Browsing All posts tagged under »wing collar«

2014 BAFTA Red Carpet

February 18, 2014


I always look forward to the BAFTAs for the uniquely sophisticated elegance the British bring to black-tie fashions.  Sure enough, despite the fact that Americans seemingly outnumbered locals on the red carpet this past Sunday, it was three Englishmen that made my best dressed list.   The shortlisting process was actually an easy one this […]

Correct Details of Evening Clothes

July 4, 2013


Here’s an interesting look back at the “correct details” of evening clothes circa 1940 courtesy of Esquire magazine.    While some of the advice is specific to that particular period  the vast majority of it remains pertinent to this day. (Click on the images for larger versions.)

Up Close: The Full-Dress Shirt

May 1, 2012


Just as with their full-dress waistcoat, Brooks Brothers’ full-dress shirt is a wondrous lesson in old school elegance. First and foremost, it is a collar-less tunic that allows for a tall and rigid detachable collar that frames a man’s face with stately splendour. It also lets the wearer choose from a variety of wing shapes […]

Of Bows And Wings

March 30, 2012


It seems that just about every movie I see these days has at least one scene featuring formal wear.  The latest example is Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s beautifully shot (if ambiguously titled) homage to French film pioneer Georges Méliès.  (Although it’s available on video it is still in theatres  and if you don’t see it in […]

Formal Motifs in The Artist

March 4, 2012


(Spoiler Alert!) I finally got around to seeing The Artist this weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly both as a classic film buff and as modern movie-goer who’s grown weary of  roller-coaster camera moves, rapid-fire edits, and computer-generated artificiality. As anyone who’s seen it knows, formal wear is very prevalent in the film as befitting a […]

A Tale of Two Collars: Wing vs. Turndown

November 14, 2011


Like most North American Gen X’ers I grew up thinking that the wing collar shirt was as essential with a tuxedo as a clip-on bow tie.  So I was quite surprised to notice on The West Wing one evening that most of the presidential aides attending a black-tie event were sporting turndown collars.  Moreover, despite […]


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