Sunday, May 27, 2012
It being spring and all in the Northern hemisphere, the shirt jacket comes back into its own. Oh, we have them in tweed and in moleskin for running errands in cooler weather but the things really seem to make more sense on tieless days in cotton drill and, even better, linen. A man needs his pockets after all and, being unstructured, shirt jackets serve that function while wearing cooler than their canvassed brethren.
There being no summer in England to speak of, English clothes accommodate the heat reluctantly at best and the shirt jacket finds more of a place in the South of Europe, namely France and particularly Italy where Luca Montezemolo wears his natural colored linen version (despite its apparently pocketless state) in the photograph. In the über casual United States it may be even more at home. Tailors do them best by the way, for though you might expect that they would be sourced at bespoke shirtmakers that is hit and miss for many of those lack the equipment to sew 14 and 15 ounce (400-450 gram) cloth properly.
Finally I should point out that Montezemolo's black cotton mock turtleneck and cream cotton drill trousers are affordable basics that should be in every wardrobe. The triad of natural, black and cream colored clothing is as home in the North as it is in the South.