or why a law professor wrote a fashion history.

Okay, bear with me for a…

because all of the other ones are, well, wrong

Sean Connery in Goldfinger. credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

The arrival of a new James Bond film is a cause for celebration and a good excuse to drink martinis (as if one were needed.) But there are a couple downsides. One, some misguided souls insist on making those martinis with vodka, skaken, not stirred. Bond was just wrong about…

Well-dressed Black activists were not trying to impress White people

People at the 1963 Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C. Photo: Warren K. Leffler via the Library of Congress

A 2020 South Carolina march against police violence had a dress code. The organizers asked that demonstrators “come in dress attire, please”. Later, they boasted that the thousands-strong crowd had been “fully adorned in their Sunday best.” Not everyone was impressed. Many thought the dress code was a distraction from…

Why are men celebrated as stylish and women belittled as fashion victims?

1Sean Connery on Savile Row. Credit: United Artists/Getty Images.

Fashion-conscious men, with very few exceptions, do not admit that they are fashion-conscious. Even men who write exuberant and informative essays on the details of tailoring, shoes and leather goods for blogs and magazines dedicated to clothing deny that they are interested in fashion. Instead, most fashionable men set up…

Ascetic Athleisure, Extravagant Couture, or Curated Classic Tailoring?

Gabriella Clare Marino on Upsplash

As we look forward to emerging from over a year of forced hibernation, the fashion conscious and the fashion averse alike speculate about what we will wear once we get out and about. …

Richard Thompson Ford

Professor. Lawyer. Dilettante mixologist. Amateur sartorialist. Watch geek. Author of Dress Codes: how the laws of fashion made history. www.dresscodes.org

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