Among friends and family I tend to get labeled an “old man,” and you won’t find me complaining. I have no problem with the label. I love nights in, comfortable clothes, a good book… I mean what’s not to love? The reason I bring this up is that I recently put this sweater on and, like any old man, put my hand in one of the pockets of my sweater only to find an old mint from a restaurant in there. Now I’m not going to get into whether I ate it or not (I did for you all you inquiring minds), but it was the quintessential “old man” moment. Aren’t those the steps to being a true old man? Step one, ensure you are layering over a soft flannel shirt, preferably one with suede elbow patches (note to the reader: the shirt pictured does in fact have suede elbow patches). Step two, put on chunky sweater, preferably a cardigan with a shawl collar because duh you are an old man. Step three, reach hand into pocket of said sweater and hear the crinkle of a candy wrapper. Step four, remove candy and proceed to unwrap and enjoy awful restaurant candy. Bonus points if it’s not actually candy but in fact a cough drop (that’s happened to me too before). I’ve officially gone to a new level. And I am not afraid.
In all seriousness, pulling style tips from the elderly is something I often do. Whether it’s wearing over-sized, cable-knit sweaters or rocking a suspender every so often, there are things to incorporate into your everyday looks. One thing I didn’t pull from the old are the new Mott & Bow black denim I’m sporting. I’ve been a die-hard Mott & Bow fan for a while now and these black babies are so nice. They’re soft, they’re comfortable, they’re a worn-in black so I don’t have to fear wearing them in a bit and freaking out they aren’t the same color. They just make sense and I’m so happy they’ve entered my life. A worthwhile investment for any style freak. Maybe that’s another thing I picked up from my elders, the value of a dollar? Let’s not get into that. The candy in the pocket was enough for one post. The lesson is that style inspiration can be found all around you so keep your head up and eyes open. And if all else fails, take a handful of restaurant candies and hide them in all your sweaters as a nice little surprise down the road.
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