Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Winston looks great in his white suit, and he is sitting beside a pretty stylish American in this photo as well. I might change Churchill's socks, but he still looks great.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This is a photo that I saw on the blog called A Continuous Lean, and I believe the blogger found the photo in some New York magazine. The article is a story about the gentleman in the photo and J Press, and of course, his clothes are J Press. The point of my post is to pose a simple question. And, the question is, can he pull it off? A month or so ago, I featured some outrageous suits from Brooks Brothers Black Fleece collection (Thom Browne). The plaid suit featured in that post seem to be too much to handle, and I have never considered wearing a madras suit. However, I am extremely fond of plaid and after seeing some of the Duke of Windsor's plaid suits, I am getting more courage. If you notice, the gentleman above has a matching madras jacket over his shoulder, and I have imagined how the ensemble would look if it were paired with the matching trousers. I can't believe I am saying this, but I think it might work. The pattern is muted, and not as bright as the Black Fleece suit. The simple shirt and tie combination also leads me to believe this might be possible. If the gentleman would ditch the hat and shave, I think he might make it work. What do you think?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Credit: Steven Klein, W Magazine
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Monday, June 9, 2008
What is not to like about Bruce Boyer's style. I think this photo originally came from the Sartorialist, but I have seen it in many other locations. Boyer's style is relaxed, and he seems to prefer odd jackets and trousers to wearing suits. His style is certainly not buttoned up.
Men like Mr. Boyer and the older gentleman in last weeks post provide inspiration to continue preserving the Ivy League style. This photo is so distinguished. His glasses, tie, tweed jacket, button down shirt, and well groomed beard are truly classic (I usually hate beards). The table setting is very WASP as well. Excellent photo, just excellent!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The food was decent this evening! We dined on filet mignon and lobster, but I have had better. The desert was the best part of the evening, key lime pie, yum! As the evening progressed, the men began to lie more about their golf and tennis games. I seldom join these discussions because I am not interested in golf, and none of them can match my tennis skills :)
Where was my wife? She went out again to see that movie that all the women are going crazy about (need I say the name). Regardless, I had a great time and I got some much needed relaxation. It is going to be a good summer!
My shoes and whimsical socks.
As the evening went own, I removed my jacket and rolled up my sleeves. This is how the outfit looked without the coat.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
So, we are back to the original question, are we in decline? From the perspective of those interested in preserving the lifestyle, I say "no". With the help of the Internet and loyalist like myself, the WASP lifestyle is still very evident in society today. Designers like Ralph Lauren have help to preserve the classics, and Brooks Brothers return to their humble beginnings has been further inspiration. Of course, J Press has always held on to tradition, and Japanese interest in WASP attire has help to preserve this historical establishment.
In closing, we must remember one thing. WASPs have always been a small group or club to begin with. It would be far less entertaining if being a WASP was the norm. It is a truly a lifestyle, and in my opinion, there will always be oxford cloth wearing, Range Rover driving, madras sporting WASPs around. Dead, I think not.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
The following photo was recently sent in for the Reader's Photos section of my blog. On display is two poplin suits and striped ties. I particularly like the yellow tie, and I like the fact that the gentleman on the right is wearing argyle socks. In addition, I think they did a good job adding color to drab colored suits. This very important when wearing khaki and olive. I would add a pocket square, and I probably would pick a different pink tie for the gentleman on the right. Also a word of caution, be very careful when purchasing a poplin suit. Many of them are polyester blends (yikes)! I personally favor linen and light weight wool for my tan/khaki suits. Anyway, well done gents.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Last week, I featured this gentleman on my blog from the Sartorialist (the guy wearing pink and yellow). I truly wish, that the Sartorialist would find this guy and take more photos. I don't think I have ever seen a photo of him dressed poorly. Take this outfit for example: critter cords, tweed toggle coat, Burberry scarf, and penny loafers, wow! If anyone is looking to adopt a grandpa, he would be a desired candidate. I bet he could tell some wonderful stories, and I would love to see his closet. And if I recall correctly, the photos are taken outside of a flea market in New York. If so, this must be the best dressed flea market on the planet.