Old Money Comes Clean

I encourage people to dress simply and modestly. To moderate their expenditures. To refrain from vulgar displays.

Still, sometimes I like to wear shirts (and ties) that can be seen from outer space. I don’t know why. I’m righteously conservative in so many other areas of my life…and wardrobe.

I simply thought it would be a good idea to come clean before 2018 kicks in.

  • BGT


A (relatively) subtle combo from Turnbull &           Asser, legendary London shirtmaker.



19 thoughts on “Old Money Comes Clean

  1. What a joy your writing brings, please never stop as you are sorely needed. I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year. Jane

  2. Bright colours? Slim fit? Has The Old Money Book been hacked, or did you have a glass of champagne too many, Byron? Happy New Year!

      1. Byron, I’d like to ask your thoughts about a question I have been pondering. Can I reach you by email?

  3. In my humble opinion, a little flamboyance shows character and a little of the creative side. My personal version of this is a printed scarf.

    Just please, dear Bryon, don’t make 2018 the year of turning into the new Liberace.

    1. Ha. No Liberace here…just a little French, as the cold weather necessitated the purchase of some corduroy pants. Which I found in a goldenrod and a crimson. Like I always say: you can’t be afraid of a little color.

      Happy new year, Alena. Hope you’re well. – BGT

  4. Dear Mr. Tully,

    Thank you for writing such a lovely book. It represents beautifully many things I have been taught to hold dear.

    I apologize if I missed it in your blog, but the one topic I was looking for in your book was the art of gift-giving and, particularly, thank-you note writing.

    I am lucky to have close friends from a range of backgrounds, and if there is one thing that most reliably exposes old money, it is the painstakingly crafted thank-you note.

    Happy and Healthy New Year,

    1. Welcome, Josh. And thank you for the kind words. I have covered thank you notes on the blog previously, but I don’t think it can be mentioned to often. It’s so telling. Regarding gift-giving, my wife is so much better at it than I am. It requires paying attention to a person, their preferences and needs. Then finding just the right, functional and personal item that works…without being too personal.

      I’d love to hear other readers’ thoughts on how they decide on the perfect gift for a family member or friend. I need all the help I can get. – BGT

  5. Happy New Year, Byron. I’m hoping you will continue your blog through 2018. It bring so much inspiration to so many.

    1. Thank you, Bev. You are very kind. I will endeavor to persevere…at least through 2018. All the best to you and yours in the new year. – BGT

  6. My husband inherited a couple of Turnbull & Asser shirts and a tie that I guessed to be from the late 80s/ early 90s. Eye scorching and fun! The tie saw frequent use but I confess, he wore the shirts to garden. That was years ago. Now I’m starting to notice the occasional purchase that leans towards the eye scorching. The effect of time and life experience…?

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