The attire for this dark, wet, and chilly Thursday. Warm and comfortable yet not horribly unattractive. Besides spotting that bit of white thread on my green sock in the above photograph, it has just dawned on me how many university stripe oxford cloth button-down collar shirts hang in the closet where my dress shirts live once laundered and on plastic hangers.
I must have more of these than any other color besides the usual light blue OCBD. And while I also really enjoy windowpane and tattersall patterns, it is the university stripe that is my all time favorite for this sort of shirt. I've worn them for 40+ years. They look equally good with jeans, a sports jacket and odd trousers, or a complete suit with necktie.
It is hard to go wrong with university stripe OCBD shirts. Unless of course you inadvertently opt for one that is not cotton.
Natural fibers are one of the keys to comfort when it comes to professional clothing. Proper fit and simply getting used to wearing such attire, that is to say psychological ease, are the other two. That comes through actually wearing a jacket, tie, and leather shoes more than once or twice a year as the occasional wedding, funeral, or job interview might demand.
As mentioned in a recent comment on another forum that I visit now and then (and I am paraphrasing badly). . . professional clothes: get 'em, wear 'em, and own the look. Let's do our level best, gentlemen, to avoid becoming one more blot on the social landscape because we somehow regard looking presentable as an inconvenience.
Presenting oneself well is, on the contrary, one of life's many small pleasures that is within our reach and control. And that's the advice for the day from your Auntie Popinjay.