We know. It’s summer. Your mind is a veritable View-Master of barbecues, long-weekend sojourns and scantily clad beach flings. But eventually, after the sand settles, and Mandy heads back to Vassar, it’ll be fall. And from what we’ve seen, you’re going to look fantastic.
Herewith, the definitive list of must-have sartorial trappings from our favorite Fall/Winter ’13 lookbooks.
We’ve been noticing more and more suede bomber jackets on the menswear scene lately, but mostly they’ve been in the usual sandy shade of buckskin.
So when this navy number from Levi’s Vintage Clothing landed at Hickoree’s Hard Goods this week, we were pleasantly surprised. Naturally, it’s got all the period-specific sturdiness you’ve come to expect from LVC, but here’s what else you need to know. The Story: LVC is dedicated to reproducing archival Levi’s pieces—even down to the “pine tree” green jacket label of this 1960s-era bomber jacket—and this one is based on a WWII-inspired bomber jacket in a luxurious navy sheepskin suede.
Who to Channel: You’ll want to land somewhere between Chuck Yeager and Tom Cruse in Top Gun. (So cool it on the “fist pumping while motorcycling alongside fighter jets” thing.)
When to Wear It: Right about now, as long as rain isn’t in the forecast.
Degree of Difficulty: Medium to high, actually. Even though it seems the suede bomber is making a comeback, the years of billowy excess and mob ties have given the jacket a bit of a bad rap. In other words: keep it classy.
In case you came away from the holidays with a few nagging desires, Superdenim is having a late December blowout with more than a few objects of desire. And as always, anyone ordering from outside the UK will be paying the tax-free price.
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Levi’s Vintage Clothing is really on top of their game.
The latest batch just arrived at Unionmade. The jeans are fantastic, of course—you can choose between designs from 1878, 1922, 1933, and so on through to Eisenhower—but the cords and sweatshirts are also prime examples of early 20th century American style.
The massive European retailer Yoox just unveiled their semi-annual sale, stocked with some of the best swag the continent has to offer.
The only problem is, it’s big enough to be downright daunting—so we thought we’d pick out a few favorites, starting with this fearlessly busy Thom Browne baracuta riff that might be the most downright badass item to come out of his chalet period.
But don’t worry, there’s plenty of more wearable stuff where that came from.
The T-shirt doesn’t get a lot of respect, but a good one can see you through the summer in reliably Newman-esque form. And since we’re guessing you’ve already got a reliably weathered plain white tee, you’re free to get a little more interesting.
This Levi’s Vintage tee (conveniently on-sale) takes its cues from 30s style, which means a broader neck and St. James-style ecru stripes along the sleeves and waist. It’s a few steps beyond the classic white tee, which should be just enough to let them know you’re paying attention.
It’s a canvas embodiment of all the beat-up-on-purpose gear that’s passed across our pages in the past few seasons—and the top half of the rarely-seen khaki trucker tux. Once we get a taste of spring, this kind of rugged, lightweight jacket is going to be the first thing to come out of storage.