Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday Errands

I don't wear a suit on the weekends or to bed. But going to Home Depot naked is illegal in Loudoun County. I put on an old pair of Gap outlet khaki shorts, a neon/pastel/??? blue H&M t-shirt, and my Clarks desert boots (50% off, no idea why). I also had on a Nats cap because I didn't wash my hair before going out.

No-show ankle socks are key here.

Also, before you ask, I was not front-tucking while I was out. That was so you could see my all-purpose d-ring belt.

Monday, November 23, 2015

If You Have $500 And You Want To Spend It On Me

In the window of J. Press downtown.  I think this is it.

The Darkness

I have discovered its lair.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

On The Return Of Filene's Basement

Filene's Basement on Connecticut downtown was one of my most favorite places of all time to go on a lunch break.  Then the company went bankrupt and sold all its stuff and closed all its stores and took a long nap.  Now it's back, solely online.  I don't have my own PACER account, so I can't look at the bankruptcy filings, but I betcha what happened is somebody bought the marks and trade dress to relaunch it without the retail-space rent overhead. 

The website is an honest reflection of what Filene's always was.  Random stock, only gently curated, not well-presented, but with value everywhere--like TJ Maxx without the vertigo.  The shoe brands are in the same market level as always: Italianate names with prices at long last reflecting their actual value instead of a brand-based markup.  The selection of suits is completely random.  Some poor sod is having to take pictures of the suit jackets on a mannequin and use the lasso tool in Photoshop to make a cutout.  It's very eBay at the moment.  Greater things to come, I'm sure, if they can capitalize on the goodwill.  Meanwhile, the inability to try things on is a drag.

And they only have a few dozen ties.  In my day, they had millions of ties.  Millions, I tell you!  Kids these days.  No respect.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To The Members Of My Fantasy Football League

These socks are lavender colored.

For the rest of you: Socks from Dapper Classics, white bucs from Johnston & Murphy; blue seersucker suit from JAB for one seventh of list price.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Pater, shown here.  When you are the groom, you get to wear whatever you want.  Dark gray chalkstripe single-breasted, two buttons with one to button, black tassel loafers, blue-gray shirt, necktie right down the middle of the shirt and suit colors, and boutonniere. Classic.

Dapper District was on hand to rumble with any of the bride's brothers who might object to the wedding.  Fortunately, there were only sisters, and they were on board.