Originally Posted by Flashman
I strongly recommend the 'fedora' - I got my black 'Burlington - Fedora' from Bates of London and it is worn usually with a grey or navy (plain and pin-stripe) suit, a rain-mack or over coat....I know it does look good.
I'm sure it does look good with an outer coat; it's much "easier" (and to me more appropriate) to wear a hat with a coat than with a suit alone (as you mention here). That way there's a...
Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
Dunn...were stuck in a time warp, with shop, merchandise and staff looking like remnants from the 1950s/early 60s.
In my opinion, a very good stylistic period in which to have been stuck!
Originally Posted by T&A
Solid, unspectacular, even dull to many tastes, but somehow representative of a certain very particular sort of fogeyish Englishness. I loved the place.
Originally Posted by lasbar
I love the look smart fitted suit with a pristine open neck shirt...
My thoughts run on these lines:
1. A tie gives a much better visual balance than does a gaping open-necked shirt.
2. Suit = formal. Open-necked shirt = casual.
Therefore, suit +open-necked shirt = incongruous mixture,
The result is mixed message, mixed metaphor, mixed modes.
The reductio ad absurdum of this is suit +...
Originally Posted by tripp
Let me get this straight: if your pants match your jacket, the absence of a nectie will be painfully obvious? but if i switch out the suit pants for odd trousers, i'm good? Conventions such as this contributed greatly to an office culture of flip-flops and baggy khakis in the 90s and leaves suits affixed to the back of the closet.
To me an open-necked shirt with sports jacket, blazer or suit simply looks...
Originally Posted by JayJay
Yes, I agree. It has to be the right size/shape for one's head, worn at an appropriate angle, and worn with confidence. Otherwise, it can look awful.
Isn't it easier with an overcoat or raincoat than with a suit alone? With an outer coat it is more obvious that the hat is worn for practical reasons and the look cannot so readily be called "costumey".
Originally Posted by culverwood
It can get pretty hot in Africa and Australia but I would always prefer to wear a lightweight trouser than a short with probably a long sleeve shirt...if you are walking all day long, for day after day cover from the sun (and that includes a hat) is better in hot weather.
I couldn't agree more.
Isn't the problem the currently accepted (but surely false) idea that comfortable clothing = minimal clothing?
Originally Posted by bartil
Here's another (or maybe the same?) Grenfell cloth trench coat: http://www.lostworldsinc.com/Grenfel...rench_Coat.htm
Anyone who knows more about this coat, the quality, size, possibility to complement with an inner button-liner etc.?
I was lucky enough to win one of these on eBay uk some years ago. I can honestly say that it is the most waterproof cotton coat I have ever owned - much better in this respect...