Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sailing in Newport


Now, as summer enters its final act, one can deliberately savor many details in preparation to unpack them in the dead of winter.  Here are some images (including of J-class boats, a Chris-Craft, and American Eagle)   that will be summoned in January.

Basic TDP Clothes - Essential Wardrobe Staples


Many ask for a list of the absolute, core TDP items for building out the base for a classic casual wardrobe. It is not complete (obviously), but a good place to start.

Of course, androgyny plays a role, with just a few items specifically for Men (M) or Women (W).

These items can be dressed up or down, personalized with other items, and often come in both inexpensive and high-end versions:
  • Shirts:  Oxfords:  Solids (White and Blue) and University Stripes; Polo Shirts; Turtlenecks (W); Tattersall (M); Flannel; Seersucker
  • Pants: Khakis; Nantucket Reds for summer; Corduroys for cooler weather
  • Sweaters: Navy Cotton Crewneck; Cotton Cable; Navy Wool Crewneck; Cardigans(W); Norwegian Crewneck 
  • Shoes: Quoddy Boat Shoes; Sperry Top-Siders; L.L. Bean Camp Mocs; Bucks (M); Bluchers; Bean Boots for winter
  • Belts: D-Ring Motif Belt (W); Tab & Buckle Belt (M)
  • Pocketbook (W): Vintage Vera Bradley or small L.L. Bean Boat and Tote
  • Outerwear: Rain Slicker (can double as a wind-breaker), Patagonia Fleece
  • Jackets: Tweed (M), Navy Blazer (M), Quilted

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hollyhocks

A reader, HHH, sent this thought and these pictures from her garden...


"If one were to categorize flowers as one does people, Hollyhocks would surely fall into the category of preppy. After all, it loves cottages on Nantucket (as it does all cottage gardens in the cooler regions of New England). It is tall and proud, sturdy and self-assured, brightly colored in clean pastels reminiscent of sorbet, but never loud like a gladiola."