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In today's Style section, Mike Albo takes on relatively new Cobble Hill shop Smith & Butler, which specializes in rugged work-wear. On the rack, the clothes look great; on the body, they make no sense. "Smith & Butler’s selection was either disappointingly untailored, or the beginning of a new trend arc, when the men’s silhouette will fill out again. With that in mind, I stood in front of the mirror in a bulgingly big shirt and tried really hard to recalibrate my sense of proportion. I couldn’t do it. The loose fit grossed me out. Why am I unable to enjoy the clothes I used to love? Why can’t I simply change my sense of shape? My master is despotic." [NYT]