Thursday, November 19, 2009
Expanding The Kit
As far as dress goes, one can stop with the basic kit and you will forever look like you fit in the WASP establishment. But, if you are like me and you are a clothes horse, there are some things one will need to expand your wardrobe. Some (this is not a complete list) of these items will include:
Sport Coats: A Blackwatch Plaid is a nice alternative to the Navy Blazer for the fall/winter months. In addition, you might want to purchase a bold plaid jacket. Certainly, I would not recommend these purchases before buying all the pieces of the basic kit.
Suits: Not much to add her other than a tweed suit. Tweed is a WASP staple, and a nice tweed suit is certainly WASP.
Trousers: Corduroy trousers in khaki, olive, red, etc. are a WASPy pant, and I recommend a pair of blackwatch trousers for more informal occasions. As much as I desire a tartan suit, don't pair the blackwatch trousers with the blackwatch sport coat.
Shoes: Some were frustrated with my dislike of black shoes, and that is ok. Black shoes are certainly WASP, but I prefer a more relaxed tone. I hate black with navy, and I think brown adds life to charcoal. Thus, other than formal occasions I do not need black shoes. But for other shoe additions, consider a bit loafer, saddle shoes, and Belgian Loafers. The saddle shoes can we worn with sport coats and informal suits like tweed. The bit loafers can be worn with suits and sport coats. In addition, Belgians can be worn with either as well. These last two suggestions may upset some, but remember, a WASP is about relaxing and wearing casual pieces with formal ones.
Photos From: J Press, Alden, Belgian Loafers