This week calls for spring-ish, but warm. Plus paisleys, checks, and stripes. Polo jacket, tie, and belt strap, Brooks OCBD, J. Press khakis, Tiffany buckle. 

This week calls for spring-ish, but warm. Plus paisleys, checks, and stripes. Polo jacket, tie, and belt strap, Brooks OCBD, J. Press khakis, Tiffany buckle. 

Spring, soon, means Standups. Photo courtesy of Patagonia. 

Spring, soon, means Standups. Photo courtesy of Patagonia

Per request, my underwhelming everyday carry:

- Glasses (Barton Perreira)

- Gucci wallet

- iPhone 4 (back held together with packing tape)

- Keys, with glow-in-the-dark Swiss Army knife and Nantucket Knotworks keychains

- Carmex, which somehow got a lift ticket stuck to it

- Rolex Submariner 50th Anniversary edition

Per request, my underwhelming everyday carry:

- Glasses (Barton Perreira)

- Gucci wallet

- iPhone 4 (back held together with packing tape)

- Keys, with glow-in-the-dark Swiss Army knife and Nantucket Knotworks keychains

- Carmex, which somehow got a lift ticket stuck to it

- Rolex Submariner 50th Anniversary edition

Tags: EDC

j-h-s asked: Would you be willing to post your EDC?

I might be willing! But I’d have to know what an EDC is first. 

Not sure if I’m smart enough to look this professorial. Top: Polo Corneliani camelhair jacket, BB pinpoint shirt, Ralph Black Label knit tie. Botton: Polo Corneliani fine-wale cords, Alden LHS.

Last weekend, surveying the farm in winter, from the Columbia County side looking towards the Dutchess County side. 

Last weekend, surveying the farm in winter, from the Columbia County side looking towards the Dutchess County side. 

Navy, white, khaki, and cordovan is near-unbeatable. On top: BB pinpoint button-down, Polo hand-knit cashmere. On Bottom: J. Press khakis, BB socks, Alden tassels. 

northcoastalo asked: Hi, great blog first of all. Secondly, a question, if you have time: Do you have any experience with Barbour jackets? If so, do you have a preference as to the finish (the original vs. the "Classic" Sylkoil)? And if you do prefer one to the other, why? I know there are a lot of "experts" with opinions on this, but I've always found your comments here and on other blogs to be straightforward and insightful, so thought I'd ask for your take. Thanks a million!

Thanks very much for the kind words! Be forewarned—my opinion on this topic is borderline heresy. 

I have owned a couple of Barbour jackets for years. Both were wax, not Sylkoil, so I can’t help you to compare the two. But, more generally, I’ve been wearing them less and less frequently in the last year or two. They’re very heavy, the wax holds onto smells, I find them too hot when it’s warm and not warm enough when it’s cold, and the zippers have gotten sticky—plus, my lifestyle is less casual now than when I was still a student.

It’s my understanding that the Sylkoil is lighter-weight and generally more comfortable than the wax, so that’s an avenue to seriously consider. The great Heavy Tweed Jacket has also blogged about a cotton poplin (?) version of the Beaufort that could also be a good option for avoiding the issues I’ve had. (His archives are offline, so I can’t confirm.)

Having said all that is not to dissuade you from buying a Barbour—even though I don’t wear mine frequently, I know that since I’ll have and use them (albeit sporadically) for years and years, they were a good purchase. But having had the experience of owning and wearing them for a while now, I can only recommend them with the aforementioned caveats. 

I hope this has been somewhat helpful! 

pabblog asked: Greetings, was wondering how those Dubbarys fit? I like them but want to go into the purchase somewhat informed. Cheers and thanks,

They run slightly big—mine are a UK 43/US 9-9.5, and they’re fine with very thick socks but very roomy with anything less hefty than, say, ragg wool. For reference, I wear a 9 in the Alden Aberdeen last, and a 9.5 in most sneakers. Otherwise I’ve been really happy with them—perfect for slogging through snow, slush, mud, etc. but look decent enough for the office. If you’re on the cusp, I’d size down. 

It hasn’t snowed in 24 hours, it’s over 40 degrees, and some of my bulbs started blooming this morning. Spring is within sight. (Maybe.)

It hasn’t snowed in 24 hours, it’s over 40 degrees, and some of my bulbs started blooming this morning. Spring is within sight. (Maybe.)

Dubarry Kerry: Gore-tex lined, rubber soled, water-resistant, quick-dry leather. For slush. With Polo wide-wales and Bean ragg wool socks. (Not pictured: Ballantyne cashmere shetland crew.)

Dubarry Kerry: Gore-tex lined, rubber soled, water-resistant, quick-dry leather. For slush. With Polo wide-wales and Bean ragg wool socks. (Not pictured: Ballantyne cashmere shetland crew.)

Top: Polo hand-knit cashmere; BB OCBD. 

Bottom: BB wide-wale Clark cords; Woolrich socks; 12(?) year old Bean boots. 

It’s snowing. Hard. 

If you have an extremely high tolerance for second-hand embarrassment and you’re interested in learning about the negative effects of men embracing the very worst qualities of the women’s fashion industry, study every single slide.

Tags: menswear

In Defense of Polo

Yesterday: Polo Corneliani stone flannel trousers, Polo cashmere cableknit, Polo oxford, Alden LHS. 

Today: Polo Corneliani charcoal wool twill trousers, Polo cashmere cableknit, Polo oxford, Alden tassels. 

Both days: Polo Corneliani camelhair overcoat.

(In Defense of my Socks: They are actually gray, not blue, in both photos. Thanks, iPhone!)

pulitzer--princess asked: Ooh you have such good taste! Ocean House and Noank are my favorite places in the world. Chill blog.

Thanks—I feel really lucky to have grown up in such a special part of the world.