Thursday, September 27, 2012

More On That Tweed Jacket

Feast your eyes upon the leather-wrapped buttons. This shot isn't so much about color, my relentless focus, as it is about texture. Country wear really has the better of city suiting in this regard.

These buttons are aspirational even though they are more casual. They say: I want to own a country home in Northumberland (Virginia, if necessary) and smoke a pipe and have one of those globe-tables where the globe opens up to reveal a bunch of scotch bottles. I want to have enough money that I don't have to put on a worsted suit to convince other people to pay me for my services. I want a hunting dog with a Kevlar vest for when we go after boar.

Clothing and class: a pairing we imported from England, democratized, then reinstated to suit our own society.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Another Embarrassment Of Riches

I don't know what the rule of thumb is for polishing one's shoes, but I know I don't do it often enough. I had a polishing party for myself the other weekend.

This revealed one key problem with owning a bunch of wingtips with perforation. The polish tends to get stuck in the little holes and along the feathered edges where the vamp and uppers meet. It takes a very thorough scrubbing to break this loose. I have tried using a toothbrush to address this with limited effect.

I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

eBay Miracles

This tweed jacket comes from an Albuquerque department store that closed its doors decades ago. To borrow a term from Giuseppi at An Affordable Wardrobe, it's bulletproof and oh-so-warm.  Folks, ditch the Snuggie and buy a tweed suit. You have no excuse. Do avoid bidding on the 40Rs, though.

Obviously, brown dominates, but there is a blue-gray hint in there that is just enough to connect it to a pair of dark jeans.

Caveat emptor as usual; some of the photos online made it look downright green, which would have been equally wonderful. The seller had also pinned it rather severely in the back of the mannequin, which gave the jacket the appearance of being far more tailored in the waist than it actually is. That's probably a net Good Thing because overly suppressed jackets start to look a bit odd and pull away from one's chest.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Black Tie, Part 2

And a perfect home for these cuff links, which have been on bildungsroman ever since I bought them. Their burnished finish doesn't go with chromed belt hardware. In this context, though, their colors fit so well with the tie that their colorality outshines their...unshininess.

Never let it be said that Dapper District failed to attempt to add to the menswear lexicon.