Sure, sometimes we feature expensive items on the site. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t look sharp and stylish without breaking the bank.
Vintage shopping, in combination with tailoring, is a great way to find unique, inexpensive pieces to add some personality to your wardrobe.
Here the SB Team shows you how to go to full-vintage in style.
1. Westley – Layered Business Casual
Of the crew, I think Wes has the best eye for finding cool, wearable vintage pieces. He lives in a neighbourhood with some great shops and pops in on a regular basis.
“Frequency is key…you never know what your going to find on a given day”.
It’s the perfect take on a classic navy peacoat. The design details are awesome: brass crest-engraved buttons, hidden zipper side-vents, western shaped button-through pocket flaps, metal anchors for old badges/medals, and of course it’s made from a super sturdy and durable military wool.
My favorite detail, though, is the split side panel. See the “princess” seams curving down the back side-body of the jacket? That’s brilliant pattern-making which ads shape to the jacket allowing for a smoother transition, and greater difference, from chest size to waist size. Visually, these seams give the wearer a more “fit” and “authoratative” appearance. Notice how the jacket hugs his body and follows the curve of his lower back, even with the jacket worn open!
These are details you would only find on high-end designer jackets today, for $1,500+. He paid less than $100.
This vest was a couple dollars, but Wes makes it look like Michael Bastian from Barneys.
“This denim shirt was awesome but it had this huge funky 70′s wing collar. So I cut the collar off and wear the shirt as a band collar/henley now and it’s awesome for layering”.
- Blue down vest Vintage
- Blue officer’s coat (vintage)
- Burgundy tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy
- Grey shawl collar sweater by JCrew
- Khaki chinos (vintage)
- Blue denim shirt Vintage