Vintage Trouser Style : Rolled Up Cuffs

Perusing my cache of favorite street style blogs today, I came across this image and was smitten. I adore how she decided (fabulously so) to rock a pair of men’s vintage wool trousers but instead of letting them hang limply at normal length, she simply rolled up the hems. And the leather Oxford loafers without socks is perfect. It has given me a new reason to think twice about wearing men’s pants.

Image borrowed from the amazing Sartorialist. Followed by similar pairs you can buy for yourself! From our website, per usual. Cheers.

Vintage Pea Coats. Always Modern.

Even though the weather is incrementally getting warmer, we are still selling lots of vintage pea coats. These coats have a such a rich history and give off an amazing, instant style aesthetic. Originally made for British and Dutch Naval men as far back as the 1700’s (!!), these incredibly heavyweight wool coats were constructed especially for brisk ship weather. Over the decades, small changes have incurred. For example, pea coats of the 1940’s have fantastic thick corduroy-lined pockets. Coats made in the 50’s and later did not receive the same special treatment and their pockets are simply lined in cotton. The number of buttons along the standard double breasted fronts have varied in numbers from six to eight. Many attributes have remained exactly the same. The deep navy blue or black color is standard, as is the overall cut and style of the coats. Oftentimes, the only way to accurately date a pea coat is by the tag, if it is still intact.

Today, the pea coats still serve their original purposes for military men and women all over the world. And for those of us who just want to walk the streets in style while staying toasty, the pea coat looks dashing and can be paired with causal pants and tops or be classy enough for a night out on the town.

How do you wear your pea coat?

Image from the Sartorialist

Vintage Photos

The photo below was taken from the wonderful Sartorialist’s site. I think it’s such a brilliant idea; peoples from all over scan in their vintage photos, with a little blurb describing as much information as is known about the photo. I thought this particular one was extra cute. Both women’s outfits (cotton bikini top, slacks, saddle shoes and house dress) and the man in his military fit (complete with officer’s cap), their relaxed pose and the 1940’s “Eat More” sign is fantastic.

The sassy woman in the saddle shoes is my grandma Lois. This photograph was probably taken in the 40’s in Yakima Washington. Lois always spoke her mind and was sharp as a whip.

Yay for Chambray

Chambray, a lightweight cotton cloth much resembling denim that made its debut in France back in the late 1600’s, is once again popular on the streets and catwalks. Commonly fashioned into button-up oxfords, short sleeve shirts and summer dresses, vintage versions made with deeply stylized Western yokes and embroidery are abound.

We’re fortunate to have a little cache on the website right now…best to scoop them up while they last. Below are our versions, a modern-day take from NYC company 10 Deep and a dapper young man on the sidewalks of La Paris, who combined his rolled-sleeve Chambray with khaki slacks and chocolate leather loafers, sans socks. Parisian photo courtesy of The Sartorialist.