Three Post-Christmas Sales

Brooks Brothers’ after-Christmas sale has started, and if you shop today, you get an additional 20% off. That puts the jacket you see above at $191. I bought it last year for about the same price and it’s a great piece. It fits slim and the corduroy mockneck collar is a nice, unique detail (the first reviewer’s post says everything well). The product shot isn’t that compelling, but if you can find it at your local Brooks Brothers store, I encourage you to try it on. 

Additionally, CLAD Men has discounted some items by 60%. Most of the brands are a bit iffy, but they carry Incotex, DS Dundee, Bill’s Khakis, and a few other worthwhile companies. These Incotex flannel trousers, for example, are about $110 right now. Incotex has a really wide range of fits, and I don’t have any personal experience with these, but shipping is free and returns seem easy. 

Finally, the Dandy Store has a 30% off storewide sale. I don’t know where they source their ties, but their socks are from Bresciani, one of the best men’s hosiery companies in the world. That gives me a bit more confidence in their other products. 

The covert coat at Men’s Flair
Q and Answer: How Should I Dress in the Rain?
Steve writes: I live in Vancouver; can you suggest how I should dress for the rain?
The answer is yes.  We can suggest how you should dress in the rain.
You’ll want to start with an umbrella.  I really love the ones at Howard Yount, which are lovely, with solid wood handles and beautiful hand-sewn canopies.  They also cost $165.  If that’s out of your range, there are plenty of other options, just go with something simple.  There are usually good choices at a luggage shop.
On your head, you can wear a hat.  A wool flat cap is a great choice.  If you’re going to wear a proper hat with a brim, this is a good time to do it, especially if it’s not too blustery.
You’ll want some kind of covering for your body, of course.  A classic trench coat or Mackintosh is a good option here for pairing with more formal clothes.  Khaki is the traditional color.  There are plenty of choices for more casual wear - I like waxed cotton, and own a Barbour Beaufort, which I bought on UK eBay for about a hundred dollars.  A number of companies also make lightweight, packable rain coats, which are very useful for climates like Vancouver where rain and cold do not always go hand in hand. 
For your shoes, you’ll want to avoid leather soles.  When leather soles get wet, they wear much faster.  Shoes with rubber or dainite soles are best.  Alternately, you can wear rain-specific shoes like Bean Boots and switch them when you get where you’re going, or cover your dress shoes with galoshes.

Q and Answer: How Should I Dress in the Rain?

Steve writes: I live in Vancouver; can you suggest how I should dress for the rain?

The answer is yes.  We can suggest how you should dress in the rain.

You’ll want to start with an umbrella.  I really love the ones at Howard Yount, which are lovely, with solid wood handles and beautiful hand-sewn canopies.  They also cost $165.  If that’s out of your range, there are plenty of other options, just go with something simple.  There are usually good choices at a luggage shop.

On your head, you can wear a hat.  A wool flat cap is a great choice.  If you’re going to wear a proper hat with a brim, this is a good time to do it, especially if it’s not too blustery.

You’ll want some kind of covering for your body, of course.  A classic trench coat or Mackintosh is a good option here for pairing with more formal clothes.  Khaki is the traditional color.  There are plenty of choices for more casual wear - I like waxed cotton, and own a Barbour Beaufort, which I bought on UK eBay for about a hundred dollars.  A number of companies also make lightweight, packable rain coats, which are very useful for climates like Vancouver where rain and cold do not always go hand in hand. 

For your shoes, you’ll want to avoid leather soles.  When leather soles get wet, they wear much faster.  Shoes with rubber or dainite soles are best.  Alternately, you can wear rain-specific shoes like Bean Boots and switch them when you get where you’re going, or cover your dress shoes with galoshes.

It’s On eBay
Invertere “Buffer Coat”
Invertere - properly spelled all Welsh-y (or possible Celtic-y) with an accent mark that I’m not sure how to make on my keyboard - was a UK-based outerwear company, and this was their signature product.  A true classic.  Sadly, they went out of business five years ago or so.
Starts at $64.95, ends Sunday

It’s On eBay

Invertere “Buffer Coat”

Invertere - properly spelled all Welsh-y (or possible Celtic-y) with an accent mark that I’m not sure how to make on my keyboard - was a UK-based outerwear company, and this was their signature product.  A true classic.  Sadly, they went out of business five years ago or so.

Starts at $64.95, ends Sunday

Cheap, high-quality, ethical, American-made outerwear guide from Commerce With A Conscience.

Cheap, high-quality, ethical, American-made outerwear guide from Commerce With A Conscience.

It’s On eBay
New Phineas Cole Sportcoat (44L)
Starts at .99, ends Sunday

It’s On eBay

New Phineas Cole Sportcoat (44L)

Starts at .99, ends Sunday

I love the way that Mark from Dallas has transformed the most basic ensemble a man can wear - blue blazer and tan pants.  Not just the gingham shirt, but a pocket square in a completely unexpected color.  Rather than picking up colors from his shirt and tie, he’s picking up the color of his pants and his skin tone.  Well done!

I love the way that Mark from Dallas has transformed the most basic ensemble a man can wear - blue blazer and tan pants.  Not just the gingham shirt, but a pocket square in a completely unexpected color.  Rather than picking up colors from his shirt and tie, he’s picking up the color of his pants and his skin tone.  Well done!

David, from Canada (and Hong Kong) looks lovely in this photo, doesn’t he?
Another great example of patch pockets, soft fabrics and natural shoulders making tailored clothes a little less formal, without making them any less elegant.  Also a lovely example of the Churchill dotted tie in white-on-navy, which is about as versatile a tie as exists in the world.  I also love the pocket square, which (unlike most pocket squares) actually takes the formality down a notch.  It’s poking out of there saying, “hey, don’t sweat it, we’re all friends here.” 

David, from Canada (and Hong Kong) looks lovely in this photo, doesn’t he?

Another great example of patch pockets, soft fabrics and natural shoulders making tailored clothes a little less formal, without making them any less elegant.  Also a lovely example of the Churchill dotted tie in white-on-navy, which is about as versatile a tie as exists in the world.  I also love the pocket square, which (unlike most pocket squares) actually takes the formality down a notch.  It’s poking out of there saying, “hey, don’t sweat it, we’re all friends here.”