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Finding a Style Identity
26 Aug

Finding a Style Identity

Finding your own style is about communicating through clothes what you want to project about yourself. We might think of Tom Wolfe’s white suits or Andy Warhol’s Brooks Brothers button downs and jeans as examples of iconic style identities, representing respectively Wolfe's immaculate, clinical detachment from his subjects and Warhol's insouciant delight in the visual library of the everyman. At the same time, a style identity ought to be about comfortable self-expression. We shouldn’t be dressing up for a part, playing someone we’re not.

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What's the Difference Between Good Sunglasses and Bad Ones?
21 Aug

What's the Difference Between Good Sunglasses and Bad Ones?

Brand name products cost more than generics, and aren't always any better. Compare the brand name and generic drugs at CVS, for instance, and you'll find the same active ingredients each, just with more profit to the manufacturer mixed in for the brand name version. It's tempting to think that the same applies to the sunglasses sold next to the checkout line.

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The Great Navy Trouser Debate
12 Aug

The Great Navy Trouser Debate

Although worsted wool navy trousers are a common sight in American offices today, they are like the Windows 8 operating system that their wearers stare at all day: the vestigial result of a product adapted too far away from its original environment.

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Against Flair
07 Aug

Against Flair

The rise of online made-to-measure tailors has made custom clothing available to many men who can't stomach the prices charged by the bespoke houses of Savile Row and the Chiaia district of Naples.

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Know Thyself
31 Jul

Know Thyself

Of the many wisdoms handed down to us by the Ancient Greeks, the one I find most relevant to clothing is gnothi seauton: know thyself. And not just in the biblical sense.Experimentation with your wardrobe teaches you not only about your personality, but also about your body.

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The Aesthetics of Asymmetry
24 Jul

The Aesthetics of Asymmetry

Symmetry is often suggested as a cardinal virtue of aesthetics. Since symmetry is very unlikely to occur at random, its presence suggests skillful execution of a design. When something is asymmetric, it might be unclear if this is a design choice or a failed attempt at symmetry. You might, for instance, be more sure of the structural integrity of a symmetric building than an asymmetric one. 

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How to Cool Down in Summertime
22 Jul

How to Cool Down in Summertime

Summer is a great time for many things. We get music festivals in the park, reasons to go to the beach, and better afternoons spent on the porch. At the same time, it can be hard to enjoy anything when the weather is hot and humid.

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Vanity Fair Caricatures : An Introduction
17 Jul

Vanity Fair Caricatures : An Introduction

Statesmen and scientists, ministers and musicians, authors and artists, there was hardly a human pursuit without a representative in the caricatures of the late Victorian political and society magazine Vanity Fair. From its founding by Thomas Gibson Bowles in January 1869 until its demise at the dawn of the Great War, Vanity Fair’s forty-five year run produced more than two thousand lithographic illustrations.

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