I recently came thrifted a men’s large medium blue L.L. Bean goose down vest for $7.99 The vest was made in Freeport, Maine before the company began outsourcing more of its production.
The vest has a nylon shell and lining and a 100% goose down filling that will provide great warmth in the winter months. The vest has snap buttons on the front and does not have a zipper. It also has two ample non-zipping front pockets for storing keys and other items.
We’ve been having some cooler fall weather lately in New York City. Today it was overcast and actually a bit chilly in the late afternoon when I went out to run a few errands. I didn’t want to wear a coat. So I just threw a lightweight down vest on top of my shirt and sweater, turning the shirt cuffs back over the sweater and pushing the sleeves up a bit.
The total cost of all three items was less than $20.00: goose down vest from L.L. Bean ($7.99), 100% lambswool v-neck sweater from Cullen, a brand I’ve never heard of before ($4.99) and 100% oxford cloth button down from Gap ($2.99). While Gap is not an overly preppy company, their button down was very well-made, and the price made it impossible not to buy. I got everything at Unique thrift store (which I post about prolifically) in my neighborhood.
The preppy look never really changes. Of course, there have been some trendy tweaks recently by Tommy Hilfiger and Thom Browne among others. Their “preppy updates” were intended to gain traction with a younger consumer base after hipsters began raiding vintage shops and thrift stores, looking to make an ironic statement. It was not long before big names in the hip hop world began sporting the look. All of this doesn’t phase me. I simply like the classic, timeless preppy style I’ve always known – which is well-made clothes without gee gaws or doo dads. The way I dress hasn’t changed in any important way since college, aside from the addition of more suits or cap toe dress shoes.