An Untucked End of Summer?

We call Labor Day the “unofficial” end of summer, but the weather since Monday has been more like the summer we didn’t really have this year. Thinking back on it, I can’t recall any truly miserable days this year, the usual summer kind, full of high heat and oppressive humidity. But we’ve been getting a dose of that all week long. I’ve been trying to stay cool by keeping it loose and casual.

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| WEARING | J.Crew linen shirt, A.P.C. jeans (New Standard), Bracelet and belt c/o Coach (sold out), Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Common Projects leather sneakers (more affordable HERE) | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

With long pants, I’m never really an untucked kind of guy. A dress shirt untucked just looks sloppy and like you couldn’t decide whether or not to get dressed up. Sorry, bro, it’s the truth. (Incidentally, I plan on doing a post soon rounding up some of my biggest style pet peeves, faux pas, and easy style fixes. Stay tuned for that one.) Though, for me, on a Friday or weekend and feeling casual with a linen shirt, I think it’ll pass muster. Untucked can also work any day of the week if you happen to be Alessandro Squarzi.

Speaking of stylish gentleman, I’ll be heading up to New York Fashion Week today. Other commitments kept me away from the entire event, but I’m glad that I’m getting to go up this weekend. I’ll be hitting several shows as well as catching up with friends. Last year was my first year attending and the inspiration on display is truly, well, inspiring! I’ll probably be fairly active on my social channels so be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram if you don’t already.

ALAS - He Spoke Style

ALAS - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • Oliver

    The Apc’s are looking outstanding Brian. As a relatively new owner of a pair of new standards myself, could you share your denim care tips eg how long before you first washed them, how you washed them, how often you do so now etc? Thanks in advance!

    • Brian Sacawa

      I was pretty extreme with this pair. I didn’t wash them for 6-8 months–don’t worry, they weren’t producing any kind of offensive smell–and when I did first wash them, I soaked them. No washing machine. That was about five years ago. Now I’ll put them in the wash, but I’d say it took a good two years for them to start having some character and transition from my go-to dark denim, to something more worn in.

  • Tom

    Great look! Funnily enough, I am your negative image today – white denim, solid Navy seersucker shirt, and blue suede shoes.

    Enjoy NY! Go to PDT this time…..


    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Tom. Alas, I don’t think I’m going to have time for PDT this trip. One of these days!

  • Aweda

    Great look Brian! I particularly stuck on the linen shirt. Would get my hands on one and hopefully rock them on a day out with friends or to one of the many beaches in Lagos! ALWAYS NICE GETTING INSPIRED FROM YPU POSTS.

    Have fun at NYFW!

    – AWEDA

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Aweda! Thanks for the continued support.

  • TimL

    I don’t get why people buy such expensive jeans and then don’t wash them.

    Don’t you want to break them in so they’re comforatble?

    I love my jeans just like the next person but I’m not spending alot of money on them. I have some dark and some light colored jeans and wash them every 5th time worn if not dirty. They don’t wear out that fast and if I need another pair I can buy them, but I don’t cherish them…… they’re just jeans.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for your comment, Tim. Selvedge denim requires a longer break in period than regular denim. They are actually very stiff at first, but when you do finally break them in, they’ll feel like no other pair of jeans.

      I used to have an argument with a friend of mine about the price of a pair of selvedge denim. He couldn’t believe that I’d paid almost $200 for my A.P.C.s. I asked him how many pairs of jeans he goes through a year. The answer was five. And at $40 a pair, that adds up to $200. Now, that’s per year. My A.P.C.s are five years old. Who spent more?