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Man up: Grandpa’s Book of Style – The Member’s Only Jacket

Your grandpa was (is) a fly dude. The man fathered at least 1 (probably more) kid, fought in a war and has fixed just about anything under the sun with his bare hands. You know what else he did, and probably still does well? Dress like a stylish mo fo (no idea why I used that noun, but can’t take it back now). When I first started to write I was going to list off a few things. But as I thought about it, your gramp’s closet is full of so much awesome swag, I’m going to devote a post to each piece. 

Now that Fall is in full swing, it’s an excellent opportunity to layer up with some of your gramp’s favorite swag.

What do type of jacket do you put on before you go to work? To the bar? Tailgating? If your answer to all of the above is “A Northface jacket!” and its the same one for all 3, read on.

First on the list is the Member’s Only jacket; something he’s been rocking since the 1980‘s, and is still making it look good 2 decades later. And why not? It’s timeless and versatile. Since you already know what it is, let’s talk about how to rock it in 2012.

The natural fit for the Member’s Only jacket, is to throw it over your favorite tee with some jeans for a night at the pub or a ball game. Dresses up the tee just enough, but also gives you some warmth when the temperature starts to dip after the sun goes down.

Wait, what’s that? You’re headed out on a date? Yeah, the Member’s Only jacket can be your best friend. It says to your date “I’m a man of class, with old school style that thinks outside of the box.” But you won’t be throwing this over some basic tee. No no. Put it on with a white oxford button up (down). If you really wanna class it up, treat it like a blazer! Knot up a tie and put a pocket square in the top pocket. It’s stepping out on a limb a little bit, but trust me, you’ll like how it looks.

Ok so it’s Sunday evening and you’re headed to the store. Just like grandpa does, your Member’s Only jacket works perfectly with your sweat pants. No fashion here, just function. One word of advice, make sure you don’t embrace full on grandpa style and go sans drawers (pronounced drawls).

“Where can I get such beautiful gem of a jacket?” Here’s a list, pick your favorite:

  • Zappos
  • Target
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Amazon

You don’t actually have to be a “member” so  get your jacket.