Got my W.W. Chan letter yesterday. I would like to have two blazers made up for me in the near future, one in the Black Watch tartan (if Chan can supply the fabric at reasonable cost) and a blue blazer. I am undecided between DB and SB in the blazer. However, my wife has expressed a strong distaste for the DB and I would like to keep the peace when it comes to my extravagances. Which brings us to the single-breasted blue blazer. I thought I would would go with black metal buttons for a more subdued look appropriate to a man of my mature years. I thought to make my new blazer more distinguished (and differentiated from department store blazers) I would specify angled hacking pockets and a ticket pocket. HOWEVER, the thought then occurred to me that since hacking pockets derive from riding apparel and the blazer is nautical in origin, I might be creating a horrible hybrid--neither fish nor fowl--and committing a stylistic crime akin to showing up at brunch at the yacht club in foxhunting "pink." (Don't let me get started about the sartorial holocaust I witnessed the last time I went to a yacht club luncheon--I was almost the only man wearing long pants or leather shoes.) Anyway, paging Manton or some other "Speaker of the Law": Are hacking pockets and a ticket pocket with a blue blazer a stylistic monstrosity or merely a manifestation of individual stylistic panache, as I had originally hoped?
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2/15/05 at 10:36pm