My Kinda Clothes


Last week the website Cool Material asked me to contribute to its “Wear This” series and pull together an outfit based on stuff currently on retail shelves. The result is illustrative of how I’ve been dressing lately: a foundation of traditional items spiced with stylish accessories that give off — to me, at least — a vibe that’s a bit cool, a bit chic. And that means stuff in the verboten hue of black.

Cool Material mistakenly grabbed a Mercer & Sons straight-collar shirt, whereas I’d said a buttondown. No matter, just imagine there’s a pin running through it.

I’m posting this piece from a laptop while on a weekend getaway. There’s a vague hint about what I’m up to in the collection of items above. There’s another hint in the headline. And here’s one more:


Full report next week. Bon week-end. — c C m

14 Comments on "My Kinda Clothes"

  1. You’re turning, I mean grey.

  2. I think he’s turning Japanese, I really think so.

  3. Chicago?

  4. Noroomforsquares | August 4, 2013 at 5:53 pm |

    Judging from the title of this post, I’d say an article on Charlie Davidson is in the works.

  5. Verboten-black should forgotten. Sorry, Chens-makes one seem like a Traditionalist interloper.

  6. Never wear a brown belt with black shoes. Tsk tsk tsp. I guess those could be the dark brown alden bits, but they sure look black. I like all the other stuff. Looks similar to my daily wear. I’ve noticed a tendency to concentrate on white shirts this summer. Not sure why, guess I just feel cooler on warmer days.

  7. Cool? Chic?

    This ensemble is identical to the one Madeleine’s WFB Jr.-reading father, a college president, wore in an early chapter of THE MARRIAGE PLOT.

    Chapter and verse? I guess I can find it. But trust me. Seersucker jacket and gray wool (tropical, let’s guess) pants.

    Does a navy or black knit tie make everything cool?

  8. “My kinda…”

    Mention of “cool” and “chic” (good lord).

    I’m going to go way out on a limb and guess it will somehow be related to jazz.

  9. @ Henry:
    Dig the Vapors connection! 😉

  10. A.E.W. Mason | August 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm |

    It says these things “give off — to me, at least — a VIBE that’s a bit cool, a bit chic.”

    I’m guessing Lionel Hampton (jazz vibraphonist).

  11. Mystery photo: Nixon henchman H.R. Halderman’s scalp?

  12. “Ivy-Sophisticate.”

  13. Nick Willard | August 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm |

    I’m going with Miles’s “Kind of Blue”

  14. Nick Willard | August 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm |

    It just hit me — Newport Jazz Festival.

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