I still think about this question quite often. And rightly so. Because bespoke shoes are costly (at least $3,000) -- some upwards of $6,000. If you can afford it (or save up for it), my answer is still an unequivocal yes. A bespoke shoe will display a greater attention to detail. The stitches, waist, and … Continue reading Should I Invest In Bespoke Shoes?
Being visually challenged, I have worn contacts for 13 years and glasses for the last 17. I wore night contacts for many years which were costly and inconvenient. Now I primarily wear daily disposable contacts and glasses at night. Since i'm increasingly wearing day-time glasses during Covid-19, I made a pros/cons list of glasses and … Continue reading Glasses or Contacts?
Ties are becoming obsolete, at least in California. People wearing ties may even be perceived as snobby or stuffy if worn in the wrong setting -- unless you're a lawyer, bank manager, or university chancellor. Why? Adding a tie pushes you into the next step of formality. If you add a tie to a jacket, … Continue reading Going Tie-less
I developed a capsule wardrobe list to organize my clothes. Readers can make one too and find this helpful. I've created wish lists before, but they always included novelty items that distracted me from buying classic clothing. This list is manageable and disciplined. I can intentionally schedule purchases without being tempted by other things. It's … Continue reading Planning My Capsule Wardrobe
Nice men’s shoes are immediately noticeable. They have real leather uppers. Little details like waxed laces and stacked soles also make a big difference. Nice shoes invite compliments, I think, because we rarely see men wearing them. People who notice quality shoes glance down. I find that women especially give compliments and ask questions, occasionally … Continue reading A Female’s Take On Men’s Shoes
I wear sweaters very frequently. But I am not a decent garment caretaker, especially for garments that require hand-washing. I don't trust any local stores either. So I wanted to try Love Cashmere's Knitwear Re-Dress & Repair Service. The repair was good value at £65.00 for both sweaters (£32.50 each). Prices may have changed. Including … Continue reading Review: Love Cashmere
Because I aim to build a minimalist wardrobe, I'm extremely selective about fabrics. Choosing the wrong cloth is costly. If you want a winter cloth but make light-weight flannels -- game over. Buying twice feels crummy. To start, I pore over tailors' swatch books and request many swatches. When the swatches arrive, I carry them … Continue reading Choosing the Right Fabric
Lavabre Cadet gloves were on my capsule wardrobe list. See my former post on the French company. I wanted a lasting pair of versatile, luxurious gloves. My previous gloves were a pair of online-ordered size 6 Madova black lambskin gloves, with cashmere lining. I wore these Madova gloves for four years -- I liked them, … Continue reading (Finished) Lavabre Cadet Gloves
What hat style suits you? Hats never seemed to look good on me. Nothing was wrong with my face shape -- I just didn't understand proportions. Learning about hats initially seemed daunting, but the basics are simple. Cody at Wellema Hats explained how certain hats frame people's faces. First some terminology: From my understanding, you … Continue reading What Hat Style Flatters Your Face?
My Maglia umbrella arrived by mail! In total, the umbrella cost €520. With my and Francesca's prompt emailing, the remote order proceeded quite smoothly. My umbrella took about four weeks to finish and arrived in protected packaging. Listed were my requests for the umbrella. You can tell I had many, but Maglia met each specification. … Continue reading (Finished) Maglia Navy Umbrella