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Buying shirts online

As I've noted in the past, I no longer wear ties to work, and have a range of different shirts. Apart from regularly stocking up with Van Heusen and Gloweave shirts when the sales are on, I've been trying out Charles Tyrwhitt shirts -- you know, the online shirt company that at one stage seemed to be placing endless ads in newspapers. Some observations on Tyrwhitt shirts: The orders have

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Belt up: Stockade Leather

A shout-out to a good shop which doesn't have a web site of its own: About once every decade I buy a belt. They last that long -- I get them from a place in Elsternwick called Stockdale Stockade Leather (552 Glen Huntly Road), which I'm amazed is still in business because their stuff is so resilient -- they must get a lot of repeat business. It looks rather like their belts are made i

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Waterproof jackets

My old Snowgum waterproof jacket, which I got about ten years ago, is finally wearing out -- self-destructing from the inside, a little like the Snowgum stores themselves. It's been so handy that I want something similar to replace it: reasonably lightweight (but not flimsy and featherweight) but waterproof (not just water-resistant), that can be packed down easily to carry in a bag. And I'm pr

Clothes, Retrospectives

No old school tie for me – how about old school cuff links instead?

I'm not a great cuff link wearer, but recently I inadvertently bought a shirt that needs them, and I couldn't find any at home. I noticed the school Old Boys association sells them, so (I guess to mark 25 years since I did VCE -- gulp) I bought some. I don't mind these... they aren't too obvious when seen from a normal distance. I'm glad I got the plain pewter design though, not the colo

Clothes, Working life

Shirts

A bit over a year ago I stopped wearing a tie to work, mostly because nobody else at work wears a tie. When you wear ties, they can be the distinguishing feature in your work attire. When the tie is gone, it's harder to get away with, for instance, wearing white shirts every day. So I've bought a bunch of different coloured/striped/checked shirts. Stocktake sale time is a good time to st

Clothes, music

Freddies!

I feel a bit guilty about this: I re-used a costume party costume. See, I was invited to an 80s Movie/Music/Pop-Culture party, and then a Dead Celebrities a couple of weeks later. Given time constraints and the likelihood of few party guests overlapping, I reasoned that I could knock off both with one costume. Someone who had been big in the 80s, but had since passed on. I settled for Freddi

Clothes

No more tie

This week I stopped wearing a tie to work. I've moved to a new office, where the norm is no ties. I could wear one, but would stick out. So effectively it's the new uniform. As I noted last year, when I started working in 1993, pretty much every male white-collar worker wore a tie. Not any more -- particularly not in IT. In some ways I'll miss them. And it might be time to buy some more c

Clothes, Working life

Ties

I have a love-hate relationship with ties. When I started my working life in 1993, almost all white-collar male workers wore ties. Over the years this has dropped somewhat, and I'd hazard a guess that perhaps around 30% now do so. I still wear a tie. I switched a few years ago to a Windsor Knot, and this is what I've taught my kids to use now they wear ties in high school. Apparently some of