Monday, August 13, 2012

Link: America The Slovenly: Dressing Down And Blimping Up

Forbes' Bob Lutz states it well.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Longing for Fall

Most clotheshorses seem to agree that fall and winter are the best clothing seasons. It's when you get to wear the best stuff, like tweed and flannel -- and, when it gets cold enough, you get to layer and wear as much of it as possible at once. 

Even apart from clothing and weather, my favorite time of year is Christmas, followed closely by fall. 

I'm generally sorry to see spring come, if for no other reasons than I hate hot weather, yard work and insects. But there are advantages too: by then I'm usually tired of my winter clothes, and I'm ready for a wardrobe change. I'm also usually sick of the bitter cold of winter by then, and I'm ready for some warmer weather. 

But now, after weeks of temperatures over 100-degrees, and five months without the best season's clothes, I'm definitely ready for fall. Hopefully it comes early this year.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Review: A Suitable Wardrobe's Silk Boutonnieres

I ordered a package of watered silk miniature carnations from Will Boehlke's A Suitable Wardrobe store last week.

I received them yesterday and they're terrific. They're the perfect size (much smaller than traditional faux flowers), and they're much more real-looking than the silk flowers found in a typical store. To see them in action, do a search on Will's site for "Andre Churchwell," a Nashville doctor who's been featured several times on Will's blog. He seems to have taken to wearing a red one all of the time.

They're only available in a three-pack for $25. That comes out to $8.33 each (okay, $8.34 for the third one), so they're a little pricey, but that includes shipping from San Francisco to anywhere in the continental U.S. (Before ordering, I did an internet search for something cheaper, and had no luck.)  They're available in dark red, white, pink, or one of each, which is what I ordered. 

They're well worth it.