Nerds and Neckties

The style diary of a menswear-obsessed college nerd in San Francisco.

Aug 23

WIWT 8/23/13

1. 44mm flannel
2. Levi’s 510 jeans
3. Hot Sox socks
4. Ralph Lauren shoes (thrifted)

This shirt goes to show that sometimes it’s hard to give up your style roots. I’ve had it since 11th grade, back when I was wearing skate shoes and beanies with all of my outfits. I think I even bought it at PacSun. Matched with my awesome Rosie the Riveter socks and leather/suede shoes, it mixes my newer San Francisco queer feminist style with my old SoCal beach town skater boi look.

A lot of menswear bloggers talk about mixing high/low elements in an outfit, and I guess this is kind of my version of that. Mixing playful/colorful pieces like the shirt and socks with more traditional/conservative ones like the hat (as always), slim dark denim, and leather bucks is as close to high/low as I usually get. I think it showcases two sides of my personality: the playfully youthful and the maturing intellectual.


Aug 9
WIWT 8/9/13

1. Polo Ralph Lauren jacket
2. Cable Car Clothiers sweater (thrifted)
3. Levi’s 510 jeans
4. Timberland boots

Sometimes I like to wear outfits with just two colors, for simplicity’s sake. I think it shows off the individual pieces better, plus it’s incredibly easy to put together after a night of drinking with your coworkers.

WIWT 8/9/13

1. Polo Ralph Lauren jacket
2. Cable Car Clothiers sweater (thrifted)
3. Levi’s 510 jeans
4. Timberland boots

Sometimes I like to wear outfits with just two colors, for simplicity’s sake. I think it shows off the individual pieces better, plus it’s incredibly easy to put together after a night of drinking with your coworkers.


Jul 26

WIWT 7/26/13

1. Kangol hat
2. Forever 21 sweater (sale)
3. Levis 510 jeans
4. Tommy Hilfiger shoes (thrifted)

I love fancy shoes- leather just looks better with some brogueing! And I especially like pairing them with jeans and rocking them casually.

On another note, this sweater is one of the very few (maybe four?) pieces of women’s clothing I own. I like the very slight boat neck and pale turquoise color that add just a touch of femininity, which I thought contrasted perfectly with the shoes. I picked this up at the beginning of the summer when Forever 21 was getting rid of all their sweaters and long-sleeve shirts, so it was a steal. A benefit of living in San Francisco: the seasons don’t match up to the rest of the country, so we can get in-season (for us) items on crazy discounts!


Jul 17
WIWT 7/17/13

1. Kangol hat
2. Pringle Scotland sweater (thrifted)
3. Levis 510 jeans
4. Toms shoes

I’m back from a trip home to SoCal, and man am I glad to be back in San Francisco. I was sweating in shorts and flip flops while I was down south, so I thought I’d celebrate my return to sweater weather with my most comfortable sweater. 

This is another one of my great thrift finds- a solid super-preppy cricket sweater that’s baggy but slim in the right places. It’s a good example of something I got at a thrift store that fits even though it’s not my size. I wear a men’s small (especially at second-hand shops where most of the clothes are from a decade or so ago), but this is a large, and it fits great. So don’t pass on an awesome piece just because it isn’t your size!

WIWT 7/17/13

1. Kangol hat
2. Pringle Scotland sweater (thrifted)
3. Levis 510 jeans
4. Toms shoes

I’m back from a trip home to SoCal, and man am I glad to be back in San Francisco. I was sweating in shorts and flip flops while I was down south, so I thought I’d celebrate my return to sweater weather with my most comfortable sweater.

This is another one of my great thrift finds- a solid super-preppy cricket sweater that’s baggy but slim in the right places. It’s a good example of something I got at a thrift store that fits even though it’s not my size. I wear a men’s small (especially at second-hand shops where most of the clothes are from a decade or so ago), but this is a large, and it fits great. So don’t pass on an awesome piece just because it isn’t your size!


Jul 8

WIWT 7/8/13

  1. Kangol hat (thrifted)
  2. Barneys New York shirt (thrifted)
  3. Unlabeled Baja Hoodie (thrifted)
  4. Van Huesen tie (thrifted)
  5. Levi’s 510 jeans
  6. Polo Ralph Lauren shoes (thrifted)

Thrifting is clearly how I acquire a large amount of the clothing items in my wardrobe. A lot of bloggers are talking about how amazing thrifting is, how you can find some incredibly high-quality items at incredibly low prices, and it’s true. Plus, you can find the most interesting pieces of clothing at thrift stores! You’d be cutting yourself off from some of the coolest items if you don’t check them out.

I went thrifting with my roommate yesterday, and while I didn’t find all of these pieces on the trip, I did find this awesome baja hoodie. Being from a Southern California beach town originally, I grew up seeing “drug rugs” on just about everyone, from the teenaged skaters at my high school to the 60-year-old surfers who had lived there their whole lives. It’s a comfortable casual layer that isn’t too warm, making it the perfect jacket for the high-60’s weather we’ve been getting up in San Francisco too. I added a little formality with a tie for the first part of the day, but decided I liked the look better without it, so I tossed it in my bag during my lunch break. Either way, I like how the hoodie looks with a button-up underneath.

In another attempt to de-casual the look a bit, I wore these awesome Polo bucks that I found at Goodwill last Christmas. These are probably my favorite shoes, and I usually save them for special occasions, but I thought they worked with the color scheme of the hoodie too well to pass up. 


Jul 5

WIWT 7/5/13:

  1. Kangol hat
  2. Gap jacket (thrifted)
  3. Levi’s henley (sale)
  4. Levi’s 510 jeans
  5. Timberland boots
  6. Chamsa bracelet from Israel 

The weather seems to be cooling off a bit so it was back to boots and a light jacket today. One of my favorite color comibnations for casual looks is earth tones (brown, khaki, olive) rooted down with dark blue jeans. It looks natural any time of year and is a pretty fail-proof palette (perfect for the morning after celebrating the 4th). It’s also easy to match accessories with earth tones, like this little chamsa bracelet with a brown chord and gold charm. It adds some personality and shows attention to detail.

I tend to wear a lot of Levi’s clothing, especially their jeans. This is because of a few things: their stuff is comfortable, durable, fits well, and is always on sale. Seriously, they e-mail me about 20-30% off sales about twice a month. I got this pair of 510s for about $35, and they’ve lasted me for almost a year without fading much or ripping at all. I would definitely recommend signing up for their e-mails and taking advantage of their awesome discounts!


Jul 1
WIWT 7/1/13
1. Kangol hat 2. Mossimo tank  3. Levi’s 510 jeans 4. Adidas Dennis Busenitz pro model shoes
I realize I haven’t worn very many neckties on this blog yet, but it’s been so ridiculously hot for San Francisco this past week that I couldn’t even think about wearing two layers. I got sunburned to a crisp at Pride yesterday so wearing anything with sleeves was a painful ordeal, hence the tank top (I’m considering these battle scars). I got this one for $8 at Target, right in line with my college student budget! I wore my red-purple Adidas to kind of bring out the red stripes in the shirt, since I felt like I was overloading on blue otherwise.

WIWT 7/1/13

1. Kangol hat
2. Mossimo tank
3. Levi’s 510 jeans
4. Adidas Dennis Busenitz pro model shoes

I realize I haven’t worn very many neckties on this blog yet, but it’s been so ridiculously hot for San Francisco this past week that I couldn’t even think about wearing two layers. I got sunburned to a crisp at Pride yesterday so wearing anything with sleeves was a painful ordeal, hence the tank top (I’m considering these battle scars). I got this one for $8 at Target, right in line with my college student budget! I wore my red-purple Adidas to kind of bring out the red stripes in the shirt, since I felt like I was overloading on blue otherwise.


Jun 28
WIWT 6/27/13

1. Old Navy polo
2. Levi’s 511 jeans
3. Vintage Movado watch
4. Old Navy boat shoes

I travelled down to Palo Alto today and it was over 80 degrees, which I haven’t been used to. So I broke out a slim-fit polo and boat shoes. I know, Old Navy isn’t the greatest quality, but they honestly have some good items on a student’s budget.  For $20 I got a great-fitting shirt in a color I love, and these canvas boat shoes were even less than that. I may only wear them for a season or two, but by then I’ll be bored with them anyways. I also can’t wait to beat up these shoes and not feel bad about it!

WIWT 6/27/13

1. Old Navy polo
2. Levi’s 511 jeans
3. Vintage Movado watch
4. Old Navy boat shoes

I travelled down to Palo Alto today and it was over 80 degrees, which I haven’t been used to. So I broke out a slim-fit polo and boat shoes. I know, Old Navy isn’t the greatest quality, but they honestly have some good items on a student’s budget. For $20 I got a great-fitting shirt in a color I love, and these canvas boat shoes were even less than that. I may only wear them for a season or two, but by then I’ll be bored with them anyways. I also can’t wait to beat up these shoes and not feel bad about it!


Jun 25
WIWT 6/24/13 
1. Kangol hat 2. Land’s End pink OCBD (thrifted) 3. Old Navy sweatshirt 4. Camden Court tie (thrifted) 5. Levi’s 511 jeans 6. Timberland boots
Today was cold and slightly rainy, so I immediately grabbed my Timberland boots that I’ve been breaking in since December. They’re comfy and waterproof, plus I like how they contrast my preppy button-down and tie.

WIWT 6/24/13 

1. Kangol hat
2. Land’s End pink OCBD (thrifted)
3. Old Navy sweatshirt
4. Camden Court tie (thrifted)
5. Levi’s 511 jeans
6. Timberland boots

Today was cold and slightly rainy, so I immediately grabbed my Timberland boots that I’ve been breaking in since December. They’re comfy and waterproof, plus I like how they contrast my preppy button-down and tie.


Jun 22
WIWT 6/22/13
Kangol hat 
Forever 21(21 Men) sweater
Levi’s 511 jeans
Toms shoes
It was sunny again today but I was locked up inside, so I decided to wear all grey to contrast the weather and better match my mood (not to say it was bad, just a bit… grey). When it’s warmer out and I only need one layer, I like to keep things interesting with some sort of crazy pattern. Enter the lightweight Forever 21 sweater! They may be cheap trendmongers, but Forever 21 knows how I like my tops to fit, so I find myself buying sweaters and shirts from them almost as much as from thrift stores.
On another note, Toms are also a bit of a trend that I would normally try to avoid, but they’re comfortable and look great beaten up (like pretty much all of the shoes I wear) so I reserve them for those days that I just want to slip on my shoes and head out the door. I usually treat them like a pair of super casual loafers and wear them with socks to keep my feet warm and to increase their life expectancy.

WIWT 6/22/13

  1. Kangol hat 
  2. Forever 21(21 Men) sweater
  3. Levi’s 511 jeans
  4. Toms shoes

It was sunny again today but I was locked up inside, so I decided to wear all grey to contrast the weather and better match my mood (not to say it was bad, just a bit… grey). When it’s warmer out and I only need one layer, I like to keep things interesting with some sort of crazy pattern. Enter the lightweight Forever 21 sweater! They may be cheap trendmongers, but Forever 21 knows how I like my tops to fit, so I find myself buying sweaters and shirts from them almost as much as from thrift stores.

On another note, Toms are also a bit of a trend that I would normally try to avoid, but they’re comfortable and look great beaten up (like pretty much all of the shoes I wear) so I reserve them for those days that I just want to slip on my shoes and head out the door. I usually treat them like a pair of super casual loafers and wear them with socks to keep my feet warm and to increase their life expectancy.


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