What I am wearing today (29 February 2012)

Today I am wearing a linen suit, a cotton purple/white gingham shirt, a silk striped tie in black/green/yellow stripe, a purple silk pocket square, and spectator (AKA correspondent) shoes. Today I am also wearing another vintage watch named “Camy.” When we were growing up in the 60’s, Camy was a popular watch brand. Though I don’t exactly remember which was my very first watch, yet I am certain that it was either a Camy or a “West End” brand. Today’s watch is from 1968. Today, however, there is no watch brand called Camy as the company went extinct after the quartz onslaught.

In the above photograph you can clearly see the texture of the linen suit in detail. Speaking of texture, this is something you can use to your advantage in configuring an ensemble. For example, while using a monochromatic theme, you can use different textures to add depth to your ensemble.

The above photo shows the watch in detail. I don’t find this watch particularly attractive as I don’t find the retro look pleasing to the eye. Maybe my liking for minimalist designs makes me dislike this large multifunctional timekeeper.

Details of the spectator shoes.

What I am wearing today (28 February 2012)

Today’s suit is light blue. The shirt is blue/lemon/white stripes. The tie is a red with patterns in it. Today I am also wearing light brown cap-toed oxford shoes along with my second “Anglo-Swiss Watch Co.”  watch. I also decided to wear a white pocket square today.

The color of the suit and shirt is clearly visible below.

Below is the wrist watch I am wearing today. It’s a watch from 1940.

Details of the tie.



What I am wearing today (27 February 2012)

Slowly the pleasant days of winter is melting into the hot and humid summer. I thought it was time to dust and steam my linen suits and get ready for summer. Today I was wearing this linen suit with a gingham linen shirt. As it’s always wise to pair a solid tie with a gingham shirt, I chose this dark blue silk knit tie and a blue pocket square. The suit looks white but it’s actually a black pinstripe over tan/white background. Today I am wearing a simple black Skagen dress watch.

Details of suit, shirt, and wrist watch clearly visible below:

today’s shoe is a black double monk, as shown below:

Notice the black socks. Today I did not match the color of the socks with the color of the trousers. Why? Be3cause one never wears a white socks–white socks are only for sports. Don’t ever wear white socks with suits, even if the suit is white. If you wear a white suit, the socks color should match the color of your shoe.

What to wear for different male body types

 Basically, there are three body types: Endomorph, Mesomorph, and Ectomorph, as shown below:

 What type of clothing suits you depend on your body type.


  An ectomorph is typically skinny with small joints and lean muscle.What to wear for Ectomorphs:

If you are an ectomorph, you are thin and tall, and your problem is that you look thin and therefore whatever you wear should make you look a little bit more bulky than what you really are. You should also avoid any clothing that makes you look even thinner.

  • Don’t wear jackets with thin lapels. Your Jackets should have a fuller lapel. The side pockets of the jacket should have flaps and may also add a ticket pocket. The shoulders should be padded that makes the shoulder look substantial. It will give the illusion of broader shoulders and a fuller chest and back.
  • Avoid too narrow dress pants. Go with regular width dress pants. Pants should be pleated and cuffed to add volume to your body. Wear belts.
  • Wear horizontal stripes. Avoid vertical stripes that make you look taller and thinner.
  • Wear French cuffs shirts to add interest and bulk.
  • Avoid heavy shoes. They’ll make your legs look even thinner.
  • Wear medium width neckties.
  • Wear a pocket square
  • Pants do not have to break over the shoe instep for a tall man, or be tapered or as
    high in the rise as with the shorter man, but rather should be cut fuller in the leg.


  A mesomorph is a person with a large bone structure, large muscles and looks athletic.Mesomorphs may be tall or of medium height. Mesomorphs have shoulders wider than their hips and/or they may have a small waist.

What to Wear for Mesomorphs:

  • Wear straight cut or wider leg pants (or boot cut jeans)
  • Wear shirts and jackets that are wider at the shoulders but hug your waist
  • Wear pinstriped suits and trousers
  • Dark colors and tones are advisable.
  • Hip or mid-thigh length jackets are good.
  • Patterns should be small and muted.
  • Avoid baggy clothing


  An endomorph has a solid and generally soft body. Gaining weight is easy and losing weight is hard. Most weight gained is fat.Endomorphs have hips and shoulders and there is very little or no indentation at the waist.

What to wear for Endomorphs:

  • Do not wear skin tight clothing
  • De-emphasize the top-heavy figure by wearing simple, uncluttered styling for shirts and jackets.
  • Wear items that are tailored to your body shape, but not tight or overly loose.
  • Wear jackets with shoulder pads to create long lean lines.
  • Wear vertical lines, and avoid horizontal patterns
  • Single color or tones of a single-color family are good.
  • Wear medium solid prints rather than large, splashy prints
  • Don’t wear contrasting bold colors
  • Avoid front-pleated trousers.
  • Pants should be trim, but not binding. The legs should taper slightly. If the fabric
    around the thigh measures 30″, the knee would be about 26″ and the bottom, 20″.
    There should be no pocket flaps, heavy belts or ornate buckles.
  • A double-breasted jacket, surprisingly enough, can be fitted on a heavier man,
    with style. This type of jacket has an asymmetrical line that distracts the eye away from the center of the torso.

What is the meaning of tall, medium, and short for Bangladeshi men?

What type of style you adopt or can adopt depends to a large extent on your height. An ensemble suitable for a tall person may not be suitable for a short person. Therefore, it’s important to come to a common definition for what we mean by tall, medium, and short for Bangladeshi men.

Since, the average height of Bangladeshi male is 5 feet 6 inches; we may define short, medium, and tall as follows:

Short:                    below 5 feet 4 inches

Medium:             between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 9 inches

Tall:                        Above 5 feet 9 inches

The next question is, are you overweight?

Decide for yourself from the Body Mass Index (BMI) chart below:

The x-axis shows weight; on the botton is weight in kilograms and on the top is weight in pounds. The y-axis shows height; on the left in meters and on the right as feet and inches.

For example, if your weight is 150 pounds (or 70 kilograms) and your height is 5 feet 7 inches (or 1.7 meters), the above chart shows you fall in the yellow area or the normal range of BMI. In other words you are not overweight.

Similarly, if your weight is 100 kilograms and your height is 5 feet 7 inches, you fall in the red zone of the chart, which means you are overweight.

A pictorial essay on pattern mixing

How do you mix two, three, and four patterns? Which patterns look good together? Which patterns clash?

Consider the two images below:


The image on the left shows three patters, all of which are stripes. Also, notice that the scales of the stripes are also quite close. The mixture of the three similar patterns (stripes) has resulted in disharmony.  It’s too busy and our brain perceives this combination as clumsy.

Now, consider the image on the right. In this picture, a striped jacket is paired with a shirt with micro-check. They don’t clash because the scales are different. The third pattern, the tie with dots is not only a completely different type of pattern but also the scale is dissimilar to the other two. The result is a harmonious combination of three patterns.

Therefore, the first rule of pattern mixing is scale. Do not mix patterns of the same scale. In other words, mix patterns of varying scales.

Next, consider the following two images:


The image on the left shows all three items of clothing, jacket, shirt, and tie as checks. Also, the scales of the three items are very close. The result has been a jumbled image and it’s not looking particularly attractive, This is what is called “pattern clash.”

Now, consider the image on the right, the same jacket as the first image is here paired with a shirt with micro-checks. As the scales are very different, they do not clash. Next, a solid colored tie completes the ensemble quite nicely.

One may ask after considering the second image, “is it not possible to add a check necktie instead of a solid tie?” Yes, possible but use caution. Mixing three checks is probably the most difficult undertaking and it can be done with practice.

The photograph below shows my attempt to mix four patterns; three checks, suit, shirt, and pocket square; and one stripe (tie). I also use color to my advantage so that the patterns do not clash.

Given below is another example of mixing four patterns. The suit is glen plaid check, the shirt is a micro-check, the tie is print pattern, and the pocket square is also check.

As shown in the above example, bold check suit, micro check shirt (not visible in the photo), small dots on tie, patterned pocket square. From a distance, the tie and shirt appear solid. The checks on shirt and tie are only visible from up close.

The above is another glen plaid suit. The shirt is graph check, the tie is patterned (not check) and the pocket square is of medium check.


Consider the two examples presented above. The first, on the left, is a sold colored suit, a micro-check (candy check) shirt and a solid tie (looks like silk knit, which provides additional texture). The patterns do not clash.

Now consider the example on the right. A light colored herringbone patterned jacket worn with a darker shirt with micro-check. The tie is of dark color with dots (polka dots). Here also the patterns do not clash.

Now let’s consider the following two:


The jacket on the left is of bold hounds-tooth design. The shirt is a micro-check (graph-check). The jacket and shirt, though both are checks, do not clash because of the variations in both pattern and scale.

In the second example, an upward slanting check jacket is worn with a darker single-color shirt—they don’t clash. The tie is also an upward slanting check but of higher scale and therefore, they do not clash.

Below is another example of mixing four patterns: Light blue pinstripe suit, blue/white Bengal stripe shirt, multicolored/patterned necktie, and patterned pocket square.

The above is another good example of successfully mixing four patterns.

In the above example, three patterns; suit, tie, and pocket square. The shirt is of solid color.

Therefore, we can summarize that successful pattern mixing requires varying type and scale of patterns. Also try to utilize the fabrics texture to your advantage, such as, mixing smooth with rough fabric, etc.

What I am wearing today (23 February 2012)

A dark blue suit with very light red pinstripe, a shirt with red graph-check over pink background, a maroon necktie with white “fleur-de-lis” motifs, a reddish check pocket square, and a reddish brown oxford brogue. Also, today I am wearing my second (and last) Favre-Leuba Sea King, 1970 model, the same year I had appeared for my SSC examinations.


What I am wearing today (22 February 2012)

Today I am wearing a black 2-button suit, a white shirt, a yellow tie with black polka dots. and a white cotton pocket square. Originally, I wanted to wear the same suit and tie combination with a medium blue shirt. I changed to the white shirt when I was informed that this evening I will be attending a contract signing ceremony with a customer. The signing ceremony concludes with a dinner. The white shirt is to make the ensemble more formal for the evening function. I would always recommend a dark suit for anything after dusk.

Today I am also wearing a simple black cap-toed oxford, as shown below:

Even though the Swiss had invented the quart movement watches, their success in the manufacturing of mechanical watches rendered them blind to the possibilities of quart movement watches. The Japanese quickly adopted the quart movement and unleashed an attack on Swiss mechanical watches by flooding the market with cheap quart watches. This happened in the early 70’s. The Swiss watch making industry was caught completely unaware and as a result many excellent Swiss watchmakers went bankrupt. Today I am wearing a wrist watch that became a victim of the Japanese onslaught.

Today I am wearing a mechanical winding Favre Leuba Sea King. It’s a very simple but elegant watch manufactured around 1960.

Today I am also wearing a belt instead of the more frequent suspenders/braces.