Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blackwatch Trend Watch

I have been seeing Blackwatch EVERYTHING lately.  Sport coats, jackets, pants, shirts, bags, name it.  Plaid is back and Blackwatch is leading the way.

The Style Guy
I believe this picture is where the trend started.  Glenn O'Brien wearing his Blackwatch mack.  This picture was taken a few years ago, I'm not exactly sure when, so it's interesting that one person can start a whole trend of companies making clothing with the Blackwatch tartan.  {If you don't think that this picture started the Blackwatch trend, then I would like to know your theory.}
Blackwatch Tartan PVC Tablecloth Click image for a larger view
Just because

Bean Value.  Last Christmas I knew Blackwatch was going going to be a trend {it's not hard to see}, so I got my father a Blackwatch flannel shirt from L.L. Bean.

  Well what do you know, Blackwatch blew up and my father got in on the ground floor {thanks to me}.  But my father has some style himself and I know a lot of guys get some their style from their father, it's only natural.

  Another point is people sporting trends without knowing it.  I think it's hilarious when I see someone wearing something that's popular right now, but has no idea.  My father bought a Filson vest last Autumn and wears it on the regular.  But he doesn't know that Americana/heritage stuff is back.  He just wears it.  You see a lot of old folks wearing things that are in style right now and I love it.  If they only knew.

  Interestingly enough, my family tartan, the clan Keith tartan, is very similar to the Backwatch pattern.  Turns out that my family has been trending for centuries.  I would suggest, that if you are of Scottish decent and your family has a tartan, to wear something with that before jumping on the Blackwatch trend.  You can start with a tie and work your way up from there.  If your family doesn't have a tartan, there are other options, you don't have to be a slave to fashion.

Keith Modern Tartan
Black Watch Large Check Tartan

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fresh way to tie a scarf

Now that a chill is in the air, a fresh way to tie a scarf.
Via The Sartorialist.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wanna buy a duck?

I recently did some Autumn clothes purging.  I filled three trash bags full of clothes I don't wear, won't wear, and can't fit into and brought them to the nearest clothing donation box.  Parting is such sweet sorrow but we'll always have the memories, and Paris...

But there are some items I can't just "throw away".  A leather jacket, a gray suit, a tuxedo, etc.  But it's come to the point where I have enough clothes, damnit.  These chosen few articles are walking the fine line.  Too good to toss, just a bit outdated, or the fit is I really don't wear anymore are going up for bid on eBay.

I've bought things on eBay before but never sold anything.  The first two things up for bid are the tuxedo and the leather jacket.  I already have a tux and was given this second one.  There is no good reason I should have two tuxedos.  As for the leather jacket, it was an impulse buy.  I had wanted to upgrade my leather jacket from the XL brown bomber jacket I got a Sears in '00 to a black 'hipster' jacket (because in hits at the hips, not because a hipster would wear it).  For some reason I just had to have August of '05.  And I don't wear it anymore, my tastes and styles have changed.  There are other items to come but these are the two that I've put up for bid now.

I don't need two tuxedos

I can do better