Travel jacket, knitwear and serge trousers

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Last Friday was annoyingly cold, and damp.  

Combinations of subdued, rich colours always give me the most pleasure - but it felt particularly appropriate on a day like this.

The textures of the three pieces also went well together: the fuzzy surface of a serge trouser, fluffy cashmere knitwear, and a matte cotton-twill jacket.

The trousers are those featured last week in my recent commissions from Whitcomb & Shaftesbury. Their texture is a result of the cloth's weight and short-haired woollen yarn (despite not being milled, like flannel).

The knitwear is a lightweight polo-collar cashmere/silk model from the Anderson & Sheppard Haberdashery, which is soft and lightweight. (But could be a little slimmer in the body - I wear a small).

And the Travel Jacket, also from the Haberdashery, is a heavy cotton that is smoother than the other two, and a nice foil to them with its muted grey/brown colour.

 

When I posted about the trousers, readers asked what I would wear them with, given I don’t usually wear navy trousers with sports jackets.

This A&S jacket is a great example - something well made but not tailored, which could have been worn with chinos but is dressed up considerably by having these on the bottom half.

It’s a point I’ve made before, but bears repeating: a well-cut formal trouser is a really effective way to dress up an otherwise casual outfit.

I wish more guys that don’t have to wear tailoring to the office would consider something like this, or flannel, with a casual jacket on top.

It works equally well for tailored linen trousers in the summer.

The jacket, by the way, really needs to be tried on and worn for a few minutes to be appreciated.

The heavy drill-cotton is wonderfully reassuring and comfortable - as only cotton can be. It feels like it moulds to the body.

It’s not quite as practical in the rain as a wool or waterproof, but it should also wear in nicely.

The main reason I’ve hung back from getting one of these A&S travel jackets is the price. At £1750, they’re surprisingly expensive.

They’re made in Italy, in a great cotton and with matte horn buttons - but the biggest reason for the cost is the huge number of bells and whistles.

I think there are 15 pockets on the whole thing, but I may have missed one.

On the left hip alone there is an external patch pocket, with internal card pockets, a plunge pocket behind that, a zipped card pocket on the inside, another buttoned large pocket in the lining, and a space for keys on a strap behind that card pocket. You can see the last three in the image above.

It's insane. Yet the total effect is not bulky - unless you fill them all with stuff.

I’d highly recommend it, and there are other colours as well as some in corduroy, but you may have to fall in love with it to justify the price.

Elsewhere in the outfit are:

Photography: Jamie Ferguson @jkf_man

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Sam

I know what you mean about the jacket. It genuinly is a thing of beauty but I did nearly drop it on the floor in shock when I looled ay the price tag. Even by A&S standards it is pretty eyewatering.

Sam

Great looking outfit and something I’d wear (or at least the more affordable equivalents).

I appreciate from a photography point it’d be difficult but given the general focus on bespoke it’d be great if there could be a touch more focus on the forthcoming season than what to wear “today”. The trouser fabric post was a good case in point as almost all were winter trousers which hopefully will be going back in the wardrobe now and if commissioned later in the year to be ready for Autumn theres a fair chance the fabrics wont be available any more. For me at least more of a focus on summer fabrics (as per the jacket post) would have been more useful to give inspiration of what to commission now for the coming season/months.

Anonymous

I like it a lot but the price is just absurd… also who needs that many pockets. A regular field jacket or even safari jacket has a sufficient number of pockets…..

Matt

Nice jacket. Particularly like the colour and the matt texture of the cloth.

The price though… Wow. Although I guess all those pockets would come in handy for storing maxed-out credit cards and angry letters from the bank manager!

Colin

Love this combination. Thanks for the clarification on the A&S jacket, I too had been scratching my head on the price, but it looks fantastic in brown and a really substancial piece. In 15oz cotton do you think it is too heavy/warm for a ‘travel’ jacket. I always think of travel jackets as being a bit lighter (linen/cotton) but maybe my association is being in an airport, going to a warm climate, rather than all round travel!

Christian

Partly unrelated question/discussion:
Which is the first garment you’d normally start building any days’ outfit with? For me it’s often trousers but that’s more an effect of that being a bottleneck in my wardrobe.
An extended question would be, in what order do you usually put on/pick all parts of an outfit? Do you make up your mind days in advance or is it a creative process every morning with no formula to it?

Stephen Dolman

Hi Simon,
Why do you not normally wear navy trousers with a sports jacket? I find it works very well, especially with a Grey/Lightish prince of Wales check
Stephen Dolman

Herve

Your position on navy trousers is a bit simplistic Simon.

How can Corduroy, moleskin, chino, ( I could go on) look like one half of a suit?

Navy flannels with tweed? Fantastic idea.

Is it just that you don’t know yet?

Plus charcoal is a shade of grey; they are not different colours. My goodness you are not always right of course!!

Herve

Simon come on to style learning!

Navy flannel, dark brown/green tweed.

White button collar shirt.

Tabac suede shoe with yellow socks

Welcome in Paris!!

Herve

Of course and grey also!!

But the blue is less cold and has more interest.

We blend my 40 years style learning with your 10 and it arrives to 50!!

Good courage!

Josh

Herve sounds like an interesting newcomer to the blog, and if he’s got all that experience may be worth listening to. Could be the start of an Anglo-French discussion on Style, which could be enlightening.

What is it Simon that makes you so negative about blue trousers with an odd jacket?

All the best!

David

While Herve’s suggestion of navy flannels with tobacco shoes might not seem like such a great combination in my opinion, I think he has a point. Navy chinos with a casual gray jacket look great. More importantly, what is fundamentally wrong with trousers looking like part of a suit? Do you think it matters that much?

Alan

Simon, you mention this as a good choice for the office: in your opinion would it be fine to wear a jacket like this indoors?

JH

“I wish more guys that don’t have to wear tailoring to the office would consider something like this, or flannel, with a casual jacket on top.”

This is something I’ve been thinking about recently and what casual jacket options would work indoors e.g., for that non-tailored office (or Zoom calls for now). In other words, something you could still wear inside as you might a sports coat. It feels like lots of the obvious casual jacket types (blouson, harrington, most safari jackets etc) are really outerwear and would be weird to wear inside. Overshirts would obviously be fine inside. But I’m wondering if there are options that are a bit more “jacket” (either in construction or cloth or both) that would still work? What do you reckon about something like this: https://angloitalian.com/products/copy-of-field-shirt-navy-new ?

Anonymous

Simon

Cracking jacket. Love the style and colour. Can I ask, are you wearing oxford boots?

Anonymous

Would you ever wear such boots in summer? I’m finding myself wearing boots more and more.

lives in Suffolk

That jacket is lovely…. but what a price.

For the same money you (and your loved one) could have a night or two in Barcelona and go and commission a nice Teba jacket. Not the same thing, sure, but similar usage I imagine.

I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Teba on here?

Anonymous

Looking to get rid of your teba? I’m the same build and would blooming love a tweed one!

Tom

Nice post and a nice jacket!

However, is there any any other jacket more affordable which you would recommend (e.g. perhaps the the Desert jacket from Private White)?

Thanks!

Tom

Would be grate if you could, thanks! 2-3 alternatives at a lover price range would be sufficient. thanks!

Tom

Anonymous

Hi Simon… Reviving this old thread to ask whether you think the new Twin Track by PWVC (non wax) could be used similarly to this AS jacket? Thanks!

Anonymous

Got it, thanks. I would have thought that the waxed version would be significantly more “casual” than the AS jacket, wouldn’t you say so?

Scott

Simon, this is one of your better recent outfit combinations. That jacket is fantastic, particularly that grey/brown color. The idea of wearing a nicer pant, such as flannel, as part of a more casual ensemble is terrific and one that I’ll implement immediately.

Anonymous

Simon – what are your thoughts on versatility of chocolate brown vs navy color? I have a similar Tom Ford cotton jacket (less pockets) in green that is my absolute favorite out of the office. I’m looking at this AS to complement for days when I’m wearing something that does not quite work with green.

Tom

$600 for the polo? Good grief

yosef777

Sorry but what size is the A&S jacket?

malcolm

Hi Simon
You mention you wear a small in the jacket and knitwear in this post. I’m about to order online from A&S a cotton sweater , shetland sweater, and silk striped t-shirt. I’ve seen you in each of these in previous posts. I’m a similar build to you so wondering whether you sized down in these items as well? I guess it probably depends on the garment. Any help appreciated, saving me ordering, returning, reordering. Thanks

Anonymous

Simon –

Not the focus of the post clearly, but the orange ostrich band on your Jaeger LeCoultre is just great. I had thought it was pigskin until I noted your remarks. Do you have a “theory” on high contrast bands and would you care to reveal the approximate date of the watch (I believe it is vintage based on a prior post) and the source of the ostrich band?

Thank you.

David

I love this A&S jacket and have pondered it many times.
My principle problem with it is not the price, albeit it’s not cheap, it’s the fact that it isn’t waterproof or water resistant.
Compared to my old Loro Piana traveller it is just less versatile. If you are going to travel with a jacket like this, either in cotton or cord, you’d have to be damn sure it’s going to be dry and that’s a very limiting factor.
Sad because I’d really like to find a reason to buy it. The styling and quality is superb.
On the sartorial front Simon, I have to say, I don,t like T shirts showing like this, I really think it cheapens a look. Jason King would never have approved.
May I propose a PS neck square ?

Anonymous

Forgive the cynicism Simon but this reads as an advertorial hiding as an outfit compilation article – particularly given the luxe prices. Let’s not slip into GQ territory. Even for the well at heal prices go beyond ordinary consideration. What proportion of the poplulation might afford £1,700 for a cotton jacket? Please consider this point as style should be democratic or at least aspirationally realistic. The tailor Mark Powell once spoke of average earners (speaking of democracy) saving to buy one bespoke suit per year (and perhaps forgoing a holiday…), this was bespoke cutting with fine cloth – not RTW in cotton. I think an editorial differential needs to be made between true style and expensive luxe fashion garments, that although exceptionally well made, confuse fashion with style as they lack the true personalisation of bespoke (and the worthy investment into the craft)

David

A word in defence of A&S.
As a regular customer, I would say their prices are “ correct”.
Of course they aren’t cheap and they are much more, thank God, devoted to classic style than fashion.
The quality of many of their pieces is at the Loro Piana level and within that context, their pricing is entirely reasonable.
Their service and commitment to their customers is also off the Richter scale . Unlike their Bond Street Eurocrat competition.
A & S forever !
(Ps I wasn’t payed for this but doubtless I’ll get a nice cup of tea next time)

John

Hi Simon,
A very interesting post! You have succeeded in dispelling my misgivings about stand alone smart navy trousers. Within this outfit, it works well indeed! This might be the exception, perhaps!
But I still wonder why you have chosen Serge instead of any heavy weight alternative fabric.
John

Ron

Hi Simon

Sorry that this does not relate directly to the post. I am on the short side (5’7) and was wondering whether you know of any brands in the UK that specialises in clothes for the shorter man such as Peter Manning in the US? A few of my friends are even shorter than me – in the 5’3 to 5’7 range and also have the same question. I am thinking more about basic casual clothes such as casual shirts and jeans and in terms of budget, around the £40-£60 mark per item.

Jj

Hi Simon,
That’s a stunning jacket!
Have you ever worn it over a suit or similar?

Anonymous

Simon, two questions related to the jacket:

1. Would you wear it with jeans?
2. What is the warmest temperature that you would wear it in?

Thanks in advance!

Stephen Pini

Simon,

Interested to know your opinion on the serge fabric now you have had the chance to wear it.

I was thinking of having a pair of odd trousers commissioned by W&S (after a successful dinner suit commission) in a charcoal grey serge by Fox Brothers: https://www.themerchantfox.co.uk/products/fox-charcoal-serge

Would you recommend serge for trousers?

Regards,

Stephen

Stephen Pini

Thanks Simon, appreciate the feedback.

nathan

Hi, Simon. Just wondering if, after a couple of years of wear your recommendation for this jacket still holds? I love the look but would appreciate a quick follow-up just to aid in my decision as to whether or not to pull the trigger. Would you consider the navy to be a touch more versatile for someone without such a vast collection of clothes? Keep up the good work. Many thanks

nathan

Fantastic, thanks. I somehow managed to find one up in a sale for less than half price so it turned into a no-brainer.