Paul Mellon by William Orpen (1924). Currently in the Paul Mellon Collection of the Yale Center for British Art. Rights: public domain.

In Praise of the White Shirt

If you’re like me, your shoes have gathered dust in the closet. Your thoughts about garb have tended toward consideration of comfort rather than who you’re seeing during the day or what activities you’ll knock off after quitting time. Because, after all, you weren’t seeing anyone, except maybe from the shoulders up.

Changes we underwent in 2020 continue to send signals in dress even as the pandemic begins to…