I had to smile at GQ's "Everything You Need to Know About Black Tie" in the December issue, which I picked up because the cover promised early photos of Sienna Miller and Jessica Biel (hence the above illustration of a 1927 painting by Christian Schad which I think ties the two topics together, don't you?).
Anyway, back to GQ's story, which was apparently edited by the stylist that dresses Tom Cruise. I first raised an eyebrow at the statement that a cummerbund makes the wearer look like he's headed to the prom. That was followed by an admonition to lose the patent shoes and wear black bluchers instead (they don't actually specify bluchers but the illustration shows a pair). And we're told it's OK to substitute a black suit for a DJ altogether. Finally, they advise blucher-wearing guys everywhere that they should don a chesterfield overcoat with a black velvet collar. As if they're likely to have one of those hanging next to their black suits.
I doubt it was coincidental that less than a week after reading the piece two different readers emailed me asking where they could buy a chesterfield. Now I think every suit-wearing man should own a chesterfield but I fervently hope neither of them was planning to buy one to wear with a black suit and bluchers.