Nippy here in the southern part of Lower Michigan this morning, so I grabbed a favorite wool flannel sports jacket from the wardrobe -- a Pal Zileri number in Glen Plaid -- and combined it with a pair of charcoal gray flannel pants, a light blue oxford cloth button-down shirt, and a recently acquired vintage Orvis necktie, which I've only worn once before (several weeks ago). I topped off the ensemble with a pair of chocolate brown suede Allen Edmonds shortwings and an Italian silk pocket square that I picked up for a dollar or two at a thrift/charity shop several years ago. Everything seemed to work well together, but it was almost too warm by the time I came home after midday, and I am actually sitting in khaki shorts and a short-sleeved navy polo knit top as I type this. Can you believe it's November 2nd? -- Heinz-Ulrich
This is how it's done. Business Casual the RIGHT way, ladies and gentlemen. Even during the summer months. A photograph (taken by Studio B Portraits) which appeared in 425 Business Magazine in May 2017.
This post on the problem of business casual dress began as a quick postscript to a previous blog entry last week but quickly grew and grew as additional thoughts occurred, were developed in more detail, and revisions made. So much so, that it seemed, eventually, like a better idea to make the initial P.S. afterthought into its own entry. Are ya ready, Freddy? Then, here we go. . . ------------
No baseball caps or fanny packs visible here, but you take the point I hope. A comment was left on another attire and lifestyle blog that I look at a few times a week that hit the nail on the head:
"When in Rome do as the Romans. Please don’t wear shorts, a fanny pack,
sandals, and a baseball cap as they scream “ugly American.”
I would add only that the visually jarring look described above also has its British, Scandinavian, and German variants. To borrow a page from the late Nancy Reagan's book, "Just say no!"
Unless of course you are by a swimming pool, or on a beach somewhere with the aim of looking like a cooked, slightly inebriated lobster by day's end when you stagger back to your hotel for dinner and later clubbing with all of the usual tactless, ostentatious displays of lowbrow drunks off the leash away from home for a few days. Then, by all means, go right ahead. For those interested in doing things in a more understated way, dressing with comfort in m…
Said 'polo coat,' found via Ebay and acquired for pennies on the dollar.
Dressing for the cold in a professional sense can sometimes be a challenge in our age of so called athleisure technical gear that looks like it might be more at home on the ski slopes, or tobogganing at the local park than in a quasi-white collar setting. Sure, there are still companies that produce classic men's overcoats of one kind or another, but too often these items are obscenely expensive when purchased new at full retail price. While I no longer shop thrift and charity establishments, let's be reasonable.
Luckily, there are other options though, for instance Ebay, where I stumbled onto this vintage Polo University Club double-breasted 'polo coat' (in a wool and camel hair blend) at the end of November 2018. I've been on the lookout for one of these for several years, and given the ridiculously low asking price, I made an offer, which the seller accepted. Yes! Call it a late …