Men who are “mad for clothes,” as Charlie of The Andover Shop likes to say, are a funny lot. Wearied from summer and the monotony of donning as few and as thin of layers as possible, they’re simply dying to break out the fall layers. And so they invariably go online the day after Labor Day and start boasting to their menswear cohorts about their favorite tweeds, flannels, and Shaggy Dog sweaters.
Well don’t unpack that stuff just yet, because those are really winter clothes and we have to get through fall first.
Yesterday was the first official day of fall and it still felt like a summer day in most of the East. Today in New York it’s supposed to be 85. And so I’d like to remind you that there is a wonderful selection of bridge clothing that’s not madras and seersucker and nor is it tweed and flannel. In fact, it’s the kind of midweight clothing that you actually get the most mileage from.
For example, this wool and silk sportcoat from O’Connell’s:
… which would pair nicely with O’Connell’s charcoal gabardines (I have a pair myself), or these tropical wool trousers from J. Press in medium gray:
Add a buttondown by Mercer & Sons in one of their lightweight oxford fabrics, such as the Brompton Blue Royal Oxford:
And why not a tie in cotton, like this from General Knot & Co.:
Add some cotton argyles from Brooks and your footwear of choice and you’re all set for mild temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold.
Since moving East, my approach has been to drag out the old season as long as possible rather than jump the gun on the new. In other words, I try to get as much wear out of my transitional items as I can in the fall because I know that come December I’ll be forced to wear the heavy stuff exclusively. Then in March, when the average temperature is still only in the mid-40s, I’ll hang on to the heavy stuff as long as I can, knowing that pretty soon I’ll have to pack it all away. Carpe diem. — CC