Sunday, September 19, 2010
Forget worsted flannel, that pallid imitation made to wear better and weave into lighter weights. The good stuff is 13 ounce/400 gram cloth and heavier so it drapes and keeps the wearer toasty for a walk across town. Have an oxford gray solid, a navy blue with a gray chalk stripe and a brown glen check or, for those that cannot quite bring themselves to wear brown in town, gray with some brown in the weave. That last pattern, by the way, was the favorite of the English kings for that part of the twentieth century when there was a king.
The true flannel devotee of course will not stop with three. There is the air force blue solid, the narrow chalk stripe in charcoal , the houndstooth in gray or brown and the brown spot effect as well as rarer patterns. But six of them is a good number to my mind, for flannel suits are the best suits of all.