Can I wear white after Labor Day?

There was once a “rule” that wearing white after Labor Day was a faux pas, but what do they say about rules? They’re made to be broken. It was a silly rule anyway.

It’s perfectly acceptable to wear white after Labor Day.

What you want to be careful about is what sort of white clothing you choose in the Fall and Winter months. If you are eyeing that short sleeve white dress shirt or a spring white jacket, don’t do it. Wear a sensible white suit or a white hat, even a long white waistcoat, but don’t make it look like you think it’s May.

 

Wearing white (especially a well-tailored white pinstripe suit) is an excellent way to show off your style when the days get shorter.

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Which Online Shaving Club should you choose?

What's all the fuss about buying shaving supplies online? It seems as if everyone is buying razors and cartridges and aftershave on the internet these days. Hasn't shaving been the same for thousands of years?

No, times are changing. If you're simply buying razors and shaving gel as you go from big box retailers, you're wasting time and you're spending too much money. Men (and women) can shave lots of money off their budget by signing up for one of these online shaving clubs. Why spend extra money on shaving when you can use that savings to do fun stuff?

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The Most Stylish Men in U.S. History

Who was the most stylish man in the history of the United States? Is it possible to even answer such a question?

We've tried. Here's a timeline that includes some of the more stylish men in the history of America. Do you agree with our selections?

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Ask The Tailor: Mixing Patterns and the Best-Dressed Man in U.S. History

Here we are with another round of Ask The Tailor, the man who seems to know it all without being a know-it-all.

What are the things to consider when mixing patterns in my wardrobe?
— Steve B. in Grantsville, WV

Bravo to you for taking on the challenge of mixing patterns. Any man can wear solids that match. Any man can toss a bold-patterned tie around his neck to seem a little daring. But not all men have the chops to mix patterns. Once you pull this off (with my help), dors are going to open for you, my friend. The world will seem like a happier place and women will turn their heads. Prepare to be coveted.

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Ask The Tailor: Buying Shoes, Presidential Drinks, and Pork Pie Hats

Ask The Tailor

We’re gearing up for summer and The Tailor’s mail bag is overflowing with questions. This time he tells us why custom made shoes are more comfortable and what type of man looks great in a pork pie hat, and he reveals JFK’s favorite beer.

I‘ve stopped buying “off the rack” and never looked back. I look great in my custom-made suits and I get compliments all the time. Thank you. But I buy my shoes “off the shelf”. Should I have them made especially for me too? – Clyde in Cooperstown, NY

The short answer is “yes.” But there’s also a second answer which is “not always.” Custom shoemaking was the only way to get shoes up until the mid-nineteenth century when mechanized manufacturing processes were developed and perfected. Suddenly almost anyone could get quality shoes easily and much cheaper. But that doesn’t mean their feet were happy. Custom-made shoes fit your feet better, provide better support and are more comfortable. Because they wear better, they last longer. They will cost more, but you’ll have them for many more years. Just like a great bespoke-tailored suit.

Having said that, in some cases you’ll be fine getting a pair of shoes “off the rack”, especially if you have a fairly normal foot size and shape. Shoes are made on a “last” --- a shaped design of the human foot that serves as the template. The vast majority of people have fairly common feet, but there if you have unusually narrow or wide feet or shaped toes, you’ll be far more comfy in a custom pair of shoes made for you by a “cordwainer” --- that’s a chap who makes shoes by hand. You have to keep your piggies happy.

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