Most of us would find many of the clothes Apparel Arts thought of as summer wear years ago just too heavy for the heat these days, but those same things would be great for sunny days in the spring and fall. Take, for example, this dashing combination of a brown gabardine jacket and gray and white flannel trousers. Replace the white bucks with saddle shoes and the boater with a felt hat and step out on a shoulder season afternoon. It's two twists on items that are useful separately and just different enough so a wearer won't see himself coming and going.
I wonder how many readers would like to join me in a cloth commission for two of England's greatest mills to bring this look to life? The jacketing would be brown gabardine, and the trouser cloth a lightweight flannel that will appear pearl gray from a few feet away. The cost would be a total of $600 for coat and trouser lengths (2.5 meters of gabardine and two meters of flannel).
An order will require something in excess half a dozen participants. Email me if interested. I'll have swatch samples in ten days or thereabouts.