One failure of the Anglo-American mind is its tendency to conflate day drinking with unrestrained rakishness. We view the pre-five o’clock tippler as a cad straight from the set ofMad Men, clearing his afternoon schedule in the wake of a ruinous three-Martini lunch. Our sole exception is brunch, an overdone affair where far more orange juice is likely to be consumed than Champagne.Read More
Spring is here and that’s fine and dandy, but before long it is going to get hot. Hot enough that you don’t really feel like going outside unless it involves a pool. Hot enough that you can’t even consider drinking coffee that isn’t iced. Hot enough that even a pair of cotton chino pants is too much.
Forget what you’ve been told about “the boring grey suit.” Grey is one of the most versatile colors out there, and even slight variations in shade can suit it to entirely different moods and places. As we’ve mentioned, the grey zone for suits is quite diverse—but for the sake of simplicity, we’re going to break the ultra-wearable color into three main categories: light, mid-gray and charcoal.Read More
Not to be confused with Renaissance murals or outdoor dining, fresco fabric is a type of worsted wool with a tactile, slightly raised texture and a more open, breathable weave. The former quality makes it more visually interesting, and the latter makes it an excellent choice for spring and summer wearRead More
Valentino was on to something here. The Italian fashion designer poetically places his thumb on an English sensibility that deeply informs what we do at F.E. Castleberry. It’s evident in our anointment of a young David Hockney as a cardinal brand muse, our allegiance to a code of light formality (albeit slightly bent)—the better your dress, the worse you can behave—and our faithfulness to British cloth; especially our faithfulness to British cloth.
Printed shirts have been creeping into more closets over the last few years, and it’s not hard to see why. The vibrancy of a printed pattern is an easy way to kick-up otherwise simple warm-weather outfits. Add a short-sleeve floral printed shirt to a pair of khaki shorts, and you’re suddenly attracting a lot more attention than if you’d stuck with a solid blue oxford.Read More
Spring is a natural time to start adding color and pattern back into your wardrobe. No offense to gingham, but there are more ways to accomplish that goal.Read More
For most of history, sea monsters were indicative of where you shouldn’t be going. Dig up a medieval map, and look for those corners of the globe they hadn’t quite figured out yet. In place of South America or Taiwan you’ll see fearsome, cryptozoological swimmers that stand for one thing: “lost.”Read More
When you have a shirt custom made, everything from the collar type to the placket is yours to choose. But one customization that often goes overlooked is the choice of button color. It seems minor, until you realize that a different colored button can completely alter the look of a shirt and its perception as a more casual or formal garment.Read More
The formula for winter dressing seems simple: shirt + sweater + coat. But the quilted vest is a sort of wild card that exists somewhere between the three. It’s also one of the most versatile options for winter layering, and can be worn with everything from a casual flannel shirt to your sharpest suit.