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Clothes Made The Man

A stylish friend asks “when did you start to develop your personal style?” I smiled. “I was 12,” I replied.

My mother had no interest in clothes or shopping. But my father loved the process of creating a great style. On Saturdays he would take me on his regular trips to his tailor and shirt maker.

When we went to the tailor my father encouraged me to look through the books with fabric samples. If he had a solid navy blazer, I might suggest a Prince of Wales check. We would ruminate on the color of the pants. He respected my opinion.

His shirt maker was old school. He always answered the door with straight pins in his mouth. My father preferred white shirts with his initials embroidered on the left cuff in a simple font. The fabric had to “breathe” so shirts were made of the finest Egyptian cotton. I lingered over the samples while my father was being fitted. Fit was important to my father especially the width of his collars.

My father died a few months ago. That day I went upstairs to his closet. I was surrounded by his beautiful clothing and his polished shoes. It’s funny how a closet filled with clothes can pack such a painful wallop.

Thanks Dad for sending me on my way.



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8 Comments to Clothes Made The Man

  1. Amy W.'s Gravatar Amy W.
    November 1, 2016 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Sending you much Sympathy Wishes…
    and hope you’re taking comfort in all the
    beautiful memories of your Dad as you
    shared here with us today.
    He sounded like one classy parent who
    raised an exceptional classy daughter.
    Take care.

  2. Donna Sweet nothings's Gravatar Donna Sweet nothings
    November 1, 2016 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Love hearing stories about your father. He obviously passed on his great sense of style to you. xo

  3. Gail's Gravatar Gail
    November 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Dearest Ellen,
    Such loving memories you shared with us today.
    Thank you. My father dressed to perfection. After he passed away I save one pair of his shoes with the wooden shoe trees inside. I wonder if anyone can buy them today.
    With admiration, Gail

  4. June's Gravatar June
    November 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Nice to have memories of you dad. You have inherited his sense of style no doubt. My sympathies.

    June

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Ellen Lubin-Sherman

Some say she's tart and arch, but she knows fabulous when she sees it, and that's what she writes about. Get her book, The Essentials of Fabulous, on Amazon. More about me...