What is Fatwood?

Fatwood is a non-toxic, natural firestarter prized by homeowners, hikers, and backcountry survivalists for its ability to light easily and burn very hot—even in damp conditions. Whether it’s lighting up a cozy fireplace for the family during dinner, a woodstove that will heat the house all day, or a ring of stones around a fire … Continue reading “What is Fatwood?”

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The History of Wool Sweaters: There’s More to the Story Than You May Think

Cable Knit Wool Sweater

Cable Knit Wool Sweater
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The use of wool in textiles dates back as far as 3000 B.C., having been used for garments in some of the earliest civilizations. Naturally insulating, water-repellent, durable, and often anti-microbial, wool has long served as a go-to textile for garments. That history is what makes the wool sweater such a classic style for men. From fishermen in Ireland’s northern villages to shepherds in the highlands of the Middle East, the wool sweater has stood the test of time and should…

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Fleece vs. Wool: Which Offers the Best Protection From the Elements?

Should you wear a fleece or a wool layer when you head out on your next cool-weather adventure? As you’re pondering which sweater or sweatshirt to grab in preparation, you may well wonder whether fleece or wool will work best or your activity. Which will be most comfortable while providing the best protection from the elements? The answer depends on what the weather’s like and what you’re planning on doing. Is it windy and/or likely to rain or snow? What is your anticipated level of exertion? For example, are you going shopping, or taking a long hike with the dog? All these variables will inform your decision: fleece, or wool?

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All About “Wrinkle-Free” Pants

As perennial wardrobe staples, khakis and chinos are among the fashion industry’s greatest inventions. Comfortable, versatile, and good looking, they can be dressed up or down and are appropriate for work and any number of occasions. But not if they’re wrinkled. And that has always been a major drawback to old-style cotton khakis: you can wear them only once or twice and then they’re likely to become a crumpled mess. And who wants…

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Why Do Clothes Shrink?

There’s no single reason clothing shrinks, but the simplest answer may be as close as the label in your favorite top. What causes your Henley’s sleeves to shrink or your jeans to feel a little tight in the waistband and thighs, when they fit just fine a few weeks ago? The culprit may be your washer and dryer—or your washing and drying habits. Shrinkage is caused by fibers changing structure; washing and drying methods can affect the structure of the fibers. Fabrics react in different ways to washing and drying methods, so each type of fabric in your wardrobe requires proper care to prevent shrinkage.

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Is This Business Casual?

As a dress code, ‘business casual’ is a moving target. In this fast-changing world, what is considered appropriate casual office attire today is different from what it was even just a year ago. Whether chinos, polos, capris, or jeans are business casual depends on where you work. Certain organizations and professions—especially, for example, in the legal or financial services industries, where face-to-face interactions with clients are the norm—demand a more formal office dress code than…

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How Can I Keep My Linen Clothing From Wrinkling?

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Linen clothing is known for wrinkling—you can’t keep it from happening, but why would you want to in the first place? If you hoped the smooth, crisp linen shirt you chose to wear this morning would stay unrumpled all day while it continued to do your bidding, it’s time to iron out your thinking: Linen’s wrinkles are not character flaws, but instead add interest…

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When to Wear Sweaters

Photos courtesy  orvis.com Sweaters can be thick and warm as a blanket or light and cool as a breeze. Depending on their knit and the weight of the yarn, sweaters can be worn year-round, calling into question the very notion of sweater season. If sweaters make stylish and smart layers 365 days a year, does … Continue reading “When to Wear Sweaters”

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