Put this On visited the LQ offices to ask our fearless leader Lewis Lapham just what makes a stylish man. (We’re at 8:40)

As Lewis says: “If you wear a suit, you can talk to anybody.”

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Put This On Season Two, Episode 2: Eclecticism

Put This On, a web series about dressing like a grownup, visits New York City, where eclectic style is a way of life.

Meet Lewis Lapham, the found of Lapham’s Quarterly and longtime editor of Harper’s Magazine. Lapham discusses why fine clothes suit the humble journalist, and compares a coat and tie to the pair of gold coins Flaubert carried in his pocket—they lend the bearer a sense of weight.