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.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Everything In Its Place


My sister-in-law is a personage of import and talent in the scrapbooking world.  Dapper Spouse does some work for this family business (one of several, including the previously mentioned 5 Rings Fitness), such as verifying measurements, which sometimes requires her to have the final version of whatever project is at issue. 

The device shown was apparently once known as a "folio cabinet."  Dapper District disavows knowledge of folios, cabinets, folio cabinets, cabinet folios, or cabinolio folinets, but in any event, the item has been repurposed to hold my small accessories: unhangable knit ties, business cards, watches, pocketknives, sunglasses--all of those little things too large for the cufflink holder (also shown, in black) but too small for a valet tray or too cluttery for an ordinary shelf.

The doors even seal with a magnetic closure device.  It is all quite high in production values.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Color Is Hard: Cont'd


Cream trousers and burgundy oxfords, right?  What could possibly go wrong?  Tan socks.  I didn't notice for an hour or so, after which the exceedingly faint lime green in the trousers became as glaring as the noonday sun.  Like how all women on television right now have gently curled hair all of the time.  And you can't wear green with tan like that. 

Think back to the first time a significant other showed you paint swatches.  Remember how you were irritated because the differences seemed so inconsequential?  Well, bucko, you were actually irritated because the differences were truly massive but you weren't skilled enough to really distinguish them.  It wasn't a dumb question; it was that the answer was beyond your brain's accrued powers of perception.  It's not your fault.  Male-presenting people grow up not having to learn this sort of thing.  But it's there, boy-o, and people are noticing even if you aren't.