• Wardrobe VII

    Dress Code  

    I’ve been reading Andy Warhol’s diary entries over the last year. An entry here, an entry there. As I mentioned prior, it’s best ingested in small doses. His summer weekends at his Montauk home, in addition to Jackson Pollock’s painting out of his converted East Hampton barn, served as the inspiration behind these chinos.

    1. Paisley bandana 

    The first time I really saw a guy pull off a back pocket square was in Palm Beach. Switching it out for a bandana gives you the freedom to actually wipe the sweat from your brow (those in the South know what I’m talking about). Given its functionality, it made sense in this look.

    2. Rugby repp stripe silk wallet
    3. Timex Easy Reader w/leather band
    4. Rugby sailing bracelet
    5. Kiel James Patrick Turk’s Head knot rope bracelet
    6. Gant by Michael Bastian chinos


I painted these chinos over a span of two weeks with oil paint. The first layer of greens and blues was applied with brushes and a knife and allowed to dry for one week. Then, a top layer of white was applied in the same fashion.

    7. Polo Ralph Lauren braided rope belt
    8.Columbiaknit Breton stripe sweatshirt*


Archival Clothing unearthed this fabric from Columbiaknit’s archives during a recent trip to Portland, OR. It’s dead-stock from 1997. Inspired by their love of Saint James tees, Archival thought the Breton stripe pattern would make a nice sweatshirt (for men and women)—they secretly have a goal to help Columbiaknit put their dead-stock to use, rather than have it sit idle. The sweatshirt boasts ribbed cuffs, ribbed inset V, and chain-stitching. It’s the perfect layer fireside on the beach, on the edge of your couch watching Jaws, or on your girl.

    9. Eyebobs tort shell eyeglasses
    10. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star

    *courtesy of Columbiaknit

    Jul 18, 2011 | Permalink (27) Total Comments

    southern belle through and through left a comment on 9/16/2011 at 9:32 PM:

    my daddy wore a paisley “back pocket square”, as you call it, when he was casually dressed.  of course, all other occasions called for fine linen, carried in case my mother or i ever needed to wipe teary eyes.  my father was a handsome, dapper fellow and would praise you soundly for your fabulous sense of style and recognition of the old guard way a gentleman presents himself, albeit with a bit of a modern twist.  quite well done!

    bk left a comment on 7/27/2011 at 4:25 PM:

    warhol’s diaries r sweet read the whole thing in like 2 months ... its a beast

    CDM left a comment on 7/27/2011 at 2:45 PM:

    @FEC—I know those are Eyebobs glasses but can you tell us which model they are?  Arch Rival?  Full Wit?  Thanks!  They are pretty sweet and timeless.

    Xa left a comment on 7/22/2011 at 11:55 AM:

    I’m loving the wallet!!! Where could i find one like this? (i live in Paris.)


    David C left a comment on 7/21/2011 at 10:03 AM:

    May I suggest that you use the bandana as a wristband or neckerchief, as I do with my breton shirts?

    Emily left a comment on 7/19/2011 at 12:15 PM:

    I love the belt and the bandana! Wonderful combinations. I’m a big Warhol fan too!

    -Emily (urbanadventurer.com/blog)

    Mat left a comment on 7/19/2011 at 11:04 AM:

    I wore a pair of old chinos while sanding and painting my boat over the past couple of months that ended up like this.  Decided a couple weeks ago to take them to my tailor to have them slimmed down for every day wear.

    Luis Alcaraz left a comment on 7/19/2011 at 10:49 AM:

    I can believe this I hate the painted chinos when I saw it on Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiguer and now I want a pair.

    Guest left a comment on 7/19/2011 at 10:48 AM:

    Hey I’m really diggin your pics : )

    does anybody know, what is the name of the designer of rugby by rl? thanks guys

    Landon left a comment on 7/19/2011 at 4:01 AM:

    I enjoy your blog and have added it to my google reader. Anyway, good post. The painter’s khakis remind me of a pair of 501’s that I have reserved exclusively for chores, painting, gardening, and other “dirty” work. They’re beat up, patched, and smell like latex paint. Also Im sure some designer is selling a similar pair for 300+ out there somewhere.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 8:30 PM:

    Thanks Fred. I have a worn in pair of check vans that I will not let go and are holey, paint splattered, destroyed, nothing beats them on the weekend.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 5:21 PM:

    @Nathan—With these interchangeable watch straps, you don’t remove the pins…but simply thread the strap through them. When I do have to remove pins I use very small screwdrivers or my fingernails.

    Nathan left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 5:16 PM:

    what brand of spring bar tool do you use to remove all your watch bands please?

    Daniel left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 5:03 PM:

    While I have my reservations about painting onto chinos, the execution was admittedly fantastic.

    Paul left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 4:44 PM:

    I love that you posted a photo of those pants again. Who knew they would be so contoversial? I think they are great.

    CHC left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 4:28 PM:

    Thanks Fred. That’s good to know, I’m mostly pen, paper and acrylics so I didn’t know that. That sounds like fun.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 4:23 PM:

    @CHC—If you’re painting with oils, paint isn’t “falling” anywhere.  Rather, you’re cleaning your brushes on your pants.  I have a rich background in the arts as well…on this piece I simply used clothing as my canvas.

    @Joey Dee—I personally wouldn’t go as far as painting the sneaks because I’d be painting barefoot.  It’s important to keep attention-getting pieces to just one in a look (so no, I wouldn’t wear a painted shoe with a painted pant per se).

    CHC left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 4:15 PM:

    Do you know people who do the same thing with their jeans/khakis but just let the paint fall naturally while they’re painting? In your opinion, does your method work better or is it just a matter of preference?

    I’m sort of an artist so I’m leaning towards just wearing some khakis on when I do oil painting…

    Joey Dee left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 4:13 PM:

    Great collection. Would you go as far as paintin the sneakers? Would that be too much to wear together? Went into jcrew not too long ago, and i was shocked with their collection and the quality of the pieces, and they happened to have a sale that day! Stocked up on some staples.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 4:00 PM:

    @CHC—I painted the chinos deliberately with brush and knife.  The use of the bandana is for wiping your brow (or wiping your brush should you be painting)...and yes, I just jam it down into my pocket halfway.

    @Jonathan—I’ve washed them already.  Oil paint doesn’t wash out of cotton…it’s permanent.

    CHC left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 3:55 PM:

    So, Fred:

    Do you paint these jeans deliberately by applying paint directly on them with your hands or a brush, or do you just wear them while you are painting and see how it turns out?

    Also, what is your use for the bandanna? Do you usually leave it sticking out of your pocket, or is it just for blowing your nose or something?

    Great entry!

    Jonathan left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 3:55 PM:

    Do you plan on washing those pants? Wouldn’t that make the paint run everywhere?

    d. nubbins left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 3:27 PM:

    Ok, so the painted khakis are growing on me…just a little.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 2:44 PM:

    @rwkirk—Leather watch straps like this one can be picked up J. Crew currently.

    rwkirk left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 1:36 PM:

    May I inquire as to where you purchased your leather watch strap? It appears as though it weaves through the strap pins to go onto the watch; is that so? If that is the case, that would be great for anyone who uses grosgrain straps but who want to occasionally switch to a leather one.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 12:49 PM:

    @G.O.S.—Please do not assume I wear this in Texas.  I travel to the northeast (alot) and the jumper is fantastic on a cool night in Rhode Island.

    G.O.S left a comment on 7/18/2011 at 12:48 PM:

    If it’s hot enough to be wiping sweat from your brow, how can you be wearing that jumper ?

    Love the look but in the summer all my jumpers stay in the cupboard unfortunately. Maybe you are acclimatised to he heat, being in texas.