Hopefully I don't have to explain this to anyone who seeks out a blog like this, but for anyone else who might accidentally stumble upon this: A. There's no such thing as a "long sports coat."
Friday, April 29, 2022
"The famously frugal royal got plenty of wear out of his clothing according to Tina Brown's The Palace Papers."
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Apparently today -- May 15 -- was most traditionally "Straw Hat Day" in the United States, the day when it was no longer socially acceptable to wear a felt hat.
The reverse, Felt Hat Day, was often on September 15.
I say "often" because apparently this varied somewhat by era, but also by region within a given era. That's only sensible, as obviously it generally warms first in the south and latest in the north; concessions to weather, rather than to a fixed date -- especially if that date is arbitrary, like May 15 -- seem to be a better guideline, within reason. An equally logical argument could probably be made for the first day of spring, for Easter, for May 1 or May 15, or for Memorial Day for Straw Hat Day, according to locale and even to that locale's weather in a particular year.
For example, thankfully it's been unseasonably cool so far this year where I am in the Midwest, so it would make no sense to wear a straw hat when it's in the 60s -- or even 50s -- and raining, no matter how far it is into May.
(For a fascinating history of all of this, see the book Hatless Jack.)
Anyway, I bring this up this year because I just saw these neat photos on social media.
According to Hatless Jack, the straw hats men wore back in the day were usually inexpensive and pretty much disposable, so it was common for men to throw them out when Felt Hat Day came in September. Hopefully the men below were just staging a photo and weren't really doing the reverse and throwing out their felt hats!
Of course, these arbitrary dates and rules are mostly antiquated trivia in 2021; today few men wear dress hats at all, and those that do are free to do what they want.
Friday, December 18, 2020
Link: Prince Charles hates 'throwing anything away': Royal talks sustainable fashion, patching his old suits
Prince Charles gave an interview last month to Vogue magazine, discussing (among other things) permanent style.