Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sometimes we learn from unexpected places. In the photo of the late Duke of Windsor's shirt storage (from the Sotheby's catalog for the auction of some of his personal posessions), five of the shirts in the left hand drawers appear to be nailheads or puppytooth patterns of one color or another. That is a subtle shirting that left to my own devices I might never have considered, and quite an oversight it would have been for the white in these patterns helps them blend nicely with jackets that also have some white in the weave. Since that is a significant fraction of all the coats in my wardrobe, nailheads are a most useful shirting.
Regular readers will remember that a bit of white in each fabric in jacket, shirt and necktie helps the three elements blend together and that is most useful for putting large patterns into context. Unblended, a big check stands out. But when everything works together, the eye keeps moving and the pattern is tamed.
Fortunately, I learned about nailhead shirtings from the Duke of Windsor.