THINGS EVERY FASHIONABLE MAN SHOULD KNOW

Excerpted from The New York Times’ Fashions of the Times 1991, and still as relevent today.  For the “Things Every Man Should Have,” click here.  Written by favorite fashion writer Hal Rubenstein

  • How to write a thank-you note
  • Phone number of a good tailor
  • Name of a reweaver
  • That nothing will make you feel better before you get off a plane than putting on a fresh pair of socks
  • How to tie a full Windsor knot
  • One clean joke
  • The difference between worsted, Shetland and lamb’s wool
  • How to give a compliment
  • How to take a compliment
  • The phone number of two wonderful restaurants, on demand
  • That you do not put salt on a margarita glass
  • One card trick
  • The colors you can’t wear, and the suits you can
  • The Zen of washing dishes
  • That if you don’t wear something for two seasons, you give it to charity
  • One poem by heart
  • How to cook at least one good meal
  • The European equivalents of your sizes
  • Your mate’s important sizes
  • That you are supposed to go through a revolving door before she does
  • The way to find the North Star
  • The names of a dozen flowers and a florist who’ll deliver them
  • That you never read a newspaper or eat anything while wearing suede
  • That the only woman who will love you unconditionally is your mother
  • How to make friends with a 3-year old
  • Where you vote
  • When it’s your little brain talking, not your big one
  • That snapping your fingers for a waiter in a restaurant is only slightly more attractive than chewing with your mouth open
  • That a workout does not matter if you haven’t done abdominals
  • The shape of your face
  • That you put neither cinnamon nor chocolate atop a cappuccino
  • That when a woman says no, she means no
  • Never show up to someone’s house empty-handed
  • When to leave
  • That saying “I don’t know” is not as unattractive as you think
  • That your father understands you better than you think
  • That good taste is not nearly as much fun as style

How to tie a Double or "full" Windsor knot is something every man should know how to do.

Richard@TheBPlot.com

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