As some Put This On readers may know, I’m a public radio host by trade. This week, on my show Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, I got to talk to one of my all-time heroes: Mel Brooks. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I hope you’ll take the time to give it a listen. If you enjoy the show, subscribe to it free in iTunes.
I’m doing it.. Who else? Best I start #rapharamadan otherwise I may need a #raphatowrope .. #firstworldpelotonproblems
Harrington Jackets for Spring
As I’m traveling across the West, I’ve left one jacket unpacked for my trip: a Baracuta G9 in cream. I bought it last year in mid fall and didn’t get a chance to wear it much. But now that winter’s left and spring is bringing warmer weather with cool breezes, it’s a good time to give it its due.
The Harrington-style jacket is light enough to not overheat you, but blocks the wind considerably well. The best ones have a two-way zipper that lets you open up the bottom while sitting down.
Grenfell and Baracuta are considered to have made the original ones. My Baracuta is nice, an original G9 model, but it could use some improvements. For one, I wish it had more interior pockets and perhaps one with a zipper closure to keep a cellphone or card wallet.
Still, the jacket is quickly becoming my casual go-to choice with a pair of jeans and an oxford-cloth button-down shirt. Of course, my choice isn’t as cool as Elvis’ look, with a roll-neck sweater. The one thing The King’s jacket has that yours likely will not? Buttoned cuffs.
Get Garment Bags
I’m in the process of moving across the country and while packing I discovered a moth hole in a pair of trousers that I hadn’t worn in a long time as it sat on its hangar in the back of my closet.
What made this even more frustrating was that I’d invested quite heavily in garment bags after a similar incident several years ago that put a series of holes on the lapel of a flannel blazer. I vowed to never let this happen again.
It’s good practice to use a suit brush after you wear your garment and give it a good shake before placing it on a hangar. I then immediately place my wool suits and jackets into garment bags (and now, apparently, I must be diligent about trousers, too).
You can buy them cheaply. Walmart has a three pack for $ 12. I bought mine at Target, which had them on discount and bought every one on the shelf.
I recommend buying bags with a clear front and canvas or synthetic mesh in the back. This way you can see what’s in the bag and it’ll allow the garments to breath inside. For a couple bucks, I think it’s a wise investment that’ll save you the fury of newly discovered moth holes.
Yes, I’m into windowpanes.
Sportcoat: Cavaliere CEO, Popover: Owen & James, Trousers: Incotex, Shoes: Carmina, Pocket square: Rubinacci, Sunglasses: Epos Milano, Cigarette: Camel.
In case you didn’t know, I’m taking over the Club Monaco tumblr for a the month of April. Go check it out.
Sometimes you just get really lucky and the light in a photo is made perfect by what’s around you. Diffused through the trees, I kept moving my friend over inch by inch until it fell on him just right. -Liam Goslett
Traveling with a Suit
I’m on a trip right now and I hate packing large bags when flying. I just don’t trust checking my luggage. Plus, carrying a heavy bag while trying to catch your transfer isn’t fun.
So, I carry my briefcase and a small weekend bag for most trips. I stuff it with the usual — shirts, socks, an extra tie and of course underwear — but there is one thing I don’t try to pack away: my suit.
Instead, I prefer to travel while wearing it. While most fliers like to wear “relaxed” clothing, I think wearing the suit makes more sense. You don’t have to fold it up and worry about setting it aside to let the wrinkles fall out. The extra pockets are great for carrying your stuff, like tickets, phone and wallet.
Typically, I wouldn’t recommend wearing the same suit several days in a row. But if it’s for the occasional trip, the convenience of not having to pack anything but a shirt a day can’t be beat.
If you’re worried about creases in your suit from sitting for several hours in an airplane seat, I haven’t found it to be too much of a problem if you place your suit on a hangar and let it hang in the shower with hot water running to steam the wrinkles out. It should only take 10-15 minutes.
If you can get away with it and your trip is short enough, try traveling light and in a suit.
Sagan.. Podium capers
I’m all for personalities in sports toad, but good manners as well as respect should also be expected.
Even the post race interview with Fabian Cancellera (the winner) was a lesson in humility & respect, the opposite to Peter Sagan.
I’m still amazed how many times this has been re-blogged, but not as amazed as commercial web sites claiming as their own..