Times have changed since today's illustration was drawn. In an interview on Men.Style.Com, Varonique Nichanian, menswear designer for Hermes, tells us a man needs only a shirt, two cashmere sweaters, three polos, and one pair of jeans for a country weekend. Plus whatever sandals or moccasins he happens to be wearing.
We have weekend guests frequently and most of them seem to intuit her advice. I guess no-one ever told her (or them) that jeans are not permitted on most private golf courses. Including the one I play (perhaps it's a conspiracy by the pro shops to sell more clothing). I've grown accustomed to the awkward conversation as we get ready to depart for the round. "Do you have any other pants? Well, you'll need to buy some if we're going to play. Do you mind?"
Now, casual day wear is fine as far as it goes but it pleases me when the men make the effort to wear something dressier than jeans to dinner. The standard is not that high. In summer, which is much of the year, I try to strike a casual note myself with a white polo, black gabardine trousers and black slip-on shoes for meals at home.
I'm hoping without much optimism that a guest will surprise me with a white dinner jacket one of these days.