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The Upside of Going Beltless

via The Dream Awake

Profiles in Cowardice: Mike Albo jumps back into the menswear ring, describing his fear of the necktie. Perhaps he just hasn’t found the right one. [Esquire]

Today’s E-Commerce: Zara just launched an online shop, and the Valet chaps dutifully dig up the best of the bunch. [Valet]

A Brief History of the Baracuta: The Baracuta jacket, from Elvis to The Hangover Part Two. [To Take the Train]

All Things American: Monitaly keeps things sharp for Fall/Winter. Take notes on this one. [Hypebeast]

The Single Most Important Detail On Your Summer Jacket

Acne Jacket

This gentleman from the latest Acne show reminded us of a certain oft-overlooked detail.

It’s a simple thing, holding true for denim jackets and Harringtons alike. And it’s the source of the ineffable sharpness radiating from the pic…but naturally, you’re going to have to click through to find out what it is.

The one thing to look for the next time you pick up a jacket»

The Harrington

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While we’re big fans of the tweed-heavy layering look, it’s not the only way to tackle fall. If you prefer a more trim, military vibe, you may want to swap the tweed jacket for another fall staple: the Harrington jacket.

It’s a waist-length waxed cotton shell just slightly warmer than your cardigan, and weatherproof enough to get you through anything short of a monsoon. The classic is the heritage Baracuta model that’s been kicking around London since the 30s, but plenty of more modern options have popped up in the meantime, including this newly arrived ripstop jacket from Engineered Garments.

Our advice: Find the slimmest one you can, keep the pockets buttoned closed and don’t zip it past the belly button unless you’re in danger of catching a cold.

Claudia Cardinale is a Vintage Find

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Once Upon a Time on the Internet: A photoset collects the multifaceted charms of Claudia Cardinale. [WBE]

We Have a Winner: The Magnificent Bastard finishes up its March cocktail bracket with a mixture of bourbon, scotch, angostura and apple liqueur. It better be pretty damn good to justify that dash of scotch… [Magnificent Bastard]

All Plaid Out: The Baracuta jacket goes madras. We're predictably thrilled. [Limited Hype]

Gone to the Dogs: Apparently Filson will custom-make you a dog collar if you ask nicely enough. Definitely good to know. [Archival Clothing]

Chambray Gets Thick

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The chambray march continues! And while most sartorially-minded folk are using it to add a little texture to the dress shirt, Wings + Horns are eager to make the move to outerwear.

This Baracuta-style item should be landing at Roden Gray in a few weeks, in anticipation of sunnier days, and while we never saw chambray as outer-layer material, we’re ready to be convinced. It’s certainly rumpled enough to stay casual. If you’re feeling adventurous, you might even try a matching scarf.

Hot Irons

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In the interest of striking while the iron’s hot, we thought we’d direct your attention to the Baracuta shop, where jackets are currently going for half off.

Of course, we’ve weighed in on your short-cropped options before, so this time around, we’re going with a slightly more offbeat option: the Donegal wool jacket. While you’re at it, we’d order it a size smaller than your average number to make sure the fit’s appropriately mod.

Unfortunately, it’s too thin to stand up to winter winds so you probably won’t get too much wear out of it until March…but patience is a virtue too.