Monday, July 21, 2014

Beating the heat by going Bermuda in Vienna

While in Vienna last week this correspondent thought for a moment he was in Bermuda and not the grand former capital of imperial Austria.

That was because of the gentleman pictured below, who was spotted walking about in the heart of Vienna's grandeur at 5 o'clock on a weekday. 


While some will undoubtedly frown on him for wearing shorts in the city, his attire is a commendable effort at maintaining some sartorial dignity during Vienna's oppressive summer heat with temperatures well above 90 degrees.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Look: Summer in the city

When temperatures soar there isn't much one can do to stay cool while maintaining a professional and sartorially appropriate appearance. Even this ensemble with its 100% linen jacket failed on a recent trip to the nation's capital, when temperatures were 99 degrees.

  • Sport jacket: J. Crew.
  • Shirt: Emmett.
  • Necktie: Charles Tyrwhitt.

Monday, July 7, 2014

What to wear: The double-duty seersucker swim trunks

If you were like this correspondent then you spent much of the past several days over the Independence Day holiday on the water and in the sun.

While many sartorially-challenged gents were seen in all sorts of swimsuits, this correspondent was particularly pleased with a pair of swim trunks from J. Crew (pictured below).

PHOTO courtesy of J. Crew.

Make no mistake. This isn't just any old swimsuit.

Made out of 100% cotton, the solid navy seersucker shorts ($75; available here) with a tab-front and lack of elastic waistband look more like chopped off seersucker pants than swim trunks.

Now talk about versatile — whether worn on the beach or the streets.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The ultimate go-to-hell jacket is at Club Monaco

Looking for something that will cause a menswear sensation?

Then consider the one of a kind jacket from Club Monaco ($575; available here) pictured below. 

PHOTOS courtesy of Club Monaco.

Call it a go-to-hell jacket. And for those with a lot of sartorial confidence, wear it with the matching pants for a suit that will undoubtedly be the talk of whatever social affair you wear it to.

Made right here in America out of lightweight cotton, the jacket features what Club Monaco is calling a "botanical-inspired print."

It features a perfectly executed three-roll-two lapel, hook vent and two sleeve buttons with non-functional cuffs. Real surgeon's cuffs are nice, but they can be a major hassle — a big burden on the wallet — for those needing their sleeves shortened. That's especially true for those outside major cities, who more often than not are forced to rely on strip mall tailors as opposed to a master tailor for alterations.

The only downside are the patch pockets, which would look better without the flaps and if they had been paired with a third patch pocket at the chest instead of the welted breast pocket.

This latest jacket from Club Monaco is pretty damn cool. Sure, it's not for everyone. Still it wouldn't be that hard to wear sensibly. Think solid color shirt with a bowtie or a solid knit necktie. Don't forget a pair of classic loafers.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Full-canvas sport jacket for under $500 at Brooks Brothers

It’s not even Independence Day but don’t tell that to the folks at Brooks Brothers.

The iconic American brand released the first glimpses of its fall collection today.

Among the new offerings is the sport jacket pictured below ($498; available here), which, depending on your climate, could probably be worn for at least eight or nine months of the year.

PHOTO courtesy of Brooks Brothers.

While a three-roll-two lapel or side vents would be nice, the jacket does feature a full-canvas construction — something almost unheard of for under $500.

Talk about exceptional value, especially if you have a corporate discount card or manage to find it on sale.

Do note that Brooks Brothers’ Madison cut is more classic, which might require a fair amount of tailoring for slimmer gents.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mastering the pocket square

The perfect way to complete a natty look is with a natty pocket square.

Wearing a pocket square — whether a crisp white linen or cotton pocket square or something silk and patterned — is, much like a three-roll-two lapel jacket, a sort of secret handshake telling everyone else that you're a menswear aficionado.

And you can stand out from the rest of the gents by going for something other than the classic fold.

Just watch this brief instructional video courtesy of Drake's and, which demonstrates four different ways to fold and wear a pocket square.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A visit to London's historic Thresher & Glenny

Editor's note — This is part of a continuing Pinstripes and Tweed series on custom clothing   

A few weeks back during a visit to London this correspondent stopped by Thresher & Glenny, which is one of the oldest tailors in the unofficial capital of all things sartorial.

With an unbroken line of royal warrants dating back to when King George III ruled over the American colonies, it currently holds the appointment of shirtmakers to Queen Elizabeth II.

Needless to say, that's a lot of history and experience in tailoring the finest of garments — the sort you won't get from an internet-based tailor located somewhere in the Orient.

In the coming weeks, this correspondent will be writing here on about the sport jacket and shirt he commissioned from Thresher & Glenny.

In the meantime, here is a preview of what's to come.


Pictured on the left is what will be a shirt made from wonderfully smooth high-quality Sea Island Egyptian cotton. On the right is the brown Glen plaid with blue over-check cloth for a new sport jacket.