Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.
CP: Orange, they say, is big for fall. Yet I don’t see it filling your closet, or mine.
RN: I’ve exercised some rare self-discipline and have expunged it from my wardrobe. After all these years I’ve finally come to the realization that it’s no color for the Pasty Bald White Guy tribe.
CP: The rut I am in, fashionwise, is deep and abiding.
RN: Join the club. I was this close to buying a sort-of fall, sort-of winter coat the other day, only to realize that I already owned four near carbon copies of it. That’s no rut, that’s full-on canyon territory.
CP: The interest is there for me, but not the actual go-out-and-shop zeal. Should I blame myself, or have menswear designers failed to entice us with anything new and interesting?
RN: Don’t hit me, but perhaps our ages have something to do with it. We’re both on the wrong side of the coveted 25-49 demographic, meaning that we no longer reside within the orbit of most designers and retailers.
CP: Thanks for the reminder. It’s enough to make me give up and just go in for sports-logo-themed outfits from head to toe.
RN: If you do, and I see you in public, I’m going to pretend that you’re a stranger. Please don’t take it personally.