One Rig to Rule Them All

Happy Mardi Gras, y’all. I know I should  post a gumbo recipe (our dinner tonight), the makings of a perfect Sazerac, or the best way to incorporate green, purple and gold into your wardrobe, but I’ll stick to a more sober topic. I’m writing this in the early morning, after all.


Roger Moore as Simon Templar, The Saint

Roger Moore, around The Wild Geese time?

Sir Roger Moore at 80, celebrating with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

I am often asked for must-have items, favourite labels, “appropriate-to-most-situations” clothing, and I have always recommended the blue suit. However, after watching several old British films, and reviewing a few television shows of the late 60’s, I’ve drawn a new conclusion, one embodied by the always elegant Sir Roger Moore.

Keeping in mind fit and proportion, I believe that a slim cut grey trouser, white cocktail cuff shirt with a medium spread collar (or very light blue as a second choice), a blue blazer in a slim silhouette — single or double-breasted — with a slightly-long-for-today skirt (what was a normal length about five years ago), and a pair of black loafers, monk straps or a Chelsea boot, will see anyone through just about anything these days.

I didn’t follow my rule of thumb to the letter, as you can see. I’ve opted for a grey and cream tie (vintage Hermès, on loan from The Architect) and tan monks in the photo below.


In our increasingly casual society, this rig is probably the most adaptable that a man can own. With this and a tuxedo, you’re set for just about anything. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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