Monday, December 30, 2013

Breaking Down and Acquiring a Classic

I resisted desert boots for quite a long time.  Then, a little over a year ago, right as I was about to get a pair, they underwent a renaissance among the bro crowd.  I correctly judged this to be a fad--in certain segments of the clothed population, good taste can only last so long and by accident--and they're more or less back to normal prevalence.  So when I saw these Clarks at DSW for 34% off or so, I knew the time was right.  Not suede, but a soft leather that takes temporary markings the way suede takes permanent ones.

Fan though I am of minimal socks, the leather around the mouth is emphatically not yet supple.  I therefore wear my soccer socks under them to protect my delicate shins.  Plus, those socks are tres comfortable for wet winters.  It's been since I was in the Boy Scouts since I appreciated the joys of warm, dry feet.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


And more of it.  I once read that crewneck sweaters are more preppy than v-neck sweaters because crewneck sweaters only incidentally show the necktie, as compared to v-neck sweaters, which are designed to show it.  The thinking goes that only the nouveau riche feel the need to go out of their way to show off how fancily they dress.  Me, I have them in both styles and like them for different reasons.  V-neck is more appropriate for wearing with a suit anymore as it's pretty much bog standard among lawyers and probably bankers, so much so that wearing a crewneck with a suit and tie would possibly look like an error to someone who didn't know you.  There be dragons.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

APC New Standards Report: Humblebrag Small Business Edition

Several years ago, Mater got me a pair of APC New Standard raw selvedge jeans for Christmas.  I really enjoyed the process of wearing them constantly to get them to adapt to my body.  They ended up fitting snugly but certainly not uncomfortably.  I put them in a drawer during the summer and recently pulled them back out.

In the meantime, thanks to my brother in law and his partners at 5 Rings Fitness shameless plug in Falls Church and their obsession with squats and deadlifts, my thighs have gotten so big that I can barely get the jeans to pull up to my hips.  Dapper Spouse loves this because it's what women have to go through with all of their jeans.  I suspect they still have some stretch in them, though.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Quick Reference Guide for Suit Fitting

Posted to an image blog here.  At least they preserved the watermark.  Not sure that the "real men" branding is necessary, but if it gets people dressing better, I guess it's fine. Faux men, surreal men, realist men, and everyone else are welcome to dress like a man.  I wouldn't mind decoupling clothing from gender.