Monday, November 8, 2010
I wore mine out a year or two ago and I have to admit that I miss it. My stroller, that is. The black jacket and striped or checked trousers that is one form of proper dress for a formal afternoon is actually more useful than one might think.
Now one's traditionally correct opportunities to wear formal daywear are few, being principally limited to afternoon weddings as even the world's diplomatic corps has abandoned it for the most part. And unless one is the father of a family of daughters or a serial husband-to-be, a morning coat could be difficult to justify. The stroller though is a different story.
Simply a conventional jacket rather than a tailcoat, the stroller's color and jetted pockets make it a bit more formal than most odd jackets, but not so much as to draw attention. Cut as a DB, few recognize it as anything other than a black odd jacket (one that fits right into a world so full of black suits). Jacket and trousers serve their traditional functions when worn together. More importantly, they are useful separates as well.
Paired with plain gray flannels and black shoes the black jacket is a slightly more formal version of the navy blazer that can be worn more places than a gold-buttoned coat. Worn separately, most formal trouser patterns are similar enough to the not-uncommon gray glen check pattern that is often worn under that same navy blazer and are equally at home with a navy cardigan sweater or the in-between knit that is the pub jacket. Indeed, there were so many occasions that lent themselves to jacket, trousers or both, my stroller was the rare item of clothing that I literally wore out.
And so I say, consider the stroller. It is considerably more versatile than one might expect.