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Tip of the Day: Spare Tie

by James Joyner on 3 September 2009

Tweet Spencer Ackerman is learning this one the hard way, after having stained his tie ahead of his Al Jazeera English TV appearance: always keep a spare necktie at the office.  Preferably, one that goes with anything.  (Mine’s solid red with a subtle textured pattern.) For good measure, I keep an old navy blazer and [...]

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TweetI saw this ad on another website just now and had to chuckle:  “Bonobos – Better Fitting Pants.” Better fitting than what, pray tell?  They appear to be simultaneously too tight in the crotch (thus the bunching) and too wide in the leg (thus the billowing) and about three inches too long (thus covering the [...]

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How a Suit Should Fit

by James Joyner on 28 August 2009

TweetEsquire provides the following illustrations of how a man’s suit should fit: While this looks right, it amusingly is not in accord with how the models in many recent issues of Esquire are shown; most wear their jackets and pants too tight, overcompensating for the return to the well-tailored fit. Also, the guide doesn’t deal [...]

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Shopping with the Wife

by James Joyner on 28 August 2009

TweetI stumbled upon the following at Esquire: Sixty-year-old advice on shopping with the wife still rings true today Photo credit: Bettmann/Corbis “A word to the wives is sufficient. And the word is NO. When you have serious shopping to do, leave the pretty things at home. They can call in a few harpies from the [...]

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Tweet John Kennedy famously killed off the tophat by refusing to wear one to his inauguration.  Is Barack Obama helping kill off the necktie? John Derbyshire has a touching ode to the necktie, which he notes “was a key item in gents’ attire all through the 20th century, having condensed out of a more varied [...]

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Mad Men

Mad About Mad Men

by James Joyner on 15 August 2009

“Mad Men” is the hottest show on TV, having somehow captured the zeitgeist with its meticulous portrayal of early 1960s Manhattan.

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The Chrome Dome

by Jon Stonger on 10 August 2009

A masculine approach to baldness

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The Why of the Tie

by Jon Stonger on 23 July 2009

Like many horrific fashion items, the necktie has its roots in a religiously-motivated defenestration.

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GQ is great for tips on men’s fashion trends. Not so much for knowing what to spend.

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