Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Best to you and yours today. 

Thanks for reading. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Quotation: Social Acceptance

Courtesy of a perceptive high schooler who commented on the excellent Ivy Style blog:

"I attend a high school where I cannot where (sic) a simple button down and khaki pants without 20 people asking me what I am dressed up for. Nowadays it is almost socially unacceptable to look nice in an everyday setting."

What devotee of classic style hasn't experienced this? If you're "dressed up" (and what even constitutes that to the average person -- like an OCBD and khakis -- has fallen to the lowest common denominator), you must be going to or from work or some special occasion. For everyday errands like shopping or getting something to eat, you're supposed to look like you just rolled out of bed and picked up whatever clothes were on the floor. If you elevate your appearance to anything above that (even if it's just any shirt with a collar -- even a polo -- and any pants that aren't jeans), you're "all dressed up," and you'll be asked by a million different people to justify why.

"Nowadays it is almost socially unacceptable to look nice in an everyday setting."

Well said, young man. Well said. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sources: Viccel Socks

I believe I've posted before about the dearth of inexpensive over-the-calf dress socks, especially in colors other than solid black, navy, or dark brown.

I recently ordered a pair of scarlet red socks for Christmas from Viccel, a fairly new sock company in Turkey. With this link for 20% off, courtesy of the Off the Cuff D.C. blog, they came to just under $10; at first glance, that still seems kind of expensive for one pair of socks, but it's really not considering that they're over-the-calf, 100% cotton, and sized (as opposed to the usual one-size-fits-none), and that the price includes shipping from Turkey. 

They have plenty of other unusual colors too; hopefully they'll eventually add some patterns. 

I'll report back with my verdict after I get them.