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Hugh Hefner, 1926-2017
04 Oct

Hugh Hefner, 1926-2017

Hugh Hefner, millionaire libertine, child of sexually repressed Methodists, and father of a generation of men’s magazines, has died at 91. With the golden age of Playboy long gone by the time I would have been old enough to sweatily peruse its pages, my own feelings about Hefner have centered around a mixture of bemused indifference and the kind of awe one feels toward a grizzled old tree that’s been struck by lightning, yet remains standing.

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Yeah, I'm Huge
16 Aug

Yeah, I'm Huge

Menswear columnists are full of advice about how to find and adjust clothing to best flatter your body. A padded shoulder for the bony, a more relaxed cut for corpulent fellows, a higher jacket gorge for short guys like myself. Up to a point, all of these tricks work in creating the illusion of a more “ideal” figure, but they’re probably not as effective as just hitting the gym three times a week, and actually changing the shape of your body.

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Twelve Angry Men and One Dismissed Juror
13 Jul

Twelve Angry Men and One Dismissed Juror

I was recently called up by the State of New York to serve on a jury. Until then, I’d successfully postponed every previous summons, so I didn’t know what to expect. As a kind of low effort piece of research, I decided to consult a favorite courtroom drama: Twelve Angry Men.

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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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On Failure
21 Feb

On Failure

Lately, I keep finding myself thinking about a well-worn, and probably apocryphal Beau Brummell story, the sort one tends to find on blogs like this one. A visitor arrives at Brummell's house and is led by the butler up to Brummell’s dressing room. The door is opened by Brummell’s valet, who is holding a plate of rumpled cravats.

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The Loafers Not Taken
19 Jan

The Loafers Not Taken

I had been eyeing them for most of October and into early November: a pair of slightly worn, but still springy, well-patinated, brown tassel loafers. I imagined myself wearing them and strolling languidly against scenic backdrops: an Italian piazza, a French market, a German art gallery. I would subsist entirely on cheese, wine, espresso, and self-satisfaction. Life would be easy and my ankles would look beautiful. The shoes were listed by the Ebay seller for almost nothing; I was determined that these loafers, and the life they represented, would be mine.

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The Menswear of Gilmore Girls
25 Oct

The Menswear of Gilmore Girls

Most mens’ fashion writers find inspiration in classic movies, old clothing catalogues, or on Instagram. I have lately found it in Gilmore Girls. Before you object, let me start, as a gentleman would, by blaming my wife.

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Romaine Brooks and Women in Suits
02 Aug

Romaine Brooks and Women in Suits

Lately, some of my favorite menswear style icons have been women. Perhaps I’ve just gotten tired of worshipping the same old pics of Marcello Mastroianni, Serge Gainsbourg, and the Duke of Windsor. Or maybe it’s the cumulative effect of so many images of Hillary Clinton in pantsuits.

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