Dress for Duress

I am a child of the 50s. I went through my teen years in the 60s. You probably don’t remember the 60s, either because you weren’t there… or you were.

Through my teenage years I wore jeans and t-shirts. I was casual.

OK, I was sloppy, I’ll admit it.

Even as I grew older and entered the workforce, I was still clothing challenged. I owned nothing that needed to be pressed – or if I did, it wasn’t pressed.

In 1980 I went into television, hosting PM Magazine/Buffalo. I needed to update my wardrobe and be more conscious of my hair. At that point in my life I didn’t own a suit. I owned one sports coat – camel colored with patches on the sleeves at the elbow. I thought I was so hip.

Flash forward 25 years. I’m on TV every day. I wear a suit every day. I wear shirts with tabbed collars and French cuffs. I guess it’s appropriate for my life now, as the t-shirts and jeans were earlier.

This is really a non-story, except for something that has started to happen. For some reason my shirts are shrinking at the cuff. I will admit to going up and down in weight, but we’re not talking about the fit of the shirt… just the snugness of the cuff.

Does one ever gain weight in the wrist?

Today, Helaine and I struggled for better than 10 minutes trying to get cuff links on. Finally, we squeezed the left one on… but couldn’t get the right one. I went upstairs and actually held a few pairs of cuff links&#185 next to each other, trying to find one a few fractions of an inch larger.

When I went to take the first one off so I could try to use the second pair, it wouldn’t come off!

Like I said, I understand this is ridiculous. What I can’t understand is why shirts would suddenly shrink… or my wrists put on weight… or whatever’s happening.

Cue the Twilight Zone music.

&#185- Since I wear cuff links every day, I have a number of pairs. Among my favorites (all gifts from Helaine) are New York City Subway tokens, miniature thermometers, printed circuit boards and two Scrabble tiles – G & F.

One thought on “Dress for Duress”

  1. I’m no health expert, but fat is fat is fat and it is everywhere!

    I had a foot problem called hammer toe (the fourth toe on my left foot overlaps the fifth toe (the littlest piggy) and the friction caused calluses and pain, etc.).

    I had the problem for years, but kept putting off doing anything about it. (My sister had the same problem and had surgery to fix it.) Finally, the pain was getting so bad that I planned to do something about it this past fall (so I would not be immobolized during the summer).

    Meanwhile, I went on South Beach diet in May and lost 25 pounds in a ridiculously short amount of time. It was the first diet that worked for me in the last 15 years and I have managed to keep most of the 25 pounds off. By losing 25 pounds, I also lost my hammer toe problem. My toes got thinner too and the problem went away! I kid you not. If toes can get fat, then I imagine wrists can, too.


    Stan, WA1LOU

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