This black jacket is a good casual piece, despite it's being black in color, rendered in soft melton wool (which I was calling flannel until I realizee my mistake) with open patch pockets and zero shoulder pads (seriously, no shoulder pads at all). Some of you may remember it as one of my many button changing projects. The tie is a vintage 1980s Chaps Ralph Lauren tie found new with tags for $1.99. Black ties can be very dressy, but the tan stripes bring it down a notch, as well as making it compatible with...a dressier pair of khaki pants, charcoal cotton socks ($19.50/ package of three pair at Lands' End) and ...gasp!...brown loafers. Brown shoes with a black jacket?! Scandalous?! No, of course not, this is only clothes we're talking about. Remember, though I may be wearing a coat and tie, I'm wearing them by choice for a day of casual activities, including visits to such places as the coffee house, record store and church thrift shop. If you want to appear casual in a coat and tie, it helps if your outfit is not an essay in arcane rules but rather a study in well appointed comfort...within reason, of course.
Knockaround clothes for grown-ups, not pyjamas in public.