Classics for the Unsure and Indecisive

September 19, 2012

Classics For The Unsure And Indecisive

I was trying to decide the other day whether I should buy a certain pair of brogues from a Hungarian…

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The Simple Pleasure of Wearing Clothes

August 22, 2012

The Simple Pleasure Of Wearing Clothes

Many menswear writers like the overload the simple topic of how men should dress with an unnecessary amount of complications….

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Patterned (and Textured) Shirts

August 15, 2012

Patterned (and Textured) Shirts

As long time readers may know, I’m a graduate student in his mid-30s, and I teach and study at a…

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How to Wear a White Dress Shirt

August 8, 2012

How To Wear A White Dress Shirt

M. Anton, author of The Suit, recently wrote an interesting post at StyleForum about how to properly wear a white…

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The Navy Sport Coat of Shoes

August 6, 2012

The Navy Sport Coat Of Shoes

There’s no style of footwear more underrated or versatile than the dark brown derby. Derbys are shoes that have their…

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A Bit Like Dressing a Home

July 30, 2012

A Bit Like Dressing A Home

There’s no macho way of saying this, but before becoming interested menswear, I was mostly interested in interior design. I…

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Scrimp, Save, and Shop Slowly

October 19, 2011

Scrimp, Save, And Shop Slowly

In the past week, I’ve been reading The Craftsman by Richard Sennett, a wonderful book that Bruce Boyer recommended to me…

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The Real Value of Classic Men's Style

August 17, 2011

The Real Value Of Classic Men’s Style

Marisa Zupan recently expressed concern that men are losing touch with the real reason they should be getting dressed up:…

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On Gay Talese & Limited Budgets

July 29, 2011

On Gay Talese & Limited Budgets

When we visited Gay Talese, Adam, Ben and I admired his home. It’s a beautiful multi-story townhouse in Manhattan. Mr….

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Shopping Effectively Means Shopping Like My Mom

November 30, 2009

Shopping Effectively Means Shopping Like My Mom

(me and my mom, 1981) My mom’s current (modest) salary, as a Junior College professor, is the most she’s made…

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The Pop-Up Flea: Criticisms and Rejoinders

November 25, 2009

The Pop-Up Flea: Criticisms And Rejoinders

Earlier this week Giuseppe, the proprietor of An Affordable Wardrobe, wrote a thoughtful critique of ACL’s Pop-Up Flea, which took…

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Crocs are the free plan of footwear

November 5, 2009

Crocs Are The Free Plan Of Footwear

In the blog Archinect, Mark Faulkner writes that Crocs, the nightmarishly ugly boating and gardening shoe for children, are “the…

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Threadbared on The Sartorialist’s photo “Pride In His Work”

November 3, 2009

Threadbared On The Sartorialist’s Photo “Pride In His Work”

Those structures of privilege or social realities that might mediate the encounter are nowhere accounted for. Instead, we are presented…

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