Posted 3 weeks ago


Relaxing in panama hat from Lock Co and Hatters, vintage Lacoste polo, Orlebar Brown trunks and Castaner espadrilles. 

Pulling off a panama

Posted 3 weeks ago
If it is flattering, then it is a good fit. Good fit does not necessarily mean following every contour of the body.
Jeffery Diduch (via voxsart)
Posted 1 month ago

Here’s a good example of how goofy you can look when your pants have a too low rise.

(Source: gmenweardaily)

Posted 1 month ago
Raise high the trousers, gentlemen. Make [women] love you for your mind.
Andrew Yamato at A Suitable Wardrobe, in a post about high rise trousers and … um … butts.  (via putthison)
Posted 1 month ago
[L]iving within your means is the most liberating stance you can take in the evolution of your style, but to live within your means doesn’t mean settling for what is cheapest, it means having less but having better. A single great cigar, once a month, with one great meal is better than a hundred cheap smokes. Likewise with clothing, to be ‘cheap’ often does you more disservice in the way you treat your own things. If you have two great pairs of shoes and three well cut suits, all of which you treat with something like reverence for the joy they bring you to wear, you will always look sharp. So, for myself at least, after many years dealing with all things classic menswear, I have come to this conclusion - cheap is always just cheap. Less, but better, is the path of the quality man.
Posted 1 month ago


Real People: The Much Neglected Derby

The poor derby doesn’t get nearly as much attention as its slicker cousin the oxford. The difference between a derby and an oxford, as many readers know, is in the lacing system. Derbys have eyelet tabs that sit on top of the shoe, like flaps, while oxfords have theirs completely sewn in. 

The cleaner, slicker style of oxfords means that they’re a bit more formal, but dressiness isn’t always a good thing. Derbys are a much better choice if you’re in casual clothing, such as jeans and a light jacket, or a sport coat with wool trousers. Oxfords, on the other hand, often only look right with suits. 

Take Ben in Los Angeles, for example. In the above, he’s wearing the plainest of all derbys - the plain toe blucher (aka the PTB). No broguing, cap toes, or any other detailing to set them apart. But with the kind of casual clothing Ben wears on weekends, they look just right underneath those cotton trousers. 

You can, of course, play around a bit with the other details of a PTB to suit whatever style you wear. The shell cordovan of Ben’s Aldens perfectly complement his workwear clothes, while the same style in black calf would go better with the kind of minimalist tailoring Pete featured here. And if PTBs are too plain for you, try a pair with brouging or a split toe. The point really is to just dial back your shoes so that they’re in concert with whatever you’re wearing. Unless you’re in a suit, oxfords are more often than not going to look too formal. If you’re not so dressed up, consider something like a derby. 

Posted 1 month ago


Building a Necktie Wardrobe

I’m a big believer in building a necktie wardrobe using the most basic and versatile designs possible. That means starting off with some simple striped ties (ones that are simple, not busy) and a handful of grenadines. If you wear suits often, you’ll want a few conservative foulards and maybe a dotted silk. Navy, burgundy, dark brown, and dark green will be your most useful colors. Throw in a silver grenadine for things such as weddings, and you’re basically covered for almost anything that might come up. 

After that, however, it’s nice to expand a little into seasonal neckwear. Our friends at Vanda Fine Clothing have a nice assortment pictured above. As you can see, every one of these is solid navy, but also textured, which make them a little easier to wear. If you have a patterned jacket or shirt, the solid color here will ensure that things don’t look too busy. On the other hand, if your jacket or shirt is solid colored,  the texture of your tie will lend some useful visual interest. 

In the above: a wool Donegal and silk/ wool chevron that I would keep to fall/ winter; an indigo raw silk that I would keep to spring/ summer; and a blue hopsack and navy grenadine for wear year round. 

(Photo via vandafineclothing)

Posted 2 months ago

Shorts: Marks & Spencer
Belt: Charles Tyrwhitt
Shirt: J. Press
Espadrilles: ?

Posted 2 months ago

Jacket: Hackett
Jumper: J. Lindberg
Polo shirt: Lyle & Scott
Trousers: Hope
Shoes: Converse

Posted 3 months ago