Monday, December 15, 2008
When the going gets cool and a vest would be too formal for the occasion, try wearing a sleeveless sweater (v-neck pullover or cardigan) under a suit jacket, à la Jean Cocteau, the French surrealist poet, boxer, and filmmaker, in the photo.
Sweaters work best in different weights for different seasons. In winter, a tightly knit single ply cashmere is light but warm under a jacket (more plies are too much for indoor wear). For spring and fall, silk and linen blends cooperate with the milder temperatures. Either way, the sweater is often just enough to eliminate the need for a topcoat and its attendant bulk.
Add a silk scarf and a pair of pigskin gloves to be ready for the boulevards.