First day of autumn
Today is the first day of autumn and even though we have already been experiencing autumn-like temperatures for a a week or two I didn’t bring my autumn clothing from storage until this weekend. With temperatures on the low 10s, flannel trousers seem like a really good idea today.
As a side note, another sure sign of autumn is the sudden crowding of our campus with returning students as well as new students wandering aimlessly looking for lecture halls with inspiring names such as KB3B1 or NC275.
The patterned business suit
As a contrast to the rather casual PoW suit worn yesterday, this suit is a few notches more formal, even if the basic pattern is the same. First, the basic colour is mid-grey, compared to brown yesterday. Second, the blue overcheck is rather subtle, so from only a short distance the suit looks solid grey. Third, the shoes are plain cap-toes in burgundy where as yesterday’s outfit featured half-brouges in a lighter brown colour.
Nevertheless, this is still not strictly CBD - the candy striped shirt and paisley pocket square both work to reduce the level of formality.
I am usually not very fond of light ties with darker shirts, or at least I find it to be a look that is very hard to pull off well. I recently got this royal blue shirt from my shirtmaker and I had originally intended to use it more casually, without ties. But today I decided to try it out with a lighter tie, just to challenge myself to wear combinations I am not normally used to wearing. Because of the rather bright colour of the shirt and tie, I decided to go with muted colours of tan and white for the rest of the outfit. I’m actually kind of pleased with the look and I think it turned out far better that I thought it would. Sometimes it good to push you boundaries, I guess.
WIWT Aug 8, 2013
A rare day with cotton trousers. WIWT Jun 12, 2013
Once a staple of my wardrobe, cotton chinos are now loosing out to wool and linen trousers (depending on season). I still own a few pairs but mostly use them for casual outfits on weekends (they are, after all, very comfortable).
The trousers in the pictures above, which are arguably the most formal chinos I own (high-waisted, creased and with 2” cuffs), still feel almost too casual to pair with a jacket and tie. They also wrinkle like crazy (which is not such an attractive feature in chinos compared to linen trousers) and therefore require constant ironing to look sharp. Nevertheless, I really like the dark-sand colour of these trousers and I think it goes very well with the darker browns of SC worn in the pictures.
Is it to much to wish for that this is one of the last days this “spring” when a three-piece flannel suit is called for? WIWT Apr 11, 2013