Army Surplus in the Garden

The leaves have started to change here in New York, and while I do miss the bright foliage of home in New England, I don’t miss the midnight darkness at 4pm. So in an attempt to take in the last bit of greenery before winter arrives and the cold settles in, I decided to visit a nearby garden, one of the secret spots in Midtown East of which I’m quite fond.

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The shirt was a great find at an Army Surplus store. The cut is sublime and is incredibly flattering — it looks like it was tailored specifically for me, and I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on. The material is a really heavy wool, perfect for the colder months, but the thing here that is so important is the way this shirt is cut — super high arm holes make my arms look longer, and it also eliminates excess fabric under the arm, meaning my torso looks long and lean.

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I’m all about a good slip on shoe these days. I guess it’s me quietly creeping into old age, but at least I’ll go quietly, since these are both super comfortable, and the rubber sole makes them nice and quiet. I found them at H&M earlier in the season for $24.00, and they’ve treated me well throughout the season. While I do love really beautifully made shoes — your feet are important, take care of them! — I also am all about a sort of “throw away” summer shoe that you can thrash without feeling too guilty about it. Last year I had a pair of yellow plimsoll, but this year I went for the Army green slip ons. Inexpensive options allow you to take fashion risks you might not otherwise, so don’t be afraid to step out of the line a little bit.

Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.