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Elegant Burton Suit

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Town and Country Suit by Burton of Leeds

Read the measurements carefully for this elegant man's wool suit, vintage 1960s

Tweed Trench-Coat

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Please read the measurements carefully. This elegant, double-breasted British tweed trench-coat is a treasure for the elegant man. You definitely ought to forgo the bottom-feeders' two-inch fly pants while wearing this classic piece of menswear from Great Britain.


Lovely Lingerie

Posted on November 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Bali Skimp-Skamp

Here is a proper pair of ladies' underwear that clings to the waist for smooth lines and a pulled-together feeling: Bali Brief # 2633

©M-J de Mesterton, Elegant Survival 2011



Posted on November 7, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Something Else

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Looking at two men's style magazines this fall, I was appalled at the sloppy interpretations of traditional clothing. Here's one: "waistcoats" or vests that are way too long. A waistcoat is just that, and no amount of fanciful tinkering with length, just to be edgy or to conceal low-slung trousers is going to change the fact. The incorrectly-extended garment needs to be called something else:


And, speaking of low-slung trousers, men are still buying whatever the clothing industry produces, even if their legs are visually miniaturised in the process. Now, to go along with their plumber's-crack specials,  guys are wearing ties that go down to their crotches, as well as clownishly long vests over billowing shirts (additional consequences of mindlessly following fashion).  The clothing culture has become so twisted that people of both genders are confusing "high-waisted" with waist-high--which is the level at which anyone with good taste wears his or her trousers and skirts.

 ©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Ladies' Long Woollen Socks

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Why wear socks that only go halfway up your legs? They are neither elegant nor warm. Three seasons of the year, I wear knee-length or long-socks made of wool--here is my source, Woods of Shropshire. In summer, I wear knee socks knitted from cotton, even on the tennis court. Like waist-high skirts and trousers, they make your legs appear long--a classic, elegant look which has always been desirable. 

©M-J de Mesterton

Town & Country Tweed Suit

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 7:55 PM
Offered by our sterling friend Peter in Herefordshire, this town and country style tweed suit is elegant and slimming.

Elegant Tweed

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Please visit http://www.tweed-jacket.com for elegant tweed clothing, made-to-measure in England.

Photo Courtesy of M-J de Mesterton

Bermuda Dress-Code

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton ©2001

Ladies' Aquascutum Jacket

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 8:45 AM


http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/WOMENS-AQUASCUTUM-BLACK-VELVET-COLLAR-TWEED-JACKET-12-/290567832163?pt=UK_Women_s_Coats_Jackets&hash=item43a7314263#ht_2566wt_905 Please read the measurements very carefully to ensure a proper fit. This is a magnificent ladies' double-breasted tweed houndstooth jacket with an elegant black velvet collar. Made by Aquascutum of England.

Rational Sizing for American Women's Clothing

Posted on August 4, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Remember normal-sized clothing for women, before the fashion industry started distorting sizing in order to flatter the anorexia cult? Standard sizing no longer exists, as a dress with a 36-inch bust is now labelled as anything between size 4 and size 14, depending upon whom the maker is targeting. And today's "size 12", whatever that represents, is now often being labelled "plus" for the purpose of  charging more for a normal size.  Recent research results show that the average American woman weighs 164 pounds, and, in a rational sizing system, would wear a size 12. Some of the styles offered by the U.S.' top elite department store, Manhattan's Bergdorf Goodman, in 1948 started at size 12, and went up to size 20. Originally, "plus sizes" were anything above size twenty. In 1948, this black silk dress was offered at Bergdorf Goodman in sizes 10--20. If a woman wanted something smaller, she had to shop in the children's section.

When shopping for clothing in autumn 2011, pay no attention to sizing numbers, which are misleading and no longer standard; instead, follow the bust, waist and hip measurements. 

©M-J de Mesterton

How to Dress on Safari

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 8:52 AM
Elegant Dressing on Safari
The classic safari dress, by Burberrys
Elegant Survival on Safari
Elegant Survival tip: the more of your skin that is covered by clothing, the safer you are from the elements, sun and insects in particular. Even in the U.S., insects can cause deadly diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and West Nile virus. People assume that hot weather requires a baring of skin, which is a fallacy. Natural fibres have a wicking action to keep your skin dry of perspiration, thus keeping you cool. And, everyone but the unenlightened knows now that getting sunburnt/tanned on purpose isn't cool! Smart people wear long sleeves and trousers, long socks, boots and skirts. Do all you can to protect against malaria and other insect-borne diseases. Desert-dwellers cover as much skin as possible, and for good reason. So, whether you're in the high desert, the heavily-wooded forest, or in the savannahs of Africa, my elegant survival rule of covering yourself from head-to-toe with luxurious fabrics is infinitely relevant.

©M-J de Mesterton Sources for Traditional Safari Clothing Hunting World: New Old Stock Cabela's Tag Safari Eddie Bauer House of Fraser Linen Safari Dress

Cabela’s safari vest is such a useful garment, figure-flattering and versatile to the point that you will find ways to dress it up for wear in town: hats, long-sleeved tees, cashmere turtlenecks, shirts with collar and cuffs, corduroy trousers, silk scarves knotted at the neck, wool neckties, foulards–the possibilities are endless. Or, just throw it on for quick trips outdoors, because it has your flashlight or torch in one of its many pockets already, together with other small survival tools that you have hidden there. Cabela’s safari vest is fashioned with a focus on fine form and function, perfect for stylish men. Grab it and go, with the rugged glamour that a classic piece of clothing gives a guy!
Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2010
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

The Tie Bar for Elegant Neck-Wear

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 10:23 AM

M-J de Mesterton Recommends THE TIE BAR.   The Tie Bar--for a Few Dollars, an Elegant Man Can Own a Stack of High-Quality Silk Neck-ties