Sunday, January 23, 2011

What we wore...

May or may not be worth a mention, but last night I finally got around to going to a night at the Fuzz Club since my friend Sue returned to Texas. I had a good time, enjoyed some great music, and got to display my dandy tendencies once again. I went with a friend of mine who looked sharp in a nice blue DNA suit, a lilac checked tab collar shirt, purple pattern tie, and purplish/lilac patterned pocket square in a fantastic fold that seemed to be a puff variation of the "three stairs" fold. I decided on a pair of bespoke black mohair trousers, black turtleneck with my blue boating blazer, light blue socks and black leather shoes. There were a few other men that night that took the time to dress up, but numbers were defiantly in the women's favor that evening. In hindsight, I should have brought my camera, but didn't. Fortunately, I will remember for the next one.

Few items

So, apparently the Macy's near my house is closing and have a sale on everything. Nothing fantastic as of yet, but I did manage to find a nice pair of socks for a giveaway price. They are a pale purple with lime green and off white horizontal stripes. I didn't find much else there as everything else was kind of bland. Almost picked up a pair of Levi's, but I decided I had enough and am actually trying to wind them out of my wardrobe as it is. Other than that, there were plenty of other items that were ok, but a better deal for someone looking to stock up on essentials. While I was there, I wandered to the Dillard's closeout store and found a silk pocket square that I had seen before and liked, but just didn't get for one reason or another. Well, it was there again, the last one and marked down even further, so I got it for about a tenth of the original cost. I would have also picked up another sports coat, but apparently the daily sale didn't apply to it (even though it was a sports coat, they were calling it a casual coat, whatever). It was a brown linen coat with side vents and slanted pockets, included a ticket pocket. I would have had to alter it a bit, but it would have been worth it if the cost was right, but since it wasn't, it got away. Either way, the day ended with a nice new pair of socks and a pocket square for a total cost less than that of a fast food combo.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Belt Review

So, as promised, I am going to do a short review on the belt from It was a surprise to me, but a welcomed one as I found this baby literally on my doorstep. I had come across this website in an effort to find nice wide leather belts with full buckles, and I had. Unfortunately, as this was a gift purchased for me, I cannot comment on the ordering process. I can, however, discuss everything else. First, the item was nicely and professionally boxed and shipped very quickly. I found the width of the belt to be exactly what I was looking for and of a fairly thick leather. The buckle, as you can see, is a full metal buckle in a kind of silver finish. I have to say, that I am very pleased with this item as it fit all my requirements that I was looking for in casual belt and wasn't too badly priced. Based solely on this one experience and the quality of the belt I received, I would definitely buy again. (especially since I've earmarked a few more to acquire). A belt like this would look great on some casual trousers, patterned or plain, and would look even better if the pants had tunnel belt loops. I'll match it to some pants and snap a picture later to see what I mean. Until then, here's the belt on it's own.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Weekend find

Obviously not catching up on things, but trying. Went out the other day and picked this up at Last Call, a short sleeve Fred Perry in a nice green with yellow and red piping. I am thinking of pairing this with a pair of stone trousers or perhaps jeans when the spring hits. Was fairly pleased with this find as it's an actual "Made in England" shirt, and not one of their other countries of manufacture (although I like the Japan ones).

UPDATE- Was pleasantly surprised by the arrival of a belt from yesterday as well! Thanks Rachel! Will post a pic and review it as promised.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More yellow

As I am bound and determined to add more color into my wardrobe, I picked this canary yellow silk pocket square on my last trip to the shops. I found that Nordstroms does a decent pocket square in solid colors for a very reasonable price, this included. I've placed in a navy sports coat for contrast and put into a four point fold for this picture. This square is a exact match for color on the recent button down I acquired, however, since the shirt is of an oxford weave, I doubt I will be wearing them together. I could pair with a nice navy blazer or perhaps any color of suits and a tie with similar color in a pattern or stripe. To tell you the truth, I am at a building stage for pocket squares at the moment and really just pick them up as my pocketbook allows. As of now, I am staying with silk squares, but will eventually get a few linen squares to wear with sports coats during the summer months.

Arriving soon, hopefully

Acquired this via eBay the other day and hoping it will arrive soon. It's a two button blazer in a herringbone weave with side vents and velvet back collar. Now, I am normally not a fan of the two button jacket, but the higher buttoning position makes this quite appealing to me. The downside to this jacket is that it's going to need some mending as there is supposedly a hole or two, but I have been looking into repair work and re weavers, and I am pretty sure this can be taken care of. Another oddity that I see is that it lacks a breast pocket and I have to admit, this is a first for me. I wanted a nice tweedy sports coat and along came this, with the side vents and velvet collar, I was bound to have it. I will post as it arrives, but for now, here's a one from the seller.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Been away too long.

Have much to post and I need to do it today. As the weather is less than desirable here, I will try to make multiple posts and get most of it up. An outing yesterday with my good friend Bill only added to the pile. Have an umbrella, pocket square, and Pj's from yesterday, plus a new knit shirt, cardigan, and cheap cuff link set. Also, I have one or two items arriving via post this week and hopefully will have the time to get those up as well.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

More Brooks Brothers

Picked this up at an after holidays sale at the local Brooks Brothers outlet. It's a nice oat colored Scottish wool crew neck sweater that fits me perfectly. I have been looking more to crew neck sweaters as of recent months and happened upon this one. Luckily they only had them in my size, so I was able to snatch one up. Super soft and very nice wool. Still going through  my shirts and trousers to see which ones match up best, but I'm sure I'll post some pics once this gets worn out.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Anyone have any? Think you'll stick to them? Any of them of a sartorial nature? Post them here and I'll help if I can.

My resolution is to lose weight, try and eliminate two list items per month, and generally hone my image. Also, I plan to spend an hour a week on this site trying to improve it, so last chance to chime in for any thing you like to see or changes take place.

Happy New Year to you all.