All Vintage Everything

April 3rd, 2012

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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. 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”.

He’s found some truly awesome pieces. This military officer’s coat, for example, is one of the coolest vintage pieces I’ve seen.

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.

Second-hand shops are usually full of eccentric “statement” pieces. The real trick is combining these with more versatile everyday pieces, like the neutral shawl sweater and basic chinos.

This vest was a couple dollars, but Wes makes it look like Michael Bastian from Barneys.

The best part is, since you didn’t pay much for it, you don’t have to be afraid to change or alter it.

“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”.

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  • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

    Everything looks great except for Towni below the waist. The only good use for those camo pants is hiding sh*t stains.

  • Mondo

    Sharp all around. Haven’t been digging in a while.

  • Stephen

    interesting article. great job with the pictures.hate the camo pants, but love the tweed jacket and the saddle shoes.

  • April M

    @ TO and style blogger,

    I really think sb and his friends are incredibly well dressed and have great style. Sb most of the time is wearing MAB or some other expensive brand. What would be a cool is to have Dan wear his ” high end ” outfits and have him do a similar look with companies like banana republic, gap, club monaco etc. I’m sure not every reader has access to all the great shops in NYC. Just a suggestion. Magazines like ” In Touch ” do it all the time. Dress like this celebrity for less. I think it would be cool. Would love to hear what everyone else thinks.

  • D

    This is probably the most handsome post of Alex I’ve seen. Don’t know what it is, but he’s looking a lot better than before. Kudos to him, and the rest of the crew!

  • Anonymous

    With these looks i would be scared about being seen as an asshole

    • SB

      Ahh the irony.

      Thanks for reading brother.


      • LK

        If you’re scared about looking like an asshole, then you probably will. Wear these outfits with subtle confidence and don’t let the pieces wear you.

  • GrafZahl

    Love the Harris Tweed Jacket and the fit seems to be perfect!


    The dial of the vintage Datejust is not a tuxedo dial.
    This is a Rolex tux dial:
    In steel

    and in steel/gold


  • Matt D

    Townie with the camo! Flashin!

  • Ambyr

    I think I’m having a jacket crush here. I really love that navy peacoat, blue/yellow varsity jacket and the brown tweed blazer. They’re all so chic and nicely taken care of.


  • Ed

    Great Stuff!!! Cheers!!!

  • Ángel

    loove this post!

  • Adyna

    by the way…Wes! you`re hair looks great, like the haircut!

  • TO

    Wes’ coat should be donated to the FIT menswear program…too sick with all that detailing. Been looking for that perfect vintage down vest find; cutting off the shirt collar=genius! Towni kills the Mcnasty look with extra shine to boot! (or to shoe lol) Dj looks like he is straight out of Hoosiers (in the best way possible) and Alex’s watch is one vintage item I would sure like to have! All around sick looks fellas! Let me know if you plan an all-vintage post again;)

  • Caroline | Back Down South

    One of my favorites posts here so far! Would love to know the names of some good thrifting spots in NYC!

  • Anh Nguyen

    A beautiful post, love all the looks, except Dan’s LOL
    respect from australia

  • Andrew

    Hey Dan, may I ask where these mentioned vintage stores are? Most of the ones I spot are crap, and the Internet sites don’t really direct me to great places.

  • T

    While this post is a refreshing change from your usual high-end-centric posts, what I would REALLY like to see is a post that involves outfits from mall stores–stores like Gap, Banana Republic, JC Penney, Macy’s–that pretty much all of your readers have access to and can afford.

  • Dylan

    Wes cut his hair?! Never thought I’d see that. Great looks, and post.