Black Square

I thought my obsession with the black pocket square was over…a thing of the past.  Man was I wrong!  It came roaring back with today’s look:

shoes

Black penny loafers are by Brooks Brothers.  Loafer socks (unseen) are by Steve Madden (who my niece thought was the inventor of the Madden video games). 

Tie Tie2

Black silk neck tie is by Banana Republic.  Tie bar is by Banana Republic.  Pink french cuff dress shirt with white contrast spread collar is by Brooks Brothers.

square

The Silk Black Pocket Square!!! (origin unknown)

cufflinks

Cufflinks by Roundtree and Yorke.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Ecru sport coat that features notch lapels, rear center vent, two button closure, patch pockets, and full interior lining is from Design Archives Vintage Clothing.  Black trousers are by Ralph Lauren.

Advertisements

Sucker Filled Monday

  This weather the past couple of weeks has been gloomy and a little depressing.  So far, it has yet to be the sunny North Carolina weather that I envisioned.  Nevertheless, that has not deterred me from giving my all into each and every look:
shoes

Brown and white spectator wingtips by Johnston & Murphy are a thrifting find.

socks

Light blue ribbed dress socks are by Ralph Lauren.

tie

Necktie is by Geoffrey Beene.  Gold tie bar is by Brooks Brothers.  Blue herringbone spread collar dress shirt is by Ralph Lauren.

square

Silk chocolate polka dot pocket square is a thrifting find.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Ecru sport coat that features notch lapels, two button closure, rear center vent, patch pockets, and full interior lining is from Design Archives Vintage Clothing.  Tan seersucker flat front trousers are by Ralph Lauren.

Pink & Blue Hump Day

Pink And Blue has been my “go-to-color-combination” for this summer.  I really enjoy the combination…and it’s evident with today’s look:

shoes

Brown wingtip double monk strap slip-ons are by Magnanni. 

socks

Socks are by Ralph Lauren.

tie

Navy necktie with pink polka dots is from Design Archives Vintage Clothing.  Gold tie bar is by Brooks Brothers.  Pink french cuff dress shirt with white contrast collar is by Brooks Brothers.

flower

Pink flower lapel is from a boutique on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.

cufflinks

Gold cufflinks are by Roundtree & Yorke.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Light blue sport coat that features notch lapels, two button closure, rear center vent, flap pockets, and partial interior lining is a thrifting find.  Off white flat front trousers are by Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Great Gatsby

“The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo De Caprio…I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS MOVIE!  I will have my pen and pad ready to take notes on the “vintage dope” on display on the big screen:

shoes

Vintage brown and white spectator wingtips by Johnston and Murphy are a thrifting find.

socks

Red ribbed socks are by Ralph Lauren.

Paisley

Paisley neck tie by Christian Dior is a thrifting find.  Tie bar is by Banana Republic.  Blue dress shirt with white contrast spread collar by Nautica is a thrifting find.

square

Red silk pocket square…origin unknown.

Look

Cream trousers with navy pinstripes are by Ralph Lauren.  Navy double-breasted sport coat that features peaked lapels, side vents, six button silhouette, flap pockets, ticket pockets, and full interior lining is from Design Archives.

Look4 Look2

Final Look!!

Kings Wear A Crown

All men aren’t kings, but all kings wear a crown…I just wear mine on my sleeve: 

shoes

Brown kilted wingtip slip-ons with tassels loafers by Cole Haan are a thrifting find.

Socks

Ribbed canary yellow socks by Banana Republic.

Pants

Dark brown flat front trousers by Alfani.

shirt

White french cuff dress shirt with spread collar is by Ralph Lauren.

Tie Tie2

Chocolate polka dot necktie is by Banana Republic.  Gold tie bar is by Brooks Brothers.

blazer2

Vintage canary yellow blazer with original gold buttons, wide notch lapels, patch pockets, rear center vent, and partial interior lining is from Design Archives in Greensboro, NC. 

Square

Red pocket square is a thrifting find.

Cufflinks

Gold crown cufflinks are from CosmicFireFly.com.  (Note:  Tie bar, cufflinks, and buttons of the blazer are the same finish. This is no accident!)

Look1 Look2 Look3 Look4Final Look!!

Earthly Layers

Today, I went with earth tone colors and more layering than usual, for me, to complete this look:

Brown wingtip dress boots from Banana Republic…currently on sale.

Ribbed navy blue dress socks are from Banana Republic.

Brown flat front trousers are also Banana Republic.

Navy blue dress shirt with pointed collar is made by Calvin Klein.

Necktie is a vintage Yves Saint Laurent thrifting find for $1.  Brass tie bar from Brooks Brothers.  Brass collar pin is from Ralph Lauren.

Terra Cotta vintage vest is from Design Archives in Greensboro, NC.

Vintage tan blazer with notch lapel, center vent, and original buttons that are almost the same color as the vest was a thrifting find for $5. 

Silk chocolate pocket square…origin unknown.

Final Look!!

Vintage Shopping In Greensboro

This weekend, I took a trip back to my hometown of Greensboro, NC to drive my niece through her high school homecoming parade.  May I add that I am the proud uncle of Dudley High School’s 2012 Homecoming Queen!!  Yes I am!!

After the homecoming festivities, I decided to do some shopping at my favorite vintage clothing store in Greensboro, Design Archives!

They are located at 342-344 South Elm Street, downtown Greensboro.  Or you can visit them online at www.shopdesignarchives.com.  For those of you that may be familiar, this is the same vintage shop that was located on Tate Street on UNC Greensboro’s campus.

This weekend, I had a chance to talk to the store owner, Julie.  She was extremely nice and very knowledgable about vintage clothing.  The one thing I admired most is that she is very passionate about her pieces.  Julie introduced me to a lot of interesting people (employees and regulars) while I was in the store.  She also gave me a list of some of her favorite vintage stores throughout North Carolina.

But, here are some of the dope vintage pieces that I found this weekend at Design Archives:

 Vintage striped Givenchy necktie for $5.

This vintage yellow blazer was just $24.  It’s true vintage with original gold buttons, wide notch lapel, and center vent.  Once I get this blazer tailored, it’s going to look amazing on me.  I’m confident! LOL

This vintage terra-cotta colored, wide notch lapel, double vented suit jacket was a part of a 3-piece suit for $36.  The blazer and the vest fit me like a glove…no tailoring needed.  The pants flare out a little too much for my taste.  I doubt that I ever where the pants.  But, I was really only interested in the jacket, but the vest may get a little love, as well.

These vintage, wool, plaid Brooks Brothers trousers were only $14.  The inseam was an inch or so too short, but nothing a little altering can’t fix.

This piece right here!!!  This is a vintage Christian Dior, wool, wide peaked lapels, center vent, double-breasted navy blazer with original grey buttons!!  For $69!

Next time you are in Greensboro, make sure you stop by Design Archives and tell Julie the Vintage Dope Dealer sent you!!