Over the next few months, a few of America’s most…distinguished…citizens will be auditioning for the highest job in the land. Some of you may have some career moves in mind as well. The end of the academic year is in sight, which means those finishing degrees are looking for some way to pay off their tuition loans. Even freshmen and sophomores may be looking for summer resume filler. So you may have a job interview coming up, and you may be wondering what you should wear to it.
Recent Tumblr posts from my e-friend voxsartoria featuring Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons in Brideshead Revisited reminded me of an idiosyncrasy of Sebastian Flyte, Andrews’ character. Not his dissipation and fall from grace (apologies for spoilers of inevitable plot elements that you should have seen coming), but his attitude towards hairbrushes.
It wasn’t long after I graduated college and landed my first job that I treated myself to a small collection of fine leather shoes. Being new to fine footwear, I didn’t know the extent of the horrors that the streets of New York City could inflict upon my shiny prized possessions.
It’s Monday morning at 6am and I read the dreaded 30% chance of precipitation in the weather forecast. In my mathematical mind a 30% chance of precipitation is the same thing as a 70% chance of no precipitation. I am a glass half full kind of guy so I reach for my newest, shiniest oxfords to wear for the day.
There are lots of reasons you may want to wear your suit jacket or suit trousers on their own, without their matched partner. Maybe your wardrobe’s size is limited by prudence, closet space, or the patience of your creditors. Maybe you would like to pack lighter for a trip. Maybe you’d like to wear your suit jacket without any pants whatsoever.
For all the handwringing we do over how our suits and sport coats fit, it’s good to know that some things aren’t as difficult to size. If getting a suit to fit right requires understanding jacket silhouettes and having an alterations tailor, getting a sweater to fit right only requires knowing your size and having access to a sink.
Comparisons between bespoke and ready-to-wear jackets are usually complicated by different makers, different fabrics, different wearers, and all manner of other variables that could matter, at least in the addled mind of a potential bespeaker.
In my last post on clothes and the body, I discussed the dropped shoulder, a very common defect. I have bad news: this is by no means the only affliction that modern life has visited upon our poor human bodies