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(Note: This is part of a very cool project called A Sartorial et al. in which a bunch of style bloggers get together to offer a number of opinions on a certain subject. This time around, it’s Dockers slim fit khakis. You can see the whole list of people who participated over at A Headlong Dive. Many thanks to Jeremiah for putting the whole thing together.)


I recently added these khaki waders to my arsenal and I’ve gotta say, they’re a pretty solid pair of chinos. The fit is slim with a slight taper–7.5″ leg opening on a size 32–that works well with the intentionally ankle-length inseam.

They’re made of a nicely washed cotton twill, and details like a patch coin pocket on the left hip and angled back welt pockets are thoughtful and well appreciated. An impressive showing, especially considering the sub-$50 price point.

A note for the future to the folks at Dockers–I’d love to see a pair of these come out with a very slightly higher rise, and a deep fold-over hem (as opposed to the smaller, jean-like one on the current version). Just my $0.02.

I’ve actually managed to break these out a few times since I got them despite the cold weather thanks to the ankle-saving power of wool socks. Come spring, though, I fully expect them to become a consistent part of the rotation, probably along with my canoe mocs and a lighter-weight oxford like in the shots.

I went for the muted side of the spectrum with the pair shown here (in “Earth”), but there’s a ton of colors for the very similar SF Tapered fit available online. Green may be joining the rotation soon.

Now go check out the other coverage on A Headlong Dive, from the aforementioned Jeremiah, plus _The Momentum, Dreams of Perfection, Red Clay Soul, Gabe Alonso, and Dapper Demeanor.

—Jonathan

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These shots from Left Field NYC’s recently released AW 11 lookbook made their way around the blogoverse already, but I’m putting up a few of my favorites nonetheless–just because I like ‘em. Call me a sucker for sturdy looking textiles and proper photography, but the detail pictures of the garments just did me in.

Some brief context: The AW collection is (like all of Left Field’s collections) made entirely in the US. Fabrics are sourced from the States and Japan, and the lookbook was shot in an old motorcycle parts warehouse in Ohio.

And with that, the rest of my favorite photos:

While the collection showcased here won’t be available for a few months, be sure to hit up Left Field NYC’s online shop now to take a look at the current offerings. If you like what you see for fall, I assure you you’ll dig the spring stuff as well.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Left Field NYC)

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Left Field NYC is a Brooklyn-based label who’s stock in trade is heritage inspired clothing that’s both good looking and good for the planet. Produced sustainably, and with an eye for making old-timey styling wearable in the modern world, their wares are high on my list of “Things to Get Off My Ass and Acquire, Already.”

While you may or may not maintain a similarly titled list, Left Field is definitely a brand that should be on your radar. And with a new, well-curated online shop that makes their goods available to the intertubes at large, there’s a strong argument that they should be in your closet as well.

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If you’re searching for evidence, look no further than their chinos. Made in NYC from organic cotton canvas woven by the fine folks at Cone Mills, they come complete with eco- and style-friendly details like sustainable Corozo nut buttons and Japanese chambray pockets.

They’re done up in a universally flattering slim-straight cut, and with a relatively bold burgundy as well as a more subtle caramel on offer for color options, there’s something to satisfy the adventurous and the understated alike.

imageThey hit at $150, which is just about what you’d expect considering the pedigree of the materials and the stateside production. Head on over to Left Field’s online shop to grab a pair for yourself, and feel free to grab a burgundy pair for me. ‘Tis the season, after all…

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Left Field NYC)

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As of this week, Baldwin is expanding beyond jeans and releasing a full on collection of well-executed wardrobe staples. The bulk of the line consists of shirting, chinos, ties, and jackets, as well as jeans (of course). There’s also a shoe, a weekender bag, a suit, and a hat in the mix.

This is all very good news, because the line is both sharp as hell and eminently wearable. And from the looks of it, the fit is spot-on. Bonus: Everything is made in the US.

So yes, I’m pretty damn impressed with what Baldwin’s done here. They idn’t just hit the ball out of the park, they tore the leather off the thing.

I’ll take one of everything and two of the khakis and the olive drab jacket, please.

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Take a quick jump over to the venerable Secret Forts to read a great write up and see a list of retailers that will carry the line. If you’re not near any of the brick and mortar spots (like me), hit up the website.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Baldwin via Secret Forts)

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After much anticipation, Run of the Mill Shop has finally opened it’s doors (in the proverbial sense, as it’s all online). ROTM is the product of three fellow men’s style bloggers: Lawrence of Sartorially Inclined,  Jeremy of Start With Typewriters, and Jon of Getting Beat Like You Stole Something. They decided to set up a venue to showcase some of their personal favorite gear, and that’s how this beast was born.

I’m pleased to say, they’ve come out swinging with a capsule collection of six exclusive pieces by Mark McNairy. Though they aren’t all 100% up my alley, they’re all damn fine items in their own right (just because I personally can’t pull off digi-camo cargos doesn’t mean there aren’t those out there who can rock them with panache). And fully half of the pieces–the three you see above–are spot on for my tastes. They’d also play perfectly together in a single outfit. That is pretty awesome.

And it’s also the inspiration for the debut installment of a new segment showcasing pieces that just beg to be worn together. We’ll see how often it actually happens (hopefully a lot), but that’s a question for later. For now, welcome to Outfitted: Run of the Mill Shop + Mark McNairy Edition.

In terms of my reasoning for this outfit, I just think it’s a great combination of old-school inspiration and modern execution. All the pieces are, at their core at least, classics: You’ve got an oxford, chinos, and longwings. But there are definitely some twists and turns along the way. And that’s what keeps it interesting.

Let’s start from the top.

The Red University Stripe Oxford ($135) is actually genuinely classic through and through. The ROTM/McNairy team just had the presence of mind to give it to us in a decent fit and Japanese cotton. Both a plus.

It’s also kind of an anchor piece for the entire look. Because it isn’t too far out, you’re able to get a bit more leeway on the pants and shoes without coming off garish or looking like you’re trying too hard.

And that leeway is a good thing, because the shirt allows the Navy 8 Pocket Cargo ($238) to pop instead of fighting with them for attention. The reason I dig the navy version so much and wouldn’t go for the aforementioned digital camo version of these pants is because I tend to feel that a piece should usually only push the envelope in one aspect. Lots of adornment or general construction-based detailing like, say, 8 freaking pockets? Probably want to go for a more subdued hue like navy.

But the digi camo is pretty much balls out on both fronts, and that’s too much for me. Now, this is just my own personal take on how I’d choose to dress myself. Some people can really rock the go-to-hell combo of eye-blistering print and intense construction. A fuck-ton of pockets on an otherwise classic navy chino is enough of a twist for for me though.

Aside from the way they work in terms of demand for attention, I think the proportions of the shirt and pants match well. Both seem pretty damn trim, and the shirt looks to have long enough tails that you could tuck it in to a low-rise pant (8″ in the front) without constantly having it slip out. Practicality!

On to the shoes: the Loden Green Suede Longwing ($350):

Yes, they’re green suede, which you’d think would be kind of nuts until you see them and realize it just happens to look really good and notice that this particular Loden Green pairs very well with the navy pants. The natural crepe sole is so neutral that it could work with just about anything. But here it lightens up the look of the shoe overall while giving them a sort of military-explorer feel (desert boots anyone?) to go with the cargos. The round hiking boot style laces keep the explorer-cum-style-junkie vibe going all the way to the end.

In terms of construction: it’s all gonna be top notch. The shirt and pants are both made in the USA, the shoes are bench made in England and feature a Goodyear welt, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about McNairy’s quality standards.

Get yourself over to the site to check out the other pieces (there are double monks) before they sell out. Which I’m pretty certain they’re all going to do.

—Jonathan

(Images courtesy of Run of the Mill Shop)

Ed’s Note: I’m usually anti-cargo and much more for shortwings than longwings, so I’m especially impressed by how much I like these pieces. Well played indeed, ROTM and Mr. McNairy.

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