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.

I Hope They’re Not Together

One of my regular beefs is, I’ll see a couple on a date and the girl will be wearing a pretty little black dress and high heels and makeup and have nice coiffeur. And the guy will be dressed like Jerry Seinfeld, with white sneakers and acid wash jeans. You just think, ‘I hope they’re not together.’

Glenn O’Brien

Dressed for a Dungeon

Especially as one gets older, one must dress well, even when in a casual mood. The saddest sight I see in New York is the shabby appearance of elderly people en route to doctor’s offices… these elderly men and women dressed like refugees from Slovenia waiting to arrested for violating some border rule established during the Cold War, and when I see these people my first reaction is: ‘Go home, hide, there’s no hope for you – you look like you’re doomed, you’re dressed for a dungeon!’

79-year-old Italian-American writer Gay Talese

Warhol’s Underwear

I quickly found the brand I usually use, Jockey Classic Briefs. They were three for five dollars which didn’t seem too inflationary. I read the label on the plastic bag they came in, just to make sure they hadn’t changed any of their famous ‘Comfort Features’ – ‘Exclusive Tailoring for Proper Fit to Support a Man’s Needs; Contoured Designed Arch Gives Added Comfort No Gaps; Support Waistband is Smoother Fitted Heat Resistant; Stronger Longer Lasting “V” No Chafe Leg Openings; Soft Rubber at Either Thigh Only; Highly Absorbent 100 Per Cent Highly Combed Cotton.’ So far so good, I thought. I checked the ‘Washing Instructions’ – ‘Machine Wash Tumble Dry.’ Everything was fine, the same as always. I hate it when you find a product you like that fits a particular need of yours, and then they change it. […] At least the Jockey Classic Briefs were still Classic.

—Andy Warhol, From A to B & Back Again: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol