Recognize anything on the two boys in the center? Sure everyone looks cheerful, but those boys seem to be channeling a kind of inner joy. Could it come from wearing bold patterns?
Or is the kind of fellow who’s drawn to bold patterns naturally jovial?
I have a blue/tan check on off-white sport jacket made of linen, silk and wool. The blue is much brighter than I realized, so it’s on the borderline of loud for my taste. At an August event, an old friend sidled up and said it took a bit of confidence to wear my jacket. It wasn’t a compliment. But within the next 15 minutes, two very attractive women sidled up and said they loved the jacket. One even stroked it. Perhaps that’s why the young men are smiling.
Speaking of eye catching patterns, Watching Andy Griffith Season 1 Ep 13 (Mayberry goes to Hollywood) and the producer from Hollywood wearing gorgeous Glen Plaid sack suit. A lot of great Ivy looks on AGS.
Everything’s a little brighter when I wear my Lilly-esque print pants or embroidered shorts. Then again, when I do GTH, I go all in ?
The more relaxed and expressive the person the greater their freedom to dress as they wish.
A. Tailor is right. And lots of this type end up (not accidentally) in professions that allow them to express themselves through what they wear. I know public school teachers who dress far better than low-to-mid-level fund managers in analysts who sit in a cubicle all day. The oppressive captivity of the non-iron shirt, non-iron “chinos, cheap leather belt, and a version of this shoe:
I like the plaids above, especially what appears to be Black Watch on the chap in the center, and possibly on the fellow in middle of the row below as well. I suspect they are cotton, and I would be very happy with a flannel version for cool weather. I have a few tweed sport coats in moderately large POW checks in fairly subdued shades, although I have some brighter versions in silk/wool/linen for spring and summer, as described by Whiskeydent.
S.E. – You have described perfectly the sad look of so many of the men I see around me, and it has little if anything to do with income or educational level. I suppose it is lack of imagination, or simply ignorance of the alternatives. Those shoes say it all.
I think black Watch pattern.