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I Replace My Sperry’s Laces And Live To Tell About It

Today, I tried to replace my Sperry’s laces. Ok, I did more than try. I was successful. However, since the laces in boat shoes loop in and out of the cuff, inserting the first lacing was much more troublesome than it should have been.The shoe.The desired laces.So for the other shoe, I tried to pull [...]

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Guest Post at Maketh The Man

I’ve got a guest post over at Maketh The Man, which is a smart site about men’s dress. The format is pleasant and the articles useful. Go to read mine, stay for the rest. The guest post is about seersucker. Specifically, what else can it make, besides suits?

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The Bolo Tie, Part 2

Last post, I talked about a uniquely American fashion influence: The bolo tie. I don’t know if it’s spread beyond America, but hey, who cares. We’re America. I do know one place the bolo tie is big: Montana. Its governor, Brian Schweitzer, spoke up a couple of years ago about a case halfway across the country, [...]

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History of The Tie: The 30s

The 30s is often referred to as the golden age of men’s dress. Even casual wear implied certain dress codes. Though the Depression caused manufacturers to scale back prices and luxury, as Alan Flusser writes in Dressing The Man, it also: returned style supremacy to the hands of the lucky few who could still afford to [...]

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Weekly Roundup

I’m not the most affectionate person in the world, I’ll admit. Which is why I enjoyed reading this article from Be Better Guys. It tells you not only about the handshake, which I can do, but touching the shoulder or arm in a professional setting, which is something I’m clueless at. There are only so many [...]

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How To Tie A Tie Video Series

Are you clueless about ties? Can’t imagine that – you’re a regular reader of this blog, afterall – but ANYWAY: I made a “How to Tie a Tie” video series.This isn’t just a four-in-hand and Windsor deal. This is comprehensive. Whatever thickness and symmetry you want, I’ve got a knot. All you have to do [...]

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Celebrity Style: Inception and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

After seeing all 563 of my Facebook friends post a status update about how it “blew their mind,” I finally gave in and saw Inception. First reaction: Relief. I kept reading this on Facebook: “I didn’t get it.” Great, I’m going to have to think AND watch a movie. Luckily, 6 seasons of LOST prepared me well [...]

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The History Of The Tie: The 20s

This post is the first in a history of the tie series, with hopefully many to come. Men’s fashion doesn’t change as violently as women’s; its value comes from subtleties. This series will examine how the subtleties of the tie have changed, from 1920 to present day. During the 20s, athletes like legendary golfer Bobby Jones [...]

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The Bolo Tie, Part 1

As World War II raged on, and the size and intricacy of cravats was replaced by the simple neck tie, an American contribution to menswear was, literally, being forged. Victort Cedarstaff, an Arizona silversmith, donned a sliver-trimmed band around his hat. Since he didn’t want to lose the band when the hat kept slipping off, [...]

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Weekly Roundup

Many men make the mistake of concentrating on the price, quality, and feel of a suit. What’s most important? Fit. After that, it’s the rest of your ensemble that matters, especially shoes and watch. Dappered dishes on how to wear a suit - it’s in the details. How a suit “fits” is not a static definition. [...]

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