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Mom, can I borrow your blouse?

Mom, can I borrow your blouse?

I never thought I’d find a v-neck I hated, but a company I love  has shown me how easy it is to hate. Hoping to find a deep V-neck, I found this abomination against nature and science. Despite the plaque hanging in my office reading: “Student Recognition Award for Excellence in Home Economics 8th Grade: Phillip Kopczynski.” – (more…)


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Fat guys and old men took over newsboy hats once newsboys had to start wearing helmets while delivering the morning paper. 

Maybe it's okay if you rid a plane of its snakes.

Maybe it's okay if you rid a plane of snakes

That was in 1974 and now that we’re almost in the future many people have newsboy hats in the wardrobe – some people have a few. And why not? They are easy to maintain, are great for going out on Friday night or leisurely walking your dog while trying not to look creepy at the park on a Sunday afternoon.

However there are a few unspoken rules to the newboy hat.

Rule One: Many styles allow the bill to unbutton from the front material, causing it will poof upward which is okay as long as you are comfortable telling child after child that – no – you are not a train conductor.

Rule Two: And this is the important rule  – never wear it backwards. It gives a look that is unnaturally aerodynamic for cloth and bill. Please don’t do it.

I went to college with a great Canadian guy named Rob who wore a newsboy hat with a  Canadian leaf  embroidered in the center of the back part of the hat. If he wore the hat it was on backwards and that leaf would stare out at people like a third eye about to shoot a laser beam of hockey rage and maple syrup. Everyone loved Rob, “He’s such a nice guy.” But the hat was talked about in whispers like it was a rash on the back of his neck, “Does he know….?”

I ran into Rob at a wedding a couple years ago and when the conversation reached a pause I asked if he still wore his Canadian Kangol.  A longer pause followed and he said, “Yeah, sometimes. Why?”

“Do you still wear it backwards?” I asked while my wife who went to college with us decidedly walked away from the conversation. 

“Yeah why?” He asked again.

“Just wondering.”

 Last I heard, Rob was deported.

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They will survive the nuclear fallout.
They will survive the nuclear fallout.

Perhaps the white robe and lice infested beard Jesus walked around in are out of fashion today, but the pants he wore under that robe are still stylish as ever.

Part tool belt, part pants – carpenter pants are extremely versatile. They aren’t just for carpenters! Painters, plumbers, mechanics, and yes industrial business salesmen can all look good in these rugged gems. Dress them down with a bunch of spilled paint or don a polo and dress them up for business meeting with donuts and coffee served from Dixie cups.  Don’t forget to accessorize

Carhart really is the best carpenter pants designer and they have all sorts of  great colors and materials, but stay away from camo. Trust me.

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