Category Archives: style

Good Enough to Get Old

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“Good clothes look better when they are nearly worn out than very cheap clothes look when they are new.”

—Edward Spencer in Clothes & the Man (1901)

(Both image and quote via Put This On. And yes, I realize the image is of shoes and the quote is about clothes, but for the purposes of this juxtaposition I don’t think the distinction is important.)

Related post: “Repair Your Own Jeans.”

Repair Your Own Jeans


The white patch thing is one of Vlieseline’s many iron-on interfacings but I’m not sure which one.  More information — including a link to order a free repair kit — can be found at the Nudie Jeans website.

Jeans, like leaves in the fall, are at their most beautiful just before they disintegrate. This guy’s got the right idea:

Carl Chiara

I Have No Time for Fashion Because Fashion Has No Time for Me

I want timeless elegance. Fashion has no time. I do. I say ‘Hello lady, how can I help you?’ Fashion has no time to even ask such question, because it is constantly concerned with finding out what will come next.

Yohji Yamamoto

(Via Roberto Greco.)

Gay Talese’s Office

(Via Ted Gioia.)

Previously: “I Don’t Use Notebooks. I Use Shirt Boards” and Dressed for a Dungeon and The Species of Tailoring Is Threatened by the Outside World

Evelyn Waugh Greatly Regrets

(Via Shaun Usher.)

Related post: “Edmund Wilson Regrets…

Delusional and Stupid

It is both delusional and stupid to think that clothes don’t really matter and we should all wear whatever we want.

G. Bruce Boyer

Academics Who Dress Well VII

Isaiah Berlin of “The Hedgehog and the Fox” fame:

Oh, and for the record, I’d rather be a fox.

(Via Put This On.)

Previously: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.