Thursday, April 26, 2012

Also: A JAB Sale

Buy one, get two free of everything on the website, just about, through Saturday.  I'm going to get a pair of white braces and maybe a belt and a necktie.

If you decide to get some suits, don't settle for less than Signature Gold if you can afford it.

Exercise And Privilege

I may have stumbled upon/duh-ed my way into a gender privilege situation with my post on exercisewear.  Generally speaking, at the gym, female-presenting people are more likely to wear coordinated outfits, while male-presenting people are more likely to wear Umbros and muscle shirts.  The disparity tells us something about the messages each group receives. 

I feel a desire to dress up most days.  Now imagine a feeling like that but an order of magnitude more intense and overbearing--more a mandate than a desire--which drives women to dress up for the gym (and pretty much everywhere else to boot) and leads men to think, "What? Why are they doing that?" because men are not expected to dress up for the gym.  The idea is called femininity as performance (link may be NSFW depending on your employer) in social justice settings.

So wear whatever you want to the gym and, in keeping with the Dapper District Social Justice Committee's strictures, refrain from judging anyone, of any gender, race, religion, ethnicity, etc, for what they wear.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What To Wear When You Exercise

It doesn't matter.  Focus on pushing your body, not the fashion envelope.

[Ed. Revised here.]

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Didactic District: Class Warfare

Recent events have forced my hand.  I feel compelled to remind you all to stop judging strangers based on their appearance.

You, discerning and dear reader, have an eye for dressing well.  However, like everyone else on the planet, you do not have an eye for the reasons other people do not dress well.  The kid wearing the square-toe slip-on loafers does not deserve to be publicly shamed for wearing them.  For all you know, ze is eating ramen noodles for every meal to save up dosh to buy a pair of John Lobbs and is two days away from success.  Or ze is caring for an ailing family member and simply cannot afford to buy anything new because of mounting medical expenses.

If you see people dressed slovenly, you can do many things, like
1) blog about how to dress otherwise,
2) dress otherwise to lead by example,
3) offer judgment-free advice to your friends and strangers, when they ask for it,
4) compliment people whose apparel you appreciate,

and so on.

Dapper District's Social Justice Committee, which comprises me, will not tolerate muttered derision, much less open mockery, of people whom you do not know.  There are simply too many variables for you to even make an educated guess about whether you are observing laziness or desperation or a medical condition, so just don't do it.

All previous posts not in keeping with this attitude of siblingly love are hereby rescinded, and the DDSJC admonishes itself for such misbehavior.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Nettlesome Problems: Over-The-Calf-Socks Pants Ride-Up

Dapper District occasionally happens upon problems which its meager intellect cannot overcome.  In these situations, as with the problem of baggy shirts, I turn to my expert readers.

The problem is: When I wear over-the-calf socks--and I wear no other kind with a suit--the suiting catches on my calves.  When I sit, I have to tug the pants up a bit, and when I stand, they snag on my calves and have to be shaken out, which I am certain looks odd.  The problem is better or worse depending on the coefficients of friction of the sock and suiting, but it is always present to some degree.

Creative solutions?

Another nettlesome problem: overly hyphenated headlines born of possibly unnecessary adjective-ification of nouns.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Church's Oxfords, Part 1

Lovely brown oxfords made by British cobbler Church's. Had on eBay for perhaps an eighth of retail. Minor scuffs. Absolutely perfect for this green suit.

By "oxford" we refer to the shoes' construction on top. The top flaps or "quarters" fold under the vamp rather than resting atop it, as on the less formal derby style.