Saturday, January 3, 2015

Texture And Physics


Cream wool trousers, gray wool vest (appears to be twill) with black weft, and navy blazer.  Alongside burgundy briefcase, lest we forget.   Click through to the big version.  I just love texture.  I am sure that by age 40 I will have developed a Grand Unified Theory of texture combinations in menswear, but for now, I am like Newton, delighted as apples fall on my head.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Public Transportation


I think I was on a bus.  Got this vest for about $20 from JAB.  Great for adding an extra layer of good-looking warmth.

See also the dimple on this tie.  Not a problem like the last one.  I prefer Countess Mara (often available on sale at Macy's et al.) for dimplage, although their ties are a bit more...fragile.  Not by much, though.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Necktie Weirdness and Collar Conundrum


1. JAB Executive ties tend to do this thing where you can get a good dimple in the front but only if you accept that there's going to be a side dimple on the left side which will constantly be trying to work its way around to the front.

2. Charles Tyrwhitt AND Paul Fredrick, my favorite mail-order shirtmakers, both have this problem now where the points of the collar just refuse to lie flat.  This leads me to believe the problem lies with my body--perhaps my shoulder muscles moved around in a way that causes the points to catch on my collarbones as I move around.  May need to start starching my collars.

3. Buckle up for safety!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Is There A Problem, Officer?

Because the only problem I see is that my watch wouldn't fit under my sleeve.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Well-Earned Retirement


My alterations guy was going to let some out of the seat of these beloved gray herringbone suit pants (JAB Signature line) and discovered that some previous alterations person had damaged the fabric in several places which damage would have shown if he had let the seat out any more.  We took this to be a sign that it was time to retire this suit.

I'm not too bent out of shape as I bought this more than five years ago on a buy-one-get-two-free sale.  JAB still does those ever so regularly.  The more things change, non?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Come Again Another Day

There is precisely one drawback to wearing brown suede wingtips, and that is the paralysis occasioned by precipitation.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

An Humble Himplement


Behold the microfiber towel.  I believe 20 were to be had at Costco for $19.99.  My plan was to use them for their advertised use--car cleaning--but not only do they also work well for bathroom cleaning, but they far outstrip old undershirt-rags when it comes to shoe-shining.

If you've ever cleaned clearcoat paint with undershirt, you may have noticed minor scuffs in the top layer--nothing that wax won't fix, but still.  It stands to reason that undershirt could do something similar to leather, even if we can't see it with the naked eye.  Not so with microfiber on either count.  It readily holds a dab of polish and soaks up dry wax when the process is done.  And it's cheap enough that you can just pitch it when it gets too wax-laden.