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    Brooks Penny Loafers

    Do these run large? Do the other shoes have a similar fit? My husband just bought the classic penny loafers and they're LONG -- his heel is slipping out. He's getting a smaller size, but he might order more shoes (and we don't live near a shop so mail order is necessary).
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    AmEx Bonus Points

    I'm not sure if it's through the end of the year or through Christmas, but some retailers in the Bonus Points Mall are offering 4x points for cardmembers. (Orvis, Bloomingdales, Polo, etc...) I just had a big consumer party.
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    Chief Justice Roberts

    I thought you trad gents would get a kick out of this blog post I read today:
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    womens-fashion Talbots

    Talbots isn't the same as it used to be, but I just scored some fantastic wool separates for a song at the online outlet. Interesting blog post about their brand positioning. I partially agree. I do think they should stick to classics, but at least they haven't DITCHED classics.
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    New Orleans hotel bargain

    The Ritz-Carlton is super-cheap right now. $189 through AmEx or Travelocity. We just got back. The entire French Quarter was overrun with Gamecocks fans. :D
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    Social networks online

    Does anyone here use Linked In? Facebook? I'm not even going to ask about MySpace (shudder)
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    Barry Bonds

    Is this natural bulk? https://r_harrison.tripod.com/Agonist/BarryBonds.jpg
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    Shoes on sale

    I came across some sale shoes today while "Windows shopping". Alden loafers normally $350.00 Sale: $275.00 - Orvis Sperry topsiders - Restoration Hardware (yes, I thought that was weird too.) normally $64.95 SALE: $19.99...
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    Some Ralph Lauren Rugby stores closing

    To the dismay of preppy-punk shoppers sporting skull-and-crossbones polo shirts, the Rugby Store on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill closed its doors March 10, after just two years of business. "Rugby had a product and brand that just didn't match our market," said Aaron Nelson, president...
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    Patch madras by the yard

    In the event you want to have something made: (warning: girly, floral website) https://threechickadeestextiles.com/category.asp?catid=8
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    british Abercrombie and Yuck

    As an American, I profoundly apologise for this: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/femail/article.html?in_article_id=447183&in_page_id=1879 Two young, shirtless men in low-slung jeans greet you at the door. Disco music pounds out, the air is full of a sickly sweet scent and it is so...
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    What's up with double-breasted suits?

    My husband wants to get one. He likes them, he's tall, and can pull them off. President Truman and David Letterman both look good in them, says he. So why not? Worthwhile purchase? Do they seem conservative to you, or flash? Do they send any sort of negative message? I can't seem to...
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    Suggestions for black watch wool trousers?

    My husband has these and wants to wear them to some Christmas parties, but is stumped about what else to wear with them besides a white or light blue ocbd or an aran sweater. Any other suggestions?
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    womens-fashion The Brown Dress Project

    https://www.littlebrowndress.com/ Interesting! Could you wear the same garment for a year? (She's washing it, of course.)
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    New Air Force service dress prototype

    https://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123020472 ...I have to say, this (the high-collared one) is an improvement over the current uniform. The prototypes with standard lapels remind me of police uniforms, however.
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    kids Children's clothing - you've got to read this

    Another winner of an article [xx(] from the WP's Robin Givhan, who criticized Justice John Roberts and his family for dressing their children nicely for a public appearance at the White House. I'm with her on little girls in slutty getups, but this woman seems to be projecting her prejudices...
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    Children's clothing - you've got to read this

    Another winner of an article [xx(] from the WP's Robin Givhan, who criticized Justice John Roberts and his family for dressing their children nicely for a public appearance at the White House. I'm with her on little girls in slutty getups, but this woman seems to be projecting her prejudices...
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    OCBDs for women?

    Help! I'm hitting a brick wall finding good oxford cloth button downs (I'd post this in the women's forum but nobody would respond, probably.) I'm looking for something like Mercer quality thickness (maybe those would work for women). The problem is that with LL Bean's women's OCBDs, the...
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    Lacoste polos

    I have a question about fit. I've bought two Lacoste pique polos for my husband yesterday for a gift and went a size up because I've heard these run small, and now I'm concerned because someone else told me that they run large. (This was an online order at Needless Markup, which by the way is...
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    Scruffy Is The New Green

    Oh, you're going to love this... Apparently, clean shoes and an interest in clothing means you don't CARE about the EARTH. [:0] https://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4791478.stm ----------------- Caring for the environment should mean not caring how you look, our environment...