Sharpen the Edge on your Fall Wardrobe

Wear John Varvatos


It’s hard to believe that in the early years of the Baby Boomer generation jeans were sometimes banned in theaters, restaurants, and schools. Evidently teenage rebellion didn’t begin with the flower children in the 60’s, but with those crazy, rebellious kids of the 1950’s! As true today as in any other generation (before or since), much of what you wear carries symbolic elements and strong associations. Our featured brand this week – John Varvatos – is strongly associated with the energy and edginess of Rock n’ Roll.

A baby boomer himself (born in 1957), Varvatos grew up in Detroit during some of the headiest days of modern American music making and was heavily influenced by the likes of Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop. That upbringing, and more than 15 years working with two of the most iconic menswear designers in America – Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein – laid the foundation for Varvotos’ unique brand of clothing “that unites a rock n’ roll sensibility and old world craftsmanship with modern innovation.”

“Varvatos USA” is the more youthful and edgy option in the line-up of jeans offered by Tom James, perfect to wear for a night out or to football games this Fall. The way I see it, a modern man needs a wardrobe of different jeans just like he does a wardrobe of different suits, jackets, shirts and pants. One occasion may call for a conservative feel, while the next may beg for something more rugged or creative. In my case, there are times when I want a closer fit (“skinny” jeans excluded) and times when I want to feel more room in my clothes. I like having jeans of different weights and refinement as well. There are jeans to wear with boots or thicker soled shoes and others that just work better with a summer slip-on, boat shoe or driving moc. Having a variety of jeans in the closet makes it an easy choice. In addition to Varvatos, Tom James Clothiers can fit you in jeans from Agave, Corbin, and Holland & Sherry, as well as a broad range of casual shirts and sweaters, shoes and belts to complete the outfit.

How we feel in our clothing makes such a big difference. “When I wake up, in the mornin’ light, I pull on my jeans and I feel all right,” sings country music star Keith Urban. Do you have the clothes in your closet that make you feel “all right?”

Living not “on the edge” but “with an edge,”

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