You’re going to think I’ve lost my mind. I haven’t.
Full disclosure: the nice people at Heat Holders sent me a pair of their “Ultimate Thermal Sock” for Mrs. E. to test.
Mrs. E., you see, is a very tough critic. She has this Cold Agglutinin Disease thing that goes along with her CLL. Her threshold temperature is 70°F/21°C. Below that and she starts to turn blue as her red blood cells begin exploding. Think hypothermia. The end result of which is coma, etc. . She’s tried everything. Hunting socks, ski socks, electric socks, cashmere socks, Hot Hands Toe Warmers. Cashmere socks under Uggs… (yes, she’s been driven to that) … electric boots even. Like I say, she’s a tough audience for warm clothing.
Her initial assessment of the hot pink socks? “Wow! These are soft. Really soft.” An hour later. “These are the warmest non-electric sock, ever. And they’re really soft.” Still later: “Hey, look! My heels are their normal colour! Wow, are these socks soft. How do they make them this soft?” Etc.
Apparently, all this has to do with the way the pile is looped and brushed to create pockets of hot air. Add some wicking properties to that to take away any foot moisture and you’re in pretty good shape. If the Heat Holders hold up to a winter’s worth of wear, they’ll be worth every penny. I’m ordering a case of them for Mrs. E. for Christmas. Seriously. If you’ve got someone you love who has to keep warm, or if you just like to wrap him or her in snuggly warm things, look into Heat Holders. They’ll thank you for it.
It seems I am using too much computer space on the shared server. I’m going to have to archive some of my early posts. So you may encounter difficulty when trying to access the site. I’m only allowed so much traffic!
In the meantime, a question to think about and discuss here or over on the Easy and Elegant Life Facebook page. Given that we have decided that elegance is restraint, is whimsy the antithesis of elegance? Or can including some whimsical elements in your wardrobe co-exist with your pursuit of elegance?
The late, great, fantastically well-turned out Richard Merkin.
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Ferry. He wore blue velvet…
Let’s talk about texture. Today I found myself wearing a sort-of-burnt-orange flannel sportscoat, grey flannels and a grenadine tie. I debated for a while over my shoes and my pocket square. Do I wear suede shoes or calf? Do I wear a Drake’s silk/wool blend or an all silk pocket square? In general, I like to play textures off one another. A rougher or softer hand is paired with a smooth or harder material. Flannel calls for polished leather shoes, tweed a silk tie or pocket square. Suede shoes require an alligator belt. That sort of thing.
But take our man from Drake’s, above. He looks very Fall. The lighting is oblique. Colours are a bit muted, although still rich. His tweed jacket, merino cardigan, woolen tie and silk and wool square are all softer textures. I bet he’s wearing flannels and suede shoes; if he’s wearing trousers at all. To me this is a relaxed look. Put together absolutely. But relaxed. I imagine some would consider this just south of black tie. Still, if you want to look smart and comfortable in mufti, consider mixing in all your soft and comfortable Fall textures. As homey as a single malt, a good detective novel and a roaring fire in the grate.
Do you dress softly during the colder months? Or is it all business OR adventure wear?