It is a combination more commonly seen in the fall but I like to wear a checked shirt with a casual suit and a knit tie for summer weekends. And this weekend past was one of the last of them, for summer is drawing to a close. The symphony season opens in just two weeks (as the first black tie occasion of the season it may be a better harbinger of the seasonal change in wardrobes than the Labor Day holiday), and with that comes permission to bring out the fall clothes.
Of course, this year when warm weather officially began we did not see any for months, so undoubtedly we will have sunshine and heat until Christmas here. That would mean ignoring flannels and tweeds in favor of the mid-weight clothes that I have been wearing out all year. But whether they can be worn or not, it will be good to see those familiar faces as well as some new ones. For the end of each season is a time when the things we have not seen for months are remembered fondly, and what were favorites some months ago are greeted with boredom now.
All that inevitably leads back to checked weekend shirts, for they are an autumnal staple in a class with Shetland sweaters and chukka boots. Try them with a jacket and a necktie.