Friday, March 11, 2011
I like to wear vests for walking or riding outdoors in warmer weather, and that seems timely with warm weather about to appear. Now, by vests in this context I don't mean a conventional waistcoat or a sleeveless piece of knitwear to wear under a jacket, nice as those are, but something sleeveless worn as outerwear. Give me a quilted nylon shell for protection against the wind (sport is probably the only time a man should be seen in man-made materials), a banded collar, a couple of pockets and a light cotton lining to trap some air to keep my torso warm. I'll wear it over a polo in combination with cotton drill trousers or a pair of Ghurka shorts and task-appropriate footwear.
Vests are ideal for golf or shooting as unlike a jacket they do not constrict movement.. Further, they are light enough to fold and stick out of the way if the heat of the day appears. Probably for these reasons the things are sold in every pro shop and sporitng goods store, although emergencies aside those do not always carry the best examples. The better versions are made by people like Barbour in Britain (though like so many things these days Barbour's vests are not necessarily made in Britain) and Husky and Valstar in Italy (despite its place in the pantheon of things worn by members of the British Royal Family, the Husky brand is owned by an Italian firm).
Vests undoubtedly come in all the colors of the rainbow but the nicest ones for sunny weather in my opinion blend into the landscape. That means the same not-so-dark-as-navy blue as a warm weather blazer, shades of olive, and soft yellows like the one in the photo.Without logos of course, or the name of one's club. After all, you already know you are a member.