Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Madras Sports Coat

As mentioned previously, I had purchased a few items of eBay recently and now they are starting to flow in. One item I picked up was this half lined madras blazer for a song. I don't know why, but I have recently felt compelled to acquire proper sports coats and pseudo formal wear for the hot Texas summers. I saw this listed and it the picture appealed to me. I always have some slight hesitation of buying coats of eBay as I can never be too sure about the fit and don't want to have to turn around and resell or spend too much having it altered. This jacket is a welcomed addition. The actual coat was a little darker than the picture led it to be, which was more than fine by me. It has a solid ecru base color with a blue, brown, and olive check pattern which works well for me color wise. The lining is what sold me, as it's a fantastic almost royal blue acetate and it really works well with the jacket. The rest is pretty standard with flap pockets, single vent, three buttons, and simple period shaping.  Another nifty bonus was the label, "Eldorado Traditionals, styled for young men" which is right up my alley. Pictured it here with a cotton Brooks Brothers polo in blue, and I think that pairing it with a pair of khaki trousers would look great, but I'll get to that later. For now, here my latest find.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday Night

Last night I attended The Fuzz Club, a once a month event that my friend Sue puts on that has her (and sometimes other DJ's) playing 60's pop, soul, mod, psych and any other 60s period music that might fit the theme for that month. It's a nice night out to listen to good music, meet up with friends, and just generally have a good time. To be honest, apart from the drinks, friends, and music, there is another hidden reason to attend and that is the fair amount of peacockery that goes on between a small faction of the crowd of which I am not excluded. I did face a small dilemma though, the humidity of the day was a little rough. This problem was overcome by a quick look in the closet and remembering my new linen jacket (as if I could forget). The key was natural and breathable fabrics. I opted for a pure cotton button down with french cuffs, mohair trousers in a light tan color, the dark blue linen odd jacket with orange and sky checks, and a pair of chisel toed shoes. I also added a pair of vintage silver cuff links and black belt with silver full buckle to the mix. All in all I think it turned out well, but you can be the judge of that.

On a different note, the ending of some eBay auctions have a pair of sunglasses, a vintage madras jacket, and some sewing patterns headed my way. As soon as the arrive I will post them up.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fewer posts....

I know, I have been slacking. With school and work and everything in between I either forget, don't have the time, or just get too lazy. Trying to rectify this. In the meantime, I have some sunglasses on the way, still need to photograph cabana set, have a few other clothing items to sort out, and have a project headed this way. Promise to have more within the next day or two.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Summer update

Just an FYI, the long awaited cabana set has been made, worn, tested, and well received. Went to a pool party courtesy of my friends Bill and Savannah this weekend and wore it out. Pardon the pun, but it went over swimmingly. Some pics were taken, but none of the full set. I will model it out and have a couple of pics taken to show. Keep an eye out!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Made in England

Picked up a short sleeve John Smedley today and of course, I was not disappointed. if anyone is not familiar with Smedleys, it's a brand of English clothing, specializing in knits. Their sea island cotton is unlike anything you have ever worn before. They tend to be a bit on the pricey side, but they are worth it, plus you can always find a deal if you keep your eyes open. As they tend to be very thin, they are fantastic at looking great when it's scorching hot outside. I managed a nice beige colored shirt that should be fairly easy to match up with anything as it's a neutral. I'll post some pics up as soon as I get a moment.