Browsing All posts tagged under »Rat Pack«

Capes & Canes: What Would Don Draper Do?

March 25, 2012


When readers ask me if it’s okay to embellish their tuxedo with a cape, cane, top hat and/or gloves it’s immediately apparent that they have not yet grasped the true essence of black tie.   This is quite understandable considering that the typical man’s wardrobe today is so casual that a formal wardrobe can appear entirely […]

Finishing Touch: The Pocket Square

February 22, 2012


I love the idea of finishing off a black-tie ensemble with a smart boutonniere as was popular with young blades back in the 1930s. However, in this age of stripped-down minimalism I fear it would come off as a bit too dandyish. I have no such compunctions about a pocket square though. The classic rule […]

The Mad Men Tuxedo: Damn Right Your Dad Wore It

November 16, 2011


(Originally written for Much of Mad Men’s success is due to its depiction of late 1950s / early 1960s middle-class lifestyle, a period one writer described as “the last time hip was adult — suits, ties, and tuxedos were hip, and so was the Chivas-Regal-good-life advice of Playboy magazine.” The era’s unique confluence of […]


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