Sunday, March 29, 2009

Black Dress


Readers will recognize him from last week's post.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Wonderful Times

Black and White

No need for colors when black is done so well.

Mad Style

Beaded Necklace

Great mix of proportions - slim leggings, generous sleeves, wonderful volume in the coat.

More Colors...Blues and Yellows

Purple and Red

Sweater Scarf

Sneak Peek

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Good Sign

More fallout from our tough economic times: suit sales are up. Supposedly people now have a greater interest in looking their best. To those wading into the sartorial pool, I say, "What took you so long? I have been testing the waters, and the temperature is just right. Come on in!"

With champagne in hand, here is to better times - style-wise that is.

Beauty in Wear

I like age in my clothes; no, not dated clothes, but clothes with a deep patina which only loving use can impart. The leather handle of a bag tanned by the oils of its owner's hands. The hole in the back pocket used to carry a wallet on a pair of jeans. The fray on the collar of a casual shirt.

I do not see a need to dispense oneself of items at the first appearance of wear, only to buy a piece which comes distressed or with a vintage look. I prefer to do the wearing myself.

Simplicity in Sleeves

Whether it is wearing a watch, bracelet, jewellery or tattoo, there are many ways to decorate the hand. I prefer none of the above, instead opting to concern myself with my cuffs and sleeves - all in an attempt to live simply.

Details of sleeve length and diameter; button stance, whether just touching or overlapping; whether the buttons are hand-shanked with an H- or X-pattern; the number of buttons, and their material and color; functional and turnback cuffs; and pick stitching along edges are considered. And that is just the coat sleeve as there are still the shirt sleeve to specify and the coordination - color and length - of the two.

Sounds simple enough.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Step in Time


I absolutely love this. Everything is so well done - the scarf, leggings, the bow on the shoes, and the touch of red.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Embracing Wrinkles, Rumples and the Sort

I am here to talk up wrinkles and rumples in clothes. Not the kind on ill-fitting or poorly cared for items, but the ones which are part of a look. Think linen pants with a cotton polo and panama hat, and as my tailor would add, in the south of France.

I am of the straight and narrow, never one to cross a straight line variety, and this is reflected in my clothes - clean lines, trim fit and an air of neatness. Well, my tastes are evolving to include rumples. I am looking forward to the linens and cottons of summer. Scarves worn over shirts with their sleeves pushed up. Cream pants flapping in the breeze. Canvas bags at the market.

I can get use to that. I think I will start in the south of France.

Tan duffle: 22 oz cotton twill, paraffin treated; bridle leather, vegetable tanned; rumpled.

Linen pocket square