Ahh - by "hard" you mean "try hard"... yeah I can see how that could be levelled at him.
No I don't mean try hard - altho that may well be true.
I suppose like a lot of these things its hard to put in words but easier to show if I could get pics of the same person wearing hard then softer look.
Basically I think one of the big things wrong with most men here in Oz and possibly everywhere else - is dressing for a hard business look. I assume its tied up with Abbott like notions of masculinity and toughness vs femininity and softness, although many women do it too, possibly they are just as influenced by notions of masculinity = hardness and success /power in business.
I think the hard look is a bit overdone in business (one reason I like a lot of IVY influenced stuff) but is particularly problematic in casual clothes and at weekends.
Quickly - lets contrast say - in the same milieu - or meeting room - a dark grey/charcoal nondescript suit that you see everywhere - worsted - or even a navy suit ( which I don't see that much) and white poplin shirt with the usual good quality silk tie with a bit of shine and sparkle and black mirror shine spit polish shoes captoes with black nylon short socks, big blokey watch silver expanding link band - my other bloke is in a mid navy textured ,say hopsack weave, wool jacket, oxford cloth medium spread shirt, possibly even a plain blue silk knit tie, medium grey flannel ( I mean slight nap not necessarily full on unworsted flannel) grey wool OTC ribbed socks and dark brown suede shoes, plain flat medium size watch and brown leather strap.
Bloke No1 one is dressed hard - bloke No 2 soft.
No 2 in most cases is dressed more than appropriately for most situations these days. Or bloke two can dress in flannel suit, same blue shirt, medium dark brown leather shoes and subdued grenadine tie - still softer.
Now its not all that bad in a business situation but going casual and what do you see No 1 - casual fridays - (really casual Sunday to Saturday but lets leave that) jeans - even nice jeans are a bit hard looking, black polished shoes or boots, white shirt poplin and say an old worsted suit jacket - still a hard look. No 2 might go, clean khaki chinos, blue OCBD, suede chukkas or brown leather chukkas, relaxed cotton blue jacket.
An even harder look ,which sadly many suburban dads seem compelled to emulate (badly), is the rocker/ bikie look, leather jacket, jeans, dark t shirt, black boots leather, big belt buckle. Or some weak suburban variation of this look with leather car coat, Russian Mafia style, floral shirt or denim shirt, or the horror of horrors the orphan suit jacket worn over a T shirt etc.
The english - well at least those interested - might argue city vs country model - I'm more interested, at the moment, in hard vs soft in some ways.
You think 9.5oz flannel is too hot for summer here?
It depends a lot. As others have said.
If you walk 4 metres out of home to an air con car and then drive to an underground car park aircon and then up in the air con lift to and air con office and then repeat the same trip in reverse at night - as I have done at times then it depends how the inside environment is set - some I've been in you could wear an over coat all day inside in summer others you need shorts and bare feet in winter..
If in the other hand you walk 2 ks to the train,stand up with all the others for 30 minutes then walk 6 blocks to work and such then perhaps not.
Remember though - theres no one SUMMER in Melbourne - many a xmas day requires a woolly jumper and raincoat and theres many days when you wouldn't worry about wearing a parka.
You think 9.5oz flannel is too hot for summer here?
It's too hot for spring, let alone summer! I have a pair of these and yeah it's too hot already to wear them. It's only a fairly mild 24 here today and I wouldn't dream of it. So i'd stick with the nailhead. The nap of the flannel also has a lot more friction which kind of makes them even warmer than compared to a worsted or nailhead of the same weight.
yeah - its like linen says summer, cool blues and white even if they wear hot say summer.
I never feel right wearing a striped coloured canvas belt in winter. They say summer - or at least spring. Bare ankles and shoes - what do they say........
What is better for summer a fresco or a tropical worsted?
Bunny - I am always encouraging people to ask questions. Even silly ones. Heck I even indulge some of those misguided individuals what go sockless.
This question is one of yours I have problems with - theres others the same.
Its a short short question that is almost impossible to answer - theres no context, no background, no idea of why you are asking and it seems to assume theres one right answer.
You've already seen with a question above about "flannel" in summer that the answer, like most questions in life, varies - depending.
If you want help you need to expand more.
What summer where, is it for a suit, or pants or jacket, what do you have already, do you have an opinion, are you getting a bespoke suit made, will it be lined, do you know what fresco is, ...... and so on...
It depends - if you are walking outside on a 40C day then it really doesn't matter much what you are wearing - you'll be hot.
Maybe only 42.5C inside an open weave (fresco) unlined jacket as opposed to 44C inside a lined jacket or 41.5C inside a shirt with no jacket.
Some of these things are like debating the number of angels that can fit on a pin head - fascinating - but the answer doesn't make much real difference in everyday life.