At The Nearly New Shop in Greenville, SC last week, I found a very comfortable Madras plaid short sleeve button down shirt from Gant. I combined that with a pair of Merona all cotton plain front khaki shorts that I bought last spring at Unique Thrift Store in Riverdale, NY. The Bass Weejuns were a recent find as well at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Greenville. The leather leather belt is about 10 years old, and I don’t remember where I got it.
Now that we’re past Memorial Day, the color barrage begins. It’s full on madras go-to-hell season, and the colors run bold. A few months ago, I thrifted a great pair of flat front 100% cotton madras plaid Bermuda shorts from Lands’ End. The color pattern is red, navy, yellow and white. I also thrifted a braided cotton belt with leather tabs (unknown maker) of very good quality. Yesterday, I got a shirt that finishes off the quintessential look of summer – a short sleeved navy Lacoste that I bought on eBay. These items can be worn with Sperry Topsiders (leather or canvas), Weejuns or Bean Blucher Moccasins.
Lands’ End Madras Shorts: $15.00
Braided Cotton Belt (Leather Tabs): $4.99
Lacoste Shirt: $16.00
Total of all items: $35.99 (less than 1/2 the cost of a new Lacoste at retail).