Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves.
T & C Classic Tee
I live in New York, but I grew up in California. As a kid, skate and surf culture dominated fashion. Brands like Vision Street Wear, Powell, Jimmy-Z, Maui and Sons, Santa Cruz, and Vans were the brands we loved. At the age of eight, however, nothing was cooler than T & C shirts. (Alas, at the age of 10 nothing was cooler than stonewashed Guess overalls, but that's another story for the New Jack Swing history books). To refresh your memories, T & C shirts looked something like this. Unfortunately, they no longer produce these shirts and, for what it's worth, wearing one might make you look like an eight-year-old (I'm cool with that: My Saturn is in return). T & C does still make their classic logo shirts (pictured above). Good summer look. Wearing one of these says, "I've got a positive beach party attitude," but not in an ironic vintage-Cabo Wabo-t-shirt type of way.
I am a bicycle lover. I raced BMX as a kid, rode trails all across the Southwest, did delivery work through a couple New York City winters, and even rode a century through the California wine country on a tandem bicycle with my dad. I built my first track bike about 12 years ago. At some point in my life, I'm sure I would have fed you some BS line about how track bikes make more sense in the city. I would have said "cadence" a lot, and fiercely defended my stance. The fact of the matter is that I was 22 years old and full of it. Track bikes are absurd. I love them, they're a blast to ride, but they're pretty impractical. Maybe I'm getting old, but at this point in my life, I feel like all you need is a bicycle that's comfortable, gets you from point a to point b, you don't have to worry about getting stolen, and, in Casual Friday's fashion, looks nice. For those that feel the same and don't want to build something from scratch, I recommend these Linus bicycles. I rode one around last week and it was tons of fun. Nothing fancy—just simple and easy. Good looking to boot! At $400, this is a great entry-level around-town bicycle. In other bicycle news, for those of you down to spend the cash and bike out, this Brooks saddle is pretty cool.
Florian Rope Necklace
I work in "fashion," but one thing I don't think about too much is jewelry. That said, I always appreciate when I see an individual wearing unique accessories. I decided I would write about some jewelry this week, but after casually perusing the internet for women's accessories I realized that all the pieces I liked were really expensive. I don't know if this means that I have expensive taste, or if nice jewelry ain't cheap (probably the latter). Anyways, I figured my casual perusing shouldn't go to waste so here's a piece I really liked: The Florian rope necklaces from Opening Ceremony. Again, it carries a pretty hefty price tag, but it's really incredible—almost sculptural in form. It kind of reminds me of a Tauba Auerbach painting by way of necklace. Apparently, it's unisex. Not really sure I'm ready to take it there, but who knows what this season has in store for me. So after writing this super-articulate piece on jewelry, in which I say "sculptural," I think I'll go back to sneakers and jackets. Happy Friday!