• Power Cord

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    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: throw a down parka over your jacket and tie when the temperature dips below 30 degrees. Just be sure to keep your parka longer than your sport coat. Although there are quite a few textures and patterns going on, it works since they vary in size and color/contrast. Lastly, if you're looking to sport fun socks, look to anchor them down to the secondary colors in your tie.

    tortoise shell Ray-Ban Wayfarers
    • Penfield parka (similar)
    • Rugby wool herringbone blazer (similar)
    • Rugby corduroy trouser (similar) and striped sock
    Thomas Pink spread collar bengal stripe shirt
    • Ralph Lauren wool tartan tie
    • J.Press brass engine turn buckle and belt
    Allen Edmonds long wingtip shoe

    Jan 16, 2012 | Permalink (25) Total Comments

    CHC left a comment on 1/30/2012 at 2:21 PM:

    Castelberry, what is your policy about cuffing your pants? Is there any specific reason why you didn’t have these cuffed? Do you cuff 100% of your khakis and only some of your cords or is it either/or for both?

    David left a comment on 1/25/2012 at 11:58 AM:

    Great post but I was just wondering if it is easy to get cords tailored. I have two pairs that I’d like to get tapered and shortened. Is it possible or do the wales cause problems? Thanks in advance

    Julia left a comment on 1/25/2012 at 8:10 AM:

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    msinc left a comment on 1/23/2012 at 1:08 PM:

    There was something subliminal that made me love this coat immediately when I saw it which I chalked up to color, quality of the photograph, etc. Then, over the weekend I watched The Empire Strikes Back with my two young sons (first time for them - glorious). As soon as Han Solo, my boyhood hero appeared on screen dressed for the bitter cold of the planet Hoth it instantly dawned on me.

    Fredrik Holst left a comment on 1/22/2012 at 7:22 AM:

    Great stuff!

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    Kionon left a comment on 1/21/2012 at 5:39 AM:

    @FEC and Alex S. Thank you, I have a similar tie. It’s quite old, the tartan is MacArthur, so just the yellow highlight. It has no brand except to say it is made in Scotland.

    Thank you, FEC, for your unique style. It’s you, and that’s all that really matters, because it is your sandbox. Your rules.

    cam left a comment on 1/21/2012 at 1:38 AM:

    fred, would you consider your style classic or peacocking?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/20/2012 at 9:50 PM:

    @SL—A Barbour would certainly work but wouldn’t have the same affect because of the tweed and corduroy I’m already wearing. The pairing comes off as predictable with a Barbour because of tweed’s association with hunting and corduroy’s implementation on many of Barbour’s collars. It wouldn’t feel as fresh.

    @AEV—It is those preferences and beliefs (which you are entitled to) that form and define your style…and it is pairings like this here that form and define mine. I don’t think it would be a stretch to say what I’m doing requires a little more imagination than what you would typically prefer.

    SL left a comment on 1/20/2012 at 7:07 PM:

    I really like how this looks together. Would love to see a similar combination with a black parka and for the fall, pairing this to a Barbour jacket may also arrange nicely.

    AEV left a comment on 1/20/2012 at 12:37 PM:

    I like and appreciate the individual elements, but believe a formal shirt, tie, shoes, and blazer require pressed pants. I also think they’re best paired with a more formal/appropriate topcoat, not a parka.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/20/2012 at 11:12 AM:

    @HarrisonK—I agree with everything you have to say. I can assure you my cords embody your preferences. Consider that the wind was blowing from my back and the fact that I have my hand in my pocket and am not standing flat footed. All these things affect how the trouser lies. This photo is not a “fit” photo you would find on an commerce website in order to help you decide whether or not you like the fit of the garment you are considering buying…this is taken on the street without being styled for all those preferences you mentioned below.

    HarrisonK left a comment on 1/20/2012 at 11:02 AM:

    I’m no expert but I think if you are going to wear your pants with a shorter hem, they should be slightly more tapered at the bottom.  The bigger leg opening makes it look like the pants are “flaring” out at the bottom.  It also looks like they are shorter in the back then the front.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 1/20/2012 at 10:43 AM:

    Outstanding combo. Well done.

    Alex S. left a comment on 1/20/2012 at 7:05 AM:

    Nice, this blog is always an inspiration!

    @Kionon—The Tartan is Malcolm Modern.

    Miguel Ramalhao left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 8:27 PM:

    Uau.. love the color of those cords.. to bad that in europe we can only get RL Rugby in London.. I’ve got to go there some time soon!... Great pics.. Cheers..

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 7:33 PM:

    @Kionon—It’s a blackwatch base with a red, yellow, and light blue stripe overlay; a variation of a Malcolm Modern.

    Kionon left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 7:27 PM:

    FEC, can you tell us the tartan type on the tie?

    Scott left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 7:05 PM:

    I would have chosen a simple color such as marine blue, dark grey. Not in all cases, but I would have done it here.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 7:04 PM:

    @Tad Allagash—The patch is actually French in nature: Rhone Alpes. A little souvenir/reminder of from my travels in that region.

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 6:56 PM:

    That’s a nice military patch on the chest of that parka.

    TJH left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 6:45 PM:

    I read that it was in New York and realised! British winters look AND feel miserable. I do enjoy swishing around in a big coat though.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 6:38 PM:

    @TJH—Sunny doesn’t mean warm by any stretch of the imagination. It’s 27 degrees in this photo. Unfortunately, no amount of sun can bring comfort in those temperatures. Stay warm out there.

    TJH left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 6:31 PM:

    Love the look, especially the tweed and cord. It does look quite sunny and hot in the picture though which makes you look overdressed. Totally not your fault though, keep up the good work.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 6:15 PM:

    @Epi—Thank you. I did not get them for free when I promoted them a while back. Allen Edmonds asked if they could gift them to me, I accepted (as I wear and own other pairs of Allen Edmonds), and then I chose to write about them. The difference can appear subtle, but it’s there.

    Epi left a comment on 1/19/2012 at 6:11 PM:

    Nice Allen Edmonds. Did you get them for free when you promoted them a while back?