Monday, September 29, 2014

The Look: Attention to details

It was the cufflinks (pictured below) that made yesterday's ensemble for church.


  • Cufflinks: Skultuna.
  • Shirt: Cottonwork.
  • Necktie: Johnstons of Elgin.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

T.M. Lewin looks to Scotland for its autumn/winter collection

T.M. Lewin, best known for classic British-style shirts, has been heavily promoting its new autumn/winter collection for a few weeks now.

Inspired by the Highlands of Scotland, the offerings in the aptly named “Highlander” collection are the epitome of what is known as “smart casual” on the other side of the pond.

And the latest publicity effort came with the release of a promotional short film (see above). The verdict from this correspondent on what’s effectively a subtle, long-form advertisement? Job well done.

The scenery, the soundtrack and even the cinematography was darn good. It certainly appealed to me, or at least the subtle and not so subtle titillations did. It made me think that’s what will happen to me if I come across an attractive young lady while walking about the Highlands. Also, it might have just been this correspondent's eyes, but both models looked a bit like James and Pippa Middleton, the fashionable siblings of the Duchess of Cambridge and in-laws of the future king.

There are some very nice tweed jackets, which, at least based on T.M. Lewin’s own photographs, seem to have natural shoulders.

While some of T.M. Lewin’s past jackets — blazers, sport jackets, suit jackets — have actually been pretty decent for off-the-rack, the shoulders have typically been very padded to the point where even the best tailors couldn't make a jacket look good unless the shoulders were just right.

As always, if you decide to buy from T.M. Lewin be sure to compare the prices on the U.S. and U.K. websites, as sometimes the price is actually cheaper when you buy in British pounds.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Everything you ever wanted to know about boating blazers

This correspondent finally got his hands on a copy of “Rowing Blazers” earlier this month, just before it was released in the U.S. market after being available in the United Kingdom since early summer.

As expected, Jack Carlson’s 256-page hardcover book is a must-buy for any sartorialist this autumn. F.E. Castleberry and the other contributing photographers did a splendid job, too.

And one of the best part of the book are the beautiful ladies, such as the two below, who look better in their boating blazers than most discerning gents.

PHOTO from "Rowing Blazers" by Jack Carlson courtesy of Carlson Media.

By the way, you might consider ordering the British version of “Rowing Blazers” (£23.77 or about $38.85; available here) as this correspondent preferred the cover art of that version to that of the American version ($33.39; available here).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Authentic Fair Isle


The first look at this correspondent's new authentic Fair Isle sweater, handmade by a 90-year-old lady in the Shetland Islands.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Look: The road less traveled


Exploring Scotland's Shetland Islands while wearing:
  • Boots: Hunter original tall Wellington-style boots.
  • Pants: Levi's 511 slim-fit denim jeans.
  • Coat: Barbour-style waxed cotton coatee from J.C. Penney's discontinued in-house brand Stafford Prep.
  • Watch; Timex Weekender watch with regimental-style wristband.
  • Sweater: Uniqlo.
  • Shirt: made-to-measure.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This is how you wear pants

The fellow wearing these pants is clearly a sartorial master as his pants are the perfect length. 

Regretfully, this is a rarity.


Friday, September 12, 2014

The thoughtful Swede


The Swedish gentleman pictured above is a good representation of what one will see on the streets in Stockholm, Gothenburg and elsewhere in this Nordic country known for its people having blond hair and blue eyes.

Slim denim jeans have almost universally replaced chinos or odd trousers as the go-to pant for wearing with a blazer or sport jacket. Neckties are also eschewed by many Swedes. The only thing missing here is a pocket square.

Also notable are this fellow's shoes, as many other gentlemen were seen with suede tasseled loafers.