Tag Archives: Summer

More Belt Back Action

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

The ABW vendor report is in progress, but to tide you over you could pick up your own summer belt back jacket and vest from this eBay auction – pair with your favorite pair of summer trousers, wear together or separate. Size 42, bidding at $99.95 with free shipping…not quite the steal from Chelsea’s, but cheaper than flying to Cleveland!

$_57

$_57

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Vintage Brooks Brothers Linen Suit

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

It’s never too late in the season to pick up a proper summer suit and this vintage Brooks Brothers linen suit is no exception (ignore the ill fit on the model, poor guy) – the seller is dating this as 1920′s or 1930′s, but, regardless of decade, this is a quality suit. Looks to be around a 42/44 jacket with a 36 inch waist and a 30.5 inch inseam with a solid 2 inches to let out. SOLID.

If only they had just left that button unbuttoned...

If only they had just left that button unbuttoned…

Bonus: buttons for braces

Bonus: buttons for braces

Johnston & Murphey Holbrook Linen Cap Toe

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

BEHOLD! I give you this glorious new shoe from Johnston & Murphey – the Holbrook Linen Cap Toe! I can’t think of many other shoes more worthy of a linen or seersucker suit. Gents, this is one snappy shoe.

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1930′s and 40′s Suiting on eBay

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

All of a sudden, there was an influx of men’s 1930′s suits on eBay, including some lovely summer weight suits. Let’s get started:

Linen suit with belt back

Linen suit with belt back, size 36, starting bid $49.99

Palm Beach suit, size 40, bidding at $9.00

Palm Beach suit, size 40, bidding at $9.00

Another size 40 belt back suit, with accompanying cigar from that era?  Gross...LOL

Another size 40 belt back suit, with accompanying cigar from that era? Gross…LOL

Summer belt back suit, size 38, bidding at $86.00

Summer belt back suit, size 38, bidding at $86.00

1936 three-piece suit, size 38, bidding at $168.01

1936 three-piece suit, size 38, bidding at $168.01

Navy tux, size 42, Buy it Now for $135.00

Navy tux, size 42, Buy it Now for $135.00

30′s/40′s Belt Back Summer Suit

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

While fall is upon us, I couldn’t help posting this fantastic 30′s/40′s belt back summer weight suit, size 40 jacket with a 33 inch waist in the pants. Man, this suit looks great – I had hoped it would fit my husband, but there’s less than an inch to let out in the pants. Now that I’m not hoarding it, someone else should pick it up. ;)

Seersucker

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

I do love a man in seersucker - there is something so refreshing about abandoning the typical dark male color scheme in favor of bright white, a touch of color, and some usually bright male accessories. It is such a stark contrast that I am afraid it has been relegated to dandies, preppy frat guys, and Southern lawyers (in my experience – if you go to the courthouse in July, you will be in the minority if you are not wearing seersucker, at least in my jurisdiction!) – which is a shame, because it’s a really versatile fabric.

One of the big complaints I hear from the gents is that jackets are so heavy and cumbersome to dance in – here’s a lightweight, time-tested alternative, so maybe give it a whirl? Seersucker is also fairly easy to care for and is usually wash and wear, no ironing necessary, due to the fabric’s puckered texture.

You don’t have to don wingtips and a boater to pull off seersucker – here are some ideas from eBay for seersucker garments to try to work into your wardrobe:

Your standard blue seersucker suit – 42R on eBay, bidding at $20.50!

I always like finding non-traditional seersucker colors – here’s a pair of trousers in gray and white seersucker

There are a bazillion of these JoS A. Bank trousers on eBay in every size, $50 including shipping

Red seersucker trousers – I would ditch the shoes and the shirt, but I do like the red belt with this

This Stacy Adams blazer has a slightly different take on the seersucker stripe – subtle, but with more color

Black and white seersucker suit – not sure if this looks too “train conductor”…

American Apparel short sleeve seersucker shirt – definitely an upgrade from a tee shirt ;)

Anna Chocola – Summer Cloches

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

In my quest for 1920′s cloches on eBay, I stumbled upon a cloche that looked like it could have been vintage from the thumbnail, but up close it was clearly new, but…it had that thing about it that made it a really good hat on its own. I find a lot of straw cloches for summer (Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, etc.), but rarely, if ever, do I see a modern cloche made of fabric that doesn’t look like…a turban, or something odd.

Anna Chocola‘s cloches look comfortable and cheerful, with a great shapes and lots of wonderful details – this is what led me to believe, at a distance, that a particular cloche of her design was vintage. The model for the shape of her hats is her great-grandmother’s cloche.

I am also thinking that a cotton cloche may be more versatile and danceable than a straw one – you’d have the advantage of keeping a vintage look, with the functionality of a cotton hat. I’m thinking, in particular, of one gent I know who has a supply of cotton newsboy caps that he brings and trades out at exchanges after they get too sweaty, then throws them in the wash when he gets home. I suppose we’d have to check with Ms. Chocola about how the hats would fare being washed, but I do like thinking that there is that possibility…

Here’s what I’m loving from her eBay store:

Choche with blue and white polka dots

A wonderful rose print cloche

Floral cloche

I would wear this one with a Hello Kitty pin or brooch on the side ;)

1930′s Dotted Swiss Dress

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

The weather is freezing here, so of course I want to be in a sundress or something like this 1930′s dotted swiss dress, with adorable double piping, Peter Pan collar, and fauxlero detail! Someone buy this and whisk me away to a warmer destination…with a $14.00 starting bid this could be a steal. ;)

H&M Floral Jumpsuit Search

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

My search results have been futile, even with the help of my wonderful friends via Facebook, for this fantastic jumpsuit from H&M, which appears to have come out sometime just prior to August, 2011. The jumper, pictured here and modeled by the stylish author shown as SP in this article, is identified as part of a trend towards 1970′s clothing, but the cut and design of this jumper, with the floaty sleeves, cinched waist, and, wide legs is more 70′s does 1930′s beach pajamas. Beach pajamas at H&M in an adorable print? Yes, please!

Can anyone help me find this jumpsuit in my size? The H&M here only had a size 6 left and I’d probably need a size 10, or could alter a size 12. Your assistance would be much appreciated! If you find it in your size, I’d love to see someone else wearing it as well. :)

20% Off All Shabby Apple Dresses

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

Sale alert – all Shabby Apple dresses are now 20% off and the sale will run through the end of July! Just enter the code SUMMER20 at checkout.

Dresses from Shabby Apple

Trashy Diva Summer Prints

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

My love for Trashy Diva and their rayon print dresses knows no bounds. Their latest collection of dresses is no exception, with bright and cheerful summer prints in their classic dress shapes that are so flattering on so many figures. Here are some of my favorites from the collection:

"Day Dress" in Pearl Harbor rayon print - love the Asian toggles on the front and the clean shape of this dress

The "Obi Dress" gets a tropical twist with this leaf printed rayon and a vibrant purple sash

This color is just fantastic - the "Trixie Dress" in wonderful aqua rayon dotted with parrots

Under the Sea

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

I found two dresses on eBay today with a sort of…aquatic theme. The first is this hilarious yet fetching off-white dress with lobster detailing, a cut out midriff, and a matching lobster hat. I’m with the seller on this one, if it would fit I might consider picking this up for a 4th of July gig. The other dress is a wonderful blues-and-greens cocktail dress in a scale patterned rayon. I love that the skirt has two layers and the fabric is just gorgeous!

Summer Spectators

This post was written by Lindy Dandy.

Fall may officially begin with the autumnal equinox, but I know that it still feels like summer for some of you.  These are some dandy brown and white spectators a.k.a. correspondents.  (click the photo for the auction)

Allen Edmonds Broadstreet US Size 9C, starting at $15.99

Summer’s still on my mind (since I’ve missed it all while on deployment).  I’m picturing this under a cool-wearing linen or seersucker suit, white shirt, no tie and a panama hat.  Oh well, they’ll be ready for you for next summer.

Happy hunting!

Martin + Osa 50% off

This post was written by Lindy Dandy.

Seems like Memorial Day Weekend is the weekend to shop.

Have you heard of Martin + Osa?  Basically, it’s Abercrombie and Fitch’s answer to J.Crew and Banana Republic.  I’ve always liked the store, but usually found it outside my range of affordability.  This weekend, though, their entire stock is 50% off with free shipping on orders over $100.  Footwear is also on sale including Converse Jack Purcells, Sperry Top-Siders and Havainas flip-flops.  Like J.Crew and the like, their stock has a preppy American aesthetic with slimmer fits.

There are lots of summer fabrics here: cotton, linen, seersucker, gingham, chambray.  They’ve got polos, sport shirts, western shirts, chinos and nice, trim shorts.

SLUB COTTON MILITARY POLO

BROKEN-IN BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR GINGHAM SHIRT

GARMENT-DYED LINEN STRAIGHT COLLAR SHIRT

SEERSUCKER SHORT

TOOTHPICK STRIPED SHORT

I’m buying a couple linen shirts; they’re my favorite for afternoon dances.

Ladies, like I mentioned, their entire stock is on sale.

Memorial Day Deals at LL Bean Signature

This post was written by Lindy Dandy.

The L.L. Bean Signature line has a 30% off deal that’s valid through Memorial Day.

L.L. Bean?  As in that company that sells outdoorsy clothing through catalogs?  Yup, that’s the one.  You might recognize their Bean Boots, a Trad/WASP-y staple.

Very recently, L.L. Bean teamed up with Alex Carleton (of Rogues Gallery) to update its classic American sportswear with modern design ideas (particularly regarding fit).  The result are familiar, classic pieces with a trimmer fit.

Here are a couple polos and shirts that would look good on and off a casual dance floor this summer.

Casco Bay Striped Polo

Casco Bay Polo

Sportsman's Shirt