Some of the best perennial mid-season sales, in my opinion, happen at Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers. The discounts are good, the selection is wide, and although Brooks Brothers’ styling has become questionable as of late (what’s with that Red Fleece line?), there are always some things I can find here or there.
At the moment, they just launched a 30% off mid-season sale on shoes, suits, and accessories. That’s 5% more than they usually give on these things. Some notables:
Alden shoes: This is one of the rare times when you can get first-quality Aldens at 30% off. I particularly like these suede bluchers in tan and mid-brown. For as boring as they look, their oiled flex soles make them feel like slippers, and their simple styling makes them exceptionally easy to wear. Nice shoes don’t always have to be flashy. Also available? Alden’s tasseled and penny loafers.
Made in England shoes: Brooks Brothers’ English shoes are usually made by Crockett & Jones or some other similarly high-end maker. At the moment, they have these tie loafers in calf and suede (both made by C&J). I think they’d look excellent with a pair of linen trousers, a linen odd jacket, and a light blue shirt. There are also some nice looking loafers and chukkas on sale.
Superga sneakers: The white version of these sneakers goes great with chinos. You’ll want to go a half size up here.
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I have been getting a number of questions on how I fold my pocket squares, so I thought I would update this old link and post it in the header of the main DiCwPS website, here.
1) TV Fold
Formal and understated (for a piece of superfluous fabric), a white linen square in a TV fold will work 99.9% of the time.
2) The Foo Puff
Promoted as the “ideal” fold by SF member Mafoofan, the Foo Puff straddles the line between the TV Fold and our third method below.
Instructions via “Tweed in the City” can be found here.
3) The Non-Foo Puff
Recommended by Derek at Put This On, I find this method to be the most visually interesting fold, if perhaps a tad affected. With the right square this fold will make for some stunning looks.
Instructions via Michael Alden can be found here.
If these don’t do it for you, please check out this link by Sam Hober which contains 14 different folds.
I tend to use #3 most often, with #2 thrown in now and then to switch things up, although for formal occasions (weddings, interviews, etc.) #1 is my go to.