It is always a pleasure to visit London and Paris, where the suit is a more common sight than it is in American cities. This past trip I was reminded how much my dress has been influenced by my time in the suburbs (which will be ending soon as I plan to move my own office back to San Francisco). Brown suits and odd jackets are fine as far as they go, but some days a man just misses dark city suits like the one worn by the late Baron de Rede in the photograph.
The combination of dark shoes, a charcoal or navy suit, dress shirt, foulard necktie and white linen pocket square is where we came from post frock coat. It is too often relegated to evening wear today. By choice I would wear blind brogues, a good pair of cufflinks and a six button double breasted most weekdays, and be content.