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Anonymous asked: What are your top brands for a high quality peacoat?

Schott is a great staple. Check out the versions from Private White and Belstaff for pricier options. 

Anonymous asked: how do I dress so that I feel like I'm smarter and deeper than other people?

Convince those other people that you don’t care about how you dress. 

Anonymous asked: What would you wear with light grey dress pants?

White soft collar dress shirt with barrel cuffs rolled below the elbow, and a little bagginess around the waist. Braided light brown suede leather belt and a pair of Alden suede loafers. Navy waffle print nautical sweater and a pair of tortoise shell sunglasses.

Or a navy blazer. 

Anonymous asked: Re: your four-in-hand tie knot preference, does a tie knot depend on collar type and spread? Relatedly, is a tie (btwn tie and collar) gap vs a collar (btwn collar & neck) gap permissible? Thanks.

Supposedly for some this matters quite a lot, but I’ve never really cared about ‘tie gap.’ I think large knots look clownish and avoid them at all costs. Sometimes a double 4 in hand even gets too bulky, but I’ll wear either a single or double 4 in hand with any collar. In my book, collar gap is much less forgivable.   

Anonymous asked: Are you as quality conscious with your luggage as you are with your clothes? What brands do you have or would like to buy? Thanks.

As I’ve been around LL Bean for most of my life, quality has never really been an issue with regards to the luggage I’ve used - mostly duffels to be honest. I’d like to pick up a Globetrotter at some point though. 

Anonymous asked: Whaddya think of Aspesi stuff?

Very nice, but pricey at retail. 

Anonymous asked: Dear Sir, would you wear button down shirt with a suit or with business casual or lower outfits? Should the collar points touch the jacket when the jacket is closed so as to not leave a gap? Thank you.

I tend not to follow many of the unofficial rules out there, but I would typically never wear a button down shirt with a suit - it doesn’t feel formal enough. Otherwise, it would depend on whether I’m wearing a tie or not, as I usually don’t pair the two much any more. 

Longer collar points are usually a good thing in my book, and I think button down points definitely look best when they’re within the jacket. 

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Anonymous asked: Good sir, how do the Florsheim Haviland fare?

Good value for the money. The Veblen and the Haviland are great introductions to flat bottom shoes, for the budget conscious. 

swen86 asked: Hey Jake, Looking for a quality pair of blue suede tasseled loafers. Any suggestions? Looking to spend under $500.

Alden definitely. 


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