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principles of Style: #341

Not all dress shoes have to have leather soles…rubber works too…as long as the rubber is relatively thin, they will still look great with a suit and tie…just remember that the thicker and more conspicuous the sole…the more “casual” the shoe…and thus the more casual the application…tmoS #341

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principles of Style: #231

Whether traveling for business or pleasure…always dress as though you are going to run in to someone important…the goal is to dress well…not like you are off to a sleepover…or about to clean out the garage…even if you are only sitting in coach…and flying to Florida…to visit your mother-in-law…tmoS #231

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principles of Style: #168

The proper way to pack a suit for a business trip…1) Fill the suitcase with your other clothing items until it is almost full…leave out a couple pairs of rolled socks…2) Turn the suit jacket inside out and insert one shoulder into the other shoulder…place the rolled-up socks into the shoulders, to prevent them from being crushed…straighten the lapels…3) Fold the coat and sleeves in half and lay it in the center of your bag…4) Fold the pants as shown in #440 and lay them on top of the suit jacket…remember to always try to pack your suit at the end…as it is best to have it packed for the least amount of time as possible…and as soon as you arrive at your destination, remove the suit and hang it up…this will help shake out any wrinkles…tmoS #168

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principles of Style: throw back

…from the Archives…tmoS

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principles of Style: grooming

the messenger of Style always keeps lip balm handy…and not just in the winter…dry, cracked lips not only hurt, they don’t look so great either…three things to keep in mind next time you go to buy some at CVS…Nourishment; make sure it consists of fortifying and protective agents…cheaper lip balms will provide quick relief, but your lips are going to become dry again if the skin underneath can’t breathe…Fragrance; nothing is worse than walking into a room smelling of wild cherries…find an odor-free option…or one that smells like mint, or french fries…SPF; shield your lips from those damaging rays…pick a balm with a sun blocking agent of at least SPF 5…now go give your favorite person a big smooch with those smooth lips…tmoS# 484

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principles of Style: #492

You may have a lot to spend on clothes…or a little…it doesn’t matter…just buy the best quality that you can within your price range…tmoS #492

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principles of Style: #597

Things you need…Don’t ruin those nice shoes you bought…make sure to put them on with a shoe horn…the shoe horn keeps the shoe open…thus providing a smooth surface for your foot and heel to move…without your heel crushing the shoe’s heel…and ruining your fancy new kicks…and no, you don’t need to go out and buy one made from ivory or bone…a simple plastic one will do just fine…tmoS #597

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principles of Style: #152

During the dog days of summer…it can get downright hot…especially here in Texas…trying to stay a little cooler?…substitute the black and dark colors in your wardrobe…for khaki and lighter colors…now that you look cooler…you can go out and grab a frosty beverage…tmoS

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principles of Style: #577

a style History: The Blazer…The sartorial term “blazer” originated with the red blazers of the Lady Margaret Boat Club (1825), the rowing club of St. John’s College, Cambridge (shown below)…the Lady Margaret club jackets were termed blazers because of the bright red cloth from which they were made…these early blazers were like the later sports jackets, which describes the wearing of odd jackets for land-based sports…the reefer jacket was of naval origin, and described the short double breasted jacket worn by sailors in harsh weather, when they perform duties such as reefing the sails…it is descendants of this jacket which are now commonly described by the term blazer…originally with black horn buttons, these jackets evolved to the modern dark navy blue blazer…now single as well as double breasted, and with metallic buttons…in the present day the term blazer has, by many, incorrectly come to refer to all sportcoats…tmoS #577

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principles of Style: 1899

The following is one of seventeen “Don’ts for Men” that were originally published in 1899…”Don’t lose your patience with a clerk who is merely trying to understand the drift of your requirements”…and I follow that advice to this day…tmoS

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principles of Style: throw back

…from the Archives…tmoS

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principles of Style: #430

You cannot find a more classic summer shoe than a deck or boat shoe…whether in traditional brown leather…or in updated colors and styles…wear them with shorts, or khakis…a great alternative to flip-flops…you have stopped wearing flip-flops, right?…tmoS #430

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principles of Style: #136

While the messenger of Style has a lot of neckwear…only a clothes horse, or somebody in the tailored clothing business, would need/have hundreds of ties…for everyone else the most useful ties, and for most the only ties you will ever need…are a navy blue repp stripe…followed by a brown or burgundy in the same pattern…dark neckwear is more versatile than pale neckwear and is more dressy…thus perfect for work…special occasions…or a night out with the little lady…tmoS #136

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things i Love:

Timex Weekender Collection

In 1854 Waterbury, CT-based brass manufacturer Benedict & Burnham created Waterbury Clock Company to manufacture clocks using brass wheels and gears…Fast forward to WWII; artillery gunners needed an easy way to calculate and read time while still being able to work the guns…The Waterbury Clock Company met this need by modifying a ladies pocket watch in to a military-issue watch - lugs were added for a canvas strap, the crown was repositioned to 3 o’clock, hands and numbers were made luminescent for nighttime readability – thus making one of the first wrist watches…As a result of this successful partnership with the military, the company was renamed United States Time Corporation…Continued innovation lead to led to the eventual public debut of the Timex brand in 1950… By 1962, the Timex brand held the number one market share position in the United States where one out of every three watches sold was a Timex…In recognition of the Timex brand’s worldwide success, United States Time Corporation was renamed Timex Corporation in 1969…the modern Day Weekender Collection is designed for those seeking a fashionable, affordable and casual watch that will stay in style for years…Inspired by the classic Military Watches of the 1940’s and Field Watch of the 1960’s, the Weekender features a stainless steel case and is accented with a nylon strap…a timeless utilitarian design updated for today…that’s why it is one of the things i Love…tmoS

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principles of Style: #167

I have personally never mastered the art of tying one…I usually just grab a well made pre-tied version…to be honest, if you can tell the difference you are a bit of a dandy…however, I would be remiss if I didn’t show how you tie a proper bow-tie…so see below…maybe you can show me when you figure it out…tmoS #167

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