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That Autumn Look | Part One

Sep 17th, 2008 | Categories: Style, That Autumn Look | by Michael Williams

Is it fall yet? September leads to October and then eventually to November which is when the weather gets just right. If the temperature could just settle into the low-50s to mid-40s (what I call Barbour weather) I would be happy. One of my favorite things in the world is to open the coat closet (hall closet as it was known back in Ohio) and resurrect the Barbour for another season. Last summer I had my Bedale re-waxed in New Hampshire, making the telltale tin cloth scent more enjoyable and pungent than ever.

In anticipation of the pending brisk autumn weather, I devised a series of still life product round-ups for your viewing pleasure. Part one, The Commuter, is pictured below.

The Commuter

Comments: 25

25 Comments to “That Autumn Look | Part One”

  1. SthrnGent
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 11:34 AM

    Great Post – I love an inspiration board. What do you have for us next ACL?

  2. Eric R.
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 11:42 AM

    Hall closet…I thought it was just my family (in northeast Ohio) that used that term. I haven’t thought about it in years. Thanks for that little tug of nostalgia.

    Nice look. I’m employed at a university and that would definitely work well. The suede patches on the cardigan especially add a touch of ivy league polish to the ensemble. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with for Fall.

  3. Joe
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 12:11 PM

    I’ve been having this internal debate about what to do with my black, oxblood and brown brogues as I don’t wear suits to work anymore. I was thinking they may be obsolete….but I love how you’ve combined them with a dressy-casual look including chinos and other fall tweedy classics.

    Please keep assembling the your inspiration boards, they’re inspiring!

  4. djl
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 12:13 PM

    Great stuff. I believe the Alden is a longwing, rather than a wing tip?

  5. Pit
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 12:41 PM

    Good looks. I’m definitely curious about the next installments. Any inspiration for a desk jockey?

  6. abby
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 12:59 PM

    can you tell the commuter i like his elbow patches and that i’m avail to discuss catcher in rye. thnx.

  7. Sam Jacobs
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 1:22 PM

    Call me naive if you must, but what is a trouser strap?

  8. Edward
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 1:38 PM

    I thought it was a fancy-pants way of saying belt but apparently it something you wrap around your leg (or ankle, I guess) so as to not let your pants get caught in the bicycle chain.

  9. Sam Jacobs
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 1:39 PM


  10. Michael Williams
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 1:40 PM

    Edward is correct. With that particular bicycle you don’t really need it (since the chain is shielded), but you never can be too careful!

  11. pete
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 1:59 PM

    I love the Churchill Classic by Velorbis. It is so stylish and perfect for commuting. Check out their other models at

  12. TINTIN
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 3:08 PM

    Ahem, a small word of advice that’ll save you a couple hunded bucks – - Go to Ebay UK for your Barbour. Dirt cheap and beat to hell for about $50. Throw in shipping for $30 and you have the real McCoy with distressed character.

    I’m surprised that putz, Ralph hasn’t figured this on out.

  13. james fox
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 3:19 PM

    excellent tip about, kicking myself for not having thought of it…. for the ladies, use that to snare less expensive Orla Kiely items too…

  14. r
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 3:23 PM

    In agreement about a well worn barbour……they should never be purchased new and never be rewaxed. The old coats are made better, nicer lining and an older bedale for example has chest pockets with closing flaps and a slimmer cut.

  15. Andy
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 4:16 PM

    Meet the Yorkshire Countryman. I got the four-pocket Bedale that Ricky mentioned for a song.

  16. r
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 6:32 PM

    the yorkshire countryman is the man, a few coats from him are keeping us happy……also spitalfields market for those visiting london.

  17. rye on the rocks
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 8:47 PM

    I finally appreciate cardigans. I look forward to dressing them both up and down.

  18. Michael Daddino
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 8:50 PM

    The hall closet, right by the front door. Mmm, memories. That was where my parents stored the winter coats, the liquor, the vinyl records. In the winter it was always cold and in the summer it smelled of humidity.

    Not sold on the Salinger, though.

  19. stephanie
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 10:53 PM

    Love the elbow patches + the wingtips.

    The red tie is a nice touch.

  20. iSynth
    on Sep 18th, 2008
    @ 6:14 AM

    catcher in the rye… i was wondering how that supposed to correlate with bicycle ride

  21. That Autumn Look | Part Two « A Continuous Lean.
    on Sep 18th, 2008
    @ 12:24 PM

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  22. e.b. strong
    on Sep 18th, 2008
    @ 6:01 PM

    some classic things…
    Question: Would a gentleman who does not need eye glasses dare keep a pair of clear lensed anglos?

  23. sam
    on Oct 5th, 2008
    @ 5:51 PM

    no eb, no he would not, be patient you too will really need them someday, for now enjoy being able to not wear them.

  24. sam
    on Oct 15th, 2008
    @ 11:14 AM

    I took TinTin’s (excellent) advice, got one for 110 with shipping, looks great. But 40 is way too big for me, so so sad. Maybe you guys will see it on e-bay….

  25. Michael Williams
    on Oct 15th, 2008
    @ 11:31 AM

    Bedale or Beaufort??