‘Tis the sartoriale season, dear readers. These are the golden months of dressing well. While a lot of menswear icons pair their styles to simple two color combination suits and shirts (Tom Ford, Cary Grant, et. al.), a number of the more playful among them will opt for injecting grey days with color, texture, and pattern. Flannels, corduroy, cashmere are really more like wrapping yourself in a robe in front of a fire instead of girding yourself with sartoriale armor of super 150’s worsted fabrics.

This is a look that I’ll try to emulate.I love the exuberance of the tie after the restrictions of the skinny, and the proud chest with billowing (almost) lapels. Do you find this daunting? What color trouser would you wear?

Off for the morning toilette. In cashmere and corduroy. And hair. Just a few days left to help me double my original Movember fundraising goal. Please do, if you can. And remember to stay healthy. Wag more.



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This Movember thing has me thinking. I’ve mentioned men’s health issues, but what are we really talking about?

Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer, Testicular Cancer and Mental Health. That’s a lot of grief. I’ve mentioned The Giving Keys Movember (and survivor’s)Empower  initiative (that’s the bracelet that I’m wearing in the photo), and now another company has reached out to give you incentive to buy from them whilst getting the word out that we men need to start paying attention to our collective health.


Tommy John makes some absurdly comfortable underwear. I recommend them. In particular, their no-show t-shirts and cool comfort boxers. They are all they’re cracked up to be. And, as befitting a men’s undergarments company they’ve got the …. incentive … to help spread the word. From the horse’s mouth:

Some quick facts about testicular cancer:

  • One male is diagnosed with testicular cancer every hour

  • It is the most easily detected form of cancer

  • It has the highest survival rate when caught early

How is Tommy John helping?

  • We are giving 5% of all sales coming from our limited edition “Mustache and Ball” collection

  • We are contributing $10 for each purchase made by new customers who were referred by someone else

  • We are donating $1 for each entry in our Instagram contest up to $1,000 (more on that below)

What’s in it for your readers?

“Share a pair win a pair” Instagram contest. To enter, take a picture of any pair of round objects, and tag them on Instagram #SupportYourBalls, and follow @TommyJohnWear and @TesticularCancerFoundation for a chance to win a pair of Tommy John underwear

Sorry for the blunt subject and the double entendres that are all in good fun this November. I’ll get in some more typical posts as we roll along. In the meantime, please help me reach a $400 donated level. That would be double what I started out with as a goal and this is a cause that’s near and dear to my …. heart.

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bracelet courtesy of The Giving Keys.

“Empower” Movember bracelet courtesy of The Giving Keys. 

Day three of my Movember manoeuvre and I’ve almost reached my funding goal. Please help out if you can, and/or share with your social media circles. Thank you!

After Friday Luncheon, The Architect, The Fundraiser and I headed over to see the now closed “Dressing Downton” exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society. Wonderful attention to detail! The costume designers really did their research. It was a particular pleasure to see the white waistcoats under the tailcoats not peeking out below the front points. Nicely done.


Even for an entertainer, in this case.


But not everything was so formal.


It was pointed out to me that in the photo, they are holding the guns incorrectly. In the left is appropriate; in case you are to shake hands.

Below stairs, you can see where the balance and proportion of the garments is … off … Well, we wouldn’t want them to be mistaken for the gentry, would we?


Let’s not forget the Ladies. Some of the costumes really are vintage.


This one, for example.


And a couple of these. The designers said that you could hear the beads dropping on the floor with each movement.


But not Ms. Woolfe’s, which was barely glimpsed at any rate.


Part of this one is real.


This part, in face.


And the wedding dress is. Sort of.


All in all, a fine afternoon. Vedy, vedy.


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