Layering For Cooler Weather

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.

 

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Lacoste – Croc Hunting Consignment Shop Style

My latest consignment shop find is Quirky Consignments & Collectables in Tarrytown, NY.  They have a great selection of preppy clothes at very reasonable prices (yes, higher than thrift stores, but significantly better than retail).  You’ll find a short review of the shop on my Consignment Shops page.  I found a pink, 2-button, short-sleeved Lacoste for $20.00.  The original asking price was $25.00, but being a cheapskate, I bargained.  The shirt was well worth the price.  It’s practically brand new and shows absolutely no signs of wear.  I’ve been hunting crocs for a while and finally bagged one!  Consider that the regular retail price for this shirt is currently $89.50.  That’s a $69.50 savings!

Lacoste (2-Button, Short-Sleeved and 100% Cotton)

Detail of Lacoste Shirt

Note:  I generally don’t button the Lacoste, but if I do it’s only the first button and never the second.  I tend not to pop my collar on this shirt these days…unless I’m in Connecticut, where such a statement would not only be understood, but also welcomed!

Lacoste - Cap Sleeves With Ribbed Edging

Lacoste Crocodile - Quintessentially Preppy

In the same shop, I also found a J. Crew 100% cotton, long-sleeved, plain collar tattersall shirt with pink and blue stripes for $15.00.  The salesperson wouldn’t budge on that price, and I admit that it was very reasonable.  The shirt was in perfect condition.

J. Crew 100% Cotton Tattersall Shirt

J. Crew Tattersall Shirt - Detail

Of course, the most preppy thing to do with the Lacoste and tattersall shirt is to layer them.  The pink Lacoste is going to look very sharp with this shirt.  Unfortunately, it’s been so hot in New York City in October, that layering anything has been out of the question.  😦  I’d wear this combination with cuffed khakis, the preppy equivalent of blue jeans, and Weejuns without socks.

Preppy Layering - Popping The Lacoste Collar Is Optional

Preppy Layering - Detail

Crocs are very well-behaved creatures, when they’re not looking for something to eat.  But I’d just as soon keep my distance from the real thing, unless, of course, it’s on a shirt.