Special thanks to Z. D. Smith for putting together this edition of Pairs Well With
What makes the Seagull such an effective and pleasant watch is its understatement; it has got both military styling and a high-quality mechanical movement, but the details are subtle and neither the functionality nor the worksmanship jump out at you. In other words, it’s got a little class. At the same time, it’s a rugged, unpretentious watch and with its throwback looks and olive NATO band, it goes best with an outfit that communicates comfort and ruggedness. So the theme of the day is a union of understated, high quality with military and/or throwback styling.
- Seagull 1963
- Sunny Sports “1940’s Railroad” Organic Cotton Japanese Selvedge Chambray Work Shirt in Sumi Sunny Sports is at the very high end of Japanese heritage workwear. This workshirt is replete with interesting and pleasing details that only show themselves upon close inspection, like the purple triple-needle stitching and the *sumi-e* Japanese charcoal dye used in its construction. And in the case of my own shirt, a lovely fountain pen ink stain that gives it that lived-in, loose-cap feeling. You’ll have to find your own pen, though.
- Engineered Garments Khaki Cinch Pant More Japanese Americana. Not only do you rep your (my, anyway) hometown with these made-in-NY chinos, but the elegant cut and the back cinch work together perfectly to provide class and military/workwear style in equal measure.
- Deadstock Swedish Army Belt It’s deadstock, it’s military, and it’s exotically foreign: check, check, check.
- Wolverine ‘Burton’ Boot in Brown I don’t own any Chinese army boots—though now that I’m writing this I kind of want a pair—but I do own a pair of Wolverine’s Burton boots, from their 1000 Mile line. Military style with a little bit of urbanity completes the look.