Thursday, July 21, 2011
One of the rather more remarkably stupid things I have done recently found me walking about midtown Manhattan in the heat for several hours yesterday afternoon. I must have sweated away a pound or two, which I suppose is a good thing. And I did come across the lightweight linen pub jacket in the photo.
I am of course an advocate of shirt jackets for casual wear as they provide a man with most of the aesthetic and all of the practical benefits of a jacket at perhaps a third of the cost. Another step down the structural scale from the shirt jacket/safariana is the pub jacket, that slightly more structured version of the cardigan sweater. One gives up the pockets of the shirt jacket, and that is a non-trivial thing, but retains the extended visual line that covers the waist and buttocks which is the other important reason to wear a jacket.
At any rate, Inis Meáin Knitting Company has made a nice version of the pub jacket for next Spring in a lightweight linen that will wear very cool. It will also wrinkle if you look so much as look at it cross-wise, but in this case the wrinkling looks as though it will be part of the charm. And I did buy the piece so we will find out.