#LifeStyleClass - “It’s good to know your limits.”
Summer Style When You’re Not Gary Cooper
I don’t know if you spend much time on clothing forums, but on the classic men’s style side, things usually go like this: an argument erupts, a bunch of random strangers weigh in, some vociferous poster throws down a 1930s illustration from Apparel Arts or a photo of the Duke of Windsor, and everyone simmers down. Those images are basically what pass for reason and authority on such forums. If you had enough of them, you could be some kind of final arbiter for these people – like a Biblical judge, but hopefully in a judicial robe once worn by Edward VIII.
Every time someone appeals to these images, I’m reminded of “The Art of Wearing Clothes” by George Frazier, which is the single best article I’ve ever read on men’s style. In it, Frazier wrote this of Cary Grant (a style god among style gods):
Although Grant, who is fifty-six, favors such abominations as large tie knots and claims to have originated the square-style breast-pocket handkerchief, he is so extraordinarily attractive that he looks good in practically anything.
And it’s true, some men are attractive enough to simply wear whatever they want. Take Gary Cooper, for example. The first photo is one of my favorite images for summer. Cooper is seen here wearing a guayabera – a loose, four-pocket style of shirt with a straight bottom hem. According to lore, the style was first widely adopted in Cuba during the colonial period before spreading quickly throughout Latin America, where it was worn to both informal and formal gatherings. Jesse wrote about them last year after he had one made at Ramon Puig in Florida (where there’s a large Cuban community).
Cooper looks great in his unusual guayabera, short shorts, and ankle laced espadrilles, but he’s also Gary Cooper. For a non-Gary-Cooper-looking guy like me, I’d rather take John Wanye’s ensemble next to him – loose linen pants, a more traditional four-pocket guayabera, and a pair of creped sole shoes. Or better yet? Gary Cooper’s very, very simple style in the second photo: a white t-shirt and comfortable fitting trousers with camp pockets, just for style sake.
It’s good to know your limits.
We’re kicking off spring with some new goods from Rogue Territory. Rogue Territory needs no introduction by now and this season we’ve added to our offerings. Along with the heavily anticipated Brown Chambray Jumper Shirt we’ve also decided to bring in more bottoms such as the RK Canvas Pant in Navy as well as the Ar-G and Officer Trousers. Check out the product in store and online very soon!
.@rogueterritory SS delivery 1 now available in-store, including chambray and denim buttondown shirts, Officer Trousers, AR-G Trouser, and Canvas Stantons. | pics courtesy of @rogueterritory | #LifeStyleClass #TheClassRoom #menswear #Houston
TCR Style Director @alanjavillonar snapped by @superdanger for @gq during Capsule. | #LifeStyleClass #menswear
Mark McNairy Harris Tweed Snapback with removable Yankee pin. Originally $98, now 40% off.
The Hill-Side Diamond Quilted Double Face Gauze Striped Tie.
Available at www.theclassroomshop.com
ELEVATE YOUR GIFT-GIVING GAME WITH THESE UNIQUE PRESENTS AVAILABLE AT THE CLASS ROOM.
Tip #2 Don’t Sweat the Technique
My ideas are only for the audience’s ears…
I get it…I get it, not everyone wants to protect their necks this winter with a scarf, not because it’s deemed “UN-MANLY” because quite frankly I’m not sure most men know how to wear them (Google folks. G-O-O-G-L-E).
First and foremost, let me be the first to tell you that I LOVE SWEATERS. I mean there are days…by days I mean WEEKS during our Houston winters where a jacket isn’t necessary. For those days a sweater will suffice. This Gant Rugger Cablecito Sweater has me feelin’ some type of way. The cable knit comes in a nice shade of red that will embolden any casual outfit. Though the knit is quite chunky, the cotton-blend yarn ensures this sweater is fairly lightweight. I balanced the hue of the sweater with these Navy chinos from UNIS which I talk way too much about because they are THE TRUTH and a Merino Wool Top Beanie from Norse because it’s #luxe and your head only deserves da best.
This outfit is a real versatile outfit to step out in, in the H. Whether you’re stepping out at Kung-Fu Saloon to get #turntup or Cobra vs Mongoose for a more chilled atmosphere this look is sure to turn heads. TRUST, when that pseudo-hipster girl standing next to you at the bar (draped in brand names you can’t even pronounce) accidentally brushes up against you and is like WOW THAT SWEATER IS SO SOFT, you’ll thank me. Just DON’T respond to her by reciting the history of cable knit as well as its intricate details of braiding, like one cable braid vs two cable braid. AANNNDD YOU MOST CERTAINLY DON’T TELL HER YOUR A BLAWGGER AND THAT FASHIONZ IS YOUR PASSIONZ. IT’S 2013 BRUH NOT 2009. Instead, tell her, THANKS and although this sweater looks good on me, it’ll probably look much better on you. If that got her attention, proceed by telling her that you’re a photographer and you take pics of women in men’s clothing and that you’d like to photograph her some time. Then give her your IG handle and tell her you have over 1k followers AND ARE MAADDD INFLUENTIAL IN THE INDUSTRY. I’M 99.9% SURE this will work…but if it doesn’t tell that PYT not to SWEAT THE TECHNIQUE.
"THE FIRST SHALL BE THE LAST"
The Class Room is proud to introduce 3Sixteen to our denim offerings this season. 3Sixteen is a menswear line headquartered in NYC’s Lower East Side. Founded in 2003, the brand has aimed to create collections that demonstrate longevity in both design and construction. 3Sixteen produces denim that will hold up to extensive wear and remain relevant season after season. Their aesthetic is built upon utilitarian silhouettes from decades past that are updated with premium material and modern fits. The majority of the collection is handsewn in America of the finest fabrics, ensuring that every piece has a compelling story to tell.
This season we’ve brought in their core styles, the ST (Slim-Tapered) 100x and SL (Straight Leg) 100x as well as their Shadow Selvedge in the ST (Slim-Tapered) fit. All their denim is exclusively woven for them which is very rare for a company that isn’t the size of a Levis or Gap. The material is pure indigo dyed, with no sulfur, which gives the jeans a deeper blue color than many other models one can find on the market. At the same time, there is minimal processing which allows the denim to retain some hairiness and prevents it from looking to sleek or uniform. All their denim is sanforized so you don’t have to worry about them shrinking significantly. The 14.5 oz weigh gives the jeans some heft, but the open ended weft yarns leave the jeans fairly soft on the inside. Try all these jeans in store and online now!