|The "Kate" Sandal (from Eliza B) and A Canvas Tote (that Cecil designed for me many years ago)|
Here are a few ideas in response to these three questions. As always, I am most grateful for any other suggestions and opinions.
1) Muffy, I know you do not often wear flip-flops, but do you have an opinion on which are the most comfortable?
I was sent a brand new style of flip-flop from Eliza B. called The Kate. While it looks like a traditional flip flop, it actually has a heel. In addition to loving the blue and white seersucker, I have found the foot-bed to be extremely comfortable and flexible.
2. Muffy, which Men’s OCBD (oxford cloth button down shirt) is the best within a cost range of $40.00 to $70.00?
I would stick with the original, traditional fit Brooks Brothers all cotton oxford. (And if you buy three at a time, you can stay within your price range. Sort of.) I like the fabric, the hues, the collar roll, and the generous cut.
Do not go to the Brooks Brothers outlets. The majority of the oxford shirts that they offer are vastly inferior and are made specifically for the outlets. The outlet shirts will have "346" on the label instead of "1818" that you find in the full retail stores.
3. Hi Muffy, I will be attending McGill University beginning this September. Because I have lived in the Washington, D.C. area my entire life, I am not exactly sure what to bring for winters in Montréal. Seeing as New England is much closer to southern Québec than Maryland, can you provide some suggestions on what to purchase/wear? Thank you as always and keep up the wonderful work!
If I had to pack classic winter essentials, I would include:
- Flannel lined khakis
- (For women) Turtlenecks
- Wool ragg socks (LL Bean)
- Wool sweaters: Including the Norwegian and Ragg crewnecks (from L.L.Bean)
- Lined boots (Bean) or insulated hiking boots
- Patagonia Synchilla Snap-Ts
- Down jacket and down vest (Patagonia)
- Lined wool hats, (Vermont Originals is out of business, but has a few in inventory)
- Wool or Cashmere Scarves (I like tartans and schoolboys)
- Don't forget the sunglasses. The glare from the snow can be blinding.
Finally, some buildings are significantly overheated when it is bitter cold outside, so prepare for that as well.