Monday, March 06, 2006

# Posted 10:29 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

FOR THE WELL-DRESSED BLOGGER: Perhaps you've been in my situation. Once a student, you now have your first real job and have to wear a jacket and tie to the office every day. But when you go to buy clothing for work, you can't make heads or tails of the intricate jargon used to describe men's clothing.

What, pray tell, is the difference between a broadcloath, an Oxford and a poplin dress shirt? Why does it matter if the wool in your suit is worsted? And what difference does it make if your shirts and your suits describe themselves as '100s', '120s' or '140s'?

Well, here are some answers. Legendary tailor Alex Kabbaz describes the basics that go into the different kinds of dress shirt. Gary Walther explains the numbers on your suit. And there is all sorts of goodness to be found on this blog by Thomas Mahon, an authentic British tailor from Savile Row.
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I can live happily, knowing that I will probably never need this information.
Hmm, I wore suits on and off for 30 years and never needed to know that stuff either. My shopping acumen and curiosity was limited to asking the clerk what was on sale...
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