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The Origins of Business Casual
17 Apr

The Origins of Business Casual

Deirdre Clemente’s recent article in The Atlantic argues that business casual originated in Silicon Valley as a bottom-up phenomenon (as opposed to a bottoms-up phenomenon, a very different sort of thing).

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Lessons Learned: The Casual Conundrum
12 Jun

Lessons Learned: The Casual Conundrum

I am not a particularly creative person. My right-brain functions are sorely underdeveloped (nb.:  alas, the same could be said of my left-brain functions, but one thing at a time). I take comfort in structure, routine, pattern, and certainty.

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How To Receive a Compliment
23 Dec

How To Receive a Compliment

The famed dandy Beau Brummell is supposed to have said that “if John Bull turns around to look at you, you are not well dressed.” Presumably this judgment holds even if the good Mr. Bull is turning around to say, “nice fit.” To have your clothing complimented is to have it noticed, which men, even men who care about their clothing, often try to avoid.
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Game: Set. No Match
27 Oct

Game: Set. No Match

You may remember that there was a football game a couple of Sundays ago that ended in dramatic fashion. As the clock ticked down to zero and players and media spilled onto the field, no one knew quite what to make of what had just happened.

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How to Wear a Pocket Square
20 Oct

How to Wear a Pocket Square

There are many ways to wear a pocket square, but only one rule – always complement; never match. As with tie knots, card tricks, and pick-up lines, you want to look good without seeming like you put in too much effort. Any hint of contrivance and the magic is gone. For pocket squares, that means looking like you grabbed something at random (n.b.: use caution in applying this logic to pick-up lines) and things just happened to work out perfectly.

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Casual: The Need for Definition
27 Jun

Casual: The Need for Definition

One of the most common terms encountered when discussing menswear is “casual.” Yet, to say a man is dressed casually does little to describe what he is wearing.

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Priorities Straight, Pants Wrinkled
06 Jun

Priorities Straight, Pants Wrinkled

Some men go through life constantly adjusting their appearance: straightening their ties, re-puffing their pocket squares, running their fingers through their hair.

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The Origins of Business Casual
25 May

The Origins of Business Casual

Deirdre Clemente’s recent article in The Atlantic argues that business casual originated in Silicon Valley as a bottom-up phenomenon (as opposed to a bottoms-up phenomenon, a very different sort of thing).

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