Are you such a clotheshorse that you’ll remember an outfit you saw on a mannequin a year ago? Well I remember browsing the Ralph Lauren Rhinelander mansion last spring and spotting an ensemble that made me stop and scrutinize. It was a gold-buttoned navy blazer paired with a white buttondown, no tie. But upon closer inspection, the shirt was not oxford cloth or other dress-shirt material, but the kind of knit fabric you find in a polo shirt. The elegant wool blazer paired with a top that was dress-shirt in form but sport shirt in fabric made for a stylish contrast. The rest of the outfit featured something like seersucker pants and a striped belt, and the whole thing made you want to sip a gin-and-tonic beside a body of water or grass tennis court.
As we never get tired of saying, the combination of formal and casual is one of the chief charms of this genre of dressing. So if you enjoy the unexpected as much as the tried-and-true, consider a the long-sleeved buttondown knit. — CC