The outdoors look is one of my favorite styles, and with the fall well underway, it is the ideal time to invest in some of these brands and items.
Coming out in mid-November, Danner has teamed up with Woolrich to bring The Old Growth collaboration. This collaboration links two great outdoors companies rooted in America (Danner in Portland, OR and Woolrich in Woolrich, PA).
The composition alone is enough to make me want these. The wool with green trim is a wonderful color combination and something unexpected. On top of that, the collection celebrates the two companies and the country they are based in by producing everything in America. This way you can be assured you are getting high quality goods. It consists of a blanket, a scarf, a pair of boots, and a shirt jacket.
If I had to get one item from this collaboration, I would pick the shirt jacket. It is a wool jacket with a fleece lining. This jacket works easily with any pair of jeans and a pair of brown hiking or work boots. It is the ideal piece for a walk in the woods or around town. I would recommend throwing it over a flannel, for colder weather, or a regular woven. Either way, this is a warm, casual jacket that can be worn with most things.
The different shades of blue work really well here. I like the faded blue jeans and the navy blue overcoat. The red tie was a great choice to break up the blue template and adds a nice dash of color here. I always encourage brown shoes with blue pants as well, and here they provide another dash of contrast that also works well with the tie.
I really like the double-breasted jacket combined with the polka dot pants. It makes a major statement and gives him a great sense of individuality.
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One of my favorite songs of all times, and a great party song, has to be “Roses" by Outkast. It is a very similar look to Andre Benjamin and his group "The Love Below". I love the combination of sporty and preppy here. The bow-tie and the varsity jacket work together perfectly and create a unique and interesting look. The use of a classic oxford shirt heightens the retro 60’s look, but it also helps put emphasis on the bow-tie and the Varsity jacket.
This is a great late-fall, preppy outfit. The pink, green, and yellow plaid is an eye-popping, attention-grabbing layer. It reminds me of an older vineyard vines flannel I own. The navy blue cable-knit sweater pairs really well with the shirt and adds some nice texture to the outfit as well. The sage green pants show a good transition from the bright green pants of the summer—I personally like this muted shade more.
Overall, this is a great outfit to take in the fall weather and take a walk in the foliage.
This is a great suit from H. Freeman and Co. This would be another great suit choice for the Fall and Winter. The detailing and texture of the fabric is remarkable and makes for a more interesting suit. If you are in the market for a nice, custom-made suit, I would highly recommend checking this one out.
Why not put a navy-blue or purple gingham shirt on underneath it?
I’ve never thought about playing rugby, but I still love the uniforms. Characterized by its rubber buttons and stiffer collar, this long-sleeve polo is a perfect addition to any wardrobe. I’ve always had them at home, and they are one of my favorite things to wear when on break from school, but I’ve been thinking of adding them to my permanent wardrobe again.
They have always been designed, and Ralph Lauren’s two-tone shirts are a staple in the market. But I’ve been seeing more in the market, and some imitate the traditional striped pattern while others add some new flavor. I have always worn them as a regular shirt, but after seeing some of the recent collections, I’ve felt a need to revisit this classic top.
Boast USA is one of my favorite brands right now because of retro tennis combined with their own tastes. For the Fall/Winter 2013 collection there is a great selection of rugby shirts. I’ve never thought of using a rugby shirt as a sweater, but it is the perfect style for fall and, depending on the shirt, can go with many outfits. My favorite rugby from Boast is the Icon Rugby. The white background allows the shirt to go with anything, and the colored stripe is a louder approach to the two-tone rugby while hinting towards the typical stripe pattern. I see myself wearing this with a pair of brown chino pants and a blue plaid shirt.
I can’t talk about rugby shirts without mentioning one from Gant a few years ago. It had the traditional stripe pattern in navy and cranberry red, but instead of rubber buttons on the collar, the shirt had a lace up collar. It looks less casual than the previous one, but I love the twist on a classic. The deeper collar means you most likely should wear something underneath it. The cranberry red paired with navy offers a darker color scheme for the months ahead. I would easily wear this with a pair of khaki or faded-blue jeans—really any neutral colors. Since this shirt isn’t in production anymore, I would recommend this one from Boast that comes with a front pocket.
While you may not be stepping on the field any time soon, you are always encountering the playing field of fashion. So why not add a little more variety in your wardrobe and try on one of these shirts.
October 11, 2013 at 6:31am
The Responsible Economy
Patagonia has always been a company providing for any outdoor adventure, and they have always been environmental activists. Its environmental initiatives are well known and go as far as to tell someone to not buy an item. These marketing campaigns have always interested me, especially the newest campaign, The Responsible Economy, and the Common Threads Partnership.
The Common Threads Partnership has five main components: Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle, and Reimagine. The idea is to continue the “Don’t Buy This” campaign by promoting the consumption of what is needed instead of what is wanted. Patagonia repairs many of the goods to extend their life spans and reduce consumption. Patagonia will also purchase used goods at a reduced price, and sell them at a lower price to prevent waste. It will even donate all unsold products to the homeless. And you can always send your broken down goods back so that Patagonia can recycle them. All of these are great ideas, even though they may be contrary to many business practices.
The Responsible Economy will search for examples of economies that show prosperity is not dependent on increased consumption and economies that actually save and protect the Earth instead of harm and injure it. The hope is to showcase how these economies and companies can help reverse the path of our environmental troubles. It is quite a lofty goal, but this program could lead to some interesting findings that would be especially welcomed in today’s world.
The outcomes are somewhat surprising but will hopefully show a positive outlook for the future. Patagonia sales have actually gone up since the Common Threads Partnership began, which could make people think this is a scam. I think Patagonia has offered such a great incentive that has lead to this increase. I would rather buy a piece of clothing, even if it is higher priced, knowing that I could send it back to be repaired or get a rebate. Some will be enticed by the environmental policies offered by Patagonia, but many will also welcome the idea of repairable, refundable clothing as well. Whatever the individuals’ motives are, I am hoping the program prevails.
The fact that Patagonia is going against typical business practices increases my support for the company. I am fully supportive of the Common Threads Partnership, and I cannot wait to see what “The Responsible Economy” yields. And while there are many companies that will offer to repair broken goods, there still needs to be more pressure on this environmentally friendly, business practice. In a world under so much ecological stress, everything we can do to help is welcomed.
- Check out some examples of Worn Wear here
Recently, one of my favorite pieces has been the denim jacket. It is the perfect item for layering, and it can be worn with close to anything. While this may be considered tame with the pants, adding a printed, what looks to be floral, shirt underneath really spices up a look. The individual distresses and the plaid lining of the jacket reinforce the little quirks that make this look unique to another. This is also a great combination of two very popular trends: denim and floral prints. I would highly recommend at least getting a denim jacket before it gets too cold.
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I’ve already mentioned how against the camouflage trend I’ve been, but this is another picture that has changed my mind. I hardly noticed the pattern at first. He has dressed up a pair of camouflage pants, and it looks great too. The orange sweater provides a nice bit of color while the gray blazer mutes the orange and the camo. The monk strap shoes provide a similar color to the orange sweater and provide a nice pop from the pants. I never thought camouflage pants could be made formal, but, boy, have I been proved wrong.
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