Happy Menswear Monday! This post was supposed to be a Christmas one, but since my brother and I both got a little behind the 8-ball (he’s a senior finance major; I don’t know what my excuse is), this has become a Valentine’s Day post. All’s well that ends well.
From Silas himself:
I chose to wear no tie and tasseled loafers instead of dress shoes and a tie because we live in rural South Carolina and frankly I didn’t want to be too “try hard” amongst the jean wearers. (No offense to those who wore jeans to Christmas Eve service; you were more comfortable than myself.) However if you live in a more upscale area, a bow tie with some wingtips would have looked really sharp for an occasion such as this.
Pants – Old Navy Slim Cut (I love the taper on Old Navy slim cut pants and they are pretty inexpensive)
Blazer – Thrifted/Tailored
Loafers – The one’s pictured were thrifted but I understand that’s not very helpful. A great alternative would be a Bass Weejun
OCBD – Bonobos (Great company, great fit, high price so I always buy on sale or with a discount code)
Socks – I wore plain navy socks but some cool argyle socks would have been appropriate as well.
SB again. I think this is a perfect look for Christmas Eve, of course, but it goes great for a Valentine’s date, too. It’s pulled together and sharp and looks like you care, but it won’t compete with your date’s dress (I’m assuming she’s going to wear a dress for Valentine’s day. Who wouldn’t?). The red in the plaid hints at the color of the holiday without being over-the-top matchy-matchy.
Of course, I’m living vicariously through my brother – who actually has a Valentine date – and all of you who might legitimately use this advice this year. Think of me while you’re on your fancy dates (or don’t – that might be awkward for the girl you’re with). And, ladies, be on the look-out for a post later this week of what I WOULD wear, had I anywhere to go.