After launching their eponymous collection just over five years ago, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos are now introducing a new athletic line to the Shipley & Halmos brand. Available in stores by early March, S&H Athletics will feature reinterpretations of classic sporting attire from the fifties and sixties, including garment-dyed T-shirts and polos, striped pima-cotton rugby shirts, 3/4-sleeve softball tees, fleece sweatpants, sweatshirts, and classic varsity jackets. In anticipation of its release, the designers have also put together a vintage sporting Tumblr to whet your appetite.
We caught up with Shipley and Halmos to talk about when you should ignore a salesperson's advice, how to stick to classics while allowing your style to evolve, and just saying no to cheap suits.
1. Wear some color, even in winter. Too many neutrals are boring.
2. The best jean jackets are vintage.
3. If you're into looking good, you should also be into living well. By that we mean give your apartment/house some love, not just your wardrobe.
4. Invest in a well-tailored suit. Although the "buy two suits, get three shirts, seven belts, 96 socks, and 34 ties FREE" deals are tempting, go with something nice and get it tailored to fit you perfectly.
5. And while we're on the topic of investing, find yourself a decent watch. It can be an item that lasts your lifetime.
6. Unless you're Burt Reynolds in 1972, exposing too much chest hair when wearing a woven shirt is not a good look. Trust us. And popping the collar—don't even go there!
7. If you look at an item of clothing and ask yourself, "What's that extra zipper for?" the likely answer is "Nothing". When in doubt, stick with the classics.
8. Double-breasted blazers are not for everyone. Neither are skinny jeans. The salesperson isn't always right. Know your body, what fits you best, and what feels comfortable.
9. A little fragrance goes a long way. Pay attention to the word little in this one.
10. Finally, allow your style to evolve. Try new things every so often. You never know where it will lead.