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Q and Answer: How Do I Wear Brown Trousers?

June 25, 2014

Q And Answer: How Do I Wear Brown Trousers?

Keys asks: Brown trousers seem a little tough to pull off. How would one go about wearing them? No need…

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Q and Answer: Can Shoes Be Stretched?

June 12, 2014

Q And Answer: Can Shoes Be Stretched?

Daniel writes us to ask: Can shoes be stretched? I recently acquired a really nice pair of penny loafers, but…

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Alternatives to Common Projects

June 11, 2014

Alternatives To Common Projects

The price of minimalist sneakers has really gone through the roof in the last few years. Common Project’s low top…

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Q and Answer: Can I Wear Loafers With A Suit?

June 9, 2014

Q And Answer: Can I Wear Loafers With A Suit?

A loyal reader asks: Can I wear loafers with a suit? I rarely see it done on blogs. Yes you…

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Q and Answer: Where Can I Find Odd-Sized Suits?

June 7, 2014

Q And Answer: Where Can I Find Odd-Sized Suits?

Mike asks: Where can I find odd/less common suit sizes (my natural fit is a 45r, which is quite difficult…

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Q and Answer: Where’s My Waist? Where Should My Jacket Button?

June 5, 2014

Q And Answer: Where’s My Waist? Where Should My Jacket Button?

Wyatt asks: I’ve heard said both on your blog and elsewhere that a jacket should button at one’s natural waist…

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Q and Answer: How Slim Should Pants Be?

May 21, 2014

Q And Answer: How Slim Should Pants Be?

John writes us to ask: Where do you land on the tapering and fullness of trousers? Just yesterday, I came across…

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What to Wear on a Tropical Cruise

May 13, 2014

What To Wear On A Tropical Cruise

I’ve rather unexpectedly become a cruise entrepreneur – a career cruiser, you might say. I founded a comedy-and-music cruise called…

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John Helmer Haberdasher in Portland

May 1, 2014

John Helmer Haberdasher In Portland

I found myself puttering around downtown Portland on a recent morning, and decided to type “menswear” into my phone and…

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The Most Important Step in Storage

April 16, 2014

The Most Important Step In Storage

Every time we transition into fall or spring, I pack away the clothes I know I won’t be wearing for…

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Q & Answer: Fixing Holes or Tears in Tailored Clothing

March 31, 2014

Q & Answer: Fixing Holes Or Tears In Tailored Clothing

Craig asks: I recently developed a small tear on the right side of my suit pants, and the place that made…

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How Much Should You Spend on Dress Shoes?

March 27, 2014

How Much Should You Spend On Dress Shoes?

One of the questions I frequently get in my inbox is: “I’m looking to buy a better pair of dress…

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The Other Kind of Black Tie

March 13, 2014

The Other Kind Of Black Tie

For reasons good and bad, menswear enthusiasts seem to hate the color black. Black suits, for example, are said to…

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Prenuptial Prep Work

March 7, 2014

Prenuptial Prep Work

If you’re going to a wedding this summer–June is the most popular month for weddings–you probably already know. Etiquette says…

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Wear

March 6, 2014

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Wear

Like anyone who feels guilty about how much they’ve spent on their shoes, I’m fairly good at taking care of…

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