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Wednesday Oxford Cloth, Silk, Tweed, Cords, and Loafers. . .

  A t home today (Thursday) recording and producing another episode of my course podcast (Episode #104 thank you very much!) to help the students populating my courses navigate their work more effectively.  So, I'm clad today in the usual corduroy jeans and a Rugby pullover.   But yesterday's campus attire was a bit more interesting in the classic style sense.  Many of the usual suspects as I like to call 'em.  Warm, very comfortable, and, while many in 2023 would consider it somehow overdressed nevertheless. very presentable.  -- Heinz-Ulrich
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A DB Navy Blazer Monday. . .

  A pleasant combination of items for today although the shot of the 6/2 blazer does illustrate why a bristled clothes brush (Yes, I have one.), a lint roller, or a lint brush is sometimes necessary.  Grrrr.  It's what I get for trying to dress quietly in the early morning darkness of the bedroom without waking the Grand Duchess. -- Heinz-Ulrich

Early February Humpday Style. . .

O k, a little matchy-matchy perhaps, but overall not an unpleasant combination of a few more of the usual suspects.  A gray plaid wool scarf, charcoal overcoat, and gray fedora -- The real thing.  NOT a trilby, which is often called a fedora by people who know no better. -- topped off the ensemble.  Must've done OK though because not one but TWO students paid their compliments as I entered the library this morning and made my way to the cafe.  It has once again become my main space to wade through email, work, think, plan, meet with colleagues, and occasionally watch the world go by between tasks. -- Heinz-Ulrich  

Monday Wool Flannel Three-piece. . .

A number of the usual suspects made up today's attire.  Another not entirely unpleasant, yet extremely warm and comfortable, combination.  A trench coat (with liner zipped in, wool scarf, and Borsalino fedora completed the ensemble on this blustery February day.  -- Heinz-Ulrich

Friday Tweeds, Cords, and Coffee. . .

  I made the sojourn into campus this morning to have some coffee and talk shop with a colleague.  We had an enjoyable discussion for an hour in the recently opened library branch of the global abomination that is Starbuck's .  Can someone explain to me. . .  Why on earth do cities like Vienna and Rome even need them? I am of two minds here.  Starbuck's is handy in a lot of instances.  The coffee isn't bad.  Somewhat better than what is sold in the competing, campus owned and run Sparty's .  And the space in the library, occupied by a branch of Sparty's until early last May, is redesigned, bright, airy, and clean with plenty of new tables, chairs, and outlets for  laptop computers, tablets, and recharging phones.  All very convenient.   Yet it is locally owned, non-corporate cafes that have the character and quirkiness that makes them interesting places in which to kill time, work, and people watch.  Why the campus town adjacent to my employer does not have a bette

Bold Tweed Wednesday. . .

  S omeone, please!  Make him stop!   M y biggest, boldest, baddest tweed jacket (Southwick) was the choice this morning, to mark the final day of January 2024.  Already?  A not displeasing combination of items here in any case.   And although the vintage jacket lapels are a bit wide, I don't worry about it too much given my penchant for even more prominent double-breasted lapels.  Go big, or go home as the saying goes.   Happy February everyone! -- Heinz-Ulrich

Another DB Monday. . .

  A fun suit for today.  One of several vintage heavy wool flannel numbers from Polo that has been in the winter rotation for several years now.  Soft, warm, and every bit as comfortable as a pair of pajamas, yet a bit more acceptable in public.    Not shown are the vintage Polo braces work to hold up the trousers, a Borsalino fedora, and a light gray-tan-taupe trench coat (with liner zipped in) along with my usual tan Allen Edmonds attache case, given to me several birthdays ago by the Grand Duchess.   It's either a suit, or a combination of tweed and cords with sweater, and some kind of necktie four or five days per week during the colder months.  When you dress thusly all of the time, you quickly become part of the scenery and don't raise any eyebrows.   Were more men less worried about sticking out, society, in general, would appear more pulled together than it does at present.  Hey, a guy can dream, right?  -- Heinz-Ulrich

Monday Apres Ski Weekend Style. . .

  T he weekend XC ski getaway sadly over (I could easily indulge the activity four or five days per week weather and snow permitting), it was back to campus bright and early Monday morning.  Another combination of many of the usual suspects here plus the orange SWIMS overshoes, a vintage camel polo coat, Stetson fedora, and long woolen schoolboy scarf rounded out today's ensemble.  As much as my wife and I enjoy what we do for a living, we're already watching the longer term forecast for another possible lost weekend on skis in a few weeks' time.  Propelling oneself through the woods, up hills, and down long descents during a snowy winter day while the trees creak in the breeze, and the only sound is the quiet schuss-schuss of skis gliding along the trail is addictive.   It's amazing how good physical activity makes you feel.  The Grand Duchess has done some kayaking, and I think I'd like to give it a try with her next summer. -- Heinz-Ulrich

Saturday Apres XC Skiing Style. . .

    N ot particularly stylish, but tired, happy, and relaxed after a day of cross-country skiing in the woods and highlands of the Hanson Hills winter recreation area in Northern Michigan.   A wonderful post-ski euphoria you could say -- complete with a thermos of hot chocolate, oranges, cookies, and chocolate -- before we headed back to our weekend rental house for showers, dinner, and hot-buttered rum by the hearth once the Young Master had retired.  I could do this everyday. Up early Sunday to load the car and head to another nearby Nordic center for lessons and a few hours of skiing before heading home mid-afternoon Sunday.  The car was all unloaded and everything stowed by just after 5pm, and we finished the second half of the tuna casserole for dinner an hour or so later following showers.   Again, nothing particularly special about the meal, but it sure hits the spot after physical activity in the winter.   -- Heinz-Ulrich

Frigid Wednesday Style. . .

  E xtremely cold with a mean windchill here in Mid-Michigan today, but warm and toasty in tweed, wood, and corduroy.  Topped off by the usual vintage camel polo coat, long woolen scarf, and a tweed cap given to me by the Grand Duchess for Christmas 2022.   The sweater vest is a recent purchase, having taken advantage of the year end sale at J. Press a couple of weeks back.  Very much Bertie Wooster--Bingo Little--All Creatures Great and Small territory, but it seems to work pretty well beneath the Harris Tweed jacket.   Some days, you just ant something a little more eye-catching than the usual navy or gray crew neck sweater.  Know what I mean? -- Heinz-Ulrich

Snowy Wednesday Style. . .

As above. . . So below. My newly opened "other" office in the main library.  I spend a lot of my time working here each morning.   S omeone give that man a lint brush!  An otherwise nice look spoiled by a linty navy blazer.  Grrrrr.  Otherwise, a pair of overshoes to protect the Allen Edmonds from today's snow and slush although the temperature has dropped appreciably since early morning, and more snow is forecast, so skiing might actually happen this long weekend given Martin Luther King Day next Monday.  By the way, my students always get a kick out of the orange SWIMS, which seem even more popular than the red ones that wore out a winter or two ago. -- Heinz-Ulrich

Snowy Tuesday Style. . .

  N ot a bad effort for the day attire-wise, and the new Mermaid is now open for business in our library (finally after several months of delay) , where I spent a delightful few hours working while taking the occasional sip from a large hot chocolate as the snow fell outside the window.  More of the usual suspects combined in different ways, you understand, and very much in keeping with the usual visage I cultivate during the academic year. -- Heinz-Ulrich      

Spring 2024 Semester Kick-off Style. . .

  D ecided to wear a new three-piece flannel number from J. Press for the start of the new semester/term yesterday.  A pre-Christmas treat for myself after some good news in early December.  Hard to find three-piece suits these days, and I would have preferred navy, but charcoal will do nicely in its stead, thank you very much.  My tailor had it ready in just a week following the usual minor alterations, but I waited until yesterday  to give the suit its first outing.   The slightly messy bow tie is vintage Brooks Bros. and not quite as large as the angle of the photograph makes it seem here.  I also wore some very attractive, Art Deco-inspired vintage Polo braces to hold up the pants.  A pair of wool navy dress socks with very small, dark red polka dots rounded out the ensemble.  -- Heinz-Ulrich

Saturday Cavorting. . .

  D oing the Snow Dance while running midday Saturday errands with the Grand Duchess.  Here, we were on the way to the indoor  Winter Farmers' Market with hot chocolate afterwards when I broke into song and step in an effort to coax some heavy snow from the clouds for local cross-country skiing.  Pretty typical cold weather casual gear here. -- Heinz-Ulrich

Happy 2024 from Classic Style!

N o grand resolutions for the new year?  Then how about the goal of finding small pleasures in the 'physical' everyday for the coming twelve months?  Here are just a few suggestions: 1) Wear a suit once or twice per week -- even if or when you don't HAVE to -- simply to enjoy the pleasure of tailored clothing.  It makes no sense to leave items like these hanging in the closet except for the odd wedding, funeral, or, ahem, court date.  And hey, even a sports jacket or navy blazer, when combined with a pair of odd pants a couple of times per week is a nice habit to cultivate.  The point is, learn to wear and enjoy the nice things we have as part of the weekly routine. 2) Same thing with a fine necktie.  Most of us do not necessarily have to wear one anymore, but most neckties are lovely things and will almost always garner favorable comments.  And if your collar size and knot are done right, it's not uncomfortable. 3) Go the extra distance.  Learn to tie and wear a bow ti

Feast of Stephen Style. . .

  T he Grand Duchess and I enjoyed a couple of hours this afternoon at one of our locally owned bookshop-cafe operations about 10 minute from home.  Just a pleasant change of scenery and a chance for some very light conversation about nothing of great consequence.  It was lovely.   On the bottom half, a pair of red corduroy jeans, navy and green ribbon belt, and the usual chocolate suede camp moccasins sans socks.  One of the baristas complimented the overall look.  Never necessary, but always nice to hear. -- Heinz- Ulrich

Christmas Eve 2023 Stollen Style. . .

  The 2023 stollen as the Grand Duchess dusted it with confectioner's sugar yesterday evening. T he Grand Duchess baked her annual authentic Dresdner stollen yesterday evening, and the festivities can now begin in earnest!  We each sampled a slice with some coffee by the fireside late yesterday evening, and it simply melts in your mouth. We will be cross-country skiing in Canada through New Year's, so things will be quiet here at Classic Style during Christmas Week although I might pop in with a brief skiing style post or two from Ontario if the spirit seizes me.   In the meantime, I wish everyone a peaceful, quiet period.  Goodness knows the world needs more of both. Merry Christmas! -- Heinz-Ulrich

The Classic Style Top 10 Traditional Christmas Carols List. . .

  Our obligatory cafe stop this morning, just after making a foray to the winter Famers' Market.  The weekly market is held in our (now largely empty) local shopping mall between later November through late April before moving back outside to its purpose-built area a short distance away.  Full on Norwegian julenisse attire today, including a four-foot long stocking cap I purchased many years ago an annual mid-winter festival in Røros, Norway right up along the Swedish border.  Very snowy and incredibly cold as you might imagine. T hings are busier than I would like here at Classic Style HQ at the moment, and a slight cold for a few days has also thrown a wrench into the works.  Grrrr.  But I am on the mend now and steaming full ahead with the few last minute details and errands out ahead of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and our December 27th departure for a week of cross-country skiing in Canada through the new year.   In the meantime, it seems like a nice idea to share a fe

It's the 2023 Solstice Pineapple!!!

  A little bit of pre-Christmas quirkiness that the Grand Duchess and I began back in 2020, which was truly a year of bleak mid-winter in so many ways. -- Heinz-Ulrich

Christmas Tree 2023 Style. . .

  The larger "toy tree" for Christmas 2023 in the corner of our living room here at Totleigh. W ell, Sir.  Old Man Winter blew into the Grand Duchy with quite a gust yesterday.  He brought rapidly dropping temperatures, and a couple of inches of blowing snow throughout the day.  Cold, gray, and wonderfully seasonal outside today in the Currier and Ives way. I managed to submit my course grades for Fall 2023 yesterday, a full day and a half ahead of the deadline, fielded a few of the usual whiny student complaints almost immediately thereafter -- Accountability, ownership, and resilience anyone? -- and set the automatic reply on my university email until January 8th.  I have now signed off from work-related email for the Christmas and New Year's period.   The latest two issues of an online journal that I now co-edit with a colleague also went live yesterday, so my brain is mush right now.  Time now to enjoy some mental downtime and get a bit more more into the Christmas s

Advent Candlelight. . .

  Slightly premature, yes, but candlelight is even nicer at this point in the year as the Winter Solstice approaches. T he Swedish-German-American Grand Duchess has journeyed south this weekend to visit an aging aunt and uncle in Illinois for a couple of days, leaving "the boys" here at home for a weekend of goofy Christmas-themed movies, including the infamous Christmas Vacation (1989).   Since my wife will not return until Monday, I lighted the third candle in our Advent wreath for dinner yesterday evening.  Candlelight is always a treat and makes almost any occasion more special regardless of the season, but during the bleak late fall , it is an essential element when it comes to creating a cozy atmosphere.   Hygge and  Gemütlichkeit indeed. -- Heinz-Ulrich

Colorful Wednesday Style. . .

  T he attire for yesterday, a chilly but largely sunny day in Mid-December.  Overall, not a bad effort, but plainer navy socks would have helped, I think.  The charcoal  Samuelsohn wool flannel pants were every bit as comfortable as people think pajama bottoms and sweat pants are.  Except that the trousers above hold a crease and just look more adult.  But warm and comfy they are, so a win-win situation for a chilly day. -- Heinz-Ulrich

One of the Most Wonderful Christmas Gifts. . .

    P icked up the Christmas trees on the way home late this morning after a few hours of work on campus -- grading student capstone projects and entering numbers into our learning management system -- and a cancelled meeting.  While I actually like my colleagues, it is always a blessing when that happens! Anyway, on the drive home the thought drifted across my mind that one of the most wonderful Christmas gifts across my 57 (Er, um. . . 29 ) years on the planet has been my wife, the Grand Duchess Sonja.  Although we met in late August 2000, neither one of us realized at the time what fate had in store.   I t would take until the following April before we actually became a couple, but I liked her an awful lot by that December and fell like a ton of bricks after our February 2001 skiing date, which I mentioned the other day .  We have, more or less, been a part of each other's lives ever since.   How wonderful it is to find that one special person with whom to travel through life. -

A Chilly Mid-December Monday. . .

  C lass for the semester/term are over now, so just considerable review of student capstone projects and grade entry at this point to determine final course grades by 4pm on the 19th.  A pretty calm day overall. The overall combination of items for the day wasn't entirely bad, but the tan shoes and belt didn't quite work.  Were the sun out as originally forecast, these might have worked better.  Maybe.  Ah, well.  Back to the old sartorial drawing board as they say. -- Heinz-Ulrich