Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Trail Blazer

I’ve scaled back my wardrobe building considerably. For one thing, I’m continuing to lose weight. I’d like to see how far I can get before I buy more clothes that won’t fit in two months. Also, the seasons are about to change. I own zero pairs of shorts and only a handful of short sleeved items.

In the meantime, I’m carefully constructing a wanted items list that includes a Brooks Brothers white OCBD, a pair of Sperry Top-Siders, madras shorts, and a summer driving cap. I’m always looking for sunglasses, ties, socks, hats, shoes and other size fixed items.

By the end of the year I’d like to add a suit or two as well as some personalized items for which I might decide to go the bespoke route. Among those items are a pair of bold patterned but muted color tartan trousers. I’m not crazy about black watch or Stewart and those two appear to make up 95% of the selection out there. It might be fun to search for a hunk of fabric that I could have made into trousers as well as a few accessories, like a tie, hat band, vest, etc. Another item that I’m more excited and nervous about is a blazer. Not just any blazer though. A hunter green blazer. You see, I have hazel eyes. They change day to day, sometimes they’re almost entirely green. And I’ve noticed that when I wear my olive green work shirt or hunter green BB sweater I get a lot of compliments. Of course they’re hard to find. It might be the perfect excuse to delve into bespoke clothing. Touch it up with a monogram and have it cut to perfection. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

These two offerings from Orvis are handsome in their own right, but not precisely what I'm imagining. Something about halfway between in color and texture. Not exactly a country club thing, but not quite a hunting jacket either. I wonder if I'll be able to name it if it comes out nice.

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