Monday, October 18, 2010
These patterns are mostly the influence of the Scots, if you will, and for several reasons. The first is Scotland's influence on British style, stemming from the evolution of the black and white shepherd's plaid into the broad range of tweed designs intended to blend into the Scottish countryside. And, secondly, it is cold in Scotland so those patterns tend to be worn in the fall and winter. Finally, though I do not know what they do in India and China these days, the best textiles have always been woven in colder climates with pure and very cold water with which to finish the cloth. And so the mills weaving suiting cloth in Britain tended to be located in Scotland.
Now I grant you that the patterns in most business suits are more subdued than today's herringbone, but that has as much to do with the "nothing too bold or it might not sell" inclination of the large retailer as it does the understandable desire of the businessperson to dress in clothes that will not get in the way of concluding a business transaction. But that should not rule out the chalk stripe or the glen check, and away from the office there is no reason to limit one's choices.
For fall is patterned.