Showing posts with label Phineas Cole. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Phineas Cole. Show all posts

Monday, August 9, 2010

My Kind Of Denim Shirt

Despite owning a few denim shirts (not that many, but a decent amount), a part of me still associates them with casual Friday in my hometown's public school system.  See, on Friday teachers were allowed to "dress down" in a department of education certified/branded denim shirt.  As you can imagine they were ugly as sin.  It doesn't take a style blog or a GQ subscription to know that most denim shirts look like shit and for the longest time that's pretty much all I thought.  Over the years I eventually came around to various classic takes on this cotton style of shirting and you may have as well - this is, of course, discounting those of you who were delivered in the wilderness by a doctor (and part-time lumberjack) wearing Red Wings and instantly draped in selvedge chambray courtesy of OshKosh B'Gosh.  So yeah, Paul Stewart/Phineas Cole has just put up their first F/W 2010 arrivals and I'll be damned if they don't have the best denim shirt I've seen in a long time, possibly ever.  They did up their signature Nigel shirt in denim the only way they know how - Italian cotton, cutaway collar, French cuff, and single needle tailoring.  I could probably do without the French cuffs and a price tag that reads a little too rich for my blood, but this could also be the only denim shirt you ever buy so there's that to consider.  Combinations like this fire on all cylinders for me personally, but I get how it's an acquired taste.  Some guys wouldn't be caught dead in a denim shirt, let one of the dress shirt variety (PC claims this can work for sport too - French cuffs claim otherwise), so feel free to disregard if you're can't shake the faculty lounge masses working for the weekend.


-L.A.S

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Spread Offense

As I've mentioned recently I have become extremely drawn to fine European tailoring much more so than usual.  My decidedly American wardrobe is great and all, but my current desire to add a little diversity by way of our sartorial brethren from across the pond has been very strong.  Since I have no need, and no means for that matter, to start buying up suits I figured I would start looking at some dress shirts.

Most of my shirts, both dress and sport alike, are button down collar and while they are something every guy should have in his closet a spread or cutaway collar seems like a real bold alternative right about now.  The flair and personality of the spread collar has this great aesthetic appeal that the button down collar cannot match (take into account different strokes for different folks).  It's not so much an argument or competition in my mind as it is an attitude thing.  Certain kits just call for something other than a white bread, standard button down.  Phineas Cole, Paul Stewart's "younger" more fitted line, has some S/S shirting that looks pretty damn tasty and the collection is flush with the kind of collars you'd see all over The Sartorialist.  The only downside is the obvious - the prices reflect the Paul Stewart name and are north of $200 a shirt.  Anyhow, these vibrant stripes, gingham's and tattersall's would work quite well during the 9-5 and after (a look you can often catch Bastian in).

 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

-L.A.S