Men who want to dress well today can take inspiration from well-dressed men of the past.  Smart men today probably don’t try to imitate men who were umpty pounds lighter and far more agile than themselves, but I’ve never claimed to be smart.

Suit: Brooks Brothers, clearance, $150

Shirt: Polo Ralph Lauren, clearance, $5

Tie: American Living, clearance, $3

Shoes: Johnston & Murphy Aristocraft, thrifted, $15

Hat: Vintage Cavanagh, Ebay, $20

Tailoring: $0 (free with suit purchase)

Total: $173

If I’d bought everything at retail price: Around $1500

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