Sock Connoiseur

On New Year’s Day, I cleared out my closet, purging and reorganizing. I sadly noticed that though a lot of my socks are fairly new, the elastics have already worn out, bunching uncomfortably around the ankles inside of boots.

So in anticipation of being in Japan, where tatami rooms = show your socks frequently, I knew I had to get some replacements for all those I threw out.

I went looking for them today, and was surprised to find that the elastics, even on brands like Cole Haan and Ralph Lauren, were pretty weak. Ironically, the $1 clearance pairs I found a year ago at Target are lasting the longest, and have the coolest patterns. No cool socks were found at Target today at my preferred price point (read: clearance), but I did find these at Marshall’s:

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Two pairs of Timberland wool socks for $4! The elastics on these were tight, though only constituting a shorter portion than I would like; and well, they aren’t cute.

But they would certainly keep my toesies warm in winter!

Man Shopping

I recently purchased a discounted red jacket for an upcoming photoshoot, and this time round, The Husband suddenly wanted to fret about his outfit too!

We decided that he needed a winter jacket + some layers. While out shopping today, I spotted a Givenchy leather jacket for $800, marked down from $3000!

The Husband of course insisted on trying out “the fancy French jacket” just for kicks, nevermind that it was two sizes too small for him:
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It’s too trendy for his laidback style, but the leather was certainly very supple, and the jacket evidently well-made. But… wow, $3000 full price?!

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We purchased the 100% cashmere sweater ($43, pictured) that was soft & plush, not scratchy; and a textured/metallic dark grey Ben Sherman tie for $20 (pictured). The Ben Sherman jacket above looks really good, but we decided he didn’t need a $229 jacket that he wouldn’t wear very often.

Incidentally, he had earlier tried on a Hugo Boss suit that fit him really well. It was on clearance for $350 and I offered to buy it for him, but he declined, since he had just purchased an iPad Mini last week for the same price. Oh well. Fiscal discipline is key!

Yesterday we also picked up a Kenneth Cole Reaction wool peacoat for him at $50. It was quite the adventure, as the coat had no tags at all on it, and we had to bug the manager to figure out a price, rather than just say they can’t sell it to us. She initially said 10% off $99.90 – the price of a similar Calvin Klein coat – but The Husband gave her his offer of 50% off. “Ok, sure,” she said, preferring to be rid of this random article of clothing, and thus the deal was sealed.

Here’s his complete outfit:
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Peacoat: Kenneth Cole Reaction, $50
Shirt: Existing. From our wedding.
Tie: Ben Sherman, $20
Sweater: ‘John Nordstrom’, $43
Jeans: Existing. Levi’s.
Belt: Existing.
Total: $113

I have to say, he looks pretty darn good!