Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jacket Combinations

I bought a new Samuelsohn odd jacket today.  While considering the purchase I experimented with some different shirt and tie combinations.  I thought it would be interesting to show how you can pair a classic jacket with basic gray trousers and then produce a variety of different looks by merely changing the shirt and tie.  I like some of the combinations better than others, but I think the photographs illustrate the point.

Monday, May 23, 2011

J. Crew

This wrinkled, sloppy look at J. Crew includes khaki pants, plaid shirt, blue cardigan and a messenger bag.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


White cotton pants, black braided belt and blue & white windowpane polo.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Snazzy Kid

This is a cute look for the well-dressed child in your life.  Narrow blue and white pinstripe dress shirt, black tie with white skull and crossbones, and a gray cardigan.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another Outfit from Ralph Lauren

Here is another mannequin from Ralph Lauren.  The mannequin is dressed in plaid shorts, a blue contrast-collar dress shirt, navy tie and tan cardigan sweater.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Linen Suit

This mannequin, from a local Belk department store, is dressed in a natural-colored linen suit, a turquoise-blue dress shirt and pink striped bow tie.  It's a very Southern Preppy outfit.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Casual Outfit

I found this mannequin in a local Belk department store.  The mannequin is dressed in a pink-check slim-fit non-iron shirt from Ralph Lauren.  I liked the fit so much I bought six in a variety of colors and patterns.  The outfit also includes a tan linen jacket, dark blue jeans, a dark brown belt, aviator-style sunglasses and a Fossil messenger bag.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ralph Lauren Outfits

These are mannequins from a Ralph Lauren outlet store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The outfit up front includes a coral-colored silk sweater over a blue and white striped shirt and madras tie.  The pants are white with a red, white and blue ribbon belt.  The mannequin in back sports madras pants, a white shirt and blue blazer.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Reader Question

Why did you quit writing?

I didn't.

Okay, I've been pretty slack lately about putting up any posts here at ASG.  Most of my creative energy has been focused into my weekly column at Men's Flair.  It has been suggested that I publish those same articles here at ASG (as I have done with a handful of those articles in the past).  I'll probably get around to that at some point.  Nevertheless, I've decided to do better about posting unique content here at ASG.  Lately I've been snapping photographs of interesting outfits on store mannequins.  I find that they provide good sartorial inspiration.  So, at the least, I plan to occasionally post those pictures.  In the meantime, please follow my column at Men's Flair.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mister Crew

I discovered a quite interesting blog yesterday called Mister Crew.  It is advertised as "a collection of things on men's clothing and culture."

I think one of the most useful aspects of the blog are scans from Japanese style magazines, notably Men's Ex.  Although the pages are in Japanese, the photographs and illustrations are very informative.  The images remind me of the old Esquire illustrations that showed you how to combine jackets, pants, shirts, ties and other accessories into a cohesive outfit.  One memorable scanned page from Men's Ex on the Mister Crew blog shows six different outfits, from casual to business attire, built off of one navy blazer.

Anyway, the Mister Crew blog provides a lot of useful information; it will be added to my favorites.