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A Midlevel of Formality


I’ve often said that a grey day demands a bit of colour. I’ve gone a bit further today and worn a very different sort of shirt too. There are a lot of people who will tell you that you shouldn’t wear a French (double) cuff shirt with a blazer as the former is too formal for the latter.

On closer examination you will agree that the shirt is a bit formal with its spread collar and French (double) cuffs, but is made less so by its darker blue colour; some would argue it is neither fish nor fowl. Today, the weight of the gold and silver knot cufflinks felt reassuring as I swung my umbrella (not too enthusiastically) on the way to my tailor’s. At the moment though it is pouring down rain, and the pink and blue tie just cheers me up. The most useful part of today’s kit should have been some of these…. sheer brilliance.

There are rules and there are rules. Which ones do you break?

6 thoughts on “A Midlevel of Formality

  1. I think that ‘rain slippers’ must be a variant on the American English ‘rubbers’ – different again from the English ‘galoshes’ – which mean overboots in the USA and must not be confused with galosh-tops! The young lady in green looks most winsome is she a relation?

  2. Hello Mr. Storey, No relation. I love what she did with a standard pair of “rubbers,” which we call galoshes. I’m taking a pair of scissors to mine today!

  3. Thank you Mr. Meyer. This is my typical Friday kit. I’m beginning to dislike wearing clothes that haven’t been made for me. I’d like to find a pair of jeans that I could throw into a bag for those occasions when they would be needed, but am having trouble finding a cut that’s right. Or justifying the cost! Jeans have become very expensive.

  4. One of my dear friends loves to say, I have 2 wardrobes, cocktail or denim. I love mixing a bit of both. I love a tuxedo pant with a denim jacket or jeans with a tuxedo shirt… you get the idea. Not quite sure if there is a name for it, jest you must know.

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