The pithy, opinionated, and sometimes brutally frank Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke challenges average guys to live a life less ordinary and embrace classic style in the broadest sense. it's time to rise above the trite, the boring, the predictable, the mundane, the banal, and the commonplace. It's time to stop behaving like barnyard animals at the trough and leave behind the perpetually sloppy man-child aesthetic of the last two decades or so. It's time to learn once again how to present and conduct yourself like an adult with some grooming, finesse, and sophistication. And here is where you can learn how.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fun with Patterns. . .

 The upper half this last Monday, featuring a heavy wool flannel number by Southwick, a Brooks Bros. ocbd, and a wool necktie by Rooster I think.

After a grueling five days, that ended today with not one, not two, but THREE separate meetings as well as the dreaded annual review,  it seems like a nice idea to show some sign of life, albeit limited, by 7:12pm Friday evening.  So, I share one of this week's more interesting combinations of clothing.  

The last several months, I've been experimenting with combinations of patterns.  This particular example, worn on Monday this week, received the approval of wife, mother, and sister, so I might be onto something with it.  In any case, proof positive that more than two patterns can be worn at the same time and maybe, just maybe, men needn't fear standing out if they buy and wear a suit that is some other color than the usual (shudder) black that we observe so often in 2017 when average men wear suits at all.

-- Heinz-Ulrich

Another tip, that I have mentioned somewhere here before, don't match our pocket square too closely to your necktie.  You risk looking like a member of a high school choral ensemble, or a cheap Eastern European thug when you do that.  It's far better, and visually more interesting, I think, to wear a pocket square that either compliments your tie in some way, or doesn't match it all all.  You know.  Beauty in the imperfection of your clothing AND accessories combination.  Watch for a few examples of what I'm talking about in the coming weeks.

And the lower half, featuring a very comfy pair of Allen Edmonds long-wing brogues.  The pants are fully lined (it must be C-O-L-D to wear this particular suit comfortably), feature a single, inward facing pleat, and were held up with navy and red paisley braces.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Snowy February 1st Style. . .

Taken on the way to my 10:20am class with my I-phone, looking across the Red Cedar River toward the MSU Stadium and  bit of Wells Hall on the left.

We could hardly go the entire winter without a snowy landscape photograph, could we?  To paraphrase my late maternal grandfather, it's hard to get worked up about very much on days as beautiful as this one.  Can you tell I am a winter person?

-- Heinz-Ulrich 

P. S.
Jeeze Louise!  How embarrassing"February" it is.  Thank you, Mark.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Make 2017 the Year of Men's Accessories!

 The new Ivy Style necktie work on Monday last with a Harris Tweed jacket and the usual light blue OCBD shirt.

Happy belated New Year everyone!  It has been a busy few weeks since the start of the spring semester back on January 9th, hence the absence of new posts since New Year's Eve.  But fear not!  Classic Style (for the Average Guy) still lives.

Besides my usual exhortation at this point each year for men to live a life less ordinary by dressing better and minding their day-to-day manners more closely than has become the sad, pathetic norm for society at large, let's throw interesting accessories into the mix for 2017.  Of course, while it is possible to go overboard with bling, one or two tasteful -- Yes, I realize I'm setting myself up perfectly for a take-down here! -- accessories can help bring an otherwise nondescript ensemble to life, providing added visual interest and even personality to a suit or combination of odd clothing items.  

Of course, if you work in one of the few remaining conservative professional environments that maintain business formal dress Monday through Friday (God bless you!), you need to exercise great care and restraint lest you get noticed for all the wrong reasons.  Subdued neckties and maybe understated cufflinks here, guys.  But it's probably best to leave the eyebrow rings and earlobe plugs at home and keep those full sleeve tats covered in the office, Maynard.  Let's call it a hunch.  If, on the other hand, your workplace is business/smart casual, it is a bit easier to have some fun by way of your accessories without raising too many eyebrows.  Included with this post are but two examples from this very week of my own forays into accessory territory.  

Somewhere, I have a couple of photographs from November 2016 of two Chipp dog breed neckties that I treated myself to after rounding the half-century mark (Oh, God no!) just after Halloween last year.  These, featuring black Poodles and West Highland White Terriers, dogs my family has had in the past.  Both have been fun to trot out a few times since then and always seem to get a positive reaction from my undergrads (as did today's pocket square below).  Guys tend to be amused while the young women typically make no secret of their approval.  Certainly not the reason that I make attempts to dress better than average, but it is nice when someone pays you a compliment.  If I can find these, I'll share 'em here in a later post.

In any case, occasional future posts here at Classic Style will highlight the various types of accessories that I include in my own wardrobe,and how you might also work them into yours.  Make 2017 the Year of Men's Accessories!

-- Heinz-Ulrich 


Thank you for the nudge Old School!

A new Put This On silk pocket square (purchased at a considerable discount) worn for the first time today with another Harris Tweed jacket, a Fair Isle sweater, and university stripe OCBD shirt.  Brown corduroy jeans and 'duck shoes' from L.L. Bean completed the combo for today along with my dark green, very heavy duffle coat and a long University College-Dublin woolen scarf that I've had for about 20 years.  A Christmas gift from Mom and Step Dad in the late 90s.  No necktie though since there was snow to clear this morning before I could make my way to campus.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

George Shearing - Bossa Nova - 1962 - Full album

Happy New Year Everyone!

Happy 2017 everyone!  Do you have any particular resolutions for the new year?  Here are some of mine in no particular order:

1) Exercise more routinely.

2) Achieve a better work-life balance.

3) Read more fiction.

4) Enjoy, somehow, more free time.

5) Play more.

6) Spend more time with the Grand Duchess ad Young Master.

7) Listen to BBC Radio 4 online for at least 30 minutes everyday.

8) Do a better job of following world and domestic news and events.

9) Be more patient.

10) Listen to and play more music.

11) Make a tiny difference in someone's life.

12) Continue dressing with classic flair and style, or at least attempting to do so.

Small things, really, but all things I'd like to do more of in the coming 12 months.  What about you?

-- Heinz-Ulrich

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Father Christmas Style 2016. . .

One of my guilty pleasures is collecting Victorian and Edwardian images of Father Christmas.  I hope you might agree that this is one of the loveliest and most magical.

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Classic Style!

-- Heinz-Ulrich, The Grand Duchess, and The Young Master