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Save the denim for off-duty wear. Ditto for the leather jacket and waxed cotton. As cool as these ensembles look in the magazines or at Pitti, they are tough to pull off unless you’re in a hyper-creative environment.The khakis, ball-cap and leather flight jacket has become the retired man’s uniform around here. Don’t fall victim to its temptations. We’re not all action novelists.


This was for a one hour meeting… with my tailor.

Your weekday wear should mean business. At least when I’m in suit or business casual (a trimmer suit or sport coat and trousers), I feel more professional and I know I’m more productive.

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Mon. Arnault is a fine exemplar of business casual. The trimmer cut of the suit and softer construction works without a tie.

Besides, when you’re at home, you should be relaxed. That’s when to reach for those soft cords, the Oxford shirt and the cashmere sweater. Or channel your inner best-selling novelist.

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Incotex's Colored Khaki Twills are the right cut for many.


Today, trim cuts are in. If you've no suit coat to accentuate the positive in your physique, or hide behind, flat front trousers are almost a commandment of style. The good news is, you can find flat front trousers in a variety of rises and fullness of cuts. If you can't find a brand that works for you (I really like J. Crew's khakis and Incotex's wool trousers), remember that MTM or custom will fit and feel comfortable. An alternate suggestion is to have a single reverse pleat (opening to the pocket side of the trouser) that will allow for extra room when seated for long periods of time — driving, for example — which gives you the look of a flat front.

The key to looking stylish among the fashionable is to wear a trimmer cut trouser. Nothing droopy, nothing that gaps open at the pleat(s), nothing tight enough that the pockets pop out on flat fronts like Alfred E. Newman's ears. Trim cuts — not skinny — are the goal here. Go as trim as you can with a slightly lower rise if you are not going to wear a sports coat.

Many will wonder about cuffs/turn-ups on trimmer cut and flat front trousers. You can't go wrong either way these days. I usually cuff pleated trousers (1 3/4″ – 2″) and leave the trim flat fronts with a hem and slightest of breaks. Do what looks right with your shoe and the weight of the material of the trouser.

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