Something caught my eye in Brooks Brothers recently: a blue buttondown shirt with a foulard-type pattern. It conjured up visions of Gant ads from the mid to late ’60s, or something like that. I did some Google searching but was unable to come up with a vintage image; perhaps someone can help.
Speaking of Gant, it’s they who make the shirt pictured above. The company also recently reached out to me promoting its new shirt guide on the Gant website, that includes some brand history for those interested.
Anyway, I hereby offer the foulard shirt (which must have a buttondown collar!) as a style suggestion likely to appeal to the younger guys, the Ivy jazz fans from England and Japan, or even the more daring men of advanced age. I’d say September is the perfect month to break out the white Levi’s, penny loafers, foulard shirt, and a navy blazer, with Bob Brookmeyer on your iPod.
Say, something like this:
Allen Edmonds’ Kenwood model:
Blazer by J. Press:
In closing, Brooks has several foulardy (or foolhardy) shirts currently available, which you can find here. — CC