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April 17, 2006

The Ugly American

Filed under: Etiquette — Izzy @ 1:28 am

ugly American

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the U.S. State Department is teaming up with private business to improve the boorish behavior of American tourists abroad. Izzy—who thinks it obvious that if you are a guest in a foreign country, you should act a diplomat-in-training—was especially delighted to see that an etiquette guide will be distributed that, among other things, warns against dressing too casually.

Not only does the American mania for casual dress come across as rude in countries where people still care about propriety, but dressing better can actually prevent loutishness. It is all to easy to be obnoxious, to litter, or to brush off someone needing assistance while clad in a loud shirt, jean shorts, and flip-flops. But try doing that in a jacket and tie. Just as smiling can make you happy, dressing like a gentleman can turn you into one. Could this be why women love a man in uniform?

April 14, 2006

The Summer Khaki

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Trousers — Izzy @ 1:54 am

J Crew Summer Weight Khakis
It pains Izzy, a compassionate man, to see men suffering in the blazing sun in regular-weight chinos or, even worse, dungarees–unaware that our civilization has invented trousers for even the most sweltering conditions. Thus it is to his great delight to report that J. Crew this season is offering summer-weight khakis, which can otherwise be hard to find. Izzy himself has rubbed the cotton twill between his experienced fingers, and can vouch for its surprisingly airy weight.

April 13, 2006

That New World Smell

Filed under: Celebrity,Etiquette,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 1:46 pm

Farrell and Hilton

A Japanese movie theater announced it will screen the latest Colin Farrell flick, The New World, in Smellovision.

Back when Variety reported on the movie’s potentially strong B.O. performance, surely they didn’t mean this.


Filed under: Hats,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 3:33 am


While celebrating Passover last night, somewhere between his fifth and sixth glasses of Manischewitz, it occurred to Izzy: With so many Jews in the schmatta business, why has so little attention been paid to the yarmulke? Why is this accessory different from all other accessories? Is faux silk or cheap suede really the best we can do?

It turns out that Jonathan Adler, better known for his ceramics and interior-design work, has taken a needlepoint stab at the problem. The results so far are just ho-hum, but, hey, at least it’s a start.

Jonathan Adler Yarmulke

April 12, 2006


Filed under: Bad Fashion,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 1:03 am

Zombie Crop Top

It’s fashion week in Mexico City. Zombies in crop-tops are all the rage.

April 10, 2006

Jolly Rogered

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Men's Fashion,Shoes — Izzy @ 12:01 pm

Stern bag

As a sideline to his gig as a professional quidnunc, Jared Paul Stern also happens to be the creator of the “punk-preppy” clothing line Skull & Bones. If only taste could be criminalized…

Stern in spectators

A gossip columnist wearing spectator shoes? Oh, the irony.

The Newshawk

Filed under: Hats,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 1:09 am

Jared Paul Stern

When Izzy was a cub newspaperman, his ink-in-the-veins, suspender-clad editor encouraged him to dress for the job by wearing a fedora. Care, however, had to be taken when selecting the size of the brim: “Not so large that people think you’re coming to kill, as opposed to interview, them.”

Perhaps Jared Paul Stern, the New York Post gossip columnist alleged to have blackmailed a billionaire, chose his hat all too well.

April 7, 2006

The Sad Sack

Filed under: Glasses,Grooming,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 3:54 pm

Richard Leigh

Izzy finds something strangely evocative about the courtroom appearance of Richard Leigh, the novelist who just lost his plagiarism lawsuit against The Da Vinci Code’s Dan Brown. The combination of hitman jacket, trailer-park hair, and cowboy ‘stache and sideburns visually express world-weary defeat. (Note the continuity between the jacket collar and his cragged face.)
aviators of sadness

Who knew aviators could reflect such sadness?

Great Moments in Scottish Fashion

Filed under: Celebrity,Hats,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 11:09 am


Displaying an exotic turban, the philosopher David Hume was clearly not afraid to zhuzh things up every now and then.

April 6, 2006

The Tod’s

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Shoes — Izzy @ 10:07 pm

Tods Moccasin

These glossy moccasins are a delightful departure from the makers of the original suede driving shoe.

April 5, 2006

Scotland the Brave

Filed under: Men's Fashion,Outerwear — Izzy @ 4:44 pm

Scotland the Brave

In defense of traditional Scottish garb, the Izzy proffers this country gentleman from The House of Bruar. The quilted tweed jacket and waxed-cotton “apron” are appropriately accessorized with an unpretty hunting dog.

April 4, 2006

The Gay Scottish Vampire

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Men's Fashion — Izzy @ 1:16 pm

gay vampire

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