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