First known sighting: The original J. Press shop in New Haven, Connecticut, 1902.
Recent sighting: Hipster coffee shop near you.
Hall of Famers: Miles Davis, George Plimpton, John Updike.
Signature accessory: Knit tie.
Bragging rights: Wearing the same pair of khakis for fifteen years.
Cause for stress: Hole in the crotch of said khakis.
Pickup line: “I like your cardigan.”
Favourite book: The Stories of John Cheever.
On his iPod: Talking Heads.
In his driveway: 1983 Mercedes Benz S-Series.
In his closet: Three-button wool herringbone blazer ($265) by J. Crew; cotton shirt ($30) by L.L. Bean; cotton tie ($95) by Gant; cotton trousers ($98) by Dockers; leather belt ($45) by J. Press; glasses ($405) by Tom Ford.
Deep Search: Wes Anderson Inspired Looks On A Budget
Next up in my series of pulling shit from closet that kinda sorta looks like it was from a movie is the Wes Anderson catalog. I’ll be pulling from a few different films but today I did a few of my favorites (and the easiest ones for me.)
The Life Aquatic
Sweater - J. Crew Factory Lambswool ($40) Shirt - Gap Modern Oxford ($35) Cap - Red Watch Cap ($8 on Amazon) Trousers - Levi’s 511 Commuter Trousers ($45) Shoes - Adidas Samba ($50 plus the cost of modifying) Sunglasses - American Optical Aviators ($50) Watch - Orient Blue Ray on NATO ($150) Book - 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ($8 on Amazon)
Total - $386
This was a very easy one for me. This is one of my all time favorite movies and I’ve gone as Steve Zissou for Halloween more than once. I’m a Scuba Instructor (as is my father) and I’m originally from Louisville, KY so there are a lot of jokes that really hit close to home.
BTW last time I looked that sweater was on closeout for around $20 and they still had quite a few sizes left.
In the film Steve wears a Vostok Amphibian (dubbed the Zissou if you are trying to find one on eBay.) This is probably the best bang for the buck out there as far as automatic dive watches go. This Russian made dive watch can usually be found on eBay for less than $100. I’ve had one on my wish list for ages but I have not had the chance to pick one up yet.
My wife and I as Steve and Eleanor Zissou for Halloween last year.
Jacket - St. Johns Bay ($40) Shirt - Merona Flannel ($25) Sunglasses - J Crew Factory ($12) Gloves - AEO ($13) Boots - St Johns Bay ($50) Watch - St Moritz Momentum Square One ($200) Watch Cap - AEO ($13) Socks - J Crew Factory ($8)
Total - $361
This one is pretty far from the film. A lot of the looks in Wes Anderson films are hard to pull off because the clothes are extremely bold, distinct and in many cases made for the fim. However I try to match something that gets the vibe right. I wish I had a pair of duck boots to go with this. LL Bean’s are of course back ordered for the next century. However, I’ve found a pair of Sorel’s that look pretty tempting.
Bob Balaban can rock grey sweatpants with white socks. I cannot so I replaced them with trousers. I can definitely see myself hiking around a New England Island in this outfit.
Sweater- Banana Republic ($45 on clearance) Shirt - Old Navy LS Waffle Tee ($10) Jeans - J Crew Factory Driggs ($45) Boots - Clarks Desert Mali ($140) Socks - J Crew Factory ($8) Watch - Timex Weekend on Lakehouse Leather Strap ($40) Hat - Target ($10)
Total - $298
Blanket - Pendleton ($100) I listed this separately because it’s not really a part of the outfit.
I noticed this outfit in the film because it’s pretty much what I was wearing when I went to see it for the first time. I threw the in because it’s leather strap is the closest thing I have to the shoulder straps and it works well together.
The blanket I consider frugal in that it will be something that I can pass down to my grandkids someday.