Sunday, March 08, 2009

Set your clock forward, six decades back.

It seems the new look for men's spring fashion is a resartus of the 1940s/Clark Gable/Howard Hughes/Harrison Ford thing. The key is rumpled comfort. Fabrics that require ironing, have received ironing, and have then had their creases interrupted by wrinkling due to lounging. Alas, even in thrift stores, you can rarely find that kind of jacket or shirt. You can, however, find some more recent vintage stuff using older synthetics that behave the same way. Discard the ones whose cut and color evoke the 60s or 70s.

Two weeks ago, I needed a black jacket for an upscale reception. (Down here, I have little more than t shirts and flip flops.) C found it on the rack at Out of the Closet, the wonderful thrift store in Wilton Manors (Proceeds from Out of the Closet sales directly benefit AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Think Housing Works gone south). It's not from the 40s, but it is a Botany 500 with good approximate attitude. I'm wearing it over a thin white Armani cotton/nylon shirt that demands ironing and sheds it the minute you move, and, charcoal Zegna jeans with subtle purple stitching.

The price of that classic jacket at Out of the Closet? One dollar and six cents.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tony - I see a very dashing photo for the back cover of the book you must soon publish. You look marvelous, darling! - Kevin in Atl.

Anonymous said...

OMG! You look fabulous!

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Birdie said...

Wow. Honey, you are working the camera. Where is your fedora? Love the hair, love the pose. Love this picture.

Java said...

Sexy and thrifty; what a fabulous combination!

Nelly said...

sex-eee!

Anonymous said...

hun i'm a 52R they never have big girl sizes in jackets :-)


chubby hubby

tornwordo said...

You can't beat a one dollar jacket!

Tater said...

*wolf whistle*

Dashing and thrifty. Work.it.

nowholdon said...

I started singing David Bowie
FA FA FA fA FASHION

Homer said...

The thrift stores here in Tucson are always picked over by professional pickers, some of whom ship clothing off to Japan. So there is never anything as nice as that jacket.

David said...

"The price of that classic jacket at Out of the Closet? One dollar and six cents."

That attitudinal posed expression? Priceless.

kitchenbeard said...

I got a suede blazer at one our local Out of the Closet locations.

For $5. I literally said "SQUEEE!"

I also got a gorgeous green trench coat with leather collar and complete lining for $5.

So, yeah, we love them.

BigAssBelle said...

oh my stars, you hot sexy thing! you look . . . delicious.