Many of my most prized possessions were gifts from others. My mother gave me a beautiful acoustic guitar for my high school graduation that has been with me ever since. A dozen years later when I finished graduate school, my godfather gave me a lovely piece of luggage which I am sure will age much more gracefully than I will.
In the cold season of winter, many of us are breaking out our sweaters daily, and at some point will face the colder reality that, no matter how well-made, all wool sweaters pill. This is true whether you have one of those cheap merinos from a mass-market retailer or a hardier Scottish piece from a specialty boutique. With enough wear, all wool sweaters will pill over time. The question is just how much and how easily.
'Tis the season to be gaudy. It's the time of year when every mall spins saccharine holiday music every shopping hour of the day, every annoyingly over-energetic neighbor covers their home in 37 pieces of holiday flair, and every child under the age of 13 becomes a walking wish list. But there is a bright side – office holiday parties. Your chance to get drunk and make small talk with people you already spend 2,000 hours a year with. Rejoice!
If you're wealthy enough, you never have to carry your own things. It was reported last year, for example, that Karl Lagerfeld not only travels with at least twenty-five Goyard suitcases (and who knows how many people hired to carry them), but also has a staffer follow him around with a single glass of Pepsi Max, just in case he should ever find himself thirsty. Most of us can't afford such luxuries, unfortunately, so we have to schlep our own things around
Since the early 19th century, elegant menswear has based itself around solid colors. Still today, more than 200 years after Beau Brummell's proclamation that male clothing should be simple and austere, many men wear patterns only with reluctance, and even then only following the lead of some style icon.
One of the ironies of Thanksgiving is that it’s a day we get dressed in some of favorite clothes, but also a day when our clothes are most likely to be ruined. Careless hands and running children and can send saucy foods and colorful drinks spilling onto our best garments, potentially ruining things we spent a lot of time and money to find.
“Wear a tie” is kind of like “start with a joke.” It's good advice, but you have to know your audience and occasion to execute it properly, and missteps can be disastrous. As with jokes, five is about the bare minimum of ties you should have to be prepared for any situation. But it can't be just any five. Here's one suggestion for a versatile five-tie wardrobe.