Easy and Elegant Life

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Lounge Suits and Loungewear.

I've been slouching around recently, giving things like an unconstructed (green!) DB a try. Blue jeans have also made an appearance on the scene now that it's getting cooler.

Yesterday, Mrs. E. and I had the privilege of attending the baptism of two of our children's friends and as we were headed to a church, it was high-holy-day-time with navy chalkstripes, black shoes and black and pink striped grenadine tie. The construction of the jacket was liberating in a way. I got to relax more and let the structure make me look better than I have a right to expect.

That seems counterintuitive, but there we have it. Even the Lord of Louche, Bryan Ferry, is a fan of English tailoring for everyday wear and has “used every tailor on the Row” by his own admission. Rumour has it his go-to tailor at the moment is A&S. The suit that he wears would have once been called a “lounge suit” as it was decidedly more relaxed than the morning coats and frock coats of the Victorian crowd. Indeed A&S is known for its soft construction. But it is far more structured than that unlined, uncanvassed green number I'm wearing above.

So, it's a bit of a fine line, this unconstructed look. Here in the States, I dont think it will catch on for workwear for the accountants, bankers and lawyers, but it may with the creative/fashion folks. I suppose that you have to weigh your image carefully. In what would you be most comfortable and in what will your public most like to see you?

To bring it back around to a musician theme, are you more early Beatles or more Rolling Stones? And, is it by preference or “station”?


3 thoughts on “Lounge Suits and Loungewear.

  1. “are you more early Beatles or more Rolling Stones?” Hmm, back then, Beatles.Eagerly anticipated each new record and was sad when they broke up. But today, a glance at my iTunes playlist reveals more Stones than Fabs, all the way up to Exile. Speaking of the Stones, Elegantologist, have you noticed that Jagger used to dress quite well? Today Charlie Watts sets the standard and the others look like a bunch of pirates, which I assume is their intent. And even though you didn’t ask, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry/Antony Price in the early 1970’s changed the way I appreciated rock bands.

  2. Douglas in Philadephia, yes, it’s funny how my tastes have regressed a bit. Charlie Watts has long been a client of The Row. I think Jagger uses Oswald Boatang from time to time. “Off duty” I see him in a lot of sportscoats and jeans. Roxy changed my listening habits, too. Softened them up from The Sex Pistols and Dead Kennedys, etc. . The power of style!

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