Everyone Forgives A Well Worn Blazer

Esquire has a feature on the way we dress now that includes the fellow above, who’s combined trad elements with workwear and whose quote reads “Everybody forgives a well-worn navy blazer.”

 Click over here to see the way the other men dress. There’s even a guy outfitted in FE Castleberry‘s Wes Anderson look, proving that, in fashion, if you wait long enough, everything has the potential to be reborn as “the way we dress now.” — CC

31 Comments on "Everyone Forgives A Well Worn Blazer"

  1. Thanks for the heads-up, Mr. C.

    Esquire’s feature is fascinating. Some things, like leather jackets, get better with age and develop a rich patina and history with wear.

    Prince Charles is a good example of the reuse/recycle/repair school of dressing. He used to have a Barbour jacket that looked like something a hobo would wear because of all the patches. He also had a pair of custom Russian reindeer shoes that had a patch on them.

    Incidentally, he is the only person I know of who was voted best-dressed man in the world and later, worst-dressed man in the world.

  2. I went over to see Castleberry’s stuff and it looked fine. I did notice that the shirt fabric swatches looked a lot like those at Mercer & Sons. Are they making shirts for him?

  3. I quite enjoyed the feature, particularly the gent above. I’m amazed he is still wearing those striped RL rugby socks. I had the same pair and wore them religiously for about seven years until they became too hole-y; took me another two years to throw them away.

    Overall, much more inspiration to be found that in what GQ is doing these days. Good for Esquire.

  4. It’s good to see men making an effort to put a look together, even if it’s not the way I dress. Beats the hell out of just throwing on some crap and claiming you’re “woke” or some such.

    And I’m frankly amazed at the affordable prices of the garments Esquire showed for examples: I expected about $5X per garment. Maybe I’m thinking about GQ?

  5. Jason Kusimo reminds me of why I never want to leave my house.

  6. I would not wear most of the items in the article, but in my opinion everyone in the photos looks good. Putting their own touch on things, and as stated by NCJack, “making an effort”.

  7. Pietro Vanelli | September 25, 2019 at 1:42 am |

    Could someone please explain this sentence to me:
    Everyone Forgives A Well Worn Blazer

    Thank you

  8. Old School Tie | September 25, 2019 at 4:49 am |


  9. Does anyone actually think those guys in the Esquire article are well dressed?

    I vote no.

  10. Wriggles

    Definitely no.


  11. I’m seeing that ‘exploded’ herringbone pattern more and more lately (like on the Wes Anderson guy in the link); I’m not a fan. I appreciate the idea of designers playing with the scale of things, but it looks odd to my eye. Maybe I’m just getting old.

  12. Old School Tie | September 25, 2019 at 10:00 am |

    I know there is no mention of politics in the article. It is all about how people look. And they look like liberals to me. Woke liberals, albeit woke liberals who wear vintage Rolexes…..

  13. Old School Tie reminds me of Jerry Falwell’s fight against the Teletubbies: if you watch a BBC children’s television show and all you see is homosexuality, you may be too focused on homosexuality.

  14. Wriggles

    Absolutely not.

  15. Well we know at least one gentleman is a woke liberal. Esquire describes him a “activist”. If he was a conservative, Esquire would have used “far right wing extremist”. It’s Esquire Jake. 😉

  16. Mac

    I’ve always thought of you as more of a “Thought Leader”



  17. Thing is, if you’re willing to wear a blazer (or sport jacket, or suit) and a tie, you’re on ‘our’ side. “Dressing up” is, sartorially speaking, sacramental. A mark of someone who is either intentionally or accidentally heeding (the force of) Traditional Conservatism.

    I know self-professing, blazer-and-tie wearing liberals and even socialists who are (FAR) more culturally conservative (think Russell Kirk) than the pro-Trump crowd. Few things are more chivalrous than a a polite nod to women (and their capacity for leading); few things are gentlemanly than an embrace of public policies that benefit, by way of government programs, the less fortunate.

    Men are never stronger, more (self) confident, and gallant than when they stand up for (on behalf of) others. The modern-day manifestations of the “Men”s Movement” are way off. Look to the strong progressives who stand in the Muscular Christianity tradition for examples of real manhood and (gentle)manliness.

  18. A noble sentiment, Mr. Braddock, though I fear those days are long behind us and will not return until far in the future.

  19. Old School Tie | September 26, 2019 at 5:34 am |

    Come on Ben, my comment was short and to the point – I based my opinion on how they looked. I said so quite clearly. That they are liberals is a priori as far as I am concerned given the mix of styles and brands AND their willingness to be part of some fashion spread. Perhaps you need to get out more and meet more people, they are not that difficult to fathom out. IRL…..

  20. Old School Tie is the Admiral James Stockdale of Ivy Style; may his Tourettes entertain us always.

  21. LOL. Well dressed? Um, no. More like, weird dressed.

  22. Old School Tie | September 26, 2019 at 10:49 am |

    Old Hair-trigger Braddock, the mere mention of the word “liberal” sets him off. Like clockwork. Cheap, Chinese, mass-produced clockwork but clockwork nonetheless. Whilst my comments may well be “mumbling” I comment on many of the posts that appear. You on the other hand only seem to comment when you have been triggered by one of the nasty old men making mean comments. By the way, “their 3/2 blazers” is just so off the mark – there is but one identifiable 3/2 blazer in the whole line up. Rick Owens? Remind me when he became a Trad icon? Of course, true to liberal spin you omitted *checks article* Owens, Varvatos, Comme de Garçon, Undercover, Acne Studios, Helmut Lang, Junya Watanabe, Tom Ford, Marithé Francois Gibaud, Engineered Garments and Vans. Are you sure you are a Ben rather than a Bernadette?

  23. S.E. and Ben Braddock
    I think gallantry is the missing link between the political poles. It should the standard by which a man is judged, regardless of his political persuasion.

    To Christian’s point, gallantry need not be lost to the past. Perhaps it’s merely dormant and ready to be reawakened. I’m keeping hope alive.

  24. Dammit, should “be” I meant.

  25. Old School Tie
    So he gets triggered when you get triggered? It’s an impregnable circular argument that can be spun in either direction. And dumb.

  26. I would like to know to whom you are referring as progressive, muscular Christian gentlemen, traditionally dressed or not. Progressive is a nicer word for socialist which is nothing more than unrealized communism. I regect most government programs which often do more harm than good and I have been described as a southern gentleman all my life.



  27. Sacksuit
    Please. That’s as accurate as a Republican is really a racist who is really a fascist.

  28. Gentlemen

    Have a bit of humor. My joke was about Esquire, not Mr. Scully.

  29. Henry Contestwinner | October 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm |

    “The goal of socialism is Communism.”

    “Progressive” is how socialists rebranded themselves, so Will Sacksuit is correct.

    Are all the men in the article liberals? Probably, because that’s the default ideological position of our times. Couldn’t tell you why Old School Tie decided to mention it, but he’s probably right, if only because not being a liberal is a conscious choice that requires more effort than most people are willing to make.

    Happy October!

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