The Casual Uniform

I have a failsafe uniform for those casual evenings. I always feel appropriately dressed in it — not over dressed, never underdressed. At the risk of being thought a one-trick pony, I highly recommend having several mix and match pieces that will see heavy action through the coming party months.

Here is mine:

Sweater: Black silk cable knit (and getting ready to be replaced, soon. But where to find another? Until then here are a couple of offerings in other yarns.)

The Spencer Sweater in Wool by J. Crew

The Spencer Sweater in Wool by J. Crew

Cashmere Cable Knit Sweater via Sierra Trading Post

Cashmere Cable Knit Sweater via Sierra Trading Post

Ivory, grey pencil stripe, or white shirt. (The classic pinpoint button down works well here as the collar holds up under the sweater or I use the collar bones to help prop up the collar points.)

The Sloane Model Shirt by Ralph Lauren Black Label

The Sloane Model Shirt by Ralph Lauren Black Label

Flat front super 110’s worsted wool medium grey or charcoal trousers. If you must buy clothing this season, buy a pair of flat front grey trousers, they are genius. Mine are the Todd model by Zanella.

Zanella\'s Todd Model Trouser via Nordstrom

Zanella's Todd Model Trouser via Nordstrom

Incotex\'s Luxury Wool Flat Front Trouser in Black and White via Sierra Trading Post

Incotex's Luxury Wool Flat Front Trouser in Black and White via Sierra Trading Post

Belgian shoes, Venetian or penny loafers. In black. It’s night.

Mr. Casual in Calf by Belgian Shoes

Mr. Casual in Calf by Belgian Shoes

Gravati\'s Suede Loafer via Zappos Couture

Gravati's Suede Loafer via Zappos Couture

A. Testoni\'s Penny Loafer via Zappos Couture

A. Testoni's Penny Loafer via Zappos Couture

Opt; neckerchief in black and tan, or black, white and red. For the colder evenings.

Ralph Lauren\'s St. James Spots Silk Square

Ralph Lauren's St. James Spots Silk Square

With no time to dress or a need to travel light, my uniform gets me through any number of situations. After all, if a variation of it is good enough for this guy…

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7 Responses to The Casual Uniform

  1. like2run says:

    Great thread. What kind of pants is Ralph Lauren wearing? I can’t tell from the photo.

  2. Hello L2R, his own, I’m sure. But he does have London tailors. I believe they are flannels.

  3. Fairfax says:

    I would love to see what you think the equivalent is for women…

  4. That’s a thought Fairfax! I’ll ruminate about that for a bit. I would think that the obvious answer is the perennial LBD, but I can try to explore other options… .

  5. pve design says:

    … and what would be the equivalent female version, please espouse!

  6. pve design says:

    oh bother, I failed to see the above comment from Fairfax – ditto.
    repetition is the mother of learning.

  7. Fairfax says:

    I like the LBD, but is it for casual wear?

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