Tuesday, May 15, 2012
You probably already know that in the early twentieth century wealthy men began wearing cream colored flannel trousers with their navy suit jackets at resorts, a fashion that was the seed of both the blazer specifically and the odd jacket generally. And to this day the most classic trouser to wear with a blazer during the day is cream colored, like the best dressed former President in the photograph.
So far as I am aware, no-one ever recorded the evolution of those cream colored trousers into the khaki chinos worn as part of the California tuxedo, the tan cavalry twill that author Bernhard Roetzel described as part of the English uniform, or the ubiquitous gray flannels (that latter happened in the span of a single generation, perhaps driven by the cost of cleaning those off-whites in a world still heated by coal fires). But the style did evolve, and today the original color is remarkable.
The little examination possible of Mr. Kennedy's trousers finds them looking a bit too crisp for flannel and probably a wool twill or gabardine, either a more practical choice for warmer days anyway. He wears them with penny loafer styled slip-on shoes, and those, lightly brogued chestnut colored oxfords or spectators are a fine complement to the pairing of blue and cream.
Worthy of emulation.