Tuesday, 17 May 2011

A new jacket

I've been thinking for a while that I'm in desperate need of a new jacket. A blazer, perhaps, or a sports coat, if you're American. Either way, I need something to wear when the dress code, or my own inclination, calls for making an effort, but a suit would be going overboard. Lunch with my parents, dinner with friends, tea with in-laws, and so forth. My beloved double-breasted blazer is, alas, rarely suitable on these occasions. It goes badly with jeans, is a little too visibly formal when paired with chinos, and looks uncomfortable (even a little caddish, or so one of my friends insists) without a tie.

The obvious, and practical, choice would be a single breasted blue blazer. Perhaps herringbone, and with horn buttons rather then brass, to tone it down a little. Of course, never one for the obvious choice, I have instead been attracted to the idea of a grey jacket in a relatively brash check. Something, I thought, a little like the one here, which I found while browsing around for ideas.

In the end, a trip to Cad and the Dandy decided me upon a rather lovely Glen check with a little blue running through it.

It's made by Dugdale and is a particularly beautiful cloth which should make me a lovely mid-weight, single-breasted, Spring/Autumn jacket. I have, with my usual impeccable planning, ordered it so that it will be ready just in time for the Summer.


  1. upon reflection I don't believe I have ever dined or lounged at anywhere that had a dress code dictating a jacket... I'm not sure I have ever even been in a place that actually 'requires' a jacket.
    This is not bragging but possibly whining.
    I suppose that using the existence of dress codes to justify a purchase is pointless if one can't afford to frequent places with such standards.

    wait... this officially makes me riff-raff doesn't it?

  2. There are probably more of these places in London than elsewhere in the UK. Almost all private clubs require a jacket and tie. Amongst public restaurants or bars, dress codes are rare but I still come across them in more old-fashioned establishments. More often a jacket is required, but not necessarily a tie.

    However, you needn't let a dress code be the deciding factor. A gentleman knows when it is appropriate to wear a jacket, whether or not there is actually any rule about it one way or another. More to the point, whether or not you are riff-raff has more to do with that inner sense of dress-code than which establishments you have dined in!

  3. Please don't ever wear a jacket of any kind with an open-necked shirt!


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