First Days of Fall
I’m a fan of fashion… (understatement) and I own a few pairs of jeans… (gross understatement) and I feel that the most flattering pair of jeans on a man are, skinny jeans… (lie). Thick thighs may save lives, but they don’t save seams on jeans… no sir they destroy them. That all too familiar ripping sound… like a pair of denim tied one leg to a Jeep and the other to a house and driving the jeep is Andretti. That tearing sound that tells viewers two things in the blink of an eye, what color of underwear you are wearing, or if you’re going commando. Insert Jimmy Hendrix joke here.
So naturally I was, and always have been, hesitant to wear skinny jeans. Especially raw skinny’s. Wearing wooden pants would be as comfortable. So of course I was really skeptical when looking at the new J. Crew 484 jeans toted as their “Slimmest fit yet!” Yikes! There’s no F’ing way.
But nothing says male bonding like pulling up a pair of skinny’s over tree trunk thighs on your back with the help of friends (some old, most new… old friends know better). Thing is… I didn’t need anyone… I actually went down a size. I smoothly pulled them up my legs, noticed an almost normal leg opening and wiped a single tear away while blaming dust.
Hey Mom look! Me! In Skinnies! I’d like to thank the design team at J. Crew for making me feel like a fashion forward normal man. I’d like to thank the people at the Japanese denim mill… you know who you are. And most of all I’d like to thank Frank Muytjens for designing these skinny jeans that look sleek and slim while fitting a human male body. Who’d a thought?! Amazing! Bravo!!
Brought me back to the first time I’d ever tried on designer denim. They were strangely low rise and the heaviest jeans I’d ever worn. So insanely uncomfortable. “Past Me” was such a sucker. “Present Me” is wising up!
But don’t for a second think that raw denim makes you stiff and casual. Those jeans can take on a tux pant in a battle royal and win. So when pairing them with a shirt, I went for a custom shirt from one of the nicest most talented guys I know, Rikky Khanna. He is the President & Creative Director at SPIER & MACKAY. His brand is about custom shirts and suits right from the guys who make the best material in the world. From the manufacturer to your door. Talk about finding a gem.
I used to buy shirts off the rack. They jut don’t fit quite like a custom shirt though. Never ever. I’ve tried Dolce & Gabbana (too narrow in the shoulders), Paul Smith (too short in the sleeves), Boss (too boxy), and on and on. I can’t tell you what it’s like to have a shirt that hugs where it’s supposed to and has just enough room for comfortable movement. A dream come true. AND if it doesn’t fit exactly, they’ll alter it for you lickity split.
I mentioned the past a number of times so far, the past is where I got the inspiration to pair this watch with the outfit. The worn steel looking bezel and washed leather strap remind me of a rugged adventurer’s timepiece. Definitely an ode to time passing in more ways than the obvious. Tick, Tock. It’s my birthday on Tuesday. Another year. Bring it on. That rough edge is a lot like the bravery I saw when I watched the film Everest. A documentary about risking everything to reach your dreams and the heart wrenching catastrophes that happen when making the choice to go on an adventure like that. With all do respect I’d rather wear the Guess watch.
Things tend to cycle around and go through a type of rebirth. Relationships, the waves washing up on shore, fall – my favorite season, and fashion is of course cyclical. When I saw the Brooks Heritage collection I just about died. It SPOKE to me. I saw history, vintage colors, thick soles reminiscent of the early running shoes and something you may actually have worn to do aerobics in at one point. I am in lust with these shoes and have a hard time not justifying them with everything I wear.
So everything old is new again. Enjoy your Fall people and get through the harsh winter with the thought that Summer is just around the bend and next year… hopefully it’ll stick around a little longer.
What I’m Wearing
Shirt by Spier and Mackay
Raw denim by J. Crew
Shoes by Brooks Heritage Collection
Watch by Guess Watches
Images by Matthew St. James