"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Friday, October 11, 2013

Men In Tweed Jackets

 Sometimes when I'm walking down the street and I notice a schleppy guy, thirties or forties, kind of meandering along, I have a real strong urge to have a little talk with him.  It would go like this: "Sonny, pull up your pants, straighten your spine and get yourself a good tweed jacket.  You'll feel so much better!"
Do you ever think that if you were in charge that things, just generally, would be much, much better?

Well I would put every man in a good tweed jacket.  So handsome!  I mean, it seems like a no-brainer to me.  Wear it over anything and you will instantly look like... the man you want to look like.
MrBP wanted you to see a tweedy detail.
 Here we have Mr. BP modelling his new Harris Tweed Jacket from Brora (if you click to the link you can read my review).
He has worn this jacket non-stop since I gave it to him.  Not in the courtroom obviously but for other meetings, weekend walks, dinners out... it's so handsome on him and the colours are really flattering to his skin tone and hair colour (which is a dark brown turning handsome-ish silver).
I'm a fan of MrBP... and his jacket.  Who else is for putting all men in tweed jackets?
Have an excellent weekend Darlings,
xoxDani

31 comments:

  1. Well I know that things would be immensely better if you were in charge Dani! But yes, I think this as well. I hate seeing schleppy men in their mid-30's and up, unless they're doing yardwork, throwing the ball around with kiddos, running to the grocery. I was just talking to DH about this -- it's all part of the dumbing down going on, and it's overflowed onto wardrobe. So many people can't be bothered with anything remotely dressed up these days. My mom's friend just told us her daughter-in-law hosted Thanksgiving last year, and used paper plates! Good grief, let's all just throw in the towel, shall we? Er, sorry, end rant. :)

    As for a tweed jacket, it's a classic, and this one looks divine on MrBP. I've just ordered up a lovely sport coat for DH as a surprise.

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    1. Oooh handsome surprise! Can you get a model session from him?
      Paper plates, nooooo! We can see what's happening and we must stop it. Casual has gone way too far. M it's time we were both in charge!

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    2. Mr. BP looks absolutely dapper, Dani!

      Ladies, I'd like to suggest an alternative here. How absolutely WONDERFUL that an obviously stressed and overwhelmed woman would host her husband's family for Thanksgiving, especially when they clearly have some exacting standards.

      Perhaps MIL might encourage her son to pitch in with the dishes next time?

      ;)

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    3. Hi Amy! Ha I didn't even notice that it was a MIL complaining about that, I just saw paper plates... well that is a different story. Of course we don't know the story! Maybe MIL should be hosting!
      I'm hosting for my in-laws tomorrow and I'm running around like a fool today. I really wish we had Thanksgiving on the same weekend as the US!

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    4. Ha, well I suppose I didn't give the full story, as I try not to be judgmental of other moms! The MIL would looooove to host, but the DIL refuses to travel to their home. So the parents travel there and it's just them attending. So really, just two extra people at the table. And they stay in a hotel. So in this particular case, the paper plates are just lazy. Totally my oinion though! :)

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    5. M, hmmm that's a weird one! The thing about paper plates is that they don't work very well, as in they don't even hold food properly and they create garbage for our landfills which is ridiculous. Plates can be had very cheapie even at thrift shops etc, heck these days I see fine china at the goodwill. So the paper plates must be about something else. Families! The oddest stories come out of them! Phew and this story of this poor MIL makes me happy I have my son home for Thanksgiving all tucked in.

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  2. Be in charge! Teach me everything you know; send me your castoffs! I don't know whether I will, in fact, go on the academic job market; if I do, modeling Appropriate Attire for classes full of casual undergraduates will be (and has been) a significant motivation.

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    1. Philosophotarian, well you'll have your hands full! My older daughter has just started studying for her Classics degree, her favourite Prof is the one who wears a bowtie every Friday, yup Bowtie Fridays!

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  3. I love a man in a black velvet jacket, which is probably something very Parisian (even if my husband, the Parisian, doesn't have one. I should probably rectify the situation). In the summer we went to a very fancy restaurant and the guy who was sitting next to us had the most amazing velvet jacket. It was designer for sure (plus, he looked like he belonged to the fashion crowd) and to me it was the equivalent of a woman in a killer dress. Amazing what a jacket can do!

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    1. Ema, I know what you mean about black velvet jackets, but I couldn't convince my husband to try one. Instead, I got him a jacket in fine wale black corduroy, and it looks fantastic on him.

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    2. Black velvet, wow. This is reminding me that MrBP had a black cashmere jacket that he wore for years... we replaced the lining twice, then added elbow patches, it finally just collapsed last year. That was a very handsome jacket!

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    3. Louise, I remember that we went shopping for one in the past but I can't remember why in the end he never got one (probably because he liked a Gucci and well, it was a bit too expensive). My husband has the kind of coloring (he is very dark haired with hazelnut eyes) that would look fantastic in black velvet and he knows it. In any case I couldn't take my eyes off that guy in the Paris restaurant and at some point I think my husband even got a big jealous but it wasn't him, it was the jacket! It had the most beautiful trim along the lapels, it was mesmerizing. I wanted to take it off his shoulders and put it on my husband!

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  4. Lovely! With a professor as a father, I'm a huge fan of the tweed jacket:).

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    1. LPC well you may not know this but MrBP is also a Professor (in his spare time, he teaches at two Universities). He was initially posing for this photo with his finger in the air, making a point of course. Some people find it hard to stand still and quiet. ;)

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  5. Oh dani, I so agree with you! I am sick of seeing grown men dressed as children in sloppy sports utility wear! I love a tweed jacket, but due to our climate, J usually wears a navy single breasted cotton blazer, or linen in a lighter colour.
    He's eyeing up a tweed one for winter, with a double vent. I LOVE a double vent!
    Anyway, Mr BP looks very fine in his tweed and I wish you and I were in charge because things would just be so much better.

    And don't even get me started on girls wearing arse-revealing shorts on campus. Have they no shame?!

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    1. Ruth, yes full agreement, girls please hide your toosh! So unnecessary!

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  6. Mr. BP looks handsome as always! His 'brother' has a fondness to dress up and has a couple of tweeds as well which are very sharp! I don't think he has a Harris Tweed though - his issue is always the need for sleeve length - he is a 46L - and even most XL do not have long enough sleeves, so when we are ready, will have to check with Brora on that one!

    I believe that sloppiness in public is the devil's work on a man or woman! I may get into the odd get-up here at home when snuggling down on the couch, but I always dress to go out or even to work around the house! It may be jeans, but it s a neat look and always presentable.

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    1. WMM well ole Barry might have to have sleeves lengthened if he finds a Harris Tweed, it could probably be done without much trouble. The Devil's Work! You said it sister.

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    2. WMM - I am sitting on the sinners stool - I jig with the devil all too often!

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    3. Tabs - you are an inside jigger, as am I! I must send a picture of the best lounge stuff I saw today!

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  7. I love the depth of colour of the jacket! Thanks to Mr. BP for modelling the jacket!

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    1. Louise I will pass that on to him! MrBP has been quite smitten with the various shades in the tweed.

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  8. Hello handsome Mr BP! Beautiful jacket, that's exactly how I like men to dress.

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  9. That is an excellent tweed jacket! So many lovely colours going on and so suits the model as well! We have a number of tweeds going on under our roof and I've just converted my 15 year old twins to the cause (tweeds look "hobbit-y" they say--a very good thing).

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to everyone (use your good china)!

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  10. Dani, if you were in charge, we would ALL be well dressed. I'm in favor of you being in charge! It would be fun to have our clothing selected for us. It would keep you terribly busy though.

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  11. Really like the jacket and all the different shades .The both of you should leave the racals and run off to Langdon Hall and do a Brora post. I do believe we belong on the other side of the ocean with our love of tweed. I agree with everyone and I'd put you in charge. With what I see on the streets ....it be a never ending job.
    Happy thanksgiving Dani xo

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  12. Mr. BP looks so handsome! Watch out, Barry, new fan club alert. I think if you were in charge things would generally be better, Dani. I vote for it!

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  13. Very handsome jacket, thanks to Mr. BP for the modelling job. What a gorgeous tweed! I've just spent the weekend in airports, and I can verify there is an international tweed jacket shortage. Happy Thanksgiving day with your brood.

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  14. Mr. BP has done a wonderful job modelling Dani, and the colours in the jacket are beautiful. My husband has a tweed jacket in a herringbone design in brown. He has had it for over 25 years! I must admit he doesn't wear it so often these days, I'll have to get him to rectify that, this is the perfect season for it.

    I remember years ago, when we were living on an army base in England, one of the other Canadian wives held a baby shower for one of the English wives. We were in her dining room, with china cabinets full of her good china and crystal - and we used paper plates and cups! There were no kiddies around, just the ladies, but I guess she didn't feel it was a special enough occasion, what a shame.

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  15. Yes! Schleppy women can be improved by throwing on a jacket too. I have 3 jackets I use to spruce up anything - velvet, linen, wool. I recently added a tweed for more variety this winter.

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  16. Wow, I need to get one of these for my husband. Sounds like he and Mr BP have the same hair! It's just so attractive when a man is dressed well. Even a jacket makes a difference. I for one am sick of sloppy guys. I need to do a post about it. Here in Silicon Valley, men pride themselves on their slacker look..It's not pretty and no wonder they can't find girlfriends!

    Great post! xx

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