Menswear Musings

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I Choose Madras for the Heat

In the extreme heat, I prefer madras over linen. It’s probably just as cool-wearing, but it doesn’t start off scratchy and it doesn’t droop like linen. Of course, madras isn’t a type of fabric per se, but a type of plaid in an open-weave cotton. Originally made by people in India reproducing Scottish tartans of the occupying British forces in more colorful local color ways from dyes that would bleed, I feel madras looks best when using colors not normally associated  ...

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Symmetry

One of my foundational attitudes about clothing is not to take it too seriously, and not to become too obsessive over it—at least, externally. Internally, of course, I am totally sweating the details. It’s taken me years to get a wardrobe of tailored jackets I like because there are so many specific little things I want out of something I’m going to spend a lot of money on. And my strong emphasis on opportunity cost means that whatever I buy, I want it to be the thing, because there are  ...

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What I Wore

What I Wore, and a New Sportcoat—8/3/18

A New Sportcoat This jacket just arrived Thursday in the mail. It’s a made-to-order jacket from Spier & Mackay, which I am a fan of for their inexpensive but well designed goods. My favorite trouser cut is from them, for instance, and they’ve been refining a fantastic off-the-rack tailoring cut that’s an homage to the Neapolitan aesthetic. It’s made in China, so you need to be okay with that, but if you are, the product is a great price for a very cool style.  ...

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What I Wore

What I Wore—7/31/18

Warm tones for a warm day   Shop the post Eidos raw silk sport coat (similar from Ring Jacket here;Other retailers here, here on sale for $900 and here) Proper Cloth wide-stripe Oxford shirt ($20 off link here; fabric link here; similar but frankly better fabric here; aaaand finally my favorite grail shirt in a similar fabric here) Brooks Brothers chinos (similar 1; similar 2) Polo by Allen Edmonds suede penny loafers (similar)  

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