The Piedmont Blazer by Bonobos

On December 19, 2012, in Blazers, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Bonobos

Whether you keep one hanging on the back of your office door in case of a last minute meeting with the boss, or just next to your door at home in case you decide you need to dress things up a bit on your way out, having a versatile blazer at the ready is never a bad idea.  Of course, you can never go wrong with a standard navy blazer, but you can’t be scared to change things up from time to time.  If you’re looking to expand your blazer collection, a classic herringbone will always be a good look.  One of our favorites is the Piedmont from Bonobos.

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Gift Guide #4: Cotton

On December 18, 2012, in Bowties, Outerwear, Pants, Shirts, by Ryan & Ben

Images: Jack Donnelly, Starboard Clothing, American Giant, Criquet, Ledbury

With only one week until Christmas, we’re really getting in to crunch time when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for friends and family.  Though a couple of the picks in our cotton gift guide may have to come in the form of an IOU, we have a feeling the lucky recipients won’t mind waiting.

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5-Pocket 628 Moleskin Pants by Canvas Lands’ End

On December 17, 2012, in Pants, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Canvas Lands’ End

We’re always on the hunt for pants that will have a classic appeal, yet are a bit different than anything we have hanging in the closet.  In the Spring and Summer that tends to mean new colors to add to our ‘go to hell’ collection, but in the Fall and Winter we spend most of our time looking for pieces that will keep us a bit warmer than normal without adding any bulk.  On a recent visit to our local Canvas Lands’ End shop, we came across a pair that will certainly be filling a gap in our lineup this Winter, they’re the 5-pocket 628 Moleskin Pants.

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From the Archives: Tartan Belts by Smathers & Branson

On December 15, 2012, in Belts, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Smathers & Branson

‘Tis the season for tartan here at Bowties & Boatshoes, and today we’re revisiting some of our favorite tartan accessories, the tartan needlepoiont belts from Smathers & Branson. The post below originally ran on December 14, 2011.


Bowtie Friday: Ladies Edition

On December 14, 2012, in Accessories, Belts, Bowties, Womens, by Ryan & Ben

Images: Tiffany & Co., Brier & Moss, Kiel James Patrick, Kate Spade, Tory Burch

Guys, y’all don’t know just how lucky you are.  Day in and day out we receive emails from girls looking for advice on gifts for their boyfriends, brothers, fiances, husbands, etc., and we can only hope some of our suggestions have made their way into your hands.  As a big thanks to all of the ladies who email us, and who peruse our little corner of the web from time to time, this week’s Bowtie Friday post is just for them (or you guys who still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping).

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Gift Guide #3: Leather

On December 13, 2012, in Accessories, Eyewear, Footwear, by Ryan & Ben

Images: Sid Mashburn, form•function•form, Leather Head, Jack Spade, L.I. Sounder

So, our plan to only run gift guides on Tuesdays is officially out the window.  With so many things we want to profile prior to Christmas, we’re doubling up this week (and probably next week too).  Below you’ll find some of our favorite leather picks.

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Quarter Zip Sweaters by Salmon Cove

On December 12, 2012, in Sweaters, by Ryan & Ben

Images: Salmon Cove

Getting an unexpected piece of mail is always a nice surprise.  Whether it is a small envelope or something a bit larger, we still get excited when something we weren’t expecting pops up on our desks.  Just last week, a box showed up from our friends over at Salmon Cove.  To our surprise, they had sent one of their brand new quarter zip sweaters for us to check out.  Needless to say, it has already been put through the paces.

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Gift Guide #2: Metal

On December 11, 2012, in Accessories, by Ryan & Ben

Images: Izola, Tiffany & Co., Trafalgar, Rolex, Fishtail

Last week, we kicked off our gift guide series with some of our favorite paper and wood gifts.  This week, we’re going a bit heavier with some metal options from brands new and old.

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Image: L.L. Bean Signature

Compared to our neighbors to the North, winters here in Annapolis are pretty easy.  Sure, we may get a bit of snow from time to time, and we may have a few weeks out of the year when the highs don’t get much above freezing, but for the most part we can get away with heavy socks and unlined boots all winter long.  That being said, even though heavy socks are normally enough, it never hurts to be prepared.  Thanks to a recent addition to the L.L. Bean Signature line, it looks like we might be “preparing” this year with a pair of Waxed Canvas Shearling Lined Maine Hunting Shoes.

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Go Navy, Beat Army!

On December 8, 2012, in Events, by Ryan & Ben

Image: Google Image Search

Today marks one of our absolute favorite days of the college football season.  No, it isn’t because the Heisman winner will be announced this evening, nor is it because we have a break from listening to Lou Holtz go on and on all day on ESPN (sorry Holtz fans, we like him far better on a sideline than behind a desk), it’s because the only game on the schedule this afternoon is Army vs. Navy.  Even though we have friends and family who have graduated from both academies, our allegiance will lie squarely with the Mids come kickoff.  We have the utmost respect for each and every player on both sides, and can’t thank them enough for signing up to protect the freedoms we enjoy day in and day out, but we’d be run out of Annapolis if we had anything to say today other than Go Navy, Beat Army!


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