I get asked more often than weekly how many of this or that a man needs in his closet and there is no simple answer. As in most things budget generally forces a trade-off between quantity and quality. I take a layered approach to that which is, get the quality to a respectable level for the peer group, get the quantity required, and then usually strive to improve the quality further over time.
That is good advice, or so I think, and complementary to another belief which is that a man should have at least one single perfect ensemble for every one of life's occasions. Occasions to me are the events that end up in photo albums, to be taken out by the family and perhaps scanned by several generations. One's wedding is an occasion. Five days a week at the office are not. And occasions deserve a special approach.
Just a few items suffice for life's occasions, and for those a man should sacrifice to obtain the best. Depending on his lifestyle, they are likely to include his dinner jacket and accessories, a very good navy blue suit, an overcoat he can wear with the dj or the suit and one perfect odd jacket.
Wear these special things only for occasions, but if the occasion suits wear them over and over again. Always look great when it matters.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Photo: Henry Poole