Monday, May 30, 2011

John F. Kennedy Jr. Style

I wish John Jr. were still alive. 

How to dress like Barack Obama - Barack Obama fashion style

Barack Obama has a great sense of style.

A Guide to Barack Obama's Fashion

Askmen: Barack Obama watch

Now you own the same watch that Barack Obama wears - $325 from Jorg Gray.

"This watch, with the official U.S. Secret Service seal, is only available at the Service’s employee store. You, however, can have the same watch, sans the seal, for almost the same price. And you can even have your own design placed on the dial. The special nature of this watch jumped tenfold when the agents guarding Barack Obama gave him one as a gift. Since then, Obama has been seen wearing it regularly.

The watch of the United States Secret Service, the JGC6500 chronograph is an oversize, 41 mm stainless steel chronograph with a screw-down case back and is water tight to 100 meters. The domed crystal is high-impact, scratch resistant mineral crystal, and what sits below is sheer simplicity. The chronograph’s functions are powered by the OS20 movement from Japan. The left sub-dial tracks minutes, the low center sub-dial tracks seconds, while the right sub-dial serves as a 24-hour clock that's perfect for international travel. The date window rests at an angle between the four- and the five-hour positions. The black strap is Italian Buffalo leather."

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Also, here's an article with an extensive amount of detail on all the watches that Obama has worn over the years:

Unabashedly Prep: Top Drawer

Unabashedly Prep: Schott Pea Coat - the real deal

Schott’s Slim Fitting Wool Peacoat for men and Women’s Lightweight Fitted Pea Coat are a smart updated twist on their classic peacoat. Complete with metal buttons and 24 oz. Melton wool (as opposed to 32 oz.), it’s the coat all the big name designers pulled from in churning out their offerings this year.

The term “pea coat” is believed to have stemmed from the Dutch word “pij,” meaning coarse wool. It was later referred to as a pilot’s jacket and then shortened to p-jacket before eventually morphing into the term “pea coat.”

Schott’s heritage is a true-blue, real-deal, piece of Americana. The iconic styles produced by hand for nearly 100 years have become infused in American culture and have served as battle flags for the American spirit. As the country and the world turned its attention overseas, so did Schott. On deck, servicemen kept out the cold with Schott's classic melton wool naval pea coat. Rugged and warm, these wool coats would be produced by Schott for the US Military for the next 60 years.

Amazing in its own right, Schott NYC (Facebook/Twitter) is still owned and run by the third and fourth generations of the Schott family who still manufacture most of their clothing in the United States. In an old brick building the classic styles that have, and will continue to, connect with the American spirit are cut and sewn by the hands of trained craftspeople. The sense of pride in country is behind every pea coat’s anchor buttons. The courage to face the uncertainty on the open road and all the freedom that comes with it, is in the hearts of the Schott family as they look towards the future.

Note customer feedback:
"I am an unusual size in respect to ordering clothing. I am 6'0" but my arm length sleeve length is not the standard. I ordered as instructed with chest measurements and all and added additional 2 inches to order after talking to constumer relations and after receiving my jacket wool jacket I am over joyed with the perfect fit. Sizes are for the average individual. If you are slightly irregular order one to two sizes bigger and you will be happy."

Unabashedly Prep: The White Buck

Unabashedly Prep: Dress Code - Top Drawer

1. Levi’s 501 jean
2. Ralph Lauren double monk straps
3. Tory leather equestrian belt
4. Randolph Engineering aviators
5. Cotton pocket square
6. Timex Easy Reader watch w/J.Crew nylon strap
7. Ascot Chang bengal stripe shirt (bespoke, $300)
8. Ralph Lauren Purple Label club tie
9. Smathers & Branson needlepoint wallet
10. Rugby linen/silk/wool herringbone jacket

1. Rugby navy silk knit tie
2. Rugby linen/silk/wool herringbone jacket
3. Smathers & Branson surcingle needlepoint belt (monogrammed)
4. Brooks Brothers university stripe oxford cloth button down shirt
5. Eyebobs tortoise shell eyeglasses
6. Tommy Hilfiger white bucks
7. Timex Easy Reader watch w/J.Crew nylon strap
8. J.McLaughlin gingham pocket square Hand-rolled edges with contrast stitching. It’s that attention to detail I appreciate in J.McLaughlin’s accessories.
9. Rugby chinos in go-to-hell hue

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Esquire: Michael Bastian at Home

Unabashedly Prep: 60/40 Dress Code

Valet Mag: Summer in Camelot

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, but it's also John F. Kennedy's birthday. And who better to model your easy-going summer style after than JFK? Sure, he was a sharp dresser when it came to suits, but the president was more known for his comfortable nautical style, which he developed while sailing around Cape Cod. Broken-in chinos, salt-washed polos and cotton cardigans topped with tortoiseshell shades and grounded with pragmatic boat shoes or canvas sneakers. They're the kind of effortless, masculine duds that looked just as timeless in the 1960s as they do right now.

All about Trench Coats

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WSJ: Out, Out, Pesky Sweat Stains

Coming soon, heat, haze, humidity—and underarm stains.  With summer a little more than a month away, count on sweating ruining at least one shirt with a yellow armpit stain. It's often a bigger problem for men: Remove the sport coat and there's that embarrassing reveal of twin sweat circles, dashing the whole power suit image.

Brooklyn Preppy

How to dress like JFK - John F. Kennedy - Style Icon

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Find your presidential style with this quick guide to John F. Kennedy style. It's no secret that John F. Kennedy was quite the ladies' man, and it wasn't just because he was the leader of the free world at the time; it was also his impeccable sense of style. John F. Kennedy's style was standard fare for men of the 1960's; for public occasions, John F. Kennedy's style called for a suit and tie, usually dark drown, black or blue-sometimes something in pinstripe-that is tailored to create a boxy silhouette that will draw attention to the broad shoulders and face. When it comes to casual wear, John F. Kennedy's style can best be described as country club chic. To get John F. Kennedy's style, you're going to ditch your jeans and T-shirts and replace them with soft linen or cotton pants and polo shirts to create a look that's comfortable but still looks polished and sharp.
  1. Get your suits tailored. The key to John F. Kennedy's style is to have a well-tailored suit. While John F. Kennedy didn't have a specific designer for his suits, he did favor the styles that were made by Brooks Brothers. John F. Kennedy's suits were conservatively tailored, single breasted suits, that were cut wide through the shoulders to give a boxy silhouette and draw the attention to the upper body and the face. John F. Kennedy's style was also heavy on the pin stripes. A navy blue suit with a thin, white pin stripe was something that the president was fond of. You can pull your version of John F. Kennedy's style together with a classic white collared shirt and a smashing tie. For footwear, his style was equally conservative. John F. Kennedy stuck with standard black or brown dress shoes or loafers to pull the look together.
  2. Ditch the jeans, and break out the casual slacks. Even for casual affairs, his style had an air of sophistication to it. When you're applying John F. Kennedy's style to your casual wear, think country club. Replace your jeans with a pair of khakis or white or light brown casual slacks. Brands like Dockers or Chinos are good candidates for emulating John F. Kennedy's style. Top your casual slacks with a lightweight, cotton button up shirt or a polo shirt worn open with the collar open. The casual side of John F. Kennedy's style can also be topped with a sweater vest or light casual jacket for cooler evenings out on the veranda. The footwear side of casual John F. Kennedy style tends to be a bit more sporty consisting of canvas deck shoes for on the boat, or leather moccasins or spike-less golf shoes

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Allen Edmonds Walden - $225

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