Ask The Tailor: New Year's Resolutions and Casual Fridays
Out with 2014 and in with 2015, and not a moment too soon. It’s time to flip the calendar and set our sights on a new year.
Do you have any resolutions for ’15? The Tailor does. I’m finally going to shed those extra 15 pounds that Mrs. Tailor has been nagging me about. It would help if she’d stop making my favorite dish --- Lamb Goulash. But there’s no treadmill in my future, The Tailor is going to cut back on the portion sizes and also embark once again on my favorite physical activity --- swimming. Watch out for my swimcap-covered head in Chesapeake Bay, my friends. Happy New Year to all of you!
25 Gifts For The Man Who Is Impossible To Shop For
Everyone knows someone like him.
He’s the guy who never seems to need anything. The guy who already has the cool gadget you just found out about. The man who shrugs when you ask him what he wants for his birthday.
He’s The Man Who’s Impossible to Shop For.
He may also go by any of these monikers: Brother, Uncle, Neighbor, Co-Worker, Boss. Best Friend, Roommate, Husband, Grampa, Dad.
Whoever he is, he’s out there and the clock is ticking toward the holiday (and he probably already has a cool watch).
Here are 25 things you can get The Man Who’s Impossible to Shop For this holiday season.
Ask The Tailor: Cuffed Jeans and Tie Clips
Hello again my fashion-conscious friends. This month I discuss cuffed jeans, the tie clip, and make a return to the topic of pocket squares just briefly. Enjoy and keep the questions coming!
What should I know about tie clips?
— Pete in Alexandria, VA
Just like in real estate, when it comes to tie clips it’s all about location, location, location. The clip should never be too high and never too low. Please don’t ever wear your tie clip on an angle (don’t be that fella), and don’t wear it if it’s not necessary. If you’re wearing a vest or waist coat, leave the tie clip in the drawer. We have a more detailed look at tie clips on our blog.
Dress Like a King and Stay Warm with Corduroy
Corduroy comes from the French phrase corde du roi --- which literally means “The cord of the King.”
Corduroy keeps you warm and it also never goes out of style. Since it consists of several twisted fibers, corduroy is both warm and durable. But it’s not just utilitarian, it can also be stylish.
Many men choose corduroy because it’s comfortable. For example it’s softer than denim but can be worn both in casual and semi-formal situations. A dark corduroy trouser can be paired with almost anything: a dress shirt, sweater, layered look, or shirt and jacket.
Corduroy comes in many widths. It’s made by weaving extra sets of fiber over the base fabric. As a result you get textured vertical ridges known as wales. There are three types of standard corduroy: standard wale; pincord or pinwhale; and printed corduroy. Standard wale is available in many colors, pincord is finer and has a higher count (16 wales per inch as opposed to 11 per inch for standard), and printed cord is the process of dying the corduroy with pigment dyes. See Wikipedia for more on corduroy.
At The Tailored Man we carry several corduroy fabrics from Holland & Sherry that will dress up your wardrobe this fall and winter. Here are some examples of current corduroy fashions.
Ask The Tailor: Wool Suits and Shoe Trees
It’s time again for Ask The Tailor, and this month he’s working overtime, answering 20% more questions at no extra charge. You’re welcome.
When is it too early to wear a wool suit?
— Wooly Willie in Dale City, VA
You got it backwards, Willie. Cotton suits have a season, but you can and should wear your wool suits at any time of year. A wool suit is the staple of a man’s wardrobe, along with brown loafers, a denim shirt, a corduroy jacket, and a derby hat. At least that’s what The Tailor reaches for in his closet. Get a cotton suit for more casual events in the warm months, but wear your trusty wool suit for everything else in any month.