Friday, December 18, 2009

Shirt Cuff Length

Yeah...that's just about perfect.  Remember, one goal of men's business and formal dress is to have no exposed skin apart from the hands, upper neck, and face.  This includes:

- no wrists, even when you reach out to shake someone's hand
- no shins or calves, even when you cross your leg
- no throat

Why is this a goal?  I have no idea.  But in the mid- to late 1800s, it would have been unthinkable to greet visitors when you were undressed--that is, wearing only slacks, a dress shirt, a waistcoat, and a necktie.

Office holiday party this afternoon.  Wearing my favorite suit (slim-cut gray Hickey from Filene's), white Paul Fredrick pinpoint Oxford shirt with barrel cuffs (because I'm evidently playing guitar to accompany Christmas carols and French cuffs get in the way of both hands), a deep maroon/burgundy Calvin Klein slim tie in a full Windsor that is nevertheless tiny, OTC gray socks with an argyle pattern, and my shined-up black cap-toes.  Feeling like a million bucks.

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