• Brown Out

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: when dressing monochromatically, introduce depth by layering in varying patterns, textures, and tones (notice the three different shades of brown leather).

    Rig:
    • Topo Designs wool knit cap
    • J.Crew leather bomber jacket
    • Club Monaco silk scarf
    • Rugby dress shirt
    • Rugby Donegal tweed vest and trouser
    • Ralph Lauren wool/cashmere tie
    • Rugby D-ring belt
    • Allen Edmonds longwings
    • Frank Clegg leather duffel
    Ebbets Field flannel cap

    Jan 20, 2014 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 2/7/2014 at 12:46 PM:

    Looking good, ol’ chum.


    Jenna left a comment on 2/5/2014 at 4:56 AM:

    🙏


    Stacey left a comment on 1/30/2014 at 8:33 PM:

    You look so comfortable in your own skin.


    S left a comment on 1/30/2014 at 3:28 PM:

    I kind of envy you.


    Timothy left a comment on 1/29/2014 at 2:18 PM:

    Role model.


    Jess left a comment on 1/29/2014 at 1:30 PM:

    You appear to have dressed yourself splendidly.


    Sarah left a comment on 1/29/2014 at 1:26 PM:

    I love this. Keep it up Fred!


    Kate left a comment on 1/29/2014 at 4:53 AM:

    Your blog has been awe-inspiring lately.


    Cecil left a comment on 1/29/2014 at 1:32 AM:

    This is a lotta fun. Nice!


    Tony left a comment on 1/28/2014 at 7:23 PM:

    Looks great, I miss your posts. I would say that a nice patterned sock would have played well. Nonetheless, you look stout.


    Lake left a comment on 1/28/2014 at 11:12 AM:

    Spot on re: “depth”. 
    The tweed and leathers sing.


    Matthew left a comment on 1/28/2014 at 9:59 AM:

    Love that scarf- the pants make me miss rugby..nicely done as usual


    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 1/27/2014 at 10:51 PM:

    The suit of clothing looks great.


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  • Toy Soldiers

    Style  

    Pablo Picasso believed that it took a long time to grow young. As a man who painted in his pajamas, mismatched outfits, and the occasional Indian headdress, you get the sense he was indeed a boy in a grown man’s body. He never actually left behind childhood. Sure, you have to make rent, file tax returns, and do your own grocery shopping (I have still yet to master this), but that artistic seven year-old is better resuscitated if you ever want to create anything ever again.

    I am constantly looking for small ways to fold traces of my childhood back into everyday life. I spend a lot of time in my home office and I have these plastic toy soldiers strewn about my desk. When decorating my space, I tend to mix polar opposites—the masculine with the feminine (wildlife objet such as an alligator head and an Asian water buffalo horn display against pink walls, for example), the soft with the hard, the old with the new. These toy soldiers serve as little (pun intended) reminders of where I come from. They remind to keep dreaming, to keep playing...to keep growing young.

    Jan 17, 2014 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Dan left a comment on 1/27/2014 at 10:05 PM:

    Now THIS…this I can dig.


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  • Silver Linings

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: metallic heel, classic white shirt/navy blazer pairing. It's all so simple.

    Jan 15, 2014 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Lake left a comment on 1/28/2014 at 11:09 AM:

    Her Ray Bans hit it.


    Erica left a comment on 1/23/2014 at 2:18 AM:

    Kat, you are killin it in those heels! Love it!


    @thebigsteezy left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 9:25 PM:

    One of the best looks ever on UP


    Kathryn left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 6:07 PM:

    Spot on! Would love to know more about the pants.


    Elizabeth Boocks left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 12:44 PM:

    Classic and contemporary. Love it!


    Deb left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 12:38 PM:

    Love the tote, with the shoes.


    Lindsey Brittain left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 11:30 AM:

    Love it all!  You look fabulous!


    Emilia Jane left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 11:08 AM:

    looking gorgeous Kat! <3


    Michelle Cross left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 10:57 AM:

    Kat.is.gorgeous.


    Sarah left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 10:51 AM:

    A wardrobe match made in heaven.


    Kat left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 10:42 AM:

    I guess I don’t hate the heels either:)


    Bunny left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 8:53 AM:

    Very simple, very well put together. Love the heels.


    Henry left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 8:31 AM:

    Love the heels.


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  • Down the Line

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: layering doesn't always have to start with the lightest layer. Here, a Shetland under a knit rugby jersey works just as well.

    Rig:
    • Ebbets Field flannel cap
    • Randolph Engineering aviators
    • Wallace & Barnes Shetland sweater
    • Boast rugby
    Arc'teryx down jacket
    • vintage Omega Seamaster
    • Ralph Lauren grosgrain D-ring belt
    • Rugby denim
    New Balance 710 hiker boot

    Jan 13, 2014 | Permalink (12) View/Leave Comments

    James left a comment on 1/27/2014 at 8:45 AM:

    How’s the fit if you don’t plan on wearing it as an undershirt, but more like a normal sweater?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/26/2014 at 8:52 PM:

    @Palmer Woodrow—The Wallace & Barnes shetlands run big. I’m wearing a small. Don’t even bother with the original J.Press Shaggy Dog shetlands…even in a small, I’m swimming in one. I have yet to try on a York St. shetland but I imagine the fit would be much slimmer.


    Palmer Woodrow left a comment on 1/26/2014 at 8:22 PM:

    How does the W&B shetland fit compare to J. Press (or York St.)?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/23/2014 at 12:56 PM:

    @Laurel—I’m wearing an undershirt…itch-free.


    Laurel left a comment on 1/23/2014 at 12:50 PM:

    Didn’t that itch?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 4:55 PM:

    @TopShelfTags—Rugby is the brand.


    TopShelfTags left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 4:48 PM:

    are Rugby jeans a brand or a style/cut?


    John left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 3:17 PM:

    Fred, what exactly are you wearing on your right hand? Can we get a close up/details on the ring?


    Kat left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 10:41 AM:

    Love love those boots!


    Bunny left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 9:02 AM:

    Fred, this is the perfect idea of casual layering. Love the idea of mixing up the usual. The denim draws the eye and adds balance. Love the NB hikers. Well done sir!


    Roger C. Russell II left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 6:56 AM:

    I am considering Randolph for my next purchase of sunglasses? Are yours the bayonet temple? I will not be able to try them on before I purchase,  and I am wondering if they are comfortable.


    Charles left a comment on 1/22/2014 at 6:54 AM:

    This is on par, well done.


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  • John Newman Tribute

    Music & Books  

    Occasionally there's an album that you discover and it hits all the right notes. It’s the right amount of soul. The right amount of angry. The right amount of conviction. The right amount of guts. The right amount of "damn you."

    John Newman's Tribute is that for me. From the get go, it knocks you on your ass and keeps you dancing off that break-up until the last note on “Day One” in which he screams “I have been broken since day one, you’re vicious like them all!” Not exactly get-pumped-for-that-first-date material. Better sung over a fresh wound. The kid makes no apologies—this is about singing his peace.

    Newman, a baby faced English crooner, redeems his throbbing heartbreak with conviction and a palate decidedly more seasoned than his 23 years. "Love Me Again" and "Cheating” are lip-biting-fist-pounding standouts. Although the latest in a long line of 60s revivers, Newman gives guys the break-up album we never got with Adele or Winehouse...and that’s something we can all ugly cry to.

    Jan 10, 2014 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Geoff left a comment on 1/13/2014 at 12:27 PM:

    Fred, I care about what you’re doing here.


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