Remember, gents. Table manners are an important part of our everyday style, even in 2017, despite any arguments to the contrary.
holiday season is once more upon us, and with it the annual lead-up to the
rather frenetic Christmas and New Year's period. While I
naturally hope that regular and occasional visitors to Classic Style will
have the good graces NOT to show up to any special holiday dinners or
other events dressed in hoodies, sweatpants, sagging jeans, and
flip-flops or sneakers -- or, frankly, any other common attire of the sort -- this post is not about that.
Instead, it's a yearly reminder to average guys everywhere to remember
and practice polite table manners. Not just on special occasions
either, but everyday. With that idea in mind, here is a reprise of a
post from November of 2012 (with a few small recent edits by yours
truly), which presents all kinds of useful tabletop information, most of which
used to be common knowledge. At le…
Said Southwick tweed jacket with a 3/2 roll and slightly wide lapels, leading me to believe it hails from sometime in the 1970s. The lapels are not offensively wide though, so I trot out this particular jacket several times each season and keep everything else pretty staid.
And the bottom half, featuring a pair of vintage Florsheim "gunboats" that I have had for several years now. They were completely resoled two years ago and will probably outlast me although I see that the sole dressing could stand to be redone at this point.
Yet one more example of how an adult male might up his seasonal style game a bit while also setting himself apart from the shambling herd of walking dirty laundry hampers that dot the landscape in 2017.
Even on those chilly fall days days when one is at home, it is easy be "comfortable" (an apparent obsession here in the largely sedentary and overweight United States) and yet presentable.
In this, the 601st post of Classic Style, I once again suggest that it is possible to be comfortable and cozy without resembling a shambling mound of wrinkled, dirty laundry that is riddled with stains from slops of beer, salsa, microwavable foods, and bodily fluids (Don't believe it? Look at most people in virtually any public space these days). The photos above illustrate just one possible example of how a guy might look reasonably presentable for those less dressed up days at home. Men, you don't need to look like down and out homeless people who have somehow wrangled enough credit to have three or four cars sitting in the driveway and a mortgage in the suburbs. There is a better way. Get some self-respect and pull yourselves together for th…
Sadly, there is a school of thought out there, personified by the blog/website Put This On, that guys who wear hats in the 21st century look like "dicks." Their word, not mine.
That attitude is really too bad. A properly fitted, decent looking hat (and I don't mean backwards baseball caps or those cheap, hipsterish Hawaiian Punch porkpie and trilby hats from the local shopping mall that sit on the top of your head) can add a certain amount of flair, panache, or even gravitas to your appearance. Especially the right kind of hat when worn with a trench coat, or other long overcoat. Yeah. Just like in those old cynical, pessimistic, fatalistic, and psychologically bleak Films Noir from the 1940s and early 50s. You dirty rat! See? Yeah.
a year late in coming, but I finally got around to ordering one more
special 50th birthday gift for myself this morning. I opted for a phone fitting and was assisted by a very kn…
The upper half today, featuring a light pink short, dark green and crimson paisley necktie, and linen pocket handkerchief. Out of sight here are the navy and crimson silk braces worn in lieu of a belt.
And the lower half, featuring a pair of 'Strand' captoe oxfords in Oxblood (or is it Chili?) by Allen Edmonds, shortly to revisit the AE factory outside Milwaukee for recrafting.
This charcoal wool flannel three-piece suit is a Polo Ralph Lauren number that I picked up in a thrift shop three or four years ago for the princely sum of US$7.99. If it had ever been worn before, it was just once, so no signs of wear anywhere. It is heavy, soft, and warm, so ideal for chilly fall, winter, and early spring days. Best of all, and this rarely happens, the 40R garment fit like it was made for me once I tried it on. It has never needed alterations of any sort. Even the sleeve length was perfect, allowing half an inch of linen to show with arms at my sides. A serendipitous day. So, I …