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.