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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post

Now my problem was that I faced quite hot and cooler weather (and rain) plus the rigours of travel,it was quite an extreme case I know but thinking about it the very hot weather is the hardest one to face with any kind of style I suppose.

I know that Italian and Spanish people get more hot days than us and they do on the whole seem to be able to dress with style in the heat,unlike most British people I am sad to say,so as the hotter weather is hopefully on its way how would we adapt The Look to cope with sumer 2014 ?.

I think the underlying problem is that the British have taken to adapting their clothing when our summers do not really require it. Seems to me they just break out their package holiday wear, shorts and the like. Not sure I want to fit in with that to be honest. Today for instance I was in 501s, polo shirt and trainers and did not burst into flames or anything.
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Originally Posted by covskin View Post

I think the underlying problem is that the British have taken to adapting their clothing when our summers do not really require it. Seems to me they just break out their package holiday wear, shorts and the like. Not sure I want to fit in with that to be honest. Today for instance I was in 501s, polo shirt and trainers and did not burst into flames or anything.

Spurred on by the high street stores - I walked past one the other day and the window display proclaimed 'Everlasting Summer'! In Essex?
post #378 of 673
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Originally Posted by covskin View Post


I think the underlying problem is that the British have taken to adapting their clothing when our summers do not really require it. Seems to me they just break out their package holiday wear, shorts and the like. Not sure I want to fit in with that to be honest. Today for instance I was in 501s, polo shirt and trainers and did not burst into flames or anything.

Last August I did think that I was going to burst into flames,we seem to get one or two stupidly hot weeks a year and the rest is warm and damp ( summer) or cooler and damp (rest of year).

We don't seem to get too much of the bitter cold winters that we used to get either,just rain.

I do agree about the British getting the shorts vests and flip flops out at any opportunity,I don't know why though.

501s,polo and trainers or maybe brogues sounds good for today.

post #379 of 673
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Originally Posted by Mr Knightley View Post


Spurred on by the high street stores - I walked past one the other day and the window display proclaimed 'Everlasting Summer'! In Essex?

Too much reading about "global warming" perhaps Mr K ?

post #380 of 673

Turtleneck or mock neck these days anyone?

post #381 of 673
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Turtleneck or mock neck these days anyone?

I was thinking about roll necks the other day,I used to wear them under Pringle or Jaeger v necks or an Ma1 flight jacket,I remember having a navy Lyle and Scott one and a light blue Pringle one.

Not sure about anything like that now,but they are good on a cold day.

post #382 of 673

I made another impulse buy yesterday,after years of saying that I wouldn't buy a Fred Perry shirt again,I did.

A blue cotton short sleeve shirt  but with the knitted collar and trim on the sleeves of a polo,I liked it many are going to hate them.

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Originally Posted by cerneabbas View Post
 

I was thinking about roll necks the other day,I used to wear them under Pringle or Jaeger v necks or an Ma1 flight jacket,I remember having a navy Lyle and Scott one and a light blue Pringle one.

Not sure about anything like that now,but they are good on a cold day.

I have a black Sea Island cotton John Smedley roll neck which I normally wear under a JS cotton v neck but sometimes under a suit.  It is so light that it never becomes uncomfortable.  I also have a cream / ivory Sunspel one that gets little wear for some reason.

 

In the 80s a John Smedley mock-turtle was de rigueur and I had a few.  Today my only mock turtle is a Boss in very dark plumb merino wool.  Only really suitable for the coldest of days.

 

But, yes I do like them as they give a rather smooth, elegant impression IMO.

post #384 of 673
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Originally Posted by baggycasual View Post

Turtleneck or mock neck these days anyone?

Not for me, best on a thinner, longer neck.
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I have a black cashmere rollneck that I will wear with a b/w herringbone blazer or by itself with charcoal dress trousers and smooths.  Also the Smedley sea island cotton one in a navy blue, definitely ultra-comfortable and pretty slick looking.  Nice with the brown sportcoat, charcoal trousers and Sanders brown suede chukkas-- get your Bullitt on!

 Mockneck, I don't have one but they look OK.  

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Originally Posted by Botolph View Post

I have a black cashmere rollneck that I will wear with a b/w herringbone blazer or by itself with charcoal dress trousers and smooths.  Also the Smedley sea island cotton one in a navy blue, definitely ultra-comfortable and pretty slick looking.  Nice with the brown sportcoat, charcoal trousers and Sanders brown suede chukkas-- get your Bullitt on!
 Mockneck, I don't have one but they look OK.  
Sounds very cool!
post #387 of 673
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I have been reflecting on the recent comments about maintaining the Look in warmer weather - or even just being able to dress reasonably well when the mercury climbs.

 

One of the problems here is Britain is the light.  Even on a very warm humid day in SE England it can often be dull, overcast and breezy.  So sporting lightweight, perhaps colourful clothing as you might on the Med just doesn't look right.

 

I am often reminded of an image that is still so vivid that showed me just how wrong we get it.  I used to work in the centre of Chelmsford (a largeish city in Essex) and on occasions found myself driving back to the office around lunchtime after a morning meeting somewhere or other. On this particular day as I drove through a park area all the usual pink, puffy flesh was on display (men and women alike in their skimpy, light coloured  clothes) when suddenly I spotted a group of what were probably Japanese young people on holiday.  It is an unusual sight in that town, which has been described by the Independent  as 'unremittingly mediocre' so I immediately slowed down to look at them more closely.  They were not only covered up but their beautiful clothing was almost all greys and blacks, albeit in lightweight fabrics.  What a great sight it was and immediately no one else seemed 'real'.

 

And when we are on holiday abroad our sartorial crimes can be even greater.  A year or two ago I was in Venice in early September.  It was Sunday afternoon and we were on the Grand Canal in a vaporetto.  It was warm (about 75F) and I felt OK in a navy FP (Made in Italy) and stone Boss cotton jeans and probably wearing more clothes than the average northern visitor.   Then I spotted this older lady exquisitely dressed in a very lightweight toffee colour tweed suit.  The jacket and skirt were slightly different, one being salt and pepper, the other herringbone and the material shaded to green in the light.  She wore some very large D&G sunglasses, carried a creamy brown bag in the finest leather  and was accompanied by a small Dachshund.  I guess she was already crossing over into her autumn / fall wardrobe.  Everyone else again, including me were immediately underdressed.  She shone out like a beacon.

 

Just a few ramblings really but I do feel that the old adage that it is always better to be overdressed than under still holds good even in an age of near nudity!

post #388 of 673
^ know what you are saying, though I think one of the problems with British summer garb, if we are to have it at all, is that it is so often dingy like washed-out knickers. Dull grey/brown camo material for the shorts and grubby design on grey/white material for the top. A bit of colour would be an improvement!
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^ know what you are saying, though I think one of the problems with British summer garb, if we are to have it at all, is that it is so often dingy like washed-out knickers. Dull grey/brown camo material for the shorts and grubby design on grey/white material for the top. A bit of colour would be an improvement!

 



I know what you mean! It's the worn out, grubby appearance that accompanies much summer kit that I also detest. I suppose a brightish polo with nicely tailored shorts and colourful espadrilles can look good on the right people....
post #390 of 673

This is a bit tenuous but came across these classic trainers from the 80's. I don't think these are kangeroo leather though unlike the iconic originals. Diadora B. Elite. £60 on SIZE?

 

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