• Go for Brogue


    Brogues are no stranger to men. Recently, we’ve been lacing them up with a flash of ankle (spending five minutes on The Sartorialist blog verifies this). Often referred to as wing-tips in the States, they’re a staple in every well dressed man’s closet. Ironically, they're also charming on women. It loomed, in all likelihood, as an outgrowth of mere happenstance while skimming their little brothers' closets for oxfords, blazers and ties.

    Cole, Rood & Haan Co.'s women's wingtip oxford, Jitney, in Aubergine ($350)

    Images via The Sartorialist, Garance Doré and Cole, Rood & Haan Co.

    I like women in men’s clothing. It’s the girl-next-door fascination. Save the laces for added sprezzatura and you’re guaranteed a glowing compliment from me. So naturally this brings me to ask you ladies, how will you work these into your existing looks?

    Nov 9, 2009 | Permalink (18) View/Leave Comments

    Isidro left a comment on 5/18/2014 at 8:01 PM:

    Just as in small room indoors, there are places few and far between that duplicate a truly natural landscape. Weeds thrive in places where grass has difficulty growing. What followed resembled wildflowers and grasses a family positioning a Christmas tree in the hole. The landscapers should have the right products in order for their maintenance to be minimal. Also, there are the wildflowers and grasses customers who want Zen aesthetics updated for 21st-century life.

    Matthew left a comment on 8/24/2012 at 1:36 PM:

    @Daniel, the gentlemen in the green jacket is John. He for for Ralph Lauren. Search for Combat Jacket on RL’s website. There’s a updated version almost every season.

    Daniel left a comment on 8/19/2012 at 5:38 PM:

    Anyone have any idea on the who/what/where for the khaki green jacket in the first picture?

    Michael left a comment on 6/10/2012 at 2:32 AM:

    Just wanted to add a comment about the second picture, I think those wingtips may be allen edmonds, the McCallister model, it is nearly the same.

    Ian left a comment on 4/23/2012 at 5:04 AM:

    Good article, well written, I like brogues too, yes.

    Larry Taveras left a comment on 3/4/2012 at 11:56 PM:

    I love Every single Outfit..Its all My Style

    HarrisonK left a comment on 2/19/2012 at 11:34 PM:

    @FEC - personal question for you.  When wearing brogues (such as the wingtips above) how do you care for them when you wear them without socks?  Also, do you designate specific pairs of shoes as the shoes you will not be wearing socks with?

    Theri left a comment on 8/18/2011 at 10:54 AM:

    There are some really great Oxfords out now.  I have a pair in heels (not too androgynous, I know), but they work well with slacks, ties & suspenders….  That’s what I’ll be donning this fall.

    Rainier left a comment on 7/21/2011 at 3:53 AM:

    I love the selvage jeans on the two in the second picture.

    Scott left a comment on 7/4/2011 at 9:55 PM:

    My first pair of dress shoes were wingtips. My current pair of black wingtips are Bostonians purchased in 1993 or 94. Timeless, and classic. Great post!

    jeremy left a comment on 2/6/2010 at 7:48 PM:

    quite nice! I’ve always been a fan of wingtips.

    S.N.Carpeaux left a comment on 11/12/2009 at 10:56 PM:

    I’m not afraid to say I’ll be donning a pair soon, and you shall have proof. http://pairdiem.com

    james left a comment on 11/11/2009 at 10:15 PM:

    ralph lauren doesnt seem to sell that color wingtips. i love that color. any idea what color? or other similar wingtips by other brands?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/10/2009 at 11:51 PM:

    James—In that second image I do believe those two individual work for Ralph Lauren.  So my best guess would be their his wingtips.

    james left a comment on 11/10/2009 at 10:54 PM:

    in the second picture, anyone know what brand those wingtips are from?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/10/2009 at 2:38 PM:

    Don—Thanks for sharing…good luck with the girl!

    L.A.S.—You and me both…and hopefully some ladies out there.

    Don Richman left a comment on 11/9/2009 at 8:21 PM:

    I 100% echo your sentiments on women in men’s clothing.  Here’s a few additional photos of lady’s in (traditionally) men’s shoes and one of the girl I now tell people I’m dating, but that she’s from out of town and we met at overnight camp over the summer.


    L.A.S left a comment on 11/9/2009 at 2:26 PM:

    I can get behind all of this!


  • The Fray

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Memphis, TN

    Nov 6, 2009 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    james left a comment on 11/9/2009 at 12:14 AM:

    Great flannel Fred!!  Looks great!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/6/2009 at 3:13 PM:

    Memphis88—I was outside of Graceland.

    Memphis88 left a comment on 11/6/2009 at 10:14 AM:

    Do you mind me asking where in Memphis this was? I saw a guy wearing jean shorts yesterday except for his weren’t cutoffs and they were carpenter shorts. Your look is better.

    L.A.S left a comment on 11/6/2009 at 9:58 AM:

    You make it onto your own site a lot, but then again you do know how to dress pretty well my friend. 


  • The Big Black Book

    Music & Books  

    Need help filling up your little black book? Get your hands on Esquire’s Big Black Book Fall 09 that will actually help you look better, seduce a woman (attempt at your own risk), iron a shirt and much more. Pick it up at newsstands for around $10.

    Nov 5, 2009 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    L.A.S left a comment on 11/6/2009 at 12:23 AM:

    Mr. Castleberry - You always kill it with the analogies. Ha, I love it.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/5/2009 at 12:25 PM:

    For those curious, I think of these Big Black Books as nothing more than what they are…simply manuals; similar to a university handbook.  Freshman typically find them helpful while experienced juniors and seniors only refer to them on occasion.


  • Driven

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Nov 4, 2009 | Permalink (5) View/Leave Comments

    CLD left a comment on 11/4/2009 at 11:23 PM:

    Stevi looks so beautiful.  I absolutely love this one!! Can’t wait to see you again soon!

    Nathan left a comment on 11/4/2009 at 6:33 PM:

    Mr. Castleberry, You’re dong great stuff here.  Enjoying it all and looking forward to more of it.  Thank you for sharing!

    Larry Reeves left a comment on 11/4/2009 at 6:11 PM:

    I love this shot!

    Nathan left a comment on 11/4/2009 at 3:18 PM:

    I love the blog and the content here.

    Julie left a comment on 11/4/2009 at 2:57 PM:

    Love it.  Simple and attainable.


  • Double Take

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Matthew was recently a finalist in Esquire’s 2009 Best Dressed Real Man in America contest and authors Tweed in the City, a men's style blog dedicated to exploring the vocabulary of classic tailored clothing and adapting it to modern living.

    Nov 3, 2009 | Permalink (7) View/Leave Comments

    Nan left a comment on 11/4/2009 at 2:05 PM:

    Great suit as always Matt, I like the tie very much.

    Matt left a comment on 11/4/2009 at 9:44 AM:

    Thanks, Cassandra. It was nice working with you, too.

    CLD left a comment on 11/3/2009 at 10:12 PM:

    Matt—you look great, it was a pleasure working with you.

    Matt left a comment on 11/3/2009 at 5:00 PM:

    Fred, it was a pleasure meeting you.

    L.A.S left a comment on 11/3/2009 at 2:59 PM:

    The key here is the use of sprezzatura…purposely leaving the top button of his double breasted suit unbuttoned ads the must sought after “disheveled elegance”.

    Marlin Munoz left a comment on 11/3/2009 at 2:03 PM:

    That is such a great suit.  Loving the blog by the way!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/3/2009 at 1:45 PM:

    For those concerned with the fit, Matthew is wearing a bespoke suit made from exact measurements of his body. It’s because his suit fits him perfectly that I wanted to photograph him. Most American men wear their suits one to two sizes too big; hence, a proper fitting suit may “look” too tight or ill fitting. Matthew can attest that he’s extremely comfortable and may very well argue he experiences more range of motion.  The next time you’re in for a suit, try going a size down and see how it feels.  You might be surprised.


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