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    PSA: Covid Vaccine Booster.

    Nothing is quite official yet for the non-immunocompromised, but the latest word is 6 months: https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/view/covid-19-booster-shots-reportedly-to-start-at-6-months
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    PSA: Covid Vaccine Booster.

    Our media, both mainstream and social, have exposed and exaggerated the ineptitude and dishonesty of all our our traditional institutions (government, business, academia, media, nonprofit, etc.) to the point that trust has diminished or even disappeared among many American cohorts. IMO vaccine...
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    Ask a Trad Question & Get Answer: Quick Q&A

    ThomGault is right. It is not possible to make a proper suit out of used separates. On the other hand one can theoretically employ suit trousers as odd trousers and a suit jacket as a sport coat, but in most cases this is best left to gents who really know what they are doing. One exception...
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    Cocktail attire

    Yeah, I noticed that too. I don't see why a boutonniere would be incompatible with "cocktail attire," but it certainly is not a necessary part of the traditional standard definition.
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    Cocktail attire

    Dark suit and tie has been the well-established standard definition of cocktail attire for men, but definitions change. Our current era is both uncommonly informal and sadly ill-informed, and these attributes are fueling the (unfortunate IMO) change in the definition. One of the challenges of...
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    Dressing Well in the Heat

    Yes, but sweaters not so much.
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    Shirt Questions/Suggestions

    Ecru shirts are classic and a sound option for a lounge suit, but I would not wear one with a tuxedo. In my experience the notion that an ivory wedding gown renders a white dress shirt suboptimal is simply untrue, but it has currency in an industry that includes few people with either knowledge...
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    Dressing Well in the Heat

    This might be slightly off topic, but one phenomenon that makes dressing well and weather-appropriate challenging in the summer (and in the winter) is the rather extreme A/C (and heat) settings that one encounters. It seems that so many public venues insist on setting the temperature at 65 in...
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    Jim Rockford Style Sports Jackets (see photo)

    fwiw Garner was a class act and RF was a classic series. Rockford wore nice jackets dressed down with casual shirts.
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    Is My Sport Coat A Blazer?

    I think this is a very handsome jacket and would probably opt to keep the smart metal buttons. With the buttons it would satisfy my definition of a "blazer" (#15) precisely because as Matt S notes (#44) the fabric's pattern plainly appears to be inspired by club jackets.
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    Independence day.

    Yeah, our daughter and husband are busy trying to break out of the hospital with brand new (July 2) baby #3, so we've had the adorable 5 and 3 year olds for several days. Exhausting. The fetching Mrs. P just took pity on me and brought me a Makers neat.
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    Is My Sport Coat A Blazer?

    Well, striped blazers might be increasingly rare but until they are entirely gone I think any proper definition must include them. I continue to think my definition does a pretty good job of setting boundaries while giving appropriate recognition to the membership club origin of the term: "A...
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    WSJ on Nantucket Reds

    Think of them as a sartorial micro-aggression. 😁
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    WSJ on Nantucket Reds

    I love my reds during the summer months, both in Hotlanta and on Amelia Island.
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    The World is Full of Great Old Trucks Thread

    Though in some forums the phrase "capital idea" would be considered a micro-aggression. ;-) Seriously though, I agree. The comments on this forum are more civil and more measured than those on the NYT by a long shot.
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    The World is Full of Great Old Trucks Thread

    I think that is a capital idea!
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    Is My Sport Coat A Blazer?

    Yes, and a worsted wool blazer that is not overly structured truly is the king of sport coats for that very reason. If one is to own but a single sport jacket that would be it!
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    Is My Sport Coat A Blazer?

    I agree with much of this. My proposed definition (#15) would result in similar boundaries, even if perhaps not identical. While the definitional boundaries of the term "blazer" are not exactly perfectly settled, I think we (and Eclectic too) can agree that there are boundaries, and the...
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    Is My Sport Coat A Blazer?

    I think perhaps Eclectic and I are speaking past each other. Perhaps Eclectic misunderstood me to be referring not to the definition of a blazer, the formality boundaries of which are quite broad, but to a single particular blazer jacket, in which case he understandably could not see how that...
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    Is My Sport Coat A Blazer?

    That is your metaphor, not mine. I did not use a metaphor, let alone mixed any. But I will now: A sedan can be a luxury car, but doesn’t have to be.