A recent article by David Isle on Will Boehlke’s always usefull A Suitable Wardrobe, sparked my interest. Not only was it a call to use the classic illustrations of the Apparel Arts as inspiration to wear bolder shirts, but a reminder that bold accessories blend better with grounds that equal their intensity, a massively busy tie or pocket square screams out from a sea of bland sky blue shirting and plain suiting.
Whilst my outfit will not be for everyone, my combination is for me. A bow with dark spots on a pale ground, red & white butcher striped shirting, a crimson over-checked three piece, with Deco-tastic peeked lapels & D.B. waistcoat, finished off with a pair vintage suede oxfords, a brown paisley square of linen stuffed haphazardly into its pocket & a battered hat & trench-coat.
Some may feel that a Fedora & trench smack a little of ‘costume’, but I often wear a hat, I’m comfortable in them & it shows. More importantly. whilst my combination of four patterns, is busy, & probably not business meeting appropriate, I’m a barman, it doesn’t matter. Hopefully, due to the careful restriction to blending colours that echo each other throughout the outfit, none of the individual items jumps out & screams ‘Look at Me’!
People are often a little surprised by my manner of dress. I wear Suits! I have no need, by the modern standard, to wear tailored clothing, indeed in recent months, I have, I must admit, been dressing more and more in ‘work-wear’, but my heart belongs to tailored clothing, & girls who wear hats!