Tuxedo Talk

It should come as no surprise that we have always appreciated a borrowed-from-the-boys approach to dressing—slouchy boy jeans, perfectly oversized men’s button-down shirts and, of course, the impeccably tailored, impossibly elegant look that is tuxedo dressing.

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Our new Silk Tux Shirt, with its razor-thin pleats and drapey silhouette, will pair perfectly with all manner of fancified nighttime-wear. We like it best with cool camo-print skinnies or those go-to, beat-up denim cutoffs. (Also, it looks even better with a few buttons left undone.)

The tuxedo, the ultimate symbol of polish, has itself quite the storied history. Here, three tuxedo-related facts you may not have known.

The tuxedo got its name from a New York town.

Specifically, Tuxedo Park. Though various theories about the oh-so-dapper dining suit’s origin have circulated, the most accepted one goes something like this: In 1886, Tuxedo Park local James Brown Potter was set to meet the Prince of Wales, so he asked Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co. for advice on what the most fitting attire would be and was told the prince had taken to wearing a shorter dinner jacket. So that’s what Potter wore and, when he brought the style back across the pond, it was quickly adopted by high society and dubbed “the tuxedo.”

It took almost a century for a women’s version to come about.

And credit for that goes to the legendary Yves Saint Laurent. In 1966, at the height of the women’s movement, the iconic couturier designed Le Smoking, a slimmer-cut, sharp-lined tuxedo for his women’s collection. At that time, it was the ultimate in-your-face styling choice for the liberated woman. Famously captured by Helmut Newton in that classic 1975 photo for French Vogue, and favored over the years by the likes of Bianca Jagger, Catherine Deneuve and Madonna, it is a landmark in fashion history.

There is nothing more Bond-esque than the tuxedo.

So synonymous with the character of James Bond is the tuxedo that when actor Pierce Brosnan agreed to play the role, he had to sign a contract saying he would not appear in any other films during or between Bond gigs wearing one.

Flannel Shirt–Required Fall Getaways

Whether your goal is leaf-peeping, antique-browsing or straight-up R&R, there is a fall getaway destination with your name on it. And just as summer trips have their required packing list (bathing suit, cutoffs and not much else), so too do their autumnal counterparts.

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The number one item in our weekend bags this season? The Flannel Tomboy Workshirt, a ridiculously cozy, oversized button-down, is basically made for any and all fall travel itineraries. Here, three destinations (complete with picks for where to stay, eat and have fun) we can’t wait to enjoy.

PORTLAND, MAINE

Stay: In one of the plush, colorful rooms at Pomegranate Inn.

Eat: Make a meal of locally caught bivalves at Eventide Oyster Co. and try the whoopie pies at Two Fat Cats Bakery. When you’re not actually eating, read about it; the selection at Rabelais Books is entirely food-focused.

Do: Take a short ferry ride to nearby Peaks Island where you can bike the scenic four-mile loop, then meander the streets of Old Port and catch a show or film at Space Gallery.

HUDSON, NEW YORK

Stay: At the centrally located Union Street Guesthouse or, if you’re traveling with friends, splurge on Ten Broeck Cottage, a sprawling and stunning modernist house with acres of apple trees.

Eat: Revered New York City chef Zak Pelaccio recently pointed his compass due north to open Fish & Game, which boasts a menu highlighting locally sourced ingredients.

Do: Troll the myriad antique stores lining Warren Street and visit two very different estates: Olana, the one-time home of artist Frederic Erwin Church, and Hyde Park, the former residence of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

Stay: In one of 16 ocean-view yurts at Treebones Resort or one of the cozy modern-rustic rooms at Glen Oaks Big Sur. (Bonus: The Big Sur cabin has twin outdoor soaking tubs and a fire pit surrounded by the majestic redwoods.)

Eat: You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner at Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant, where the wood-fire oven figures big in a variety of dishes including a slew of pizzas (a morning variety is topped with bacon and eggs).

Do: Hike one of the many scenic trails at Point Lobos State Reserve, meditate and take a dip in the hot springs at Zen retreat Tassajara, then pay homage to one of literature’s greats with a visit to the Henry Miller Memorial Library.