• Wardrobe VI

    Dress Code  

    It’s the heat of summer and that means it’s time to make good on all those wedding invitations you—rather, your girl—RSVP’d for.  Summer formal can seem a bit daunting given all the fabrics appropriate for such a celebration...especially if the wedding is in the south.  Seersucker? Linen? Lightweight cotton?  Go with wool.  A tropical weight wool goes a long way in keeping you cool.  And grey ensures you only draw attention to yourself on your terms—say, when the seven piece band kicks in.  Pair it with white bucks to let everyone know that, although an impeccable dresser, you don't take yourself too seriously.

    Your jacket is breathable, sure, but you're not obligated to keep it on the entire night.  Losing your coat while you burn up the dance floor only means your braces get to show their true colors.  If your moves haven’t already declared “I know what I’m doing,” your braces will.

    1. Rugby grey tropical wool trousers
    2. Social Primer for Brooks Brothers reversible silk bow tie
    3. Ralph Lauren silk braces
    4. Rugby silk repp stripe wallet
    5. Smathers & Branson needlepoint flask
    6. Jack Robie gingham dress shirt
    7. Randolph Engineering aviators
    8. Timex Easy Reader with alligator leather strap
    9. Tommy Hilfiger white bucks
    10. Rugby grey tropical wool jacket
    11. Cotton pocket square

    Jun 27, 2011 | Permalink (17) Total Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/2/2011 at 3:32 PM:

    @AEV—Much like I will wear a collar pin with a button down collar (unbuttoned), I will wear braces with looped trousers.  I prefer things slightly off…one or two things imperfect about my look at any given time.  That’s a product of my personal style.  I know the rules—and it’s with that knowledge that I occasionally break them.


    A Sartorial Virgin left a comment on 7/2/2011 at 5:50 AM:

    Absolutely wonderful look.


    Joey Dee left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 6:07 PM:

    Nice pieces. Love the straps especially.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 9:31 AM:

    @Seouldout—The last time I checked, drinks aren’t served until the reception.


    seouldout left a comment on 7/1/2011 at 8:54 AM:

    Much of your kit is quite good.  And you have to bring booze to a wedding?!  What are they?  Mormons?  Or just cheap?


    Nathan left a comment on 6/30/2011 at 10:28 AM:

    What tool do you use to replace the bands on your watch?


    PrepFan left a comment on 6/30/2011 at 6:49 AM:

    those braces really bring together the outfit! well done!


    Ryan left a comment on 6/28/2011 at 3:29 PM:

    Just bought a similar pair of men’s sunglasses so this just reaffirmed my faith in the purchase.


    AEV left a comment on 6/28/2011 at 11:53 AM:

    Great items Fred. Shouldn’t braces only be worn w/o belt loops?


    Al left a comment on 6/27/2011 at 7:41 PM:

    You could do some serious wedding crashing in this look.


    dam left a comment on 6/27/2011 at 2:52 PM:

    @David go for the white!  You can bring some Southern style over to old England

    Gingham is a great way to add some color to a look…great selection on this one!


    NWR left a comment on 6/27/2011 at 12:50 PM:

    A+


    CHC left a comment on 6/27/2011 at 12:02 PM:

    Love the suspenders and flask!


    David left a comment on 6/27/2011 at 11:43 AM:

    I am thinking about getting some Bucks but not sure I am brave enough to go for white !


    CJ Adams left a comment on 6/27/2011 at 10:24 AM:

    Love it. Wore an almost identical outfit to a wedding this past weekend. The white bucks make it, in my opinion.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 6/27/2011 at 10:11 AM:

    @G.S.O.—Firefly vodka.


    G.S.O left a comment on 6/27/2011 at 10:10 AM:

    What do you put in that lovely flask ?


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