Today’s Patterns

The shirt is an old Ben Silver, and if I had it to do over, I’d commission one without the eyelets. Yes, it has held up well over the years (and was the only OTR club collar I could find at the time), but it loses something when you don’t stick the pin through a perfectly good collar. Sure it ruins the shirt over time. But then they become knock around shirts and are still far too comfortable from hundreds of launderings.

The braces are white gut end Thurstons. The club tie is anything but a club tie, at least in my neck of the woods. So let’s call it striped, shall we?

The suit is a three-piece, three button made by Gieves of Savile Row in 1966 for Mrs. E.’s grandfather. It fits well enough and is made of 16 oz. cloth — sort of a charcoal and mid-grey pinstripe — that wears like iron and is very comfortable on a cold day. Because of the weight of the fabric, the suit resists wrinkles beautifully and drapes very well. Because of the construction, it is supremely comfortable to wear. It hangs from the shoulders and neck and moves with you.

The hair is by Jean Cocteau.

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