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Posts by J. Cogburn

I think that DB and hard 3Bs are so difficult to fit well off the wrack that if you're going that route, you should go bespoke if you can afford it. If you like 2Bs, on the other hand, you can do just fine with off the wrack purchases and a good tailor to tidy things up. That's how I roll. 2Bs primarily from RLBL. 3Bs and DBs from Will Field in Georgetown. His 3B silhouette is very much like those posted from David Reeves. Classically British ... very close to the...
I'm running a 501(c)(3) political nonprofit. My employees will be interacting extensively with legislators, Hill members, administrative agency personnel, the media, career civil servants, lobbyists, trade association reps, and activist organizations who spend their time on Capital Hill. Hence ... CBD. You'd think that little needs to be said to them on this ... but I"m telling you, even a large number of Congressional staffers dress life a sartorial train wreck. ...
Fellas, I'm now the boss and, in the course of getting my new business off the ground, I want to provide a written dress code. Because this is a white collar office dealing with Washington political types, I need my employees to embrace conservative business dress. Has anyone produced a good written dress code (for men and women) that I might appropriate? I could write it myself of course, but I'd rather not reinvent a wheel. Poking through old posts revealed that...
It's really amazing how hard it is to find that stuff. I remember a few years ago going to the Library of a Congress one weekend to unearth the bound editions but to my disappointment found that almost every issue was cut to pieces by people who would remove large swaths of the pages. And some volumes were completely missing.
Excellent book.
I agree completely save for one thing; add to your list of excellent "how to dress better" books Charles Hix's Dressing Right (St. Martin's Press, 1978). The "do your own thing, there are no rules" vibe will certainly turn most of the SF tribe off. But once you put that aside, it's in many ways a better how to dress book than any of the holy trinity books. Hix is very thought provoking and offers in-depth discussions of a number of very interesting issues only cursorily...
I should clarify why I employ this middling brown suit / navy blazer strategy. I frequently travel on business and have meetings with people I've never met. I don't know what the hell they're going to wear. Sometimes they go CBD. More often, however, they leave their coat hanging and wear a dress shirt and business slacks and half the time, no tie. Almost as often, I'lll run into high level guy (sometimes even the CEO) and he's wearing a polo shirt and chinos. You...
Agree completely. The tan suit I sport is a classic wool gabardine. I love it. Looks awesome with a white shirt and black tie (knit is best), white shirt and burgundy dot tie, a white or blue shirt with regimental striped tie, or a white shirt with tight blue stripes and foulard tie. Can dress it up or down. Incredibly versatile.
A charcoal blue / petrol blue suit doesn't bring down the formality notch down as much as does brown, in fact, probably not very much at all. So it doesn't do the job. The best alternative to the brown suit, I've found, is the navy blazer. Always good enough in a meeting with suits and not as dressy as a suit when unexpectedly running into "office casual."The brown shows up in the fall, winter, and spring. RLBL worsted herringbone.Agree; I should add Boston and Chicago...
I don't buy it Doc. In fact, they are perfect for business outside of NY/DC where you never know how the hell people are going to dress in a business meeting. I'm constantly going into meets in my suit and wildly overdressing the people there. Wearing a brown suit reduces the formality just enough to not come off in those circumstances like a power-dressing a**hole.
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