Easy and Elegant Life

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Days In: Wrapped in a Shawl.


On days that I spend mostly at The Manse, you will often find me in a comfortable sweater. To me, the shawl collar is one of the more versatile members of the knitwear family and one that I think the man who no longer wears a suit everyday and commutes to the office should embrace. The shawl collar, like the polo collar, eliminates the need to wear a collared shirt beneath it. Something I’m reluctant to try with a crew neck, or heaven forbid, a v-neck sweater.

Here, I’m wearing a grey henley. If I need to dress it up, a scarf fits right in and won’t look too studied in the winter. These thicker sweaters pair nicely with corduroy trousers (Mine happen to be rusty-red today…), moleskins, flannel or tweeds just as easily as they do with denim at the weekend. The combination of grey and cream or camel is particularly appealing to me. Throw on a long camel-hair coat and a pair of suede Chelsea boots for quick errands and you’ll be well dressed for whomever you may bump into.

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