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Sick Days


Does this happen to you?

I’m ill today. Laryngitis. Which means I’ve caught a virus from one or both of the children. It’s raining, too. I meant to throw on a pair of cavalry twill trousers and my double soled cordovan brogues with a shirt and the Barbour jacket. The next thing I know, I’m pulling on the suit and tie. Ill-fitted, isn’t it? It’s an old twill Lauren by Ralph Lauren about a size too big and tailored with a very full break at the cuffs. So I’ll ditch the jacket and don the Barbour. I’ll loosen my tie to check for strep throat anyway… .

What to take away from this post? Fit matters. And, the worse you feel the better you should dress; especially if you’ve got to go out. It sort of cheers you up. At least a little.

No tie arch… again.

13 thoughts on “Sick Days

  1. You still look better than 99% of the male population, “ill-fitting” suit and all. Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Hoping it is not strep. And I tell you, I have a 2 year old who is the oldest, I relentlessly use wipes and purell and it seems every other week we are having a sickness of some nature – her trembling from fever last week terrified me, and then it was gone in a few hours. I just have no idea how to keep these devils out, because believe me, I make an effort! Hoping all is well soon, Catherine

  3. I couldn’t agree more! On my Sick Days, I’ve been known to take a hot bubble bath and, perform a complete toilette at the vanity, put on fresh pajamas and return to bed! It makes all the difference…Hope you’re soon up to snuff!

  4. When I was a kid, my dad would give me a shot of his best scotch to kill the sore throat. It was the 60’s, go figure. I am much more fond of the remedy today than I was then. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  5. All the best to you and hoping for a speedy recovery. I do have to ask, though, why you still own that suit?

  6. Turling, I hated to admit that it has to go. One advantage of this blog is that I get to see exactly what I look like in something. It makes parting with said garment much easier.

  7. I love how the a ill fitting day allows us room to feel better, to see that good health and a sharp suit can add spring to any rainy day. Drink lots of tea with ginger and lemon…and honey infused with lavender.

  8. C.

    the viral stuff seems to be starting earlier this year for certain. I had a mild “something” last week and my throat is tickly yet again. I’m wrapping this feedback in love my friend but I gotta tell you-that suit isn’t your best by a long shot.

    I hope you feel better soon.



  9. David V, Can’t get into the closet to find the box… children’s toys…

    DeepSouthDad, welcome and thank you for a very timely comment (sorry.) I, too was taught that rule about black tie. But I do have to admit to wearing my watch sometimes. And I never wear my pocket watch with my dinner jacket, though I don’t know why. Will have to rethink that this year. At least the guests you have witnessed checking their cellphones are stepping outside to do so!

  10. I hope, by now you are feeling better. I agree- the worse one feels the better one should dress! That is, of course, unless you are bedridden- in that case I would suggest only the highest quality pj’s to elevate the mood.

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