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The Abominable Uomo di Neve

Over at Whirled Events, a World’s Ugliest Tie Competition is taking place in honor of Father’s Day, which is quickly approaching. With so many atrocities out there, Izzy prefers the challenge of submitting an entry from a legitimate fashion house. Lord knows what the fashionistas at Etro were thinking when they cut this…

Etro snowman tie

Izzy finds it particularly odd that in place of a coal, carrot, or even biscotti nose, the snowman has just a squiggle. At least the white polka dots could pass for snowflakes.

Resurrecting Style

Easter Parade

The Sartorialist, a fantastic blog devoted to man-on-the-street photos of fashionably dressed New Yorkers, is featuring pictures of dolled-up Easter worshippers.

Note how the gentleman above successfully successfully pulls off the double-breasted suit, a feat that many of Izzy’s readers find impossible. Izzy is, however, not so keen on the overly short jacket sleeves, which should expose only about a half inch of linen. The pinned collar, boutonniere, straw boater, and pipe are dynamite, though.

The French Shirt Blog

Manolo says, here is the wonderful idea: the blog about men’s shirts. Yes, it is written in the French, but is it not delightful?

English Cut

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends he has sent the Manolo the link to the blogging tailor. This blog it is the wonderful resource for any man who wants to learn about the best of the bespoke suits and how they are constructed.

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Manolo says, the Manolo he has just discovered the most remarkable blog about the clothing for the mens by the most sensible young man, John D. Erickson. Unfortunately, it is not regularly updated, but you should read what is there none the less. His comments on the pleated versus the flat-fronted pants, they are exactly right.

The Dandyism

Manolo says, the Manolo he enjoys this site. However, he reminds you that the fashions of the past, they are difficult to enact in the present. Worse, the nostalgia, and the desire to stand too far out from the crowd, it is the seductive combination, one that leads perhaps to the error.

The Manolo, he rejects the term “dandy”, and favors the more prosaic, “well-dressed”. The goal it is to be at all times exceptionally well-dressed, well-polished, and well-tailored, but not to the point where the clothes they are more more worthy of the comment than the man who wears them.

Manolo says, you wear the clothes, the clothes they should not wear you.