WIWT: NYC vs. San Francisco

March 13th, 2014

Articles of Style rule #1: Always bring your ‘A’ game.

Use the comment section below to tell us which is your favorite outfit, and why!

    1. Dan


    Alex and I took a last second trip to San Francisco this week. We’ve been visiting friends, taking in the views, and meeting some great guys in the menswear scene here. More on that next week.


    Keeping it simple, functional, and versatile.

    For the two day trip I brought all of this (felt hat, tortoise shades, vintage leather, cashmere pop-over, chambray shirt, neutral chinos, suede ankle boots), a pair of selvedge jeans and a white tee.


    Have you heard of Jack Erwin? If not, you’re welcome.

    A fully integrated distribution model (manufacturer straight to customer) allows them to offer some beautifully designed footwear for only $195. Kind of like the Warby Parker of shoes.

    These suede ankle boots are my latest pick-up, and I’m loving them.


    2. Wes


    “First of all, I just want to say thank you to all the people who came by the MAB sample sale earlier this week. I think I speak for all the Articles of Style guys when I say that it’s a blessing to have such amazing readers. We wouldn’t be anything without you guys, your support is much appreciated. Just for future reference, I am 5’11 hah… everyone seems to think I’m short before they meet me (must be the Crawford photography).

    When I first started working for Articles of Style back in summer of 2011, I was so concerned about what to wear that it would almost always come off as trying to hard. Lately, my favorite outfits come at a moments notice without any thought or planning involved. It’s usually better not over thought.”


    “I’ve been opting out when it comes to wearing ties, even with suits. This might not be a look for everyone, but I love the silhouette of the long collar and placket.

    This lightweight donegal wool sweater is a great way to break-up the monochromatic look that I’ve been preferring.”


    “I scooped these Beckett Simonon Goodyear welted chukka boots from one of the local vintage spots that I visit almost  every day.”


    3. Alex


    Jenilee hooked me up with this amazing khaki canvas chore coat from Taylor Stitch. It’s so stiff right now that it can stand up on it’s own. I can’t wait to see how it wears in.”


    “One of the things I love about this coat, other than it’s hardiness, is the size and shape of the collar. It’s a bit bigger than most other chore coats I’ve seen. It’s a little reminiscent of the 70’s, and the 70’s are coming back.”


    “I still love these Will Leather Goods shoes I picked up last summer. They’re definitely my favorite warm weather footwear.”


     4. Towni


    “The weather finally broke 50 here in NYC, so I’m excited to start breaking out the Spring gear. It’s all about casual layering here; focusing on pieces that are both stylish and comfortable.”


    “The breton stripe is a classic spring staple. I really like it on a hoody; it gives a casual feel to a prep staple.”


    “Khaki, navy and white; a simple color palette that never fails.”



    Thanks for reading. Great content coming up!

    Yours in style,

    Articles of Style


    Photography by Alex Crawford & Westley Dimagiba

    • mligon

      Even if it’s only virtually, it’s nice to see the gang back together in one post!

    • Calvin McCoy

      Wes killed it…I’m not a fan of the “air tie” but it works for him.

    • Dr. Shrock

      Wes has got it.

    • http://fromsqualortoballer.com/ From Squalor to Baller

      Alex, that chore coat looks great! A winner in my book.
      I’m also a fan of Dan’s bock stripe sweater – one of my favorite patterns. I love Wes’ coat, too; I wish we had more opportunities to wear stuff like that in San Francisco (it’s just too damn warm here!)

    • Theo

      Hello Dan i like your site’s new look it’s more simplified but it has a problem the style guide section doesn’t work entirely for example when i try to load the shirt section or pants section it appears the loading sign and stays that way the only sections that it’s loading it’s the seasons (winter spring fall etc).Don’t get me wrong i like what you did with your site and i hope you can fix this problem. Thank you and have a nice day

      • http://tsbmen.com/ Alex Crawford

        Thanks for letting us know Theo!

      • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

        Still working a number issues out with the Style Guide. It will be much improved shortly…

    • JoeFromTexas

      My vote goes to Alex in a narrow victory over Wes, who’s looking razor sharp. I really like those huaraches Alex is wearing, but I don’t see them on the website, did you get those custom made? Can they be requested? Also, very cool jacket in a really nice color. As for Dan, I love the hat and jacket. That jacket has been one of my favorites for a while. Though the untucked shirt under the sweater is a pet peeve of mine that I can’t over.

      • http://tsbmen.com/ Alex Crawford

        I’m surprised that they aren’t on their website. They sell them in their flagship store in Venice Beach. I’m not sure how you could go about getting them. I’ll see if I can find out!

        • http://www.TSBmen.com/ Dan Trepanier

          Call the venice store and send them the pic (don’t forget to mention TSBmen ;)

    • AFH

      Surely it must be the first time, at least outside of Summer, that all 4 of the TSB regulars feature without anyone wearing a tailored jacket/blazer?

      I think I like Dan’s look the best, though leather isn’t really functional unless you are on a bike. I have a London-made vintage leather short trench which I love, but the windows for wearing it are pretty small in Spring and Autumn. I’ll admit my wardrobe feels that bit more complete for owning it, but I have many more versatile items fair to say.

    • ikenna

      Alex’s was hands down my personal favorite. Very simple and well put together. The sandals were my favorite part

    • John B

      Dan, although I think I’d probably prefer either a tucked-in or a shorter shirt. Are you using the magnetic collar stays on this shirt too?

    • Mark Smith

      Have to go with Dan on this. All those shades and textures of browns do it for me.

      I have to ask though, from what Alex is wearing it seems that the temperature was pretty pleasant, did you realise that was the case before putting on a knitted jumper or can you cope with wearing layers in the sun? For me as soon as the sun comes out, if I’m wearing any more than 2 thin layers I’ll start to sweat.

      But maybe that’s because I’m Scottish.

      • http://tsbmen.com/ Alex Crawford

        In Dan’s defense I shot him in the morning. It got a lot warmer as the day wore on and he ended up dropping the layers. Then we shot my look in the afternoon.

        • Mark Smith

          Fair play, mate!

    • http://Keyboardandcompass.com/ Jeff McAllister

      That golden California sun probably has a lot to do with my vote but, despite 4 killer looks, Alex takes the win again.

    • Miguel

      Liked all looks, it was an excellent mixture of different outfits but I’ll go with Wes since I haven’t seen him around.
      By the way Wes you do look shorter on the pictures.

      • http://www.tsbmen.com/ Westley Dimagiba

        idk what it is lol

    • Marshall Mulherin

      Wes murdered it. I’m really feeling the simple swag these days. Also, your hair looks sick Wes, what product do you use?

      • http://www.tsbmen.com/ Westley Dimagiba

        Blind Barber Pomade, my personal favorite.

        • Kais

          What style did you ask for? Noticed you had the side-part before but this is slicked back – looks great.

          • http://www.tsbmen.com/ Westley Dimagiba

            Thanks man, I’ve actually been growing out the top of my hair since September.

            I got the sides blended from a 1 to 1.5 all the way to the top so it would hold my hair when slicked back. Also, I asked for the back to be undercut as opposed to just a regular fade.

      • Jeanscuffed

        Yes, I’ve noticed too for the 1st time that he has a window’s peak, go figure…hair style is sick though

    • Jay

      Wes what is the vintage store that you mention? Please share for those of us in NYC.

      • mligon

        First rule of vintage shopping – never reveal your best spots. Right, Wes?

    • Adam

      Good looks all around. Toss up between Wes and Towni for me, but I’ll give the vote to Towni, other than the trucker hat, this is something I could see myself wearing (sub out the cons for stan smith’s…). Wes pulls off the buttoned up yet tie-less look, I just can’t see myself doing that (because i love wearing ties… and feel naked if the shirt is buttoned up with no tie, I have to undo a button or two to feel “right” tie-less).

    • Jeanscuffed

      I know that we are judging the outfits here but to me the background in the picture plays a big part in choosing as well. For this I’m going to give my vote to Alex. Aside from the background, his outfit stood out to me. It sent a huge spring vibe and also says that I’m the life of the party lol.

      Alex, what kind of material is that coat made of? You mentioned the coat is so stiff it could stand on its own. I feel like when clothing is made of stiff material that it restricts my movement and also keeps heat trapped in making the material not that breathable. What’s your experience with the coat?

      Also, big kudos to Dan, Wes, and Towni! It’s refeshing to see the original group doing a WIWT post.

      • http://tsbmen.com/ Alex Crawford

        The coat is a heavy cotton canvas, but because it’s a looser fitting piece it breathes well and doesn’t inhibit my movements very much. As it breaks in, like with a new pair of raw denim, the stiffness will give way to beautiful creases much more flexibility.

    • TO

      +1 for Alex. A lot of unexpected moves going on (fun print shirt, chore [not jean] jacket, sweet basket weave loafers, hair+shades) make for a unique and very interesting look.

      Surprised you mentioned a big collar though, it seems pretty average to me… but a great looking jacket nonetheless!

    • kellen owenby

      Towni’s look is a perfect casual spring outfit. I absolutely love it!

    • Mitch G

      Alex! I love it

    • Shawn

      Towni for sure, although I love Alex and Wes looks altogether! Dan, I’m liking those Jack Erwin boots, I’ve been researching them a lot lately but not a lot of reviews so far. What’s your take on their general quality (keeping in mind they’re not 700$ shoes)?

    • Andrew

      Was all set to give this one to Wes, but when I flipped onto Towni page it was teh perfect example of casual clothing done right. Well done Towni

      • Geezer

        Ditto. I was thinking Wes, but Towni steals the show – though he usually does for me.

    • cam

      Have to give my nod to Wes today. Hey Wes, 5’11 isn’t short?

      • http://www.tsbmen.com/ Westley Dimagiba

        people are usually surprised when they meet me bc they think I’m short hah

        • cam

          I guess my vague attempt at humor didn’t land well. I was implying that 5’11 IS short (since I’m 6’3)…bad joke…looking sharp though.

        • TO

          For what it’s worth Wes, I guessed you were 6’… with shoes on maybe?

          • http://www.tsbmen.com/ Westley Dimagiba

            I’ll take that