Today's Apparel Arts image combines three items that have been on my mind lately, those being cream colored trousers, a glen checked odd jacket with a predominance of black or gray in the pattern, and a scarf worn instead of a necktie.
Now odd jackets should not normally be city garb, but we do need something to throw on for afternoons spent escorting out of town visitors to the museums. This one is of interest because both the color scheme and the pattern suit it for urban wear better than the predominantly brown coats that are most commonly seen. For gray and blue are city colors as you know, while brown and green are better in the country. And a large glen check that is almost but not quite a suit pattern reinforces that urban look. Look for it in a mid-weight worsted with some cashmere in the blend.
Then there are the cream colored trousers, a shade often overlooked by men accustomed to gray. Cream below the waist complements similar shades above it, and the infrequency with which it is seen these days give it an advantage. I am promised a pair of 17 ounce/500 gram cream colored flannels by trousermaker Salvatore Ambrosi, though some combination of the Italian postal service, Icelandic ash and the Easter holiday have apparently destined them to arrive when it is no longer cool enough to wear them. Holland & Sherry makes the cloth, which hangs straight as an arrow due to its weight.
Finally there is the scarf worn instead of a necktie, a touch that is seen about half the time on models showing the new looks of the Italian designers this season. Men who fear the necktie is too stodgy for their off duty time should consider the scarf. It closes the neck and, like the neckerchief or ascot, makes for the kind of finished appearance that suits the man who pays attention to his clothing.
Three items for your consideration for cool spring and warm fall, and perhaps fresher today than they were 75 years ago.