Friday, November 5, 2010
I have been thinking about dressing for the suburbs quite a bit lately. Instead of five days a week in the City, I am spending three days at my warehouse cum studio in suburban California these days. Pinstripes are out of place there, and country suits no better. Friday suits are perfect. Of course, I have enough of those for one or two Fridays a week, and need enough for four or five.
I wrote about dressing for the suburbs in 2006, and if I have learned anything from my recent experience, it is something that is already known across the American South. Cotton is a good choice for suburban suits. The look - less formal than wool but more appropriate somehow than linen - seems to fit, as does the typical palette of browns, tans and mid-blues. And olive, of course. Just try to find it.
W. W. Chan made me a brown cashmere and cotton suit last winter that has been my favorite thing to wear on these warm fall days. The trouble is that if I am to get another I want olive to suit the season and there is no more cloth of that color. Nor have I been able to locate any olive gabardine in an 11 or 12 ounce (330 to 360 gram) weight that would suffice for somewhat cooler temperatures.
So here I am. I need a Friday suit that I can wear in the suburbs on temperate Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is back to the drawing board for cloth, and the tailor arrives in ten days.
Looks like I will be stuck with a worsted.