• Hand Me Down

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Stéphane has become a good friend over the last year and the first time I saw his jacket, I thought it was so cool. It belonged to his grandfather who played polo competitively back in the early 80s down in Kentucky. That authenticity is enviable. The front bares his grandfather's initials and crest while the back has "Calumet Farm Polo Kentucky" emblazoned in red. How he wears it over almost anything is effortless and here, over a navy blazer and repp stripe tie, it's old school American sportswear worth taking a cue from. And he reads Apartmento, also worth taking a cue from.

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  • Scotch and Chocolate

    Miscellany  

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  • The Best Men’s Store in America

    Store Profiles  

    It's almost four o'clock on a Monday as my driver (yes, you too can have a driver too via UberX) pulls off Howell Mill Road on the west side of Atlanta. For those familiar, you know I'm pulling up to Sid Mashburn. It's been almost three years since I was last in...five since I profiled his then two year-old shop here on Unabashedly Prep. While the shop has waxed cooler with the addition of a giraffe procured from a Parisian flea market and a shoe room straight out of the pages of Fitzgerald's Gatsby, whispers had been swirling that the southern hospitality had supposedly begun to wane.

    If you don't walk in in the "uniform"—four-in-hand knot askew, natural shoulder jacket, and Chelsea boots (a recent affinity)—I could see it. While this has never been my experience, I could see it. The uniform portrays a certain type of club, the cult of Sid. The thing is, it's a really great club to be a part of...a master class on how to dress like a grown-up. Esquire recently crowned Sid Mashburn the best menswear shop in America, a coronation few would dispute. But what of putting gentlemen at ease? That's where Curt Benham comes in. He's been tasked with essentially making guys feel really welcome. As Curt walks me through the finer points of their new sack jacket (my bourbon of choice in hand, naturally), it's definitely working.

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  • Peak Time

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: Jerry Lauren, head of Ralph Lauren menswear, showing the navy jacket with grey flannel trouser uniform is still a classic.

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  • How to Be Parsian Wherever You Are

    Top Drawer | Music & Books  

    I don't know what it is about women's style books, but I love them (Amanda Brooks' I Love Your Style is still heavily dog-eared). Perhaps it is because they celebrate everything I love about women. Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas have been friends for years, making up a Parisienne clique that is all too common—and necessary—in French society. "Without her girls gang, the Parisienne is incomplete," they confess. And they're right, everything is better with friends: cocktails, heartbreaks, and spontaneous countryside getaways.

    In How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are, the authors—unmarried but attached, with children—take you inside what it really means to be a Parisienne woman today. They let you in on their secrets and flaws while also making fun of their complicated, often contradictory feelings and behavior. With deft advice from their experiences, their mothers, and their lovers, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are will have you laughing out loud and tapping into your inner cool. Here, in their signature tongue-in-cheek delivery, a handful of my favorite beauty and lifestyle tips.

    • Find "your" perfume before you turn thirty. Wear it for the next thirty years.
    • Your look should always have one thing left undone—the devil is in the details.
    • If you only own one sweater, make sure it's cashmere.
    • Always be prepared, he could be just around the corner.
    • Age should never be an excuse to go to bed early.
    • Be financially independent, so that you love only for love.
    • Spend a fortune on lingerie no one will ever see.
    • And don't forget to daydream in the bath, just like when you were little.

    Audrey, Caroline, Sophie, and Anne

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