Thursday, April 26, 2012
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
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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All previous posts not in keeping with this attitude of siblingly love are hereby rescinded, and the DDSJC admonishes itself for such misbehavior.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
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.
Another nettlesome problem: overly hyphenated headlines born of possibly unnecessary adjective-ification of nouns.
Friday, April 6, 2012
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.