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Casual Fridays: Vintage Inspiration

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Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves.

Contrary to popular belief, my weekdays aren't spent on the yacht eating caviar whilst debating foreign economics. I spend 45 hours a week running a used-clothing store…in cyberspace. At the end of the day, my favorite articles of clothing are the unique ones that the average consumer has to dig to find. So, this week I'm going to share with you some of my favorite pieces that only eBay and secondhand stores can provide you with. I hope you find them inspiring.

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Surfline Jams
In the spirit of summer, I thought I would share my favorite brand of vintage swim trunks…JAMS! Jams World recently started remaking the Original Jams, but the pattern choices are a real let down. Look for the vintage ones on eBay. I photographed a few of my favorite pairs above. Color fades, jazz dancers, top hats, and hearts? Tie-die, splatter paint, and foreign newspaper clippings? That design team was really breaking some ground in the print field, if you ask me. I guess that’s what happens when your inspiration board is full of images from Weekend at Bernie’s.

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Pre-LOVED Clothing
Some of my favorite pieces of clothing are the ones that somebody loved the life out of before finding their way to me. The jean jacket above is one of those items. It was beat when I got it and it's worse now. Sometimes people tell me to get it fixed, but I'm just going to wear it until it falls off my back. I tend to buy well-loved items like this whenever I come across them. I guess this makes me a trash collector...or a man in search of love.

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Coca-Cola Clothing
Coca-Cola had a kind of neat clothing line in the '80s. As it turns out, Tommy Hilfiger was appointed to oversee the line in 1985 before launching his own brand in 1986. Working in vintage, I come across the pieces somewhat frequently—most often the rugby shirts that look a lot like the ones Benetton was making in the '80s. Every so often, however, I come across a piece like the one above. This t-shirt has a great summer-in-America-type of feel to it. I look like a human Firecracker Popsicle when I wear it. Look for vintage Coca-Cola clothing on eBay—you'll know the good stuff when you see it.