The Accidental Prep and Harris Tweed x Nike
Michael Yarbrough’s closet is one that just speaks “style with ease”, in the most literal sense. He is one of the most stylish people I know, part of the reason why I’ve never shied away from having him on my blog in the past. But Michael is like one of those guys Mordechai Rubinstein would flip over. He’s has a good sense for clothing, and a refined taste, yet sometimes he’s completely unaware of how stylish he is. Haha. I like to think that he has almost like a serendipitous fashion sense. He’s that guy in the movie that would say, “Oh this? I just put this on when I woke up this morning.” But he’d mean it.
Most of the clothes in Michael’s closet are collected from countless Goodwills, donation bins, and miscellaneous thrift stores. Yet you really couldn’t tell. If you had to peg him, you’d come up with something like “refined and classic; yet preppy with a casual twist”.
Whenever I see a piece on Michael I particularly like, I ask him where he got it from. There’s a phrase Michael has come up with to describe the place from which a significant portion of his clothing originates, the “You know that type of Goodwill. The super cheap, $1.50 kind.” Yes, that vintage J. Crew hat that makes him come off as a dressed down prep on his day off cost him $1.50 at Goodwill.
In fact, most of the items Michael had with him that day were fairly preppy. That’s typical of his closet. A lot of the time, he comes across as an 80’s preppy weekend warrior. (It may not make sense to you, but to me the imagery is spot on haha.)
For part of the day, Michael was sporting a najavo print coat on top of a multi-colored Tommy Hilfiger polo, circa late 80s-mid 90s. The coat is vintage Woolworth from eBay.
shoes by sperry topsider
the dressed down, vintage weekend yuppie look
Michael also had a vintage polo sweater that he put on top his polo later that day. Could this piece also be an item out of a forgotten Tommy Hilfiger fall/winter collection long gone? Nah. He actually got it thrifted. It’s by Knights of the Round Table. Ironically Michael’s polo isn’t the only thing in his closet that appears to be vintage prep, that in reality is a brand you’ve probably never heard of. But it doesn’t matter. Because it might still look better than the new brand name one you paid a lot more for.
When I asked Michael why all his clothes were so preppy, he responded with something about having natural steeze.
THRIFTED BERETS AND PURPLE TWEED NIKES
My closet isn’t quite like Michael’s, when it comes to thrifted items. While a lot of the clothes in my closet are thrifted, I actually don’t shop at Goodwill often. And for me, thrifted/vintage goods don’t serve as the basis for most of my outfits. They’re usually a way to supplement my looks.
For example, only one item I wore for the shoot is actually secondhand. I decided to use my outfit more as an example of how thrifted clothing can enhance any look, without making it look cheap or old.
And could you guess what that item is? Probably not, and that’s part of the point. The $2 beret that I’m rocking on my head looks pretty classic and timeless, and helps enhance my style factor tenfold. You may recognize the beret from my “Black Panther Steeze" post.
glasses by warby parker; beret thrifted; camo jacket by american apparel; shirt by selected/homme; black undershirt by asos black; pants by asos black; shoes by harris tweed x nike
And believe it or not, Michael Yarbrough actually found this beret during the same haul that found him his vintage J. Crew hat. So that’s a classic, black beret and a vintage J. Crew baseball hat for $3.50, and some tax. Most thrifting finds aren’t that cheap, but it goes to show the magic that can happen.
I love all the items I’m rocking in this outfit, but there’s one I can’t help but highlight. Go back up to the top of the photoset and take another look at those Harris Tweed x Nike joints I’m rocking. If you have a keen eye, you may remember that they’ve been on the blog before. I just love them. They’re like a luxe sneaker. I’m by no means a sneakerhead, so I didn’t know about them when they dropped in ‘09. And I actually unknowingly grabbed the women’s colorway when I copped them (the men’s colorway is army green). But that’s the best part. I would have still done it if I knew. The purple tweed is just something else.
Excuse me for a second while I throw up some details of my Selected/Homme club collar shirt and black ASOS top.