Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The weather was cool to start the week but sunny, finally, and temperatures are expected to climb daily until they are in the 70s Fahrenheit (more than 21 C). So I rather optimistically took a light-weight suit out of storage, planning to wear it later in the week if those dreams do come true, even as I tied the red checked wool bow in the photo to go with my tweed. I hope it will be my last wool tie until autumn unless I have cause to visit the Southern Hemisphere this summer.
Just as a man gets tired of his winter suits before the change of the season, I have to admit that I have had enough of cashmere and wool neckties. I have been wearing little else these past months. Oh, there has been the odd madder of course as well as a grenadine or three, but the matte finish of challis and its peers is so compatible with tweed and flannel that my silk repps and jacquards have for the most part hung in the closet all winter. Now comes their time to shine, literally reflecting the light of spring.
I think of neckties in four groups lately. I like grenadines and silk knits for year-round wear; wool, cashmere, and madder for cool weather; linen, shantung and tussah silk for hot; and my conventional silks are relegated to spring through fall. This has something to do with what seems to be a continually increasing bent toward texture over color in my dress and it is personal rather than any kind of a fashion trend.
All that aside, the time for silk has hopefully now begun.