With all the snow on the ground still pretty and white, today felt like a good day to wear my winter white Norfolk style jacket (The FitzHemingway model for long-time readers.)

The trick to wearing a statement piece is to keep most of what you wear neutral. Here a grey cashmere roll neck sweater and flannel trousers of the same hue don’t compete with the sports coat. If only I could wear my suede shoes, but the day calls for boots.

As I write this, it is 2ºF with a windchill of -8. Which makes for a very unpleasant start to the day. Since my son is at home sick, it really is the sort of day to stay in.

Living in a draughty Victorian Manse, as aesthetically pleasing as it is, means that the modern heat pump is having a bit of a tough go of it raising the thermostat to anything really comfortable. And that, dear readers, calls for a dressing gown at the least. My kit for staying in — the silk robe from Hong Kong, the silk pyjamas brought back from China by friend of the blog MO, and Belgian Shoes “Mr. Casual” model.

There are occasions when you dress only for yourself. Today is one of them.

I was fortunate enough to have had a father who believed in dressing well. Hence my inherited dressing gown. Should you decide you need one, try the beautiful example from New and Lingwood, like the Vintage Paisley number above. They don't come cheap though.

Paul Stuart's navy dot pyjamas would go well with your new robe.

And a burgundy pair of Stubbs and Wootten slippers, cashmere socks optional.

How's that for a little cabin fever reliever?

What are your choices for robes and pyjamas to lounge about in?



Eggsy, ready to save the world and get the girl.

Eggsy, ready to save the world and get the girl.

“We are all looking for unicorns,” said a wonderful and attractive single friend of ours. She is right.  In this day of cosmetic perfection, it does seem like there is a perfect 10 out there for everyone. However, putting an absurd amount of trust in finding someone so perfect for you might have fueled many a miserable Valentine’s Day.

Exceptional, empirical, beauty really is as rare as the mythical unicorn.

Well, why not create an unfair advantage? Dress better than you have to. You’ll stand out. In a very good way. Making you that very rarest of mythical creatures, a man who pays attention to the small things and takes pride in his appearance. In other words, part unicorn.

Start with a suit. Keep it neat and clean. Make it trim fitting (not skin tight, trim.) Add the appropriate accessories, a well-fitted dress shirt and classic tie, cufflinks and a pocket square. Shine your shoes. Keep your jewelry to a  minimum (watch, wedding band, signet ring.) Make your communication devices as nice a can be expected (subtle cases, a fine pen and very good card stock for your cards.)

All that’s left is to save the world and get the girl.

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