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Why is a raven like a writing desk?

Posted in accessories, Outerwear with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by sartorialbutch

At the request of favorite femme friend and her dashing butch, I’m going to dedicate this post to hats.  Some may be familiar to you, others, not so much, or maybe you just didn’t know what they were called so when you were trying to describe or look for one you didn’ t know what you were looking for!

Oh yeah- One thing before I get to the hats. I’m somewhat of a stickler for hat etiquette.  If it’s a casual, night time event, feel free to leave  your hat on. If you’re out to dinner, or in someones home? Take the hat off, ‘kay? A good rule of thumb is if you are eating outside (like at a baseball game, where your hat SHOULD be taken off only for the National Anthem) then your hat can stay on.  If you’re eating indoors? Hats off.

For extra hat etiquette points, I’m going to quote from Andy’s hat etiquette page:

“A gentleman takes off his hat and holds it in his hand when a lady enters the elevator in any building that can be classified as a dwelling such as an apartment house or hotel. He puts it on again in the corridor.

A public corridor is like the street, but an elevator in a hotel or apartment house has the character of a room in a house and there a gentleman does not keep his hat on in the presence of ladies”

Ok. On to the hats!

I’m going to start out really easy with this one, and usually it’s a staple for many butches – the baseball cap.  This one is my favorite ever- fitted please.  For me? Unless I’ve coordinated a ball cap to an outfit, or am going to a sporting event, I don’t wear ball caps as “fashion.” Generally it means that I haven’t done my hair and need to go outside or run to the supermarket or something.

Obviously, I’m biased here, but you can buy pretty much ANY sports team cap at The Sports Authority.  And if team sports aren’t your thing? Well, you can get a ball cap for pretty much anything – check out Lids or Pacific Coast Sunwear – or even better, a local store in your town with really original product.  You can look cute with one of these worn back or front, high up or down over the eyes. Additionally, if you LIKE wearing ball caps, don’t think you can’t – just make sure it’s not ALL you wear – people will notice that they’ve never seen the top of  your head before.

Next up? One of my favorites, the Ivy hat.  I always wear mine backwards, and even though it isn’t the late 90’s anymore I still really really dig Kangol hats.

I really like this hat and would certainly put it on my coveting list. You can pick one up at Hats in the Belfry.  Here’s another version of an Ivy hat, courtesy of the Village Hat Shop.

Similar, yet different to the Ivy is the Newsboy.  I’ve never seen a butch not look hot in one of these. This one is courtesy of  Dad’s Hats.

Another cool hat is the duckbill or pub hat – I really like this one that I found at Hats in the Belfry.

Now on to some more nighttime hat selections. My favorite, and current popular hot hat is the Fedora. I really really like this straw one, available at Urban Outfitters.

A more dressy, felt version can be found at the Village Hat shop:

Another dressy hat is the Pork Pie – I think this one looks really awesome when you’re all dressed up and ready for a night out on the town. I found this one at Sak’s Fifth Avenue.One more really classic dress hat is the Derby or Bowler hat. I found this awesome one at

So…I know, I didn’t hit upon EVERY kind of hat there is to be found – I passed over Panama hats, Cowboy hats, and a TON others, but I hope I’ve been able to show you a couple of different examples of hats that you may not already have, or ones that you’d never thought about wearing before.

Are there any hats that I shouldn’t have missed? Any hat makers that you particularly like?

All downhill for me

Posted in Outerwear with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2010 by sartorialbutch

I want to give some big big props to the US Snowboarding team! Yes, I have been sucked into the games as well, and I now have a new appreciation for Curling (though, honestly, this is something I’d LOVE to try this sport with my bro’s after a few beers) and Johnny Wier (you go boy!) and for  Shaun White and his fashion sense.

That kid is so much more than hype but in addition to his AMAZING skills that, he looked GREAT kicking ass on the pipe.

Now, as White is probably the BIGGEST snowboarder sponsored by Burton I can only assume he had some influence in the decision to go with this denim/plaid combo so..kudos.

Seriously. I’d wear this on the slopes. I’ve been skiing since I was pretty little and have recently picked it up again. As is it’s hard enough to find a good ski/board jacket (I tried snowboarding once and have NEVER (ok, smirk, maybe not never) been so black and blue in my life) that fits right and isn’t too girly.

Right now I wear an EMS mens’ jacket that is warm and fits okay, but…the sleeves are too long and And snow pants? I LOVE the “jeans-type” snow pants, and have a pair of North Face Freedom pants, and though they’re not mock jeans – they work/look  the similarly, and are totally comfy, warm, waterproof,  and look great.

For you gear heads, I rock Atomic boots and Elan Skis.

I used to be skilled enough for black diamond runs, but then I realized that I mostly liked the scenery and enjoying the run, not thinking too much about technical accuracy so that I didn’t fall off the side of a mountain.  As I got older I started developing a huge fear of heights (but am still ok on the chairlift) so um, yeah, I mostly stick to really long green trails, you know the ones that take 40 minutes to get down……ok. Now I want to blow off cleaning my apt and readying it for the Sartoriallove and go skiing on Sunday…who’s in?


Posted in Outerwear with tags , on November 12, 2009 by sartorialbutch

The crisp fall weather is starting to turn into downright cold here in the Northern city where I reside. The wool jackets, pea coats, and trenches are starting to make their way out of closets and on to the street.  And for a really long time I’ve wanted a Burberry scarf to accent my winter-wear. The traditional one has a camel colored base, but as I gravitate towards greys and blacks,  this scarf is so so the one I covet.


Any winter gear you’re coveting?