EDITED -- Nevermind.
Edited by AndrewST - 2/9/13 at 11:09am
Depends how much you wish to spend and what type of underwear you want (boxers, briefs, boxer/briefs). Zimerli makes some of the best underwear and their size small fits 26-30 size waists. You can find them a at a few different places online:
If you want something really cheap, buy any small and throw it in the washer with hot water and then right into the dryer on high heat and they will shrink a few sizes (if the garment is 100% cotton anyway).
Here is a list of 100 books on mens fashion that you may want to peruse : http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/mens-fashion-book-library-guide/
I can personally attest to Sherwood's "Bespoke" as a definitive history of Savile Row and the suits made therein but it isnt all encompasing. Any Alan Flusser book is also worth having (especially Dressing the Man).
I cannot speak from experience but i hear good things about Andy's book (of ask andy about clothes fame). http://askandyaboutclothes.com/shop/the-encyclopedia-of-mens-clothing#comment-406
But i think you can find all the information that you want online. For instance, Alex Kabbaz has some fantastic articles on shirting cloth (http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs018/1101478760242/archive/1102772493004.html) and Jeffery D has some fantastic insight into suit construction and fabric (http://tuttofattoamano.blogspot.com/)
The Girl is wanting me to wear a bowtie to a ball event in about two weeks. While I think that's silly enough, she wants me to a madras bowtie. We live in a state that has declared an emergency due to the blizzard (NY, CT, et al).
Should I give in? Admittedly the one she has picked out is nice and I might be tempted to wear it in the summer.
To be fair, I told her to curl her hair for the event, and she consented.
The madras in question is pastel.