Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

The archive for “Advice Columns”

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How to Be Lovely: A Few Quick Links And Thoughts

Posted upon the 27th of October, 2007

I’m up to the top parts of my ears (do those have a name?) in research at the moment, but I thought I’d sit down, pen in hand, at my typewriter (thanks to Phil Ochs for that line) and dash out something to keep us all entertained. I’ve just been reading Whimy’s announcement that Duchess […]

How To Be Lovely: The Paintings

Posted upon the 23rd of September, 2007

I take a lot of inspiration from great paintings; indeed, I find myself trying to live up to them, to the harmony and poise they express. Paintings can be a fine source of hints for dressing – really, it’s as if somebody else has already done the work balancing line and colour for you. I’ve […]

Venus Infers: Parties and Partying

Posted upon the 9th of May, 2007

My deepest apologies, devoted readers, for my unforgivable absence. My only defence is that life in the House of Pain is not always the carefree romp one might imagine, and at times it is distinctly lacking in beer or indeed skittles. Necessary unpleasant misdeeds don’t perform themselves, and to top it all off, one of […]

Banners, Questions, Teacups

Posted upon the 23rd of April, 2007

Hideho, all! New to FrillyShirt is my Bannerkammer, gracing the links section of the Biographie page! The first banner is that of the House of Krypilo web emporium (webporium,) offering such delights as cravats, watchchains, hats, shoulder-capes, gloves and bellydance veils; all with a playful, worldly aesthetic I’m sure will charm you. The House is […]

Teacup in a Storm: Opera Capes.

Posted upon the 5th of April, 2007

Dear Sir, I am curious about the etiquette related to the wearing of opera capes. I am also wondering whether or not colored opera capes are appropriate for semi-formal occasions. Additionally, I would appreciate if you could recommend a good store that sells opera capes. -Allen Goebl Dear Allen, As you know, ‘etiquette’ comes from […]

How To Be Lovely: Eveningwear I

Posted upon the 21st of February, 2007

A guide to men’s clothes, exploring their artistic facet, their historic, their practical; of interest to gentlemen who wear clothes and women who wear gentlemen’s clothes (a commendable practice.) Those seeking how to tie a bow-tie, whether wide or narrow lapels currently grace the magazines, or which combination of shirt and shoes will avoid attention […]

Venus Infers, with guest authoress Madam C

Posted upon the 10th of January, 2007

This all started, you see, on an ordinary, balmy night in the Summer. My little minskies and I were concluding another successful day of humiliation and degredation in the House of Pain, and had retired to my gracious smoking balcony to relax and unwind. Soothed by the musical tones of ice against glass; and by […]

Teacup in a Storm: Pocket Squares.

Posted upon the 19th of October, 2006

Dear Sir Frederick, I had thought I looked quite smart when I stepped out today, dressed in my one-button suit, trilby and elaborate five-point pocket-handkerchief. I met a conglomerate of merchant bankers, however, who informed me that my kerchief was far too formal for the outfit I was wearing. Is this true, have I made […]