Early Fall Goods

College football season is about a week away, which is the yearly signal that we are starting the transition from summer to fall.  It’s not cold yet, but the highs during the day will start to dip, and the night will cool off quite a bit.  It’s time to start thinking about your closet transition as well.  Now is the time to put away the pastels and start to incorporate some darker fall hues.  Remember – this is a transition, so slow roll into your fall goods.  Here are some great examples of early fall goods:

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1. Randolph Engineering Corsair Sunglasses:  A good looking pair of sunglasses.  These from Randolph Engineering have a more mature look than your typical Maverick options.
2. Ledbury Burgundy Carrigan Shirt:  Burgundy might be the perfect fall color.  This plaid is a great option for a transitional shirt…and you can keep wearing it all fall and all winter.
3. J. Crew Cotton Workwear Sportcoat:  See a theme?  The burgundy jacket is a great departure from the blues and tans you’ve been wearing.  Put this over the Ledbury shirt above and a dark pair of jeans or a pair of tan 501s and you are in business.
4. Lumina Carolina Collection Turquoise Jersey Polo:  There will still be a few days in the 90s, so keep comfortable.  Jersey knit is your friend.  And turquoise is awesome.
5. Canali Tan Blazer:  A good tan blazer is a must.  A good tan wool blazer is were it’s at this time of year.
6. Martin Dingman Matte Alligator Credit Card Case:  Hopefully by now, everyone has gotten used to using a front pocket wallet.  Now upgrade to a luxury card case that will last you for years.
7. Alexander Olch Dutch Striped Belt:  This is really a texture play…the wool look will dress up a pair of jeans or khakis.  Just choose the appropriate shoes.
8. Jack Donnelly Light Gray Carter Slim Fit Pants:  Go with the light gray this time of year.  It’s not as rich as khaki, and not as bold as blue.
9. Sailormade Standard Belt:  Yet another leather belt option with a cool buckle.  The heavier leather is very season-appropriate, so get this one ready for the lineup. 10. Jack Spade Slim Fit Jeans in Raw Indigo:  Remember: dark jeans in the fall and winter.  Stock up.
11. Filson Original Briefcase:  You’ve seen that Filson announced and released the black versions of their popular pieces.  RCS endorses…and here’s why: the black will actually lighten up, and fade to gray.
12. Sid Mashburn Chocolate Suede Chelsea Boots:  Excellent option for a dressy date night or a party.  Pair these with those Jack Spade jeans, that Ledbury shirt, and that J. Crew sportcoat.  Unstoppable.
13. 2014 Rolex Datejust:  An awesome face…check out those numbers.
14. Allen Edmonds Addison Loafers:  Great leather loafers for fall.  Waxy leather that will patina very nicely, and rubber soles so you can wear them nonstop.  These will handle a football weekend in Athens…

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Ahh Atlanta…such a beautiful city. The good folks at Tim Redman Photography did it right:

Let’s Celebrate: Huckberry $100 Gift Card Giveaway

We are super pumped to announce a new partnership with Huckberry.  They are a significant slice of the Internet that really knows cool, curated style.  It seems to be a match made in Internet heaven.  We would like to share the celebration with you:

Red Clay Soul has partnered with Huckberry to give away a some cash to fuel that last summer shopping spree! With exclusive sales and original story-telling, Huckberry is our go-to online shop for awesome new gear and apparel. Here is how to enter:

1. Head over to Huckberry.com and sign up as a member. All you need to do is enter your email address and a password, or connect with your Facebook account. Zero commitment. Trust us when we say that you’ll wonder how you got by without their fantastic curated selection of products from amazing brands around the world.

2. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now and Monday, August 25th. You are limited to one entry. International readers are welcome to enter! We will pick one winner at random from the comments section of this post. The contest winner will be posted on Tuesday, August 26th. The winner will have one week to email us to claim their prize!

Good luck!

Thanks to Huckberry for supplying the goods for the giveaway.

 

 

Reader Feedback: Navy Loafer Question

I love reader questions.  It’s really interesting to me to hear what’s on RCS readers’ minds.  Please keep sending them…as you know, I do my best to answer as quickly as I can…whether it’s about the quality of a brand, a good tailor, or the proper jacket length, I’m more than happy to help.

I got an interesting question via from a long time reader regarding navy blue loafers:

Italian Navy Pennies from Sids or Navy Pennies from Oak Street?”

I thought I’d open it up to the readers…what do you think?

My answer: it depends on what you plan on wearing them with…the Sids are a little more formal, and could be worn with wool pants and suits, but probably not with shorts.  The Oak Street option is a little more casual, and will look great with jeans, khakis, and shorts.  Short answer: BOTH.

Congratulations, Sid Mashburn!

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Sid Mashburn was voted the 2014 Best Men’s Store in America by Esquire Magazine.  I couldn’t be more proud of my neighbor, and honestly it comes as no surprise.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a better collection of menswear and a nicer group of folks that can top the Sid Mashburn experience.

Here’s to you, Sid!  Congratulations!

 

Custom Oak Street Bootmakers Camp Mocs

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Oak Street Bootmakers.  I have talked about their loafers at length (Natural and Navy).  The loafers have a great, sleek look, but they aren’t trendy.  They are the type of loafers that you can wear for the next thirty years.  It’s safe to say that you’ll get tired of them before they will get tired of you.  For me, the Oak Street Bootmakers beef roll loafers fit perfectly.  Out of the box, they were like the perfect sport coat or pair of jeans, and have become even better after some wear.  They have essentially become my go-to loafers.

Tangent: I’m not a boat shoe guy.  At all.  Generally speaking, I don’t dislike them, they just don’t work on me.  I’m not going to make fun of anyone who is wearing them (unless they are dressed like a scotch ad), but I feel like they make me look like an idiot.  That said, I have to look for casual leather alternatives.  I have plenty of driving mocs, but for the most part, they don’t offer support needed for all-day wear (i.e. tailgating, etc.).  I have been looking at camp mocs for some time, but no option has presented itself as the answer – mostly in terms of fit.  As I mentioned above, I’m picky…and when spending good money on a pair of shoes, you should be too.

On to the ‘picky’ comment: by picky, I mean that a $150+ pair of shoes needs to have a few specifics.  For me, I liked a lot of the camp mocs I tried on, but the leather was so dark, I didn’t want to wear them with shorts…and repeat after me: leather gets darker as it breaks in.  Since I had so much luck with the Oak Street natural beef roll loafers, I reached out to George and Tony to see if they could make a pair of their camp mocs in natural chromexcel for me.

Their answer: YES.  Who’s a happy camper?: ME

Feast your eyes:

The fit is spot on, as with the beef roll loafers.  From a sizing perspective, I wear a 9 in the beef rolls, and went with a 9 in the camp mocs.  The camp mocs were just a hair narrower than the beef rolls, but after one wear, they are perfect.  Nothing to ring the alarm about.  They look great; the leather is the perfect color and doesn’t present a huge contrast vs you ankles.  I am really looking forward to the patina growing on these bad boys.  That means I need to wear them…done and done.

RIP, Robin

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