Saturday, February 21, 2015

A GOOD YARN

I don’t own a lot of clothes, contrary to popular belief. Maybe once, but then I grew up and became a grown up.As a content inhabitant of a 550 square foot bungalow apartment, I’m a big believer in exercising restraint in a culture of gay men that celebrates unbridled overabundance. I come across many beautiful things I think I’d like to have, but under the comfortable constraints of my own design for living, “need” typically trumps “want.” But I do get myself a few wants from time to time. Besides men.Consequently, my wardrobe is a carefully considered edit of well-made and versatile classics, with a few trend pieces. My suits, jackets, shirts,jeans, ties, shoes, socks, skivvies… Everything I wear fits well within the confines of my wallet and humble atelier!!! Except maybe the sweaters shelves. I love me a sweater, right next to hoodies. Both of which I feel are more versatile than one thinks. I must have upwards of about 60 sweaters, a lot of which are cashmere. Yes, they can be pricy, but I find them thin enough to layer with, and they are quite warm. And with the weather were having now, yes another snow fall and cold 6 degree temps, they feel even better.I thought today would be the perfect time to have a good yarn......
 
 
I love me some turtle neck action. Warm, a great look and can to worn alone or with a jacket, or with jeans, cords, or a dress pant, often like when I go to work..
 
Patterns I also love. Sometimes when out for the night or drinks I throw on my sage colored jeans with this striped sweater, a floral pattern tie, and this navy dress shirt.
 
 
Another style I like is the baseball sweater. It helps us little guys to be a bit more "built" in appearance. These are two of those sweaters with the same sage jean.
 
On weekends, when out and about, casual lunch out with the boys for shopping, I will tie in my two favorite wardrobe pieces, a cashmere sweater and a hoodie...with a sport coat.
 
Way back in November, I wore this striped crew neck, with a nice denim look with jeans, a denim shirt and boots and my coveted versatile navy wool pea coat.
 
A casual around the house look with a merino wool sweaters with cords......
 
If you know me you'll know I love my wool cable stich sweaters....they look great with jeans, cords, denim coats and with hoodies.
 
But then there is the family gatherings, where I may dress  dress up/casual with a V-neck cashmere sweater, white dress shirt and grey wool pants. I can look conservative from time to time.
 
 
And let us not forget the lovely cardigan, which I have several of.
 
For a night out or work, I also love me some shawl collar action. They add just a bit of a little flair to the look. Here I wore it with a dress shirt and a tie loosely tied.
 
Don't forget about the ever faithful scarf. Whether indoors or out, a nice wool, cashmere,  or cotton scarf can add to a nice winter look when it comes to layering, and to help beat the elements. There is looking like you care about your clothes, and there is looking like clothes are all you care about. I’d rather be the former. And the key to a smart closet seems to be an exercise in restraint, taste and editing, inter mixing items to get more looks, regardless of spending power. Maybe in another post we'll discuss what your socks say about you!!!

 
Thanks to the Lad and Preston for helping with pictures!!!!

60 comments:

  1. Well, those are some great looks from a wonderful wardrobe. Or is it just the model that makes everything snap?

    Whichever, my favourite is the sweater-hoodie-sport coat look!

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    1. Thank you cutie. I tend to like sport coat myself and can be very versatile in a wardrobe.

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  2. there are no undie pix here...quelle dommage! :(

    stay warm, darling; a few G&Ts should help.

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    1. undie pics.........christ, we'd be here for a month viewing those.

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    2. that's ok...pour me a G&T and BRING IT ON!

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    3. I am waiting for a knitted pair...............

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  3. I can sew why your so good at your job!!!! Some great ideas you gave, love the twist on some things here. And can you wear jeans!!!!!! I really like the ones with the ties.

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    1. Ties are another of my loves, but they aren't a must with my job, so I always like to add them when I can to a outfit.

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  4. Another great clothing post! Your style is so close to my son. I too have a love of cashmere sweaters and turtle necks. Your opening paragraph I really enjoyed and couldn't be more true with men or women. I find a closet that is edited carefully with classics to be very smart. You mix things up so well, you handsome thing you.

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    1. I agree. When I had to much, some things never saw the light of day. Everything in my closet now see light at least once a year

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  5. Well....look at Mr.Handsome!!! You'd think a drag queen would dress good for a guy too, but I'm awful. So much of my energy goes into drag, when I'm out of it, I so need help. I plan on using this as a handy guide.

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  6. I used to have quite a few sweaters in my wardrobe. Still, I always found myself every morning reaching for either of my two favorites – one navy- or one grey vneck sweater. I love these posts, you should do more. I'm in love with the navy? pinstripe jacket. Who was the resource?

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    1. Thanks Dez!!!! I take that as a compliment from you. The jacket is navy and is from Banana Republic. From almost 9 years ago!!!! I love their sport coats.....one of the only shops, the other Theory, from which I can find a 38s.

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  7. Great taste and style, but didn't expect less. Sock post????? No no, we want underwear next!!!!!!!

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    1. And why do I get the feeling you want yo be the sockist/fluffer?

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  8. "Us little guys"? There's nothing "little" in those jeans, honey! Jx

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    1. Since someone brought it up, I wonder where he stands on the position of it!!!!

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    2. and there is no hiding what time it is in those corduroys. Good god.

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    3. I'll need help with the zipper later.

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    4. Jon and Anita "Its big, its beautiful and your gonna love it!"

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    5. Its a cock like that, that sells denim!!!!!!!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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  9. Looking Great!
    I was always a sweater & jeans man especially when I was younger and thinner!!

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  10. You might need every single one of those sweaters this week.
    We, on the other hand, did yard work today!! w.t.heck!

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  11. What some great advice and pictures to show and tell!!! All excellent advice. That said, I’ve just always been more partial to a good hoodie over a sweater… but you may have flipped that. And I find it’s just as versatile in all the same situations. Just my personal preference. I love the plaid shirt with cords who is the line by? I love plaid and is there zippers on the chest?

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    1. Thanks Jacoby! That shirt is daily new from Hudson. Yes there are zippers on the chest, very comfy for the house. The cord Adriano Goldschmied

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  12. And you wonder why we consult you on what to wear when and how. You make it looks easy.

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  13. Great post Mistress, and I totally agree. A sweaters the bomb. You can do so many things with them (as your photos so aptly prove). Cashmere is useful too in many situations, but it tends to be more somber and, well, older, at least till I saw your uses and just looks as good with jeans, which I may add you have great taste in also.

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  14. Well Mistress, if those sweaters don't keep you warm, there's always the houseboys. And they make less lint.

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    1. but they DO tend to leave nasty stains about the casa! ;-b

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    2. Get the lint rollers and wet wipes ready.

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  15. Mistress, what great taste and talent with mixing things up. You even make turtlenecks look good. I also think I want one now. I have been living in sweaters lately with the weather we been getting. Nice post and always nice seeing you.

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  16. STOP! Fashion overload! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your true style my friend.

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    1. Thank you Mac, I always think of you when doing these post.

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  17. Dapper and sexy!!!!! But screw the socks...we want underwear next!!!!!! Love that pea coat also.

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    1. That's hard to do when you don't wear them all the time.

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  18. You’ve truly changed my perception on the sweater dilemma I’ve always had. My question, though, is that of your pea coat in one still. What brand/model is it? I think the jacket composition is perfect with the outfit. And love the jeans with the sport coat hoodie. Designer? As always a great post.

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  19. Hell, if I knew here was going to be a fashion show with cute boy, I'd brought my mini bar.

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  20. Such a peacock. You can work some looks. Being in the same profession I have access to some of the best clothing at steeply discounted prices. How do you restrain yourself? I have a double closet and an attic full of stuff. I never weed or edit. I keep everything. People ask me if I keep things because I think they will come back in style. I say no because things haven't really gone out of style since 1993 except for pleats and raw silk shirts which I never wore anyway. I haven't worn the same ensemble twice in years just mix it up many ways. One day I will win the lottery and I will never wear the same thing twice. Take it off and toss it into the incinerator.

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    1. Well I usually get retrained by belts and ropes tied to the four poster, oh, you meant spending!?!? Silly me. Sometime I do have good restraints, but the wallet wins sometimes. I do have some things I don't wear, but keep them for the very reason you mention, or I mix them in with current items. Pleats????? Not a good look on me. And I love me a good vintage or thrift shop too!!!!

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  21. Some great style and combinations here. Good staples that will always be in style. I can't help but notice a major cable "stich" there in those cords with the crรจme cable sweater. Do you need any assistance there??

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  22. I have learned to embrace the hoodie. I only have five at the moment, but two of them are textures like cardigan sweaters. I love them!

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  23. Boy, you do look good in various styles. I never cared for turtlenecks or cable stich sweaters, but you make them even look good. I weakness in the closet is coats and jackets. And we only have a short time to wear either, and I have to many to possibly pit in use.

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  24. Damn! Who needs porn when I have you in your sweaters & jeans! Can't wait for the Socks!!

    Love Ya!!

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    1. I moss you so much!!!!!! And you are too kind my friend!

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  25. I too love these post! You should do more post like this really enjoyed the stills and found it helpful. Fashion, drag, interior design damn your good.

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  26. What a great post, made me all warm for the evening.

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  27. Looking good Mistress. I adore sweaters myself and have way too many. I'm just glad I got to wear some this winter. And I love a guy in a turtleneck.

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  28. A fashionable post yet again, and in picture 9, were you telling us the picture was taken at 5:00?

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    1. No, I think the hand was just wound to tight.

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  29. I have a whole outfit picked out just for tomorrow inspired from this post. And next time, if you need a fluffer to help with the spread feel free to call.

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  30. What a handsome post all the way around.

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  31. What a great post as always! You look fabulous! I don't think there's really anything out there you wouldn't look good in. Anytime you want you can help my closet. It always needs it...LOL. :)

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    1. Anytime dear!!!!! And thanks you for your kind words!

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    1. I miss you too Auntie Flame! I'd pinch those cheeks if you were here. With all the blogger mess, I don't know what I'll do yet, but I do know it won't be Facebook unfortunately, just can't do it. But I do miss you!!!!!!

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  33. So glad you all enjoy the post for various reasons!!!!! Thanks you all for you kind words and comments as always!!! Xoxoxo

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