Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Odds and Ends and Two-Thirds of a Trifecta

About a month ago, I wrote a post about how I'd found a copy of The Preppy Handbook, but made mention of a couple other titles that I thought would actually be of more use in guiding me to some semblance of style (hey, this is a process for me).

Handbook of Style

As luck would have it, my wife (who is awesome, by the way) found me one of those two aforementioned titles at the thrift store for $2. The small (but jam-packed) The Esquire Handbook of Style: A Man's Guide to Looking Good makes a nice companion to the slim, but also helpful The Indispensable Guide to Classic Men's Clothing. I get a lot of ideas from reading various style sites and blogs, but these little books will definitely their place on my shelf as excellent reference material.

On another note, I ran across a beautiful, vintage Hart Schaffner & Marx suit for a dollar recently. Since it was so cheap, I bought it without trying it on, but as per usual with suits, the arms are far too short (see photo for illustration).

HS&M suit

I'm not sure what will happen with this suit. Any readers a 42L and and want to trade or something?

Lastly, three nice ties ($2 each), including a great khaki/blue/white Land's End number that's going to get a lot of use before this summer burns out and leaves us with falling leaves.

Lands End silk

Land's End tie in 100% silk.

Eddie Bauer

Surprisingly interesting Eddie Bauer tie, perfect for fall.

Robert Stock

Robert Talbott in brown, green, and navy.


  1. I happen to have a copy of The Esquire handbook myself and find it very helpful. I would rather not consent on everything stated in there, but as one journeying through the depths of man´s fashion, it makes a good comrad.

  2. I'm pretty sure that last tie is a Robert Talbott.

  3. You're totally right. I changed the caption. Thanks for catching that.