Thursday, July 14, 2011
A reader asked to see one of the Panama hats that were mentioned in a couple of recent posts, and here is a washed out photographic example accompanied by another faux summer suit as well as a bit of the sunburn that a fellow gets when he does not wear one (that being a reference applying equally well to the hat and the suit).
The suit is a faux summer item as it is actually an older 13 ounce/400 gram gabardine that is just the right weight for cool summer days by the bay. And next up for Mr. Thomas Mahon's order book will be another gabardine double breasted, in a lighter than navy version of blue. That is because what the English once considered summer suitings are perfect for moderate temperatures even though they are too warm for most of us to wear in the heat these days. Traditional Solaro, for example, is another twelve ounce/ 360 gram cloth that is comfortable in San Francisco but would be impractical for a place like Washington D.C. in July.
Worn with a gray grenadine necktie, a shirt with black stripes on the white body, white linen hank, slip-on Edward Green Buckingham spectators and a panama hat.