Thursday, January 31, 2008
1961 Ferrari 250 GT
1964 Aston Martin DB 5
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
"Do you have a Myspace page, and if not would you consider building one? I believe you would have an interesting page, and you may encourage America's youth to dress in classic fashion."
I don't have a Myspace page, but I don't see any harm in creating one. So, to fulfill your request, I have created a Myspace page. However, the blog will be my focus, and it is doubtful that I spend a lot of time doing whatever you do on Myspace. Anyway, I created a page, and I guess it would be a great opportunity to network. My address is the following:
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
After discussing the Duke of Windsor in yesterday's post, I began to think about my obsession with brown suede shoes. Brown suede shoes are very English, and definitely WASP attire. My collection includes a pair of brown suede cap toe oxfords, penny loafers, tassel loafers, bit loafers, and Bluchers. After a while, it becomes difficult to return to the normalcy of polished leather. I always get attention when I wear my brown suede shoes with my navy, charcoal, and gray suits. However, the attention is often a look of disapproval, but I remind myself of the disapproval expressed toward the Duke. I also remind myself that most of the adult world knows little about class and style, and it is doubtful that 1 out of 10 people can tie a necktie properly. However, I would never suggest that someone buying their first pair of dress shoes buy a pair of brown suede shoes. Learning to appreciate the sartorial bliss of brown suede takes time, but I encourage every aspiring WASP or style conscious man to try it once.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
For many, corduroy is reserved for college professors, and men over the age of seventy. For a WASP, it can be a debonair look that can look very appealing. I always receive numerous compliments on my corduroy sport coats and suit. However, my suggestion is do not make a corduroy suit your first corduroy purchase. In addition, make sure you have suiting essentials (navy, charcoal, gray) before investing in a corduroy suit. Introduce the fabric to your wardrobe by purchasing a couple pair of trousers, and a nice sport coat.
My suggestion, every WASP needs a camel hair sport coat for their rotation. Pair it with gray or white/cream flannel trousers. Olive corduroy trousers are another option that could be considered. However, I prefer gray or cream trousers. When considering a tie, the options are limitless.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I believe white is a little more debonair than your basic chinos. Most men stray from white trousers, but I believe they should be considered. Can you wear white/cream in the fall/winter? In my opinion, yes, you can. I would choose a flannel during the fall and winter months, and a light weight wool, cotton, or linen in the spring and summer. White trousers also look great loafers and no socks.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Start with an oxford cloth or pinpoint dress shirt with a button down or point collar. Choose a white or blue one to begin with, and as you feel more comfortable opt for other colors or a candy stripe shirt. Be sure that you buy a shirt with the proper sleeve length, and collar size. You should be able to put two fingers in between your collar and your neck. If you can fit three or four fingers in between the cloth and your neck, your shirt is too big. Your shirt sleeve should end where your wrist and thumb begin. If you have a lot of baggy material throughout the sleeve, your shirt is too big. I also prefer a slim fitting shirt as opposed to a baggy shirt. Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren sell slim fit/custom fit shirts that look great. When you place your blazer on, a quarter- inch of sleeve should be visible. Othewise, your blazer sleeves are too long and you should have them altered.
Next, you need to choose a tie. The picture above depicts a striped tie, and stripes or regimental striped ties look great with a blue blazer. They are a good starting point. We will discuss other options later. My favorite is a navy tie with bright yellow stripes. The picture above does not show a pocket square in the jacket, but I believe all well dressed WASP should have a little linen on display. Choose a white linen or cotton pocket square to get started.
Finally, one must choose trousers and footwear. The picture above would look great with a variety of trousers, but lets stick to the basics for this post. Choose a pair of chinos in khaki to get started. Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, and J Crew are all good places to start looking for the perfect pair. I prefer flat front chinos with a 1 3/4 inch cuff. Pleats with cuffs have the reputation of being dressier, but I believe flat fronts with a cuff offer the best of both worlds. For dressier occasions, you can wear gray flannels or gray worsted wool dress trousers. The combo above would look great with either chinos or gray dress trousers. Finish the look by appointing your feet with a nice pair of penny loafers. Invest in a good pair that will last a long time. I prefer cordovan leather as sold by Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Alden Shoes, etc. Pair your loafers with navy or dark gray socks that complement your blazer or trousers. This is by no means the only acceptable socks, but it is the basics. Or, go sock less....very WASP!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
How should it look, other than being navy blue? It should come equipped with brass/gold buttons. Otherwise, you look as if you stole your suit jacket and doubled it as a sport coat. The Preppy Handbook suggest that the jacket be unstructured with little shape. Since I am slender, I prefer a jacket that is a little more shapely in the waist. Why work so hard to stay slim if you are going to make yourself look overweight with your wardrobe. I do agree with the handbook and most other fashion experts that the shoulders should be natural (no obtrusive padding). Crest are optional, and in some cases it is nice to have two blue blazers. One with a crest, and one without. If you do choose to have a crested jacket, make sure the crest displays your club or Alma mater. Also, opt for a two or three button single breasted blazer to get started. One can also choose a double breasted model, but beginners should not start here. This is for the Jedi Warriors of WASP. Ha!
Finally, what should you wear with your blue blazer? Well, let's make that a series to begin our posts. I promise, I will start having pictures very soon.
What aspects of WASP life will we focus on? Fashion for the most part; however, we will venture into home decor and other subjects related to WASPs.
Alright, well let's begin class! Welcome to WASP 101.