Another warm day/cool night combo brings on yet another sartorial combination of dual personality. This time, a unifying theme brings seemingly disparate items together. Minor details deriving from equestrian traditions are found throughout.
Button down collars derive originally from the sport of polo. (Lands' End Original Oxford, $14.99 on sale). The throat latch on my mid-weight grey herringbone is another small equestrian touch. (Tweed jacket by Cricketeer, made in USA, $6.99. Hey, wait a minute, wasn't I wearing a version of this a year ago?). An English made regimental tie in thick silk from The Andover Shop ($1.00) and a pale pink square finish the look. All in all, a fine example of the concept of basics discussed yesterday. I do love that tweed jacket, and it's given me a lot of mileage. However, I am more than ready to put it aside by now.
heavy weight cotton drill (Polo, $3.99) are bring a touch of Spring to the outfit, in an unexpected but understated way. Or maybe I'm kidding myself. Seriously, cream pants and tweed? They also feature "top pockets" (pockets like jeans have), clearly a detail with roots in the days of mounted military. A surcingle belt, in Black Watch ribbon on cream with a brown leather closure, follows suit. A hoof pick belt in brown would have been better. One of these days...
crocuses (or, croci) , were my pasty white bare ankles, flashing between the cuff of my jeans and Bean blucher moccasins.
"Transitional" dressing is almost always tricky, but that's what makes it so much fun. Happy Spring.
p.s. speaking of "Last of the Season", many items are now on sale in the shop. Peruse.
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Wow, U got a tweed jacket for $6.99? Where arth thou shop?
Chukka boots derive their name, I believe, from a period in polo, called a chucker or chukka.
So chalk another one up to equestrian roots.
Though I'd really like to know the difference between chukka boots and desert boots.
Long time reader, but I rarely comment. Love the blog.
Something I have wondered for a while now, why are suede shoes associated with the country? I know they are not "shiny" and therefore not dressy. But it seems like they get dirty easily and are inherently harder to clean. I can see casual, but country?
Young Fogey: Desert boots have a crepe sole whereas chukka boots do not.
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