Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day

Despite the only six-hour, Jerry Lewis-less Telethon this year, today is still Labor Day in the United States. That signals the unofficial end of summer here, so today is the final day for cotton or linen suits in summer colors (generally white, tan, light blue, light gray or seersucker; in my opinion, linen or poplin suits in darker colors are still permissible for as long as the weather is warm enough to warrant them), straw hats, white bucks, spectator shoes, cotton ties, and any of the other sartorial trappings of summer.

But clotheshorses should never fear this holiday, and most of us look forward to it in anticipation: now comes the two seasons for flannel, tweed, corduroy, moleskin, oxford cloth button-downs, wool ties, sweaters, scarves, felt hats, sumptuous overcoats, and all of the other luxuries of dressing for cool and cold weather.

Welcome to fall.

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