Guys, what's up with the thumbs down on capris? They're the perfect compromise between pants (too warm for summer, and a little formal) and shorts (forget it! or at least take an honest look at your knees in the mirror). Men look right in capris since they don't tend to have the hip issues that girls have and which make capris look like a WIDE-angle lens on many of them. Avoid cuffs if in doubt. Call them clam diggers if that works for you, despite the unlikely event of finding clams on a city street (or having a shovel handy, which is implied by the digging.)
It is a truth universally acknowledged (or it should be) that a guy wearing a t-shirt with writing on it to a social event has given up on civilized life. There is ONE exception to this.*** Hint: They sell it at Barney's.
Flip-flops are trouble too. Remember their other name? Shower shoes. Doesn't that tell you all you need to know about where and when to wear shoes made of plastic held on by straps of plastic?
A strong leather sandal is always right. Also like: Tretorns (old school!) for girls, Stan Smith Adidas, anything from Tod's. Converse is over -- but you knew that and they destroy your arches anyway.
I said I'd get back to you on the Laura Ashley stuff -- still working on finding out if she was real or if she was fashion's Betty Crocker, made up, from a mix.
***The only acceptable t-shirt: It says, I (heart) Bill Cunningham.