Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mercer Shirt Delivery

Is variety in clothes (and food) overrated? 
“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits.  I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” 
- Barack Obama

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  1. Well, as a woman, I once would have said a variety is not only better but necessary. But as I'm getting older, I find that is no longer true for myself, and if I'm honest, was also not true when I was younger. Back then, I was too caught up in the image thing. Now, not so much. I still value good quality and looking as presentable as possible, but I usually buy neutral colors and much less quantity. Makes life easier. Find what works for you and stay with it.

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    1. Agreed! One hundred percent. One of the things I love about this blog is the absence of trendy "stuff". Simple is better.

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  2. My last order for khakis was 4 identical pairs, in a style that I already had 3 of. Only one pair still has the tags, and I'm already considering another order before they're discontinued. I wear them every day to work with an OCBD in one of a few colors. I've also worn through several identical pairs of boat shoes. I can definitely appreciate our 44th president's view toward decision making. Sometimes the mental energy is best put toward something else. I think that the novelty of variety is something worth appreciation, but only as much as we can spare the time, energy, and thought power. If I dress more routinely, I can free up some mental capacity for the exploration of a new idea. That is my trade-off, and other individuals will have theirs.

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    1. Care to share the make and model of these khakis?

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  3. I absolutely LOVE the discovery of something new! I delight in learning about new and old products on this blog and perhaps, new uses for them. I like the comfort of familiar, and also the excitement of new. I enjoy this blog so much, Muffy! Thank you from Colorado

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  4. One of my husband's colleagues at the boat yard wears the same thing every day. Every day. Khakis, a blue button down and a brown belt. Short sleeves in the summer, long sleeves in the winter. Boat shoes in the summer, Bean Boots in the winter (and not the complicated kind with laces - lol). When the long sleeved shirts get holes in the elbows, his sister turns them into short sleeved shirts.

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    1. Don't forget the blue Chamois shirt!

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    2. Right!!! And you've know him longer than I :)

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  5. The true test of prep dress. You should be able to get dressed in the dark and look presentable.
    Shirt/pant/belt tie and blazer. It should all be compatible.

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  6. I bought a Mercer OCBD six or seven years ago, the price was dear but I intend to wear it for a long time. Can't quite understand folks that are so important that they don't want to think about what they eat or wear.Out here in Grover's Corners I never met anyone like that.

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  7. In the summer I wear khaki carhartt painter's pants and a short sleeve blue checked shirt with a blue and white ribbon belt and boat shoes everyday to work. I love it. I love these type of go to uniforms. Variations on a theme.

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  8. Add a few pairs of grey flannel trousers to the
    khakis, and a navy blazer and a tweed jacket
    to the blue oxford cloth button down shirts, and
    you need shop no more--except for more of the
    same.

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    1. Right. Why seek any further when one has found perfection?
      Buying more of the same makes good sense: One never knows when one will be unable to find the classics.

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  9. I have always said...if you find something you really like, buy two of them. When it comes time to replace the original - they won't be making it anymore !

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    1. Isn't that the truth! And if I buy two, its an incentive to continue with moderate eating so I can still wear it when I need it.

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  10. Eating and choice of cloths are very very hard decisions to make . Such a busy man having out with Branson and Geffen .

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    1. It was a matter of time before someone on this thread made an imbecilic comment about the Obama quote—which, frankly, is the essence of classic men's dressing.

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    2. The Obama quote is worthy of comment. It's typical of a man with no taste or style of his own. If a man cannot decide what to wear, he's not fit to take decisions in a position of power, especially POTUS.

      Trump dresses very poorly even though he reportedly wears Brioni. It's a notable case of man with expensive clothes lacking style and class. As Harry Hart says in Kingsman "Manners maketh man". Trump nor Obama do not have the manners or style of a true gentleman.

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    3. A "true gentleman" is it, Ken? Barack Obama is a private school educated, Ivy League graduate, a former law professor, a senator, a Nobel laureate, and an eight-term President of the United States. He has made the VANITY FAIR best-dressed list more than once. If you really believe that his dismissive comment about fussy dressing meant that he "cannot decide what to wear," then the basic tenet of gentlemen not talking about their clothing has entirely eluded you. And if you think that a powerful man who wears suits in one of two colours "has no style of his own," what constitutes classic men's style has entirely eluded you. Perhaps this link about Barack Obama's style from GQ can help you understand it: http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/president-barack-obama-best-outfits-jfk-style

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    4. The essence of a true gentleman doesn’t necessarily lie in their pedigree, but often it does or did, nor does it constitute the clothes he wears, although it is greatly helpful. No, the essence of a true gentleman has to do with how he treats others, especially when the pressure is on. A true gentleman is kind, courteous and considers others before himself. As far as dress is concerned (and this comes from a purely professional point of view), Mr. Obama dressed impeccably at all times while Mr. Trump needs a better fitting suit and a shorter tie! My brother was one to wear suits in shades of grey, white shirts and a variety of red ties, and he always looked very handsome. He allowed his “style” to come through in his casual attire.

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    5. In that case, JVK, Mr. Obama hit all his marks, and continues to.

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    6. Politics aside, in my estimation, the last authentic presidential example of a gentleman was in the person of George H.W. Bush. Generally, he was not arrogant, boastful, or belittling; rather, his kindness and respect extended across many lines and earned him a wide array of friendships. I’m not certain we can ever expect to see this type of gentlemanly behavior in the Oval Office: he may have marked the end of an era.

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  11. As a young banker, I was dispatched early one morning to the 5th Avenue apartment of an important international client to obtain his signature on some papers. I was shown into his bedroom as he had not finished dressing (!). I couldn't help but observe through the open door of his walk-in closet at least a dozen identical solid navy blue suits, perhaps a score of folded white shirts, say ten pairs of black captoe shoes, an equal number of plain blue ties and nothing else. No hard decisions required.

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    1. Dressing well does not require hard decisions. It comes naturally to those with real style. The Italians call it "sprezzatura".

      You will not find such boring bankers in the gentleman's clubs of St James's and Mayfair. They would get black-balled!

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  12. A simplified wardrobe for simplified dressing is for people that want to get on with the more important activities of their life, but still look smart. Appearences matter but not to the point where you spend valuable time getting "prepared" to face the world (rxcept for births, marriages & deaths). Live to dress or dress to live?

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