Another Basic Bastard

Hiking has caused big changes to my body. My feet are longer, and wider; my leg muscles are bigger, at the expense of my arm muscles; and somewhere in there I lost a hundred pounds. As a result I basically had to get rid of everything I owned, and rebuild my wardrobe from scratch.

Hiking has also caused me to better understand my body. And to understand clothes – quality, material, design – history – utility.

This has been an incredible opportunity to select a small, high-quality wardrobe for all occasions. I think that I am well on my way.


-SuitSupply three-piece in slate-blue linen (summer)
-SuitSupply three-piece in charcoal pinstripe 120 (winter)


-SuitSupply tailored white buttondown, for when suited
-Peter Christian Classic Tattersall shirt, in white
-Peter Christian Colorful Tattersall shirts, one each in blue, green, and yellow
-Epaulet Chainstitched Selvedge Denim, in slate gray


-Icebreaker Cool-Lite merino tee, in brown
-Icebreaker Cool-Lite Sphere merino polo, in black and white horizontal stripes
-Minus33 Algonquin lightweight merino tshirt, in sand


-Minus33 Isolation midweight quarter-zip, in sand
-Icebreaker Zone 260 merino hoodie, in black and gray
-A small pile of Donegal crewnecks, because tweed is life.


Goodthreads 5-pocket skinny-fit chino, in black, olive, cognac, and stone
-Naked & Famous Elephant 3 jeans, 19oz denim, zero washes, fit: skinny guy
-Naked & Famous summerweight 7oz jeans, zero washes, fit: baggy

-Black cashmere pea coat (my maternal grandfather’s)
-Burberry trenchcoat (my paternal grandfather’s) – approximately the Kensington Long
-Barbour Ogston, in olive
-Icebreaker Venturous bomber jacket, in light brown


-Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid waterproof boot
-Altra Vali sneaker, in red and green
-Allen Edmonds Hopkinson cap-toe oxford, black calfskin
-Allen Edmonds Stirling boot, natural cxl


-Suede field belts, in blue and green
-Walnut-brown buffalo-hide belt, silver buckle
-Black belt with white contrast stitching, silver buckle


-A drawer full of DarnToughs :-)

The question is: do I need anything? For business or pleasure, formal or casual or anything?

The answer is: …not really. And that’s a happy mood, really.


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