• Wardrobe I

    Top Drawer | Dress Code  

    As men, we gravitate toward uniforms. For work, weekends, sports—we don’t like to think too much about what to wear when it comes to getting dressed; however, we want to look good. This look is one of my spring uniforms that works for me. The key is in the navy. It’s my black and looks great on every guy.

    This is Wardrobe, a new feature in Dress Code where I will share my wardrobe by way of looks I actually wear.

    1. Levi’s 501 jean
    2. Ralph Lauren double monk straps
    3. Tory leather equestrian belt
    4. Randolph Engineering aviators
    5. Cotton pocket square
    6. Timex Easy Reader watch w/J.Crew nylon strap
    7. Ascot Chang bengal stripe shirt (bespoke, $300)

    Made with Thomas Mason fabric, french button tab cuff, spread collar, and monogram, it is the best-fitting shirt I own. The gentlemen of Ascot Chang are specially trained to take your measurements and note individual traits of your body and posture. Details such as my prominent chest were incorporated into my pattern design to ensure a clean and comfortable fit.

    8. Ralph Lauren Purple Label club tie
    9. Smathers & Branson needlepoint wallet
    10. Rugby linen/silk/wool herringbone jacket

    May 19, 2011 | Permalink (35) Total Comments

    Ash left a comment on 2/25/2015 at 6:10 AM:

    Levi 501?  Why?  From Baldwin to Gustin to many more, great denim has returned to the USA.

    elle left a comment on 1/16/2015 at 12:46 AM:

    F.E., fine picks. Try a chic look in 2015 with Asher Riley.

    Ron left a comment on 1/12/2015 at 12:36 PM:

    Great outfit, all classic timeless pieces,  love the navy polka dot tie, I might substitute with a navy polka dot bow tie

    Nate left a comment on 3/3/2014 at 11:05 PM:

    Tapering the 501 is genius. Where do you start your taper from in relation to the knee? And how many inches do you keep the pant across the bottom?

    I ask specifics (versus trial and error) because I have a great broken in pair and perfect tapering would put them over the top!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 3:52 PM:

    @Daniel—These jeans are not raw denim but an indigo rinse.

    @TJ—I picked mine up from Sid Mashburn.  I believe they are the “Rinsed” models.

    Daniel left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 2:38 PM:

    I also wonder what color your 501 are. Raw denim?

    TJ left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 12:42 PM:

    @F.E. Castleberry, what wash do you get in your levis? Trying to order a pair and its tough to distinguish online. Thanks!

    My Affair with Michael Bastian left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 2:04 PM:

    The wallet is my favorite part… http://affairwithmb.wordpress.com/

    Shoes de Pierre left a comment on 5/24/2011 at 11:33 AM:

    Awesome compilation, from everything laid out I have to say I’m most attracted to the needle point wallet :P If you’re interested in a pair of monks of a similar nature I just did a post complimenting Unabashedly Prep http://to.ly/aAXU ! hope you like it

    CJG left a comment on 5/22/2011 at 4:56 PM:

    + a mini grinder papers and mini bic = my summertime essentials.

    TintinATL left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 10:37 PM:

    I have that exact same sports coat - eBayed for a Sondheim - and I love it!

    Charles Day left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 6:26 PM:

    The narrow belt looks as though it might get lost amid the Levis’ wide belt loops. Christian at Ivy Style also paired Levis with a narrow belt. Does it work?

    TJH left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 3:19 PM:

    Loving the wallet. Looking forwards to more of this feature.

    Kal left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 2:07 PM:

    Great post. I look forward to more Wardrobe features.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 1:13 PM:

    @TFO—Yes, they were altered by this gentleman.

    TFO left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 1:04 PM:

    Fred, are your 501s tapered? I find mine to fall a little big over most everything but boots.

    Good call on the new feature, everything looks great!  Love the jacket.


    Tad Allagash left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 11:16 AM:

    Good overall look, purple label ties are made of amazing silk.  Though swap the leather belt for brown alligator and we are talking turkey.  Monogram pocket square is a nice personal touch, though surely one doesn’t wear it so the monogram is visible?

    Rebecca left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 10:38 AM:

    Wonderful new feature…is there any way you could persuade someone to share the feminine version, too? Love your site!!

    Y.L. Hollander left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 10:12 AM:

    This getup screams “Sunday afternoon with a hamper of drinks, finishing off the paper and catching up with my journal,” which in my world is a rare, treasured event. In my opinion, a substantial shoe like the double monks is best complemented by a belt with a bit more substance to it; not a chunky piece, mind you, but something of a more substantial gague.

    john lexington left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 9:07 AM:

    digging this kit.

    @thebigsteezy left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 10:18 PM:

    BTW - as you probably know - that Purple Label tie is the creme de la creme even in this ensemble.  The weight and the hand couple with the large spotted pattern… !

    Tom Bosché left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 8:33 PM:

    @Pink Socks: Thank you. I must have crossed the threshold. Never, in my life, has anyone flattered me by claiming I gave “too much love.” My cynical and critical nature usually wins out, due to very few things in this life that I see as having a positive effect on our culture. If I’ve managed to see the good to the extent to warrant a “too much love” comment, maybe I’ve left the dark side. Nonetheless, the more examples we can see of gear to drag the masses out of thoughtless grotesqueness in their dress, the better the chance some will emulate the look.

    Pink Socks left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 6:45 PM:

    Great uniform - think this will be a enjoyable new feature. Navy over black everytime (except maybe with shoes where it is brown over black).

    Tom Bosche - Glad you too like this site - just calm down a little…too much love.


    LG left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 6:39 PM:

    Good thing the shirt fits your prominent chest. Sometimes an issue with ready to wear.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 5:59 PM:

    The Smathers and Branson wallet is sick. Great post Fred.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 5:48 PM:

    To back Tom up, I would be willing to pay $1.99 for an app, to have access like this be exclusive would be something most would pay for. This is a fresh twist for today, thanks

    Andy M. left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 5:31 PM:

    I may be the only guy on this post who isn’t obsessing over double monk straps.  Nothing wrong with them but I don’t like them more than any other good pair of dress shoes.  That said, I love everything else here.  I see this style of photo a lot on the tumblrverse but Fred pulls it off better than most.

    MGM left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 5:28 PM:

    I can understand why you did not include socks as an item.

    khordkutta left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 5:23 PM:

    not familiar with the “french button tab cuff”, is it a “convertible cuff” ?

    G.S.O left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 3:57 PM:

    What an excellent addition to the Dress Code lineup.

    I greatly approve of your Timex and grosgrain combination, having purchased the same but a day ago.

    Looking forward to similar posts.

    BVA left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 3:12 PM:

    I love this new feature. Great idea! Great post!

    Cricket left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 2:06 PM:

    It’s so funny that you posted about this because I just wrote in my blog yesterday about how I have a fairly standard uniform each season. http://legalpreppy.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-so-called-uniform.html Love your blog!

    dam left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 2:00 PM:

    Smathers and Branson rocks my socks…so awesome.  Great look!

    Richard Ross left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 1:55 PM:

    Solid post. I like this feature you’re starting. Sick pocket square. I think I may add my initials to a few of mine pretty soon here. Those shoes will never cease to make my heart flutter.

    Tom Bosché left a comment on 5/19/2011 at 1:24 PM:

    Fred - This is an excellent new feature of your site, and I’m sure it took a significant investment of your time to put it all together.  I appreciate the fact that you identify the items featured, and that you group the items into an ensemble that works well together.  Very easy to select items from your grouping, substitute other more adventurous or conservative items, and still have a great look. This feature is worth its weight in gold!