News You Can Trust

From now on, get all your news from the Washington Post. Or at least from the gentleman of the press pictured above wearing his Ivy Style Club Tie.

Matt Schudel has been writing obituaries for the paper for many years. So next time a prominent persona dies (last week it was Don Rickles), be sure and seek out Schudel’s write-up. — CC

49 Comments on "News You Can Trust"

  1. Charlottesville | April 10, 2017 at 11:11 am |

    Perfect Ivy outfit. The Tom Wolfe haircut must be a writer/reporter trademark. 🙂 Great look. I often read the Post’s well written obits. Now I will know who to thank.

  2. Mac McConnell | April 10, 2017 at 11:23 am |

    Fake news.

  3. You spelled his name two different ways ?

  4. Fixed. Thank you.

  5. “Perfect Ivy outfit. The Tom Wolfe haircut must be a writer/reporter trademark. Great look.”

    I concur. Plenty of Ivy-leaning gents opt for this haircut. Goes perfectly with rumpled linen (and seersucker) suits, rolling button downs, tweed jackets, and creased (or cracked!) loafers.

  6. Mitchell S. | April 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm |

    It’s kind of sad that a man sporting the Ivy Style club tie is a writer of death notices for a prominent paper. I hope it is not a bad omen for trad style…

  7. Why sad? The people whose stories he tells are also prominent.

  8. Clothes look good. Sweeping Tom Wolfe like comb-over looks soft and pretentious. Not a haircut a man should have. Glasses kind of big too. Just my opinion.


  9. Well thank you for leaving your negative opinion on his appearance! I’m glad you found the time on a busy day back from the weekend!

    OK, you did say his clothes looked good. So I guess thanks for keeping things balanced.

  10. Actually, taking the week off. 82 on beach on Chesapeake Bay. Wife, kid and dog running around. Working on tan in vintage Birdwell Beach Britches, red.

    Golf tomorrow!


    Did I mention the tie looks real good?

  11. Now that sounds positive! Good luck tomorrow.

  12. Mitchell S. | April 10, 2017 at 2:39 pm |


    The club tie is a handsome adornment but it has a couple of depressing motifs on the crest. First, the chrysanthemum is a symbol of death in many parts of Europe such as France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Poland. Wreaths of chrysanthemums are left at headstones the way lilies are offered in the U.S.A.

    Second, the bee is a symbol of death and rebirth in the Spring in classical mythology. I know that the chrysanthemum is also the symbol of imperial Japan and that the bee is a symbol of industry and transformation, but personally speaking, I get a little sad when I see the ISCT crest.

  13. Well, the bee is a wasp, and as Schopenhauer said, “The world takes its shape chiefly as a man looks at it.” Perhaps if you’re sad you should recalibrate your mind to look at the tie as it was intended, and not allow it to be clouded by other associations.

    The chrysanthemum may be a symbol of death in Europe, but on the Ivy Style Club Tie it is a symbol of Japan.

  14. T. Bearden | April 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm |

    @ Sacksuit

    Ah, yes…Birdwells or Kanvas by Katin–the only way to go at the beach

  15. “Sweeping Tom Wolfe like comb-over looks soft and pretentious. Not a haircut a man should have.”

    This is so ridiculous it’s hilarious.

  16. Haircut calls to mind Nicholas Lemann’s. Very 80s-90s preppy.

  17. I like that haircut, wish my hair looked good when long.

  18. Was just thinking, a trad bathing suit discussion should be had. I wear Vilebrequin trunks which are very GTH/Palm Beach. I also have a pair of plain navy blue ones by them as well. Sadly, they fade quickly. But they’re made in Bulgaria which is better than China.

  19. Whit Stillman’s hair is a bit in the same vein:….0…1.1.64.img..2.14.1057.0..0i10k1.z2AULDUEA5I#imgrc=SBJhbsCE2dAxKM:

  20. @SE

    I’m sure Mr. Lemann is a nice man but how is that a positive?


  21. T. Bearden | April 10, 2017 at 4:55 pm |

    This used to be the classic Washington journo’s uniform–not so much anymore. Never saw any of the old hacks at the Press Club bar without an OCBD.

  22. George Frazier and Tucker Carlson, two well dressed men with great hair.

  23. *great, long hair, that is.

  24. Calls to mind other hallmarks of 70s-90s preppy. Boxy Volvos, Norwegian sweaters, round tortoise eyeglasses. A great era. Every bit as ‘authentic’ for the Look at the Heyday, no?

  25. I just wished I still had hair….

  26. Vern Trotter | April 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm |

    Yes, it is nice to meet the man behind the curtain at the Post obit section. Still going under Bezos. Other good obits are The London Times and also the Telegraph. The NY Times can’t resist political comments even there. Reminds me I am over due composing mine.

    The necktie looks great.

  27. Someone posted “Fake News!” under my name, although I think it’s funny. I’ve been at the office since 6:00 AM today. FYI, when I post from the office computers it’s MacMcConnell, from home it’s Mac McConnell.

    The gentleman looks great, but how do we know he’s not wearing boxers in the photo? 😉

  28. That’s actually pretty scary, Mac, you should upload a picture so as to deter imposters.

  29. GS
    True, but in all my best photos I’m in boxers.

  30. I would be curious to hear what any ladies who might be out there think about the Tom Wolfe long hair look vice the military/crew cut. My wife, for one, likes the squared away, no nonsense crew cut.


  31. Hair, sportcoat, shirt, and tie are just right, but not the eyeglass frames. Too large, wrong shape.

  32. Giacomo Bruno | April 11, 2017 at 7:11 am |

    Do you yourself have a crewcut?

  33. I smiled at that gauntlet being thrown, CC. A forum is much needed here. Or perhaps a bi-weekly spread of reader submissions. Who’s the tradest of them all?

  34. Re: gauntlet

    Sorry, that comment was by a hacker/troll and has been removed. It’s happened before and even displays my avatar. Some people have nothing better to do.


  35. Charlottesville | April 11, 2017 at 11:08 am |

    It takes a brave man to post his picture on the net. I am sure that my haircut, glasses, tie, belt, watchband, pen, socks, shoulder line, shoes, lapels or collar roll would be sure to appall someone, no matter how authentically traditional the item nor impeccable the provenance. My one and only selfie was submitted sans head, at least in part for that reason. I have my personal taste in things, most of which is fairly straight-down-the-line Ivy, but I know that other stylish men differ. Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Ralph Lauren, etc. would not pass strict Ivy muster, but I’d love to have their style, Ivy or not. And who could actually wish that Tom Wolfe would drop the white suits and high collars for the OCBDs and tweed sacks he almost certainly would have worn as a student at W&L in the 50s?

  36. I think most of the posters here have had Freddie Bartholomew hair at one time in their life. I had a hair helmet in the ’80s with fairly short sides and side burns. When I became a man, I set aside childish (frivolous) things. The crew cut works for me with no need to do anything but run my hand over it to lay down errant hair on top…though it is thinning and only about an inch long.

    Teeing off in 30 minutes.



  37. Giacomo Bruno | April 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm |


    An inch long sounds like a pretty long crew cut.

  38. One inch on top counts as a crew provided the sides and back are properly short. I’m in business after all.

    CC Shot 79 today with provisional on first tee. Not my style but agreed to by all since we didn’t hit the range first.

  39. Impressive score and very purist. Guilty about a first-tee provisional and you hadn’t even warmed up on the range!

    I guess at your stage you don’t need to find your swing each day. You know where it is.

  40. Believe me, there are plenty of 90s waiting for me. Provisional was only slightly better than original tee shot on a par five but what the hell. Missed a three foot put on that hole so I chalk that up to Karma. One thing I have going for me is that I do not have a lot of hair getting in my eyes while I’m about to swing. Nursing my drink while others do not is another. That and a hell of a lot of practice on grass and not carpet or simulators. Easier in Virginia than NYC no doubt.


  41. Just back from the range, fifth day in a row. Understand that the bulk of my practice is on Randall’s Island, a full range with grass tees, bunker, etc. The Brooks simulator is a lot of fun and great during the winter, but please don’t think I don’t know what grass feels like.

  42. What is your handicap?


  43. Ask me later in the year. I have no idea. Practicing hard but didn’t play many rounds last year.

  44. Orange Fiji | April 12, 2017 at 3:22 pm |

    Very Fake News!!!!!

  45. @Orange Fiji

    Very Original.


  46. If I could have three wishes in the world, it would be for riches, happiness for my sons, and Hugh Grant hair. If I can’t have the latter, then give me this guy’s!

  47. You already do have Mr. Schudel’s hair. Just let what you have grow for a couple of years. As for your first two wishes, God Speed.


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