Another early spring day led me to this cream linen & grey flannel combination. The beautiful sunshine meant some bolder accessories could be used, a label heavy (for me) mix of Tom Ford tie, Vivienne Westwood square & Ralph Lauren Purple Label sports coat.
Of special interest to me is this great linen coat, with its vintage inspired pleated & belted back. Made from an old fashioned heavy cloth, half lined, with bell shaped patch pockets & oversized mother of pearl buttons. All these details and their historic references encourage my natural tendencies towards a 20’s & 30’s mode of dressing, this can easily veer towards costume if not kept in check, so today I did my best to limit other ‘vintagey’ notes, keeping it to just the dandyesque spectator shoes, no hat, no bow-tie, no pocket watch.
I hope it works…
A pair of MtM linen trousers I had made by Luxire, with a high, split back for braces & an extended tab ending in an adjuster for tightening the waistline. Maybe a little over engineered, but very comfortable.
Shawl Collar Pea Coat - YMC
Cable Knit - North Sea Clothing
Denim - UniQlo Japanese Selvedge
Gloves - John Lewis
Tassels - Loake Lincoln
Bobble knit beanie - Stolen from my flatmate ( mine was leant to a friend, along with a donegal cardigan, she has yet to return them, yes you Kate! )
This weeks Friday Challenge on StyleForum, set by BlazerandTie is to dress in a variation on ‘The Uniform' of Ethan Newton & Alan See of The Armoury. Grey trousers & blue coat, sometimes known as 'the security guard' look, but with the addition of the oh so useful brown suede shoe.
Although my usual efforts generally tilt towards ‘Pattern Cacophony’, there is always something to be said for letting the simplicity of classics do their work. The blue jacket, grey flannels combo has been a stalwart of wardrobes for as long as men have been dressing in the modern style, almost a minimum of dress for daytime occasions in the thirties, considered sporty, almost louche away from weekends and Holiday spots.
Properly employed, it can still be an elegant and interesting way to dress.
Not at all like a Rent-O-Cop!
Vintage bespoke coat, part of a suit - Thresher & Glenny
White oxford cloth shirt with ‘contour’ spread collar - MtM by Hemrajani Brothers
Denim blue donegal style tie - Vanda Fine Clothing
Vintage bespoke oxfords - Ebay
E. Marinella silk square - Ebay
Watered silk boutonnière - A Suitable Wardrobe
Somewhat optimistic today, taking advantage of an early spring day in Hackney.
First panama of the year, worn with an old silk sports coat from Ralph Lauren, a spearpoint linen shirt, cotton tie from Panta & some cream trousers that need a good pressing!
Not so sure about the suitability of the shirt in this combo, something about the tone just doesn’t sit right, the tie was a step to far.
Oh well, C’est la vie!