Friday, November 20, 2009
The Summer Kit
Yes, I know it is almost winter time in the United States, and personally I hate spring (allergies) and summer. But, there are some items that a WASP may want to consider purchasing for summer weddings, resort wear, and possibly for casual Friday. And yes, before I begin, the basic kit can get you through year around and these items are not a necessity, but indeed WASPy.
Suits: Warm weather provides an opportunity to purchase seersucker, linen, pincord, and cotton suits. Never ever purchase a cotton/polyester poplin suit because it will not keep you cool. The unnatural fiber known as polyester does not breath, and you will be much better off with a 100% cotton suit. Both Press and Brooks sell the poly variety, but they both offer a 100% cotton version as well. Sure, the poly variety will not wrinkle as badly, but you are trying to be a WASP. We don't care so much about wrinkles as long as they are not excessive. A good daily steam after wearing will be all you need to solve this issue.
Sport Coats: Madras is the perfect casual sport coat, but it is not for the faint of heart. You will definitely receive comments, and never mix two plaid items, ex. coat and trouser. Keep the tie and shirt simple when wearing this bold pattern jacket.
Shoes: White Bucks are essential for summer and they look great with seersucker suits, and chinos with your navy blazer. This shoe was actually worn year around on Ivy League campuses, but somewhere along the line in became a crime to wear them after Labor Day. I am considering breaking the rule this winter, but that is your decision to make.
Photos are from Paul Stuart and J Press