Sunday, May 1, 2011
"I dislike men whose socks are so short that when they cross their legs they expose flesh. I dislike men who do not wear white shirts at night." Alexis von Rosenberg, 3rd Baron de Redé
A full-time aesthete, the late Baron de Redé was undoubtedly harder to please than most of us but his two dislikes may be taken on faith. A man should not so much as own a pair short socks for other than athletic pursuits, and should limit himself to white shirts after six o'clock.
The white shirt of course is a carry-over from the black and white of evening dress and tells others that not only is the wearer a cultured man who pays homage to tradition, he is also an experienced dresser who understands that white makes a good frame for the face under artificial light.
The wearing of white after six is hardly difficult. Many lifestyles no longer allow time for a complete change of clothes before dinner, but every briefcase accommodates a change of shirt.
Wear a white shirt at night.