knew that I lived pretty authentically at the time.  I was a blossoming (AKA, not very good) artist and musician, a whirlwind of hormones and depression mostly, and the way I dressed reflected a desire to stand out and express myself.  I won’t go over a long list of fashion mistakes I made at the time, but perhaps I’ll just clue you in by noting I wore a denim jacket with about thirty button-pins and an iron-on Union Jack patch, and white sneakers that had been painted with acrylics in a color pattern that was just about as visually loud as an old school hip hop video.

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I made another neat thrift store find.  This time I found three vintage shirts, still in the package, with pins and tags, unopened and unworn.  I looked up the styles and brands and I’m pretty confident that they are from the late 1950s or early 1960s.  Definitely something grandpa would wear, but I bet they would appeal to someone who wants a retro look.  Or even someone putting together an authentic costume from that era.

I am unsure what they’re worth, but I am listing them all starting at $30, since getting less than that wouldn’t make the hassle of shipping them worth it to me.

From left to right, the eBay listings are here, here, and here.

Hand-tailored shirts (and a regular factory Arrow on top), a bunch of ties, and two hand-stitched pairs of leather shoes

I had a great day at the thrift store today.  I have been visiting thrift stores for a long time, not as much for the ironic hipster value but more because I am actually just really poor.  But I have never had a find like today.  Earlier this week I visited a tiny little house converted into a thrift store which is run by the Humane Society in town.  To my surprise, they actually had a great selection of ties – much better than the other thrift/consignment shops in town – and they were going for just a dollar each.  I went to the counter and asked why they had such great ties.  The woman told me that a very wealthy Humane Society benefactor, who had lived in Paris for a time, had passed away, and he willed a portion of his wardrobe to the Humane Society to sell in the shop.  She told me they had only processed a small amount of his wardrobe, so I should check back later in the week.  Now I’m a bit squeamish when it comes to wearing clothes from deceased people, but I decided to come back anyway out of curiosity. Read More

Since I already shattered anyone’s conception of me as manly yesterday by a post about what hats look good (a day after the Super Bowl, which I didn’t watch, nor did I particularly even care about), I’m going to post again about period fashion.  I’ve watched a lot of historical films and I think I’ve come to the conclusion that the Regency Era (basically, the transition between the Georgian and Victorian Eras in Britain) had the best men’s fashion of all of them.

You can see this sort of fashion in Jane Austen movies and in a more American, rustic way in portraits of Joseph Smith.  I think it’s the longish hair with sideburns, the conservative colors, and the tailcoats that I particularly like, plus there’s the flipped-up white collar with cravat.  Despite everyone saying that fashion is cyclical (because of bellbottoms, etc.), I would say that the biggest barrier to wide acceptance of this kind of style is the fact that it probably took half a morning to dress oneself.

Also, one fashion I really hope doesn’t come back is JNCOs.

I think one of the bigger shames of the modern era is that gentlemen’s hats are not fashionable anymore.  Every movie from the 1920s to probably the 1950s featured men in stylish fedoras and trench coats, but nowadays those things are decidedly either pretentious or creepy (and most probably both).  I think Justin Timberlake can pull a fedora off, for what it’s worth.

Now I’m not really one to talk much about fashion anymore.  When I played in a band I liked to play around with wearing different styles and colors just to shock or interest people, but I feel a bit out of touch with all that nowadays, and actually I’ve pretty much reverted to just being a “dude” again when it comes to fashion. Read More