Mr. Porter Winter Sale Starts

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Mr. Porter just started their end-of-season sale, where you can find select items discounted by as much as 50% off. Note, the actual sales section isn’t up yet — and things will be added to the promotion as the night rolls on. But if you add things to your cart now, you may see some discounted prices. 

For those unfamiliar, Mr. Porter’s seasonal sale rolls out in waves. By the end of tonight, you’ll see the official sales section up. And by tomorrow morning, you’ll see the full scope of their sale. If you want to get the best size selection, however, now is a good time to browse. Add things to your cart to see if they’ve already been discounted. If not, leave them in your cart and check back to see if they’re included in the promotion. If you see multiple items you want, checkout now with the discounted pieces you like. Things tend to move quickly at Mr. Porter and your size may not be around by tomorrow. 

I think the best way to browse the sale is by searching through the product categories and filtering by sizes. That way, you increase your chance of stumbling upon something serendipitously. Mr. Porter also has a page on their site listing all their brands. If you’re looking for suggestions, however, here are ten items I think are particularly good. 

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Ten C Shearling Liner ($645)

This is supposed to be a modular liner for Ten C’s coats. You buy one of these in your regular size, then put it into any one of Ten C’s coats for added insulation. But truthfully, I wear the liner as a standalone piece more than my actual Ten C outerwear. It looks good with jeans or fatigues and isn’t overly bulky (I mean, it’s a liner). I also like that it looks a bit directional, but is basic enough to go with everyday workwear. I’ve written about my love for this piece before (mine is an older version). I was also pleasantly surprised to see that Aaron Levine, the Creative Director at Abercrombie & Fitch, wears it the same way. I think he looks great. 

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RRL Cargo Pants  ($182)

Cargo pants have a bad rap, not undeserved. They’re the symbol of frat bros, ravers, and the sort of people who carry vape pens, tactical knives, and Soundgarden CDs on their body. Over the last year, however, I’ve come to appreciate how they can help create a more unique silhouette. Articulated knees, box pleated pockets, and drawstring hems can all help to create a more interesting shape on the bottom half of your outfit, which can really bring a look into its own. I have a pair from RRL that I wear with Western denim shirts, ranch jackets, and black double riders. See this old post for some outfit inspiration. Andrew Chen of 3sixteen also wears a pair from his own brand with things such as Cowichan sweaters. 

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Howlin Cream Cable Knit ($210)

A cream cable knit is one of those genuinely useful items that fits into almost any wardrobe. It adds texture and visual interest, has classic roots but remains modern, and does the good work of keeping you warm. This one is from Howlin, an Antwerp knitwear brand that relies on Scottish and Irish manufacturers (the company’s name is taken from the Scottish slang for smelly). Howlin’s sweaters are a little slimmer and more contemporary than traditional designs, but they fit reasonably easy. I like them for how well they ride the line between playful and classic.

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Private White VC Shearling Trimmed Bomber ($556)

Private White VC is wonderful for casualwear if you normally find yourself in suits and sport coats. They do classic outerwear with upgraded materials and trims. This navy bomber is made from midweight wool and features a two-way rose metal zipper, spacious hip pockets, and most importantly, a handsome black shearling collar. The style is a bit basic, yes, but also the sort of thing that would go well in a wardrobe mostly comprised of soft-shouldered tailoring. Wear it with slim jeans, textured knitwear, and pebble-grained chukkas. 

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Drake’s Donegal Beanie ($48)

I’m not proud that I wear beanies – and frankly, I’m not even sure I look good in a hat. But as a purely practical matter, they’re useful when I’m running out of the house and don’t have time to do my hair. Drake’s are really nice if your casualwear leans classic. Theirs are knitted in Scotland from 100% wool, come in speckled Donegal and cable-knit designs, and are sized well. The photo above is from Drake’s site, not Mr. Porter, but I’m including it here because Jason Jules is one damn handsome human being.

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Drake’s Casentino Pullover ($447) 

I dig this Casentino pullover from Drake’s this season. The design is inspired by an old Boston running club jacket that Drake’s Creative Director Michael Hill has worn for years. It’s sporty, so a little outside of Drake’s usual wheelhouse. But it’s fun, cheery, and weaves in a bit of tailored clothing history with that Casentino cloth (originally an overcoat fabric worn by Florentine monks and later aristocrats). The fabric is overcoating weight, which means it should function as a proper piece of outerwear. At the same time, it looks like the perfect casual thing to wear with jeans when going to the cafe in the morning. 

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Mr. P Alpaca Coat ($595)

This overcoat from Mr. P, which is Mr. Porter’s house line, checks all the boxes on the coveted menswear bingo card. It’s oversized. It’s textured. And it’s on sale. The long lapel makes this coat better suited to fall, rather than blustery winters since it’ll leave your chest exposed unless you wear a scarf. But I find single-breasted coats such as this one look better when they’re worn open anyway. The belt is a nice touch.

The rest of the line is also worth a browse. They have uniquely textured sweaters, bonded cotton raincoats, navy nubuck truckers, and shearling trimmed bombers.

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Schott Perfecto ($528)

I admit to having some double-rider fatigue now that every hip district in San Francisco looks like a Harley convention. But after having seen George from BRIO wear one last winter, I was reminded that these can still be classic jackets. You don’t have to wear it with Chelsea boots and skinny jeans. A double rider can be worn with a chunky turtleneck, slim-straight denim, and just a regular pair of work boots. I believe the version at Mr. Porter is Schott’s 618, which is slimmer than the version they produce for motorcycle riders, but not as long as their other fashion model. This is a good fit.

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Cheaney Tassel Loafers ($388)

If you’re worried about whether tassel loafers are only for old men, don’t be. Yes, they’re traditionally worn by older men, but that’s also the reason why anyone can wear them. Whether you’re 30 or 60, into traditional American style or something more contemporary, tassel loafers can work so long as you know how to incorporate them into your wardrobe. It’s about either playing to or against the social stereotype. I like them with sport coats and button-down collars, but you can also wear them more casually with jeans and a sweater. Jake Grantham from Anglo Italian wears the style well (his shoes are made by Crockett & Jones for his shop). I also like these from Cheaney.

Orslow Slim-Tapered Black Jeans ($164)

Black jeans are one of those rare items in my wardrobe that I can’t imagine going without. The style goes well with jackets in black, tan, or blue. I wear mine with a black Margiela five-zip, tan Barbanera suede trucker, and vintage Lee’s denim jacket. But more than that, black jeans make for an easy uniform while retaining a bit of an edge. Mine are from COF Studio, although Orslow’s 107 cut is also perfect for this sort of thing. They’re slim, but not skin tight, and have a higher rise that makes them easier to wear for aging guys like me. 

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