On second thought, maybe cocky ascot is a little repetitive, because it’s pretty difficult to wear one without looking a bit arrogant. But sometimes, you want to look a little cocky, so this is the look for you.
Posts Tagged ‘Bass Weejun’
Looking geeky can be stylish. After all, if we’re to boast of being so fond of preppiness, shouldn’t we at least acknowledge the fact that the guys who set the style were often brilliant book-smart guys who just had a knack for looking gentlemanly? Here’s a seriously good looking outfit with some tongue-in-cheek nerdy flair.
Classic. But contemporary. This is an ever-so-slightly new spin on an old look. You start with a madras shirt by Gant, the company that was king of the button down during the Ivy League Look’s golden era. You tuck it in to some APC New Standards to modernize the jeans with a sleek cut but retain that traditional feel with a classic indigo wash. The Bass Weejuns are standard ops — and perfect with that new slimmed down, elongated toe box. Throw on Ralph Lauren’s braided belt for the classic look (that brown will vibe well with your Weejuns). And then, put on some Wigwam socks: just make sure they show. They’re slightly humorous, but trust us, this was the look back then. Feel free to expose the selvage of your jeans by cuffing them once over — this way your socks are sure to show a bit. And while you’re at it, why not throw in a pocket protector?
Gant Short Sleeve Button Down, $83 at Zappos.
APC New Standard, $155 at Tobi.
Bass Weejuns, $125 at Zappos.
Ralph Lauren Braided Belt, $119 at Ralph Lauren.
Wigwam Socks, $6.79 at Sock Company.
3-Pack of Pocket Protectors, $1.91 at Twin Supply.
A Continuous Lean has been on fire with great info of late and their latest post on Mark McNairy’s collaboration with Bass may be it’s best. Mark McNairy has been the man behind the design at J. Press for a while now, but it seems like he’s been making some serious moves of late. We posted on his nubuck shoes back in June, and now more shoes. His new line is very intriguing as it show his love for both boat shoes and loafers. We really love the white rubber sole loafers, blue/grey tassel loafers, and croc skin loafers in particular.
Back in the day, every man had a pair of Bass Weejuns. They were cheap, classic, and good looking. JFK wore them. Michael Jackson wore them. James Dean wore them. In fact, first created in 1936, the Weejun is the original inspiration for the term “penny loafer,” because it was in the 1950s that Weejun wearers began putting pennies in their loafers. This shoe embodied the American preppy look because it looked casual and effortless. The very fact that it was cheap made it seem more effortless — and hence, almost more preppy. Given all this, if nothing else, the Weejun has history on its side.
But the look of yesteryear’s Weejun is a little dated. And when you’re not sporting the supplest of leather or a handmade shoe (sorry, Bass is pretty much machine-made), wearing an old school Weejun could mean your outfit lacks style. So Bass got it right this season when they rereleased the Weejun with an updated look featuring a longer toe box, offering a more contemporary look and slimmer profile, at that same cheap price.
Every man needs a good pair of leather penny loafers: they go with anything and they are the essence of dressy casual. But with all the choices, it can be hard. Take our advice: get the new Bass Weejun. It just works. And it’s only $125 at Zappos.
Penny Loafers are slip-on casual shoes that are moccasin-styled with a strip of leather across the front. The leather strip has a small slit that prep school students put pennies in, thus the name penny loafer.
Why you want it- The penny loafer is so classically American. They’re smart and versatile. Any good prepster should have a pair of penny loafers in their closet. Go get a pair of Bass Weejuns if you don’t.