Friday, November 4, 2011
City dwellers need gray odd jackets to complement their navy blazers fall through spring. Gray, or black and white that appears gray at a distance, looks better than brown in the evening, making it a more useful choice. Gray herringbone from the Isles of Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra in the Outer Hebrides is the classic cloth for cold weather, and something in a 10-12 ounce (300-360 gram) cashmere or lambswool complements it for spring and fall. Either of them are worn effectively with flannel trousers, oxford cloth shirts in the traditional panoply of colors and silk paisley pocket squares.
By the way, this pairing of gray jackets with navy blazers fails in summer. Gray is not the best color for sunshine, and light blue works better.
In the photograph, a jacket from W. Bill's 10-11 ounce (300-330 gram) Lamlana in a black and white barleycorn weave, at the basted fitting stage.