38 Comments on "Congratulations"

  1. GS, for once just put an argyle sock in it.

  2. CC, you beat me to the punchline, my favorite article yet.

  3. CC

    I am sure you know that the final scenes of the movie feature Benjamin in ivy chic that is a black polo shirt. Yes in 1967. Still looks current 50 years later. Just like a striped shirt with a striped tie. Yes, GS that last line was for you.

  4. That was a rather korny zinger you got me with, Mr. Korn.

    I never said I was against striped shirts I just innocently wondered what others thought. Luckily, the others confirmed what I already believed to: it’s a matter of scale.

    As for black polos, can’t get enough of ’em. 😉

  5. GS

    The general rule is two to one i.e. two patterns and one solid or two solids and one pattern. For example striped tie, solid shirt, and striped suit; or striped tie, striped shirt, and solid suit. Three patterns can be done; but it requires great skill to pull it off well. Frankly, three patterns put together properly is beyond my ability. This would require the ability of someone like CC.

    Bye the bye – nice pun

  6. Mr. Korn, I like the sound of that rule. Personally, I’m not even sure if I would wear a striped dress shirt. I do have striped sport shirts. For me, dress shirts should either be plain blue or white. Don’t have good reasoning for this personal “rule” and I’m getting into dressing basics again.

    I’ll go ahead and shove that sock back into my mouth before I turn this into an Ask Andy forum.

  7. Back in my Dandyism.net days, my mysterious old columnist Nick Willard talked about what he called the quadruple lutz, which was four patterns, including pocket square.

    I’ve got too much Beau Brummell in me, and he wore no patterns. I have two striped shirts in my closet.

    I think across the spectrum from Paul Stuart to the better Italian dressers to Flusser’s current tastes is that it would be a more sophisticated gesture to wear a patterned shirt and jacket/suit but then negate them both with a solid tie.

  8. In partial defense of the quadruple lutz, matching your pocket square with your tie is not a nice look.

  9. Grey Flannels | May 8, 2017 at 11:57 pm |

    Might I suggest that you try a white dress shirt with thin blue stripes and a solid navy tie just once.
    You might find yourself surprisingly pleased.

  10. Mr. Flannels, that sounds like a nice getup that the Duke of Windsor would wear. I happen to like dress shirts with white collars and cuffs in either stripes or solid colors with a windsor spread collar. I find them to be elegant but most find it hard to divorce that type of shirt from Wall Street-types.

  11. Boston Bean | May 9, 2017 at 1:05 am |

    Better the Duke of Windsor than Wall Street types

  12. René Lebenthal | May 9, 2017 at 2:26 am |

    Thank you Christian ; this was the best choice we could do! It is hopefully also a signal to the world against populism
    Vive la France and the free world!

  13. Thody Evans | May 9, 2017 at 2:48 am |

    Vive le Président Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron!

  14. Next time you post this picture it will be required to cover Anne Bancroft hair with burqa. At least in Republique Islamique Franciese.

  15. Hawk,

    It’s Anne Bancroft’s hair, not Anne Bancroft hair.

    It’s the/la République Islamique Française, not Franciese.

  16. I wonder how long it will be before American forces are called upon to haul French nuts out of the fire…again.


  17. The gorgeous Ms. Bancroft had reached the ripe old age of 36 when she played that role.

    Dustin Hoffman was 31.

  18. Mitchell S. | May 9, 2017 at 2:17 pm |

    Congratulations to President Macron! He appears to favor black ties worn with black suits. Kind of a “Reservoir Dogs” look.

  19. I recognize that couple; it’s Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone!

  20. Ones of my favorite lines from that movie is said by a party guest early in the film to Ben: “is that your car out front? The little, red WOP job?”

  21. Vladimir C. Stanojevic | May 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm |

    @ Mitchell S. – Livery driver springs to mind…

    @ René – Be that as it may, even you must surely admit that he makes François Mitterrand look like Charles de Gaulle…

    @ tmjm – You know that you’ve officially crossed over into ol’ geezer when Mrs. Robinson is attractive as an younger woman…

  22. Vladimir C. Stanojevic | May 9, 2017 at 4:14 pm |

    Nothing wrong with mixing up solid ties with patterned shirts and jackets. A tweed hacking jacket, tattersall shirt, and solid burgundy tie worn with cords and beater brogues has been an autumn staple of mine since Tara at the Polo Store at Georgetown Park introduced me to the look in the mid-90’s. Come the fall this year, maybe I’ll throw a coordinating paisley pocket-square into the mix…

  23. Orange Fiji | May 9, 2017 at 8:23 pm |

    Anne Bancroft was only 5-6 years older than Dustin Hoffman & was under 40. The new French Prez’s wife I believe is 64 & 25 years older.

  24. Archivist Trad | May 10, 2017 at 1:12 am |

    @Mitchell S.

    Monsieur Macron tends to favor navy suits, rather than black ones. He wears them with solid white or light blue shirts and solid navy (or navy with a discreet pattern) neckties.

  25. René Lebenthal | May 10, 2017 at 4:27 am |

    @Vladimir C. Stanojevic Yes, he chose a clear symbol when speaking in front of the pyramid of the Louvre……which is an Oeuvre of Francois Mitterrand
    @Archivist Trad Yes Emmanuel Macron is obviously not a tad wearer….malheureseument

  26. M. Lebenthal, what is the subtext of invoking Mitterand? Here he is regarded, perhaps unfairly, as a tankie. But then again, some Americans think that Angela Merkel is a radical socialist. Is his legacy in France one of more mainstream admiration/nostalgia?

    • René Lebenthal | May 11, 2017 at 1:18 pm |

      @rvpress Richard, if you let me call you like this, no, there isno particular admiration left regarding Mitterrand. Everybody knows, that he was one of the most manipulating persons in french politics. I don’t know what a tankie is but the french will remember Mitterrand mainly as dishonest and double life living. I can rememberonly one positive moment, that was when he took Helmut Kohls hand in Verdun. I think he was even opposed to bring the wall down, whereas Gorbatchev agreed…..

  27. I had a bottle of 1993 Latour in honor of the French election the other night. Nothing like a well aged Pauillac Medoc to commemorate the chaos inducing influences of the French Enlightenment and all its dysfunctional offspring; Macron included.

    • René Lebenthal | May 12, 2017 at 7:47 am |

      Unfortunately Macron was the only choice left…against populism and Le Pen.
      Which of course sad enough, but that’s what the French decided….

  28. Henry Contestwinner | May 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm |

    I was rooting for Le Pen.

  29. Henry Contestwinner,

    Le Pen won the most recent US presidential election.

  30. Henry, I am assuming that you believe that comparing President Trump to Le Pen is a compliment to President Trump. How do think Le Pen’s family would react, if her daughter brought home a Jewish fiancé? I bet their reaction would make Mr. and Mrs. Robinson’s reaction to the marriage of Elaine and Ben look like a lovefest.

  31. Sorry, My last comment was adressed to DD

  32. @H. Korn

    I certainly did not mean to compliment the present occupant of the Executive Mansion.

  33. DD

    Sorry, I misconstrued your comment.

  34. Vladimir C. Stanojevic | May 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm |

    @ WFBjr – After you read this you’ll want to toss a bottle of cheap gin:


    One of several rather choice quotes:

    “Macron was wearing a dark suit from French brand Jonas and Cie, a tailor based in Paris, that cost £380, his team said.”

    Have our so-called statesman of the last quarter century no shame or – at least – some sense of having to keep appearances up?

    At least Chauncey Gardiner was better turned out if nothing else…

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