Madras Season Now Open; Nostalgic Fun Encouraged


Madras season is officially open, and what better way to declare it than with these shorts, found inside an Orvis catalog that arrived on Saturday.

A few years ago — during, say, the heyday of American Living — you may have noticed how it seemed like all the patch madras out there was excessively bright and garish — as if the patching itself weren’t go-to-hellish enough.

This pair struck me as noteworthy for being in the more subdued and very heyday (as in original heyday) shade of olive. The description at Orvis reads:

The retro styling in these comfy vintage cotton plaid shorts is a bit of fun nostalgia.

Happy Memorial Day. — CC

19 Comments on "Madras Season Now Open; Nostalgic Fun Encouraged"

  1. Christian | May 25, 2015 at 10:50 am |

    Wear with Weejuns and white oxford, sleeves rolled up.

  2. If only the inseam wasn’t so long…

  3. JTS

    Sewing machines do not exist in your universe? 😉

  4. Bags' Groove | May 25, 2015 at 3:38 pm |

    And if only the patchwork quilt wasn’t so loud. It’s a horrible, cruel world, ain’t it JTS?

  5. Walter Denton | May 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm |

    I like those shorts but I noticed that nowhere in the description is the term “Madras” used.

  6. Ward Wickers | May 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm |

    I like these shorts, too.

    @Walter —
    You got me to read the description. Orvis says, “… vintage washed for faded character …” I wonder what “vintage washed” means? Laundered 30 years ago, but not since because any wash not vintage would be a modern wash and that would be a bad thing?

    Anyway, Walter, thanks for the laugh.

  7. “Sewing machines do not exist in your universe?”

    I really need to get one and relearn how to use it at some point, all that 9th grade Home-Ec gone to waste…

    “And if only the patchwork quilt wasn’t so loud. It’s a horrible, cruel world, ain’t it JTS?”

    Ha, the louder the better!

  8. Seeing this post reminds me of what happened at lunch today. It’s a warm, sunny day. It’s past Memorial Day. And it’s Friday. If those don’t combine to give the perfect reason to wear a patchwork Madras jacket, what will? So I wore one today.

    At lunch, I got a number of compliments on how nice my “suit” was.


    Doesn’t anyone know the difference between a suit and a sport coat these days?

    OK, I’m in California, where people think that wearinng a t-shirt that has been recently washed counts as dressing nicely, but I’d really expect more people to know what’a a suit and what’s not.

  9. Bags' Groove | May 30, 2015 at 12:59 am |

    …”where people think that wearing a t-shirt that has been recently washed counts as dressing nicely” wins comment of the week prize.

  10. LA Escapee | May 30, 2015 at 5:48 am |

    If the t-shirt has not only been recently washed but recently ironed it counts as ultra-formal garb.

  11. Bags' Groove | May 30, 2015 at 11:39 am |

    Sorry LA Escapee, no second prizes this week.

  12. Dress like a child? I’ll keep my long trousers, thank you.

  13. @Bags’ Groove

    Isn’t it obvious that LA Escapee’s first prize was a one-way ticket from LA?

  14. lm, that one has been around for a while. A guy I used to know made that mistake in about 1990, and when I pointed out his error (gently, I thought), he brushed it off.

    If you never wear a sport coat or a suit, why would you know the difference between them?

  15. Christian | June 1, 2015 at 9:50 am |


    You sound positively Victorian. Do you have long trousers covering the legs of your furniture?

  16. Bags' Groove | June 1, 2015 at 9:54 am |

    @ Athlone
    You can take the boy out of LA, but you can’t take LA out of the boy, it would seem.
    I recommend a spell hanging around Harvard with intermittent pops to the Andover shop.

  17. @Henry

    I’ve used neither tampons nor sanitary napkins, but I’m quite confident that I’d be very unlikely to mistake one for the other.

  18. James Redhouse | June 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm |

    Bags’ Groove:

    I can assure you that you CAN take LA out of the boy. All it takes is an exposure to San Francisco or NY/New England culture and the substance-free LA influence disappears.

  19. Bags' Groove | June 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm |

    Having to resort to capitals to try to make your point, James? How unfortunate.

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