I've been reading through my copy if Ivy Illustrated regularly and it's definitely been one of the elements that spurred me on to wearing bow ties this season. The simple and small use of colour, material or contrast really can set the tone for the rest of your outfit. Whether you're going formal or sporting denim, the bow tie can play a vital roll. Black watch is one of my favourite patterns around so it's only natural that I'm a fan of it included in some neck wear. As well as Ivy Illustrated highlights the bow tie, it gives praise to J.Press – the two come hand in hand. For under $60 I can't think of a better way to compliment a striped oxford or pair with a plaid club collar.
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Usually when I get an item or two I wear the hell out of them for a few weeks in a row. When I feel like a certain sweater and shirt combination feel right or a particular pant and shoe come together well, I don't hesitate to wear them a couple of times in a week. Lately the EG work shirt and S.N.S Herning Naval sweater have been that combination. September and October are some of the nicest months of the year and I often like to go with a little urban camouflage to match the leaves falling around town. So the Workaday cords in tan and the J. Press socks in a dark olive green paired with the Filson wool hat definitely make me feel at home. To top off the outfit the Duluth for Inventory Items Utility Pack is perfect for this casual look and for carrying anything I'll need through the day.
Each fall I end up picking up at least one scarf, even this past spring I acquired a couple. The are extremely functional items that are great to have on hand for brisk winter days. The one scarf that always stands out to me as being very classic and looking great with most outfits is a tartan pattern with a touch of red. J. Press have a good variety in stock with their fall update including this perfect example. Made from Lambswool, at $45 you might as well stock up on a couple.
I have yet to break out a beanie, toque or knitted cap this season, but I know the time is coming. The fall is on it's way and just as much I as I looked forward to summer, I am now looking forward to this cool weather. J. Press just updated their website with a number of great fall pieces, but it's the knitted caps that really make me want to put my head in them the most. Chunky wool cable knits are definitely one of the best things about this season at hand. There are so many benefits from a good cap like this. You can accent any outfit, you can feel more comfortable outdoors and you can just let your hair go and not worry about it because you can just cover it up nicely. Of these two colors, it would be a tough choice, so for under $50 each, you might as well get both. However, if your hankering for a navy or red you might want to wait it out and see what pops up in the Shop.
J Press have updated their website with some nice spring items. They had some really nice looking madras and chambray blazers, great neck and bow ties, and of course some really nice spring shirts. J Press make nice quality, very classic, fairly affordable pieces. All of these shirts retail for about $80 US which is pretty tough to beat these days - for anybody. They make a really nice looking flap pocket oxford as well, which happen to go great with some worn in dirty bucks - just ask Mr. Williams over at ACL. Gingham's are always a great option in the summer. Last year I was on a serious hunt for red gingham, and now it seems to be everywhere. Short sleeve, long sleeve, madras, gingham, tie, unbuttoned - whatever the pattern or color or style, I prefer a button down collar 110%. All of these shirts are good, but its the BD collar, casual materials and even the fact that I like J Press's tag that make these stand out for me. All available online, except you have to wait for the restock on the madras shirt.