“In the country for dinner parties with neighbors, and especially in his own home, a man may wear a velvet smoking jacket, usually navy blue, burgundy or dark green, with a black bow tie, dinner jacket trousers and evening slippers. While this dress is acceptable for the host, it would not be right for a guest to wear this for an event with the dress code black tie actually stated on an invitation, which effectively means a dinner jacket.” – Debrett’s Handbook
You can tell a lot about a man by the way he wears a hat. Everything from how comfortable he feels in a hat to how experienced he is at wearing different types of hats. A man can use a hat to give others insight into his current mood. A hat pulled down low on the forehead gives off a signal that a man either has something to hide or ain’t up for no tomfoolery that day;
“You can’t handle the truth!”
Right up there with “Hasta la vista, baby,” that has to be one of the most memorable movie lines from the 1990s. Even if you never saw the movie A Few Good Men, I’d be willing to bet most people know which actor said it. I’ve always found humanity’s relationship with the truth a fascinating one.
“No trouble losing when you got a good excuse. And winning! That can be heavy on your back, too – like a monkey. You drop that load too when you got an excuse. All you gotta do is learn to feel sorry for yourself. It’s one of the best indoor sports – feeling sorry for yourself. A sport enjoyed by all, especially the born losers.” – Bert Gordon
That exclamation is one forever associated with getting dressed in my mind, and if you ever heard it belted out by Paul Harvey on the radio, you know exactly what that little piece of Americana sounded like. It was the typical start to the late radio commentator’s news and comment section on a morning broadcast that aired somewhere between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. – the dressing time.