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The State of Linen

S.E.H. Kelly

Linen’s been our summer go-to for a while, but this year it’s taken a sophisticated turn. We’re seeing navy hues instead of the standard hazy taupe, along with a heartening number of summery DBs. The bottom line: it’s not just camp shirts anymore.

And to prove it’s not just talk, we’ve rounded up a few specimens after the jump...

See the best linen of 2012, in eight easy pieces»

Our Favorite Ribbed Cardigan

The ribbed cardigan is having a bit of a moment this winter, but thanks to a timely sale at Coggles, we may have found our favorite one.

It comes from East London’s D.S. Dundee, which means it’s a bit tweedier than your average sweater. See, for example, those elbow patches and downright professorial leather buttons. But mostly, it’s got the same flexible, lightweight rib knitting that’s seeing so many bloggers through the winter.

And thanks to a little sale magic, they bring the whole thing in under $250. Not too shabby.

The Autumn Glow Is in Full Effect

Autumn Glowvia Tumblr

The Woodsy Tweed: The men of Free/Man take a spin with the latest D.S. Dundee goods. Trust us, it’s better than a lookbook. [Free/Man]

The Tale of the Tape: Ryan Plett counts down his 10 favorite things, including pens and measuring tape. He’s a man of simple tastes. [Antenna]

Twirl Away: In honor of Movember (and his newly released book), John Hodgman offers a guide to mustache etiquette. [Vulture]

We’re Going for “The Snidely”: And for a second Movember dip, here’s an illustrated guide to every acceptable form of mustache. There are only 10. [The Art of Manliness]

Women in Cutoffs Are Conducting Espionage

Stay Upright: An oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe, home to some of the funniest people in New York. Amazing. [NYMag]

Clothes on Film: Mr. Schenk takes a few well-appointed stills from Belmondo’s Classe Tous Risques. For well-dressed Frenchmen of the ’50s, look no further. [Mister Crew]

The View from London: D.S.Dundee has a pretty handsome blackwatch jacket heading down the pipeline. [Hypebeast]

Leaning into the Camera Forever: It looks like we won’t have Andy Rooney to kick around much longer; he’s retiring from 60 Minutes this season. Suddenly, we feel a lot more curmudgeonly. [TV Newser]