Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The trusty old blazer

Some days you just reach for the tried-and-true.

PHOTO by PinstripesandTweed.com.

In this case, it's the trusty old navy blazer, a made-to-measure blazer with patriotic buttons from Benson & Clegg.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

You know you want this suit

Talk about an incredibly snazzy suit.

PHOTO courtesy of Hackett.

The suit is from Hackett's autumn/winter 2015 collection, which was shown during the recent London Collection menswear show.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Look: Fair Isle and tweed

PHOTO by PinstripesandTweed.com.

  • Jacket: Tweed sport jacket from MyTailor.com.
  • Sweater: Authentic (made on the Shetland Islands) Fair Isle sweater.
  • Shirt: T.M. Lewin.
  • Pocket square: Wool pocket square from The Tie Bar.

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's the thought that counts, right?

Everyone always says it is the thought that counts when receiving a gift.

Sure, that is true to a degree. After all, you should be grateful someone took the time and expense to buy something, wrap it up and put it under the Christmas tree. Or at least that is what we are led to think.

However, in the almost two weeks since Christmas we here at PinstripesandTweed.com have been doing a lot of reflection.

Is it, as that old saying goes, the thought that counts? We think not.

If someone truly thought about you then they would take some effort to get something you would actually appreciate. And if it is clothing, they would try to make ensure it actually fit.

If you are anything like us then you probably received a lot of unwanted gifts this Christmas. Chances are you probably returned a few ofthem by now.

For us, it is not necessarily all of these gifts are junk.

After all, not everyone has the discernment as us sartorialists, who can tell instantly if a scarf is cashmere or some man-made blend.  

Rather, it is about giving without putting any obvious effort into ensuring the recipient actually wants, needs or even appreciates what you are about to give them.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

3 things to buy after returning unwanted Christmas gifts

If you’re like the rest of us then you received a few gifts this Christmas morning that you didn’t want or couldn’t use.

Here are three things from Lands’ End you should get after you return the unwanted junk:

PHOTOS courtesy of Lands' End.

 3. Fulton penny loafers

One can certainly buy a much more expensive pair of shoes than these penny loafers ($79.99; available here), but few other shoes come with the famous guarantee offered by Lands’ End.

2. Tartan shirt

Tartan at this time of the year often means flannel, but Lands’ End has 100% cotton Oxford shirts ($34.99; available here) in several tartans, including the classic Black Watch. Best of all? You can wear them most of the year, depending on your climate. 

1. The ultimate robe

Like sleepwear, robes seem to be forgotten about these days. Lands’ End has a stunning green and navy herringbone robe ($69.99; available here) that will look great whether you’re moping around the house or walking outside to collect the morning newspaper.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Buying Guide: The best value in shirting

The following is part of PinstripesandTweed.com's annual Christmas Buying Guide

PHOTOS by PinstripeandTweed.com.

It's difficult to buy a shirt.

Part of the reason is there's a heap of custom shirtmakers, who in as little as a week or two can make a made-to-measure shirt with the exact details that special someone wants.

That can make it difficult to settle for something off-the-rack, especially when custom — be it made-to-order, made-to-measure or bespoke — is theoretically made to fit perfectly.  

Still, it's difficult to gift custom shirting for Christmas, unless you don't mind blowing the surprise by asking for measurements.

So when it comes to giving a shirt on the big day next week, one needs to look at value. And while everyone sells off-the-peg shirts, most of the big brands are very overpriced.

The exception is Lands' End, which by far offers the best value.

Best of all, you'll get a fit that is pretty darn close to custom — some of this correspondent's best-fitting shirts are off-the-peg from Lands' End — because Wisconsin-based catalog retailer has virtually every neck-by-sleeve size imaginable in three distinct cuts: traditional, tailored and slim.

The only complaint this correspondent has with Lands' End is a limited selection of collar choices, as it would be nice to have a few proper spread collars. (Pretty much every shirt features a button-down collar.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mastering Highland attire

Dressing for a Scottish-themed event can be confusing, as many discerning gentlemen have never dressed in Highland attire before.
INFOGRAPHIC courtesy of Scotire.

That’s where this infographic, produced by Scotire, comes in handy. It outlines in great detail what should be worn to complete your formal classic Highland look.
Obviously, the most important element here is the kilt, which traditionally is dependent upon ancestral ties — meaning if your family’s surname is Ferguson, you would choose the Ferguson tartan for your kilt.
However, there are other sartorial considerations to be had.
One of them is the shirt, as there are many choices ranging from wing collar shirts to traditional Ghillie shirts. While available in numerous colors today, A classic white shirt is always the best choice.
There is also the sporran to think about because, well, let’s face it, you have to have somewhere to store your wallet. A dress sporran — usually made from animal hide — is the most popular option for formal events.
Last, but certainly not least, you will need a kilt pin.
Unlike say a pocket square, kilt pins aren’t just for decoration. They sit on the top apron of your kilt and act as a weight to keep the fold of your kilt in place and prevent any embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions from occurring.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Look: A tweedy kind of day

PHOTO by PinstripesandTweed.com.

  • Jacket: Tweed sport jacket from Harris Tweed Scotland.
  • Pocket square: Black Brown 1829 (Lord & Taylor in-house brand) wool pocket square.