1. Kurt N

    A conundrum in trouser theory

    Prompted by some discussion on another thread (http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/forum/showthread.php?111423-Brooks-Brothers-Blog), I am wondering about the following: 1. Dress trousers should be worn at the waist, not the hips. This rule, which seems to be the prevailing standard (here at...
  2. Kurt N

    Reducing pleats?

    I have a pair of unpleasantly billowy trousers, and I believe part of the problem is the depth of the pleats. The main pleat on each side is about 1 1/4" deep, more than on other, better-fitting trousers of mine. I think it might look odd to stitch the pleats shut completely, turning the pleats...
  3. Kurt N

    Land's End Custom Shirt Service Ending - Reason?

    I never got around to trying it, but apparently lots of others did because the program was reportedly quite successful (http://www.icsc.org/srch/sct/sct0308/retailing_made.php). Customer feedback comments on the website are generally very positive. Now, however, the program is ending ("Last...
  4. Kurt N

    Sebago Vane Penny Mid I

    Apparently Sebago likes to mix things up with a bit of patent leather now and then. First a full-patent deck shoe, and now this spectacularly goofy offering. The kicker is that it's listed under best-sellers--now that really stretches my credulity...
  5. Kurt N

    Caring for nappa leather

    I just bought some new Oxfords. I’m very happy with the style, shape, and fit, but I want to make sure I care properly for the nappa leather they’re made of. I’ve seen on the web some comments that with nappa one should stay away from wax-based polish, and my cobbler sort of hemmed and hawed...
  6. Kurt N

    Polos are sweaters

    If you hang a polo on a hanger, like a sweater it’ll get “lumps” in the shoulders. Polos should be stored folded. Also, it’s best to dry them by laying them flat so the fabric, esp. in the collar, retains some body instead of getting all floppy the way it does if you tumble-dry them like...
  7. Kurt N

    London Jewel Thieves

    Really, can we be done with wide ties and fat knots? But the other guy offers welcome confirmation that suit-with-no-tie isn't just an American thing. Discussion question: pocket square for a robbery, yes or no? Story at...
  8. Kurt N

    More details ==> Less dressy?

    On these boards I’ve seen at least one or two smart people imply that, with due allowance for other factors, more detailing tends to make clothes less dressy. I like the idea of a general rule like this, even if it isn’t completely hard and fast. It does fit some data, for instance the absence...
  9. Kurt N

    Allen-Edmonds Plain-Toe Bals?

    Has Allen-Edmonds ever carried a completely unadorned plain-toe bal that would complete with the one in Alden's current lineup? Like the Weybridge but without the decorative punching? I realize this would be a pretty conservative shoe, but I'm just curious. (I also like the lines of the...
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