Wednesday, November 24, 2010
There are never enough clothes in a suitcase in my opinion, but one way to add flexibility to a travel wardrobe is to include a suit that can do double duty as an odd jacket. I am aware of two ways to do this without it being obvious in a not-good way that one is wearing a suit as a separate.
The first route to travel flexibility is to commission a suit or two with buttons that can be changed out to match the occasion (you knew a tailor would be required for this somewhere did you not?). Called the Blazer Suit on the men's clothing forums, the switchable button approach is usually applied to navy suits with jacket buttons that can literally button in and out of the coat (the sleeve buttons are sewn onto a strip and buttoned into the buttonholes). Replace them with a set of brass and voila, a blazer to pair with gray trousers. The most useful Blazer Suits tend to be made from heavy, wrinkle-resistant fresco or mohair blends.
Equally amenable to wear as a separate is the patterned suit of flannel or tweed, with a jacket like the one in the photograph where the cloth might as easily have been made into an odd jacket in the first place. The bolder pattern of course makes the suit itself more useful in transit and in less formal settings than in urban conference rooms.
Either way, the suit jacket worn separately can add variety to a travel wardrobe with none but the wearer knowing the secret.