Photo by Muffy Aldrich
The Modern Guide to The Thing Before Preppy

Monday, July 22, 2024

Which do you wear more often for business? Business Formal, Business Casual, or Casual?

Photo from Family Archives

In the photo above is my father (standing, back left) and his colleagues, New Haven, 1960s.  This reminded me of how much times have changed.  

So a question,  Which have you worn more often for business in the last three years?  Business Formal, Business Casual, or Casual?

End of July in Salt Water New England - A Few of My Photos

Photos by Muffy Aldrich


Waxing the Barbours (r)

Photos by Salt Water New England
This is the time of year that many wax their Barbours.

Without regular reproofing Barbours obviously are not as waterproof, but also can take on an old military fatigue jacket look, especially in the Sage.  And each waxing can add to their patina.  Some claim that Barbours' colors age differently based on their environments, meaning they would truly become more unique with age.

Before (on left) and After (on right)
How often should one reproof a well-used Barbour waxed item?  The conventional wisdom is every year.  Surprisingly, a new Barbour may sometimes need it after just a few months.  And older, well maintained Barbours can go longer without.

Disclaimer:  This technique may or may not overlap with any official (i.e. correct) way, but it is fast.

Friday, July 19, 2024

J. Press??

 A reader question:

Dear Muffy,

Great pictures, thank you.  I am getting excited for my August vacation looking at them. 

I have a question for your readers.  What is going on with J. Press??  I went onto the J. Press website <> and did a double take.  It remined me of their unfortunate York Street line.  Not as bad as Brooks Brothers, however.   I don't have the energy to go through all of their new offerings, and am not sure how many will be around six months from now.   Are other readers liking the new look?  

Thank you! 


Thursday, July 18, 2024

Clams et al. (r)

Photos by Salt Water New 

Reader Question: Favorite Poolside Drinks for Guests (r)

Photo by Salt Water New England

Hi Muffy,

Yesterday's post begs the most important question of all for readers.  What is your favorite poolside drink to serve to your guests?  


Tuesday, July 16, 2024


Still thinking of Autumn.  Photos by Muffy Aldrich