The Easy and Elegant Life Housecoat: Wearing a Cashmere Cardigan.

(From Barbera’s eMagazine)

Well, here we are at the first Wednesday in January. How is your resolve to live a little more elegantly holding out?

Mrs. E. and I have been fortunate to have shared a playdate and several wonderful bottles of Musar Jeune with our neighbors, the Broadbents (if you haven’t followed Bartholomew on Facebook yet, please do.) Last evening we split an ounce of “fishberry jam” (as Patrick Dennis called it) and a bottle of Louis Roderer Champagne to celebrate a dear and close friend’s news that the cyst is benign.

I have completed my exercises for the third day in a row. (Yes, I am sore. But I sleep like a baby, and whilst I haven’t lost weight, I’m toning up fast. I don’t really care what I weigh as long as my clothing fits.) I’ve finished “True Prep” (amusing) and begun “Crossing the Heart of Africa” (fascinating!)

If there is a fly in the ointment, it is that I seem stuck in country clothes. It’s a bit chilly, with temperatures hovering around freezing and not expected to climb out of the high 30’s (ºF), and I’ve far too much housework to do. Thus the country clothes. It’s easy to bang around in cords, cordovan, tweed and merino or cashmere. This stuff is made to take a beating. With the possible exception of cashmere, of course, but aren’t we entitled to a bit of luxury during the grind?

Take our perpetually stylish man above who is comfortably, yet elegantly dressed. Mr. Barbera is at his factory in flannels, tweed, suede and the one piece of kit for which I am continually on the hunt: the cashmere cardigan. A well-fitting, well-constructed (i.e. not distressed — good news! no longer should you worry about rips, stains and moth holes — they’re hip!) and well-built of high quality cashmere fibres, cardigan is going to be your favourite piece of clothing during the winter months. It will take a tie nicely, goes with jeans and a sport coat and is comfortable to slip into first thing on a Saturday morning, sort of like a cashmere housecoat.

Until I find one, I’ll have to be content with merino wool pullovers and cashmere ties. Now off to continue the work toward a less cluttered house. Keep fighting the good fight.

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