In Support Of Excess

Over the past few days I have been corresponding on Tumblr with the guy behind Mom Dressed Me This Morning as a follow up to his offer to sell a grenadine tie from E.G. Cappelli on eBay, which at the current price is a great deal if you are in the market.  In short, the point of my response was why sell such a useful tie, as I am fully confident in my belief that a man can never have too many ties, pocket squares, suspenders and socks.  At least ones that are are practical as MDMTM’s grenadine or ones … Continue reading

For Sale: Lilly Pulitzer Suspenders

lilly pulitzer suspenders

I decided to have another go at designing suspenders.  This time I opted for Lilly Pulitzer fabric, instead of silk grenadine.  There are two varieties.  A pink corduroy with green embroidered bees and a pink, green, white and blue patchwork.  Both come with white leather ends, nickel plated hardware and 6 buttons to affix to the inside waistband of pants.  They are fully adjustable and should fit men up to 6’2″. The suspenders would look at home on any man confident (or preppy) enough to wear them.  But I think they would work best with a tuxedo, perfect for a … Continue reading

Celebrity Style Gone Wrong, II

Mr. Bass…  Or shall I say Mr. Westwick?  Either way, pull it together good sir.  As one of the wealthiest trust funders in Gossip Girl’s New York you would think Chuck Bass could afford proper braces.  And you would also think that Gossip Girl’s costume designer, Eric Daman, would have the wit to put Mr. Bass in proper braces.  But as we all know, all is not right in the world of mens style… As we all also know, I am a fan of braces; perhaps too much so.  Trends aside, they are a superior method of keeping one’s pants … Continue reading

Grenadine Braces


A few months back I decided it was time to have my hand at designing some things.  Given my obsession with braces and the blank slate they provide for one’s creativity I thought they would be a good starting point.  I wanted to keep things simple and unique this time, so I opted for a solid grenadine fabric in both navy blue and burgundy.  Both colors are accented by white leather tips and silver colored hardware so they can go with any color shoe.  The grenadine fabric is from Italy, the hardware has been sourced from England and all assembly … Continue reading

Questions From The Readers, III

Question: I had a question which I hope you reply to.  While wearing a trouser with loops and a belt, can suspenders be worn along with the same? Response: I am of the belief that if one is wearing trousers with belt loops and a belt that suspenders should not be worn as well.  It would just be a bit too much, both in terms of look and function.  But, I have often seen gentlemen wear suspenders with trousers that do have belt loops but fore go wearing a belt.  Although I am not a fan of this look I … Continue reading

Things I Wear, X

Keeping with the weather of the mid part of this week I opted for what I think to be a more spring look.  I was also testing out my Indochino suit upon getting it back from the tailor, I am pretty happy with it, the only real issue if my fault.  That being the shoulders are ever so slightly too wide.  But we’ll discuss that another time, in the final post in the Indochino series.  Anyway, it was also the debut of the ‘Fuck You’ tie from Chipp 2 (the tie actually says ‘fuck you’).  For the record, I did … Continue reading

The Bobs On Leather Braces

A few weeks back I watched Office Space.  I have seen the movie many times before, however, I have purposefully held off watching it since I started ‘working for the man.’  As I thought it would likely create some form of apathy toward my job whether temporary or permanent, but that is a discussion for another time.  The movie was just as good as I remembered, if not better since I now have a basis to relate to Peter and the other characters.  Mike Judge (director and screenwriter) is a genius.  But really Peter’s initial interview with the Bobs says … Continue reading

Things I Wear VIII

Things I love include braces (suspenders), polka dot ties and butterfly loafers.  Now, when paired together I did like the result.  I decided to pair the navy braces with navy polka dot tie, some may say a little too coordinated but I don’t mind in this case (and mind you, I love braces and whole heartedly endorse them).  I had to use a double four-in-hand knot for the tie  On a positive note I mention the 1/2 inch of shirt cuff showing and the pocket square, which is a black and white glen plaid with a purple stripe.  On a … Continue reading