Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Idea: Using a Bathroom Towel Bar for a Tie Rack

It drives me nuts to think about all of the great style blogs that I don't know about. 

Today, Giuseppe over at An Affordable Wardrobe linked to a blog I had never seen called The Suit Room.

I found a picture on it of the closet of someone named Michael Hainey.  

What struck me most about it was that it appears that he uses a bathroom towel bar for a tie rack on the back of his door:

This is one of those times when I see something that's so obvious that I can't believe I never thought of it myself years ago. I like this idea a lot, because it seems sturdier, cheaper, and capable of holding more ties than a typical wall/door tie rack of comparable length.  It would also make the ties easier to remove, especially if you have three ties per peg on all of your tie racks, as I do. 

I have some unused space on the wall of one of my two closets; I had been thinking of buying another tie rack to put there. Now I'm going to try this instead. I'll report back soon.  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Links: Black Clothes

As a follow-up to my previous post, Richard Press (formerly of J. Press) and Paul Winston (formerly of the defunct Chipp) have both opined about black clothes. 

I'm also indebted to Will Boehlke for first calling my conscious attention to the view that black doesn't look as good as navy or charcoal in stark sunlight. 

I remember reading on one of the style blogs (unfortunately I can't find it now) that, in firms that still require business attire, black suits are frequently seen at lower levels, but become more sparse, eventually disappearing, the further up the ladder one goes. John T. Molloy also wrote about this. Everything else being equal, anyone who doesn't ditch the black suits is unlikely to go very far up that ladder.

Other than dinner clothes, black should basically be reserved for shoes; ties; belts, if you must (suspenders are better); and socks, if you must (matching your pants, or using a different color than your pants and your shoes, is better).