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principles of Style: throw back

…from the archives…tmoS

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principles of Style: #580

A primer on buying a dress shirt…what type of fabric?…all shirts come in either single-ply or two-ply cotton…yes, a real dress shirt is 100% cotton…two-ply shirt fabric is stronger and more luxurious than single-ply…what kind of cuff?…french or barrel is up to you…keep in mind that a french cuff shirt is a more formal shirt, and should only be worn with a suit and tie…what type of collar?…if you like a big knot on your tie then go with the spread, otherwise, point or buttoned down will do just fine…and above all…remember to buy it in the right size…not too big in the collar…not too long in the sleeves…not too wide in the shoulders…and not too big in the chest…if they have a slim fit or trim fit, go with that…and please…remember to keep your shirt tucked in…tmoS #580

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principles of Style: #248

a style History: The Polo Shirt…No shirt would be called a “polo shirt” were it not for in the 7th century the Persians invented a new game that made use of a “pulu”…men on horses hit the pulu using sticks…by the time that this game had become a recognized sport, it was called “polo.”…when the British occupied India, they enjoyed watching polo games, and brought that sport to England…in the mid-1800s, sports teams in Britain began to wear a long sleeved “jersey” knitted shirt (named after the island the fabric came from) while playing polo…a 19th Century entrepreneur saw and liked those “jerseys”…he redesigned them and sold them as “polo shirts”…in 1926 Rene Lacoste, a famous tennis player, helped the world to see polo shirts as clothing for more than just polo players…Lacoste designed and wore a short sleeved version of a polo shirt at a tennis match…during the 1950s and 1960s, the comfort of the shirt, with the ribbed collar and the short sleeves, captured the attention of the public…in 1972, Ralph Lauren included his “polo shirt” as a prominent part of his original line called Polo…today the polo shirt it is a staple of any man’s wardrobe…tmoS #248

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principles of Style: life

Lost a button?…you are a grown man, don’t be afraid to sew it back on yourself…1) Take the button…if you don’t have the original button, look inside the clothing for the spare that is sometimes included…2) Choose thread that either matches the thread color used on the other buttons, the color of the button or the color of the material…3) Cut a piece of thread about ½ yard long…4) Thread the needle and move the needle to the middle of the thread and fold the thread in half…5) Tie a knot at the end of the thread, so that the thread is now be doubled and ready to sew…6) Place the button on the spot where you intend to sew it into place…7) From under that spot, push the needle up through the material and one of the holes on the button…pull all the way through until the knot is anchored against the material…8) Push the needle down through the next hole on the button and through the material…9) Repeat steps 7 and 8 three or four times so that each hole is secured by multiple strands…10) End with the needle on the material side and secure it with a knot…pretty easy…now you don’t have to run to the tailor every time this happens…tmoS #126

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principles of Style: #593

Things you need…You wouldn’t come home and just toss your suit on the floor would you?…OK, some of you might…the rest of us would hang it up…however, your suit is better off lying on the floor than hanging on a wire or a cheap plastic hanger…that’s why you need to buy some wide shoulder hangers…you will destroy the shoulder of your sportcoat or suit if you hag it on anything else…so throw away the hanger that came with your coat and buy some real ones…tmoS #593

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things i Love:

Polo Ralph Lauren Half-Zip Sweaters

These military inspired sweaters lend great versatility to your wardrobe…whether in cashmere, lambs wool, merino wool, or cotton…in solids, argyles, or stripes…dress it up with a dress shirt and tie underneath…wear it to the office with a dress shirt underneath…or casual on the weekends with just a tee shirt…classic and versatile…that’s why it is one of the things i Love…tmoS

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principles of Style: #508

When in doubt…a white oxford dress shirt, a pair of khakis, and a navy sportcoat…not too dressy…not too casual…just simple and classic…good enough for the future King of England…then good enough for me and you…tmoS #508

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principles of Style: throw back

…from the archives…tmoS

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principles of Style: #278

A man of style knows to always wear an under-shirt…it absorbs your perspiration…extending the life of your shirts and reducing odors…buy the v-neck variety and wear them every time you have on an open collared shirt…an exposed white crew-neck under-shirt always looks more “gym” than “office”…for tee shirts, make sure you have a tank on underneath it… and if you don’t wear under-shirts because you have some chest hair action going on and want to show it off…don’t…please…I just ate…tmoS #278

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man of Style:

Today we highlight a man that exemplifies classic style…a true man of Style…the 35th President of the United States…John Fitzgerald Kennedy…tmoS

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principles of Style: #245

Leather pants?…let’s put it this way…the last two guys to pull that off were the lead singers of the Doors and Rolling Stones…one is dead and the other is in his 70s…so the only cow you should wear is on your feet as shoes…around your waist as a belt…on your head as a hat…or on your hands as gloves…tmoS #245

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principles of Style: #236

Nothing says holiday season more than a Fair Isle sweater…which is made from a multi-stranded knitting technique named after the north Scotland Island where it was developed…although Fair Isle, the place, is only three square miles…its sweaters became known worldwide…just remember not to go too wild with the pattern…stick with something traditional (shown below)…lastly, the sweater is statement enough…so keep whatever you pair it with understated…think solid shirt and neutral pants…tmoS#236 

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principles of Style: #387

The proper way to pack your toiletries for a business trip…if you have been on a plane in the last few years, you know this has now become a much more complicated process…today you have make sure that…all liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3.4 ounce or smaller containers…you may only use one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag to place them in…and you have to place that bag on the conveyor belt for x-ray…if you are like me, you are not about to start playing chemist…and sit in your bathroom the night before filling tubes and beakers with grooming products just so you can go to your meeting in Chicago…make life easy and go to the store and buy the travel sized toiletries…put those in the zip lock…the zip lock in the Dopp kit and you are done…or sign up for TSA Pre-check…tmoS #387

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things i Love:

J.Crew Chinos

This iconic pant style that first found use in the British Indian Army regiments in the 1800s…originally the color of light clay or khaki…can now be found in a multitude of colors and fits…I prefer the J.Crew Classic Fit model…sits at the waist, slim through hip and thigh, with a narrow leg…dressed up or down…a menswear classic…that’s why it is one of the things i Love…and if you don’t want to spend too much…Life Khaki from Haggar in a slim fit is a great alternative…plus they make them out of recycled water bottles…tmoS

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principles of Style: throw back

…from the archives…tmoS