Although the word “aesthetic” has been worn out by millennial blogger types who wear “oatmeal” vests this time of year, I do have one: the guy who dresses well but doesn’t put off the vibe that he cares too much about his appearance, and he doesn’t use the word “aesthetic” in real life conversation. He’s not ahead of seasonal clothing trends, and he can’t pull off an ascot, but he clearly takes pride in his appearance, and dresses as such. He looks sharp, but it looks natural to him.
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Full disclosure: I am NOT a vest guy. I’m just not. But many of my ilk are, and I respect it, so I must recommend this vest to you via Southern Marsh.
These Hestras say I have a slick-back, access to a ski in-ski out in Aspen, and I drive a 911 Turbo.
Look how the fleece on the inside flips up at the bottom, just peeks out to say hello and let the world know you’re toasty on the inside but cool and casual on the outside. This is a great entry level garment into the True Grit game — a game everyone is trying to get into.
Maybe you live in a warmer climate but still want to wear flannel. There are lightweight options, too.
Stretchy chinos. Khaki. Vineyard. Don’t overthink this.
Okay, so I just really like the look of Grayers sweathshirts. If you listen to Touching Base you already know that, so you know I’m real. This is the kind of sweatshirt I’m talking about. It’s simple and it looks sharp. This color is also very tight.
Oooooooooooooo I might like this one even more. Also a Grayers. Also sharp. Also fits very well. This one has some edge, though.
Pair these sweatshirts with the shoes I won’t shut up about: the Grandpro sneakers from Cole Haan. Dress them down or up. Versatile. Comfortable. Sex.
I wear these so much that sometimes I know I have to mix in a different pair but I still don’t because these just belong on my feet. Oh God the Cole Haan chukka is borderline pornographic.
Grandmothers love giving slippers for Christmas. Email or write a letter or pick up the phone and call your grandmother to let that sweet woman know these slippers are on your Christmas list. She will get them for you. Either that or a check for $10. We’re talking cozy feet.
I want to move to a snowy, mountainous region for the sole purpose of wearing boots like this every winter. I guess an annual week in Vail will do, but shelving these bad boys for 51 weeks out of the year is an absolute travesty.
I’m on board with everything Travis Mathew makes. The cold weather doesn’t mean you have to stay inside and get fat and lazy and turn hideous and depressed and stop shaving and lose the will to live. You can, of course, but if you intend on hitting the gym and maintaining control of your life during these next four months, do it in these and thank me later.
Wear those shorts with this shirt. It’s TM so you know it’s comfortable, moisture wicking, and fits perfectly.
These are another recent purchase of mine. They fit well. Ass poppin. I wore them on a date the other night and she wants to see me again. Think about it.
A dad cap with a pointer on it? Uh okay. Find me a more dad dad cap than this.
Put this one in the same file as the Sorel boots from above. There are like three days out of the year that I can wear a hat like this in Austin. Anyway, keep your stupid head warm this winter.
Earlier I told you I’m not a vest boy. Well, this reversible from Patagonia might force me into becoming one. Holy shit this thing goes hard. As the designated all-time QB during family football games, I need my right arm unencumbered to throw lasers all over the lawn.
The. Single. Softest. Article. Of. Clothing. I. Own.
P.S. The sweathshirt I’m wearing in the picture at the top of this page is this one, if you want to get like me..