Joey Fatone’s Crusade Against Super Bowl Double Dipping

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Nearly 20 years ago, singer Joey Fatone was getting ready for arguably the biggest show of his music career when his band *NSYNC performed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. The group shared the stage with a constellation of pop sensations, including Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears and Aerosmith.

Today, his concerns are a lot more pedestrian: the double dipping of chips.

While, it sounds like he’s doing a George Costanza bit from Seinfeld, he’s actually serious about this Super Bowl party foul. As the father of two, he is particular troubled by children who keep going back to the dip bowl between plays. Kids “like to double dip and I don’t like that,” he says. “About 45-percent of people are disgusted by double dipping. I’m one of them.” So, what’s the big deal about it? It’s “just because you don’t know if your kid has boogers in his hand and decides to dip it.”

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Paletot – The Double Breasted Overcoat

Earlier this year, we explained the differences between an Ulster and a Guards Coat.

Today, we continue this overcoat series with a conversation about the Paletot, a double-breasted topcoat with peaked lapels.

Paletot Double Breasted Topcoat

Paletot Double Breasted Topcoat

The Origins And History Of The Paletot

The term originally derives from the word Palla, which was a kind of Roman greatcoat. Later, the Spanish invented a garment called the palletoque, which was similar to a frock coat with vertical folds. During the eighteenth century, the French developed the word paletot as an umbrella term for various overcoats.

In the mid 19th century, a paletot was considered to be a waisted or at least slightly waisted overcoat with certain peculiarities with regard to its cut. Many paletots resembled a frock coat and could be worn without a vest-like undercoat. In detail, the features were as follows:

  1. Paletots generally had no waist seam, although some had one in the front only, which was placed below the waist-level. Often, a back seam or a back vent were non-existent, but if present, the vent was quite short.
  2. A paletot always showed some form of side seams, while side pleats were usually absent.
  3. The fronts were sometimes fastened by a fly and, occasionally, buttons reached down to the hem of the topcoat.
  4. The number of pockets on a paletot varied, but they were generally found on the outside and tailored either as flap or as slip pockets.
  5. The Paletot-Sac was a short version of the regular paletot and did not have any waist suppression, hence the name. Sometimes, it featured a lined hood instead of a collar and it was generally single breasted.
  6. Another variety of the paletot was the Twine, as the French call it, or English Wrap, which was often double-breasted and resembled a loose Chesterfield.

By the end of the nineteenth century, the term evolved to include only overcoats worn in town. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the British considered a paletot to be any topcoat with waist suppression, while Americans defined it as an ankle-length topcoat, seam-waisted and with a flared silhouette. In the 1920s, the term Chesterfield arose, which was a single-breasted overcoat with a hidden fly front. In order to distinguish between the different overcoat types, the term paletot was used in Europe to describe a very special kind of double-breasted top coat.

The Characteristics of a Paletot

It is still the standard today, and defined by the following characteristics:

  • Double breasted with a 6×2 button arrangement.
  • The top buttons have a wider button stance and are not buttoned at all.
  • It must have peaked lapels.
  • The coat is semi-fitted to fitted and has a flat back without a belt.
  • The pockets are aligned with the middle buttons.
Paletot Double Breasted Overcoat Bowler

Paletot Double Breasted Overcoat Bowler

The Paletot in Everyday Appearance

Interestingly, there is no strict rule with regard to color or fabric. Nevertheless, the paletot is usually made of dark, plain fabrics. Also, the length is not set in stone. Everything from around knee length to ankle length is acceptable, though most coats are about knee length.

Fortunately, rules for topcoats have never been strictly applied, and consequently, there are lots of paletot variations. Instead of having a 6×2 button configuration, one could choose 6×3 or 4×2. Also, the closing button position could be moved up or down, and the same is true for the pockets. Apart from that, slanting pockets would be a good alternative and a ticket pocket might add an elegant touch. If one likes unusual details, a velvet collar in a contrasting color or elegant cuffs could be a good addition. Bear in mind that the Guards coat is simply a paletot variation with a belted back and a 6×3 configuration.

Paletot Double Breasted Coat

Paletot Double Breasted Coat

As you can see, the Paletot has a wide spectrum of use and is the ideal companion for a number of occasions.
In a plain navy cloth, it is the perfect city topcoat that can be worn with pinstriped suits as well as with tuxedos, or even tailcoats. It is also a great choice for a Stroller suit or a morning coat. With the addition of a detachable fur collar or lapels and cuffs of matte silk, it becomes a very special evening overcoat. It looks particularly dapper with a contrasting velvet collar.

If you are looking for one coat that is suitable for almost all occasions, then a paletot made of flannel or tweed in charcoal or navy might be the best choice. For example, a plain dark gray and blue tweed paletot can be worn with a plaid tweed suit as well as with a business suit or evening wear, and I am sure the wearer will always look quite well put together.
Especially for students or gentlemen with a limited budget, the Paletot is an ideal topcoat that is suited for such a wide range of events and occasions. Later in life, you can upgrade and refine your topcoat wardrobe, but there is always room for a good paletot.

The paletot today still has a plain back which is an ode to the town heritage. Overall, it is a very classic simple and sophisticated overcoat that will never disappoint. Especially if you’re starting out, I think it’s a great choice and you can always add coarser tweed overcoats later on but in the beginning, it makes sense to have one overcoat that works for you in many occasions.

In conclusion, the paletot is a very versatile overcoat that has stood the test of time and you will be able to wear it many years from now without any alterations or changes. On top of that, it can be combined with most everything from formal wear down to casual wear and you will always cut a good figure in it. Typically made of wool or cashmere or blends thereof, it usually keeps you warm especially because it has double layers over your chest area.

What do you think of the paletot coat and what items would you wear with it?


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‘The Double Helix’ at 50: Discovering DNA Is Still a Miracle

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In 1968, art had no problem being big, bold, and sprawling. Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles unleashed gargantuan double album sets that seemed expressly primed for the blowing of minds, and if they didn’t get the synapses firing enough, there was Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to finish the job. But what we might overlook now, at the distance of some 50 years later, is what is conceivably that year’s best book, a slim volume that is bound to rip the roof off of any head and pour in a whole lot of goodness.

And why is that? Because we’re talking about a book that, oh, I don’t know, explains why we look like we do, why we sound like we do, have the mannerisms we do, possess the health predispositions we come with. Nuts, right? The book in question is The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, by James Watson.

There’s a good chance that the last time you heard Watson’s name you were in an eighth grade science class. There was that other fellow—Francis Crick—and the two of them, with a huge assist from Rosalind Franklin, figured out that what makes us us has to do with what’s essentially the root of all chromosomes, this cool looking doodad shaped like two interwoven staircases. You likely discharged the pair of scientists from your mind after a pop quiz or two and had no idea that Watson could write the hell out of a science book.

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Win it: The Jack Erwin Leroy Double Monk Strap

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Imagine a shoe company that makes nice quality shoes with stitched soles, good leathers, shipping is free both ways, they don’t try and hide where their shoes were constructed, and you don’t have to play any discount games or risk 2nds quality issues to get the pair you desire for around $ 200…

A novel thought. Not many do that. But Jack Erwin does. And has been for a few years now. And they’re still going strong.

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Perfect shape. No chisel. Not overly elongated. Not stumpy.

Some of us were afraid that with their recent mega sale, Jack Erwin was in trouble. But that sale passed and their new fall/winter collection came in, and it appears that our worries were unfounded. These things are still made in Portugal with mighty fine materials. They’re also fairly priced, even at full retail (and recent event aside, Jack Erwin just doesn’t do a lot of sales).

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A true dark brown. Darker in person than on their website.

While Jack Erwin has done Goodyear Welted shoes as well, these monk straps are a Blake construction. That means a slimmer sole and more flexible shoe (while not quite as weatherproof). These are super simple. No broguing. No burnishing. Just a simple shape, classic toe, and no right angles. Even the buckles have had the corners slightly softened and rounded.

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Blake Stitched in Portugal.

I gotta say that I was really impressed with the materials. The suede uppers were dark, even, soft, and smooth (even if our online pics make them look a bit rougher… suede is notoriously difficult to photograph). The suede comes from the Italian tannery Sciarada, while if you go for the smooth full grain uppers, that leather comes from either the French tannery du Puy or the Italian tannery Conceria Carli. It might sound weird to specifically point out the interiors, but the linings and in-sole are particularly nice. Glove soft, well cushioned, and immediately pliable. That’s not something some of Jack Erwin’s competitors (*cough* Meermin *cough*) can necessarily say.

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Buckles aren’t matte but they don’t shout. Nice rounded corners look classy too.

Fit seems true here. A 10.5 standard D width fit my normally 10.5 D feet just fine. Maybe a little snug at first, but I’m a borderline wide foot. And since we don’t keep any samples from companies, ever, I was hesitant to walk like crazy in them. I wouldn’t size up though. With free shipping and free returns, even if my advice doesn’t fall true for your feet, an exchange or a return will be easy.

I think there’s room in the middle. That is the place where someone who has an eye for good aesthetics and nice quality can buy something at a price that won’t satisfy the cheapskate, nor would it satiate the shoe snob who measures his own self worth by how much he spends on footwear. Jack Erwin exists there. And their existence is classy, smart, and subtle.

Enter here to win a pair of Jack Erwin Leroy Double Monks in your size and preferred leather/color. Sadly, just standard D widths for now. Deadline for entry is 11:59 PM ET on 10/16/18. One entry per person. Thanks to Jack Erwin for providing one of their latest models for giveaway!

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Gone are the days when technology was just for a chosen few. Today, everyone has access to smartphones, wireless headsets, tablets and so much more. While wearables are arguably not as stylish as manufacturers hoped, there have been some exceptions. Many designers have collaborated with tech companies to come up with products that incorporate technological advancements. And now more and more companies have created their own wearable tech designs that appeal to fashion girls. Check out some of our favorite tech wearables right now.

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Evelyn’s Double Take: The Sleep Chest

Design and Event Editor Evelyn Eshun shows us how a spare room can double as both a guest bedroom and home office with a Sleep Chest. – Photography by Larry Arnal

Fresh & Lively

For our guest bedroom, I created a fresh and lively look, perfect for a guest or a youth’s room. Denim bedding, much like a well loved pair of jeans, adds texture and subtle color. The area rug adds a punch of color with an array of stripes. I picked up the yellow from the rug and introduced a mid-century inspired, slipper style chair. A large abstract art piece is leaning against the wall rather than being hung. This is the perfect choice for a space where you cannot put holes in the wall or want to be able to easily move it.

Elegant & Modern

To convert this room into an elegant home office with a feminine touch, I chose a beautiful chair with slight curves and an airy feeling in a beautiful colored, lighthearted fabric. For the desk, I chose a fabulous modern style desk with a glass top that swivels 360 degrees. The Sleep Chest is closed and I changed out the artwork for a layered look. A yellow and gray accent rug adds an air of sophistication and pulls color from the chair.

Sleep On It

This Sleep Chest is a great alternative to a traditional murphy bed as you don’t have to install it on a wall. It comes in a variety of styles and finishes making it the perfect fit no matter your preferred décor style. I particularly love the Madrid as it lends well to a contemporary setting. This Sleep Chest, a great piece of multi-functional furniture, comes with a mattress and best of all, assembles with minimal effort. – Evelyn Eshun, www.evelyneshun.com

Creative Space

  1. The glass top on this desk features a 360 degree swivel which doubles the available workspace when opened up. When not in use, the glass top slides closed therefore the desk can be moved aside and used as a console table. – Ambros Swivel Desk, www.smallspaceplus.com
  2. Because space was limited, I chose to include a chair instead of a nightstand. This provides a place for guests to sit but can also be used as a nightstand for holding books, glasses or other items as needed. – Bailey Accent Chair, www.smallspaceplus.com
  3. Hidden storage in the bottom of the Sleep Chest provides the perfect place to store bedding and linens when not in use. – Sleep Chest, www.sleepchest.net
  4. This arching floor lamp can double as both a bedside and desk lamp, making it the perfect choice for a multi-purpose room. A black lamp shade with white interior will direct more light downwards making it perfect for a home office.  – Vortex Floor Lamp, www.smallspaceplus.com

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