Spring/Summer Top 10: Chores, shirts and sweats
1. Drake’s bright-red suede chore jacket
I’ve been asked a few times over the years about these suede chore jackets from Drake’s. Personally I tend to prefer blouson styles, and chore coats in cottons, particularly vintage ones. But since getting this a month ago I’ve become a convert, largely for the lovely feel of the heavy suede.
I also loved the bright red. This might seem like an unusual choice, but I already had a Mont St Michel cotton in red, so I knew I’d like the colour with casual things like jeans and workwear chinos. And that’s how I’d wear this style of jacket - not with flannels or any smarter cottons.
Unfortunately I had quite a lot of colour transfer with the jacket, with the red rubbing off on my jeans and sweatshirt. It all came out in the wash, but I took it back to Drake’s to get the inside rubbed down and treated (with a suede protector) and that largely got rid of the issue. They've now done this on all stock, but be aware there will still be a little transfer. The size shown is a 40.
It might seem odd to include a mockneck in a Spring/Summer piece, but Michael Browne specifically designed this knit to be worn most of the year, as the lightest version of this style you can find.
Made in a fine merino and silk, it’s certainly lightweight - I barely noticed I was wearing it the few times I have. It comes in cream and navy - I took the navy, in medium.
And in any case, Michael deserves a shout-out for launching his own website selling accessories and clothing in his impeccable style. It launches tomorrow here.
This is another unlikely inclusion in a Spring/Summer write-up. My only excuse here is that Tony has just released them, and I wanted to cover it.
Tony is Tony Sylvester, whom readers may well know from his Instagram presence (@toneloki), work for Timothy Everest, and writings for various publications. He has started offering a small number of products that he loves, but finds difficult to source. These include leopard-print slippers, and now this beret.
It is strikingly different to most berets in being 'short flight', which means the volume of the beret is small, sitting close to the head. I find this easier to wear, and it avoids some associations, particularly military ones.
It is also, - I know Tony won't mind me saying - pretty rough and ready. The wool is not the finest, and nor is the make inside. But that is reflected in the price, and is what Tony wanted.
I tried one of these T-shirts from Allevol recently - a Japanese brand run by Taka Okabe of Clutch Cafe. They’re great in the same way as many other Japanese tees: circular knitted and heavy weight, but also have the same slight drawbacks of being slightly short and square in fit.
The cotton, however, is quite dense, which I know some readers will prefer to the looser, slubbier feel of the Warehouse ones I’ve mentioned before. That knit also seems to mean they lose their shape less.
Size-wise, I find I’m a little between sizes, liking the chest of the large, but waist of the medium. I ended up with the medium, and I think that was the right call.
One of best ways to dress down tailoring is wearing casual shirts. Unfortunately while there are lots of denim shirts out there from tailoring brands, and the occasional chambray, there’s little else.
Which is why I like this ‘Boy Scout’ shirt from Husbands in Paris. It’s made in a casual cotton twill that softens nicely with washing, and this shade of khaki - particularly as it fades - is quite a versatile one under tailoring, while remaining obviously casual.
The proportions of the shirt aren’t perfect for me, but then they rarely are with RTW shirts. I just dart the waist and make sure the shoulders fit and the sleeves are long enough. Here I took a 15.5” neck.
6. White socks: Tabio and WigWam
£35 and €22
As white socks have become more fashionable in recent years, I've had quite a few questions about my favourite pairs. My favourite cotton ones remain the AnonymousIsm ones recommended in the Autumn/Winter version of this list.
I know some people prefer wool socks though, particularly if their feet tend to cold rather than hot. In that case the best I've tried are Tabio wool rib ones, currently available at Trunk (above). The white is just the right shade of off-white, and the wool is fine enough that they feel lovely on the feet.
If you wanted more of a classic Ivy look, you'd want a wider rib than those Tabio ones. Perfect in that regard are WigWam sports socks, which Beige in Paris is stocking.
They are the original Ivy sock, and unsurprisingly are therefore the perfect rib and colour. But they are pretty rough too, and 37% nylon. I'm sure some will like the authenticity and the fact they're made in the US, but I found them uncomfortable and mention them only by way of contrast.
7. Colhay’s merino sport shirt
Ronnie at Colhay’s has just released his first Spring/Summer collection, and my favourite is the short-sleeved knit.
It’s heavier than most short sleeves like this, but that has the advantage that you can wear them more into the Spring and Summer. And the colour selection overall is perfect - navy, cream, dark brown and dark olive.
Fit-wise, I found this easier to fit than the knitwear. I was a solid 40, whereas with the other knits I find I’m between a 40 and a 42.
8. Casatlantic Mogador cotton trousers
This is only a brief mention, as I will do a fuller review piece on these trousers soon - many readers have been asking for one.
In brief, I’d describe the Casatlantic trousers as being very high rise (34cm at the front), in a great cotton that’s sturdy yet not rough, and with a wide leg throughout the three models that largely just tapers more with the different styles.
I took the Mogador in a size 32 in white, as for me they will be an occasional summer trouser, to wear with an untucked polo and canvas shoe or espadrilles - rather than an everyday chino.
9. RRL hand-knitted ranch cardigan
I have a real weakness for these cardigans, I think because they combine the menswear classic that is the shawl-collared cardigan, with a freedom to wear wildly different colours and patterns.
I bought this one this season as a treat to myself (even though I know I should wait until the sale with most RL) safe in the knowledge that I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it, given how much I love my navy one and cream one.
I found the weight was also good, which was nice because summer-weight ones are often pure cotton and too heavy as a result. This is a mix of linen, cotton and wooI. I took a medium.
10. The Real McCoy's quarter-zip sweatshirt
Regular readers will know I like a knit with a collar whenever possible. This is tough with sweatshirts (unless you get a hoodie) as there are few of them around. I have an old one from The Flat Head, but it doesn't seem to be available any more.
Fortunately, The Real McCoy's have started regularly restocking the style above, which I really like. It's relatively lightweight for a traditional sweat (9oz) but the loopwheel cotton is great, and the collar does that thing my Stoffa polo never quite does, which is stay up at the back (if you want it that way) but fold gracefully down at the front.
If you already have more than enough grey sweatshirts, try this 'milk' colour. Not something to wear with kids around or while eating pasta, but surprisingly easy to wear for something that is white, not cream. I have that colour, size medium.
Photography: Brands own, Permanent Style, or Alex Natt @adnatt
Thanks simon. Nothing for me on this list (maybe if the mogador was more cream coloured) but really enjoy these lists.
two qs from me if ok:
Did you ever get round to Speciale on Portobello?
Anywhere for knitted cotton Ts (rather than fancy fabrics like cashmere & silk!)
I didn’t I’m afraid, no.
Knitted cotton – John Smedley or Anthology?
Berg & Berg also has cotton knitted tees and polos this season in nice colors:
Thanks, I’d forgotten those were in cotton. Thought they were merino for some reason
Wonderful suede jacket, would there be any fading do you think over time with this bright colour of red?
What would you say is the most versatile colour and style of a suede jacket if you were to have an everyday one?
Thanks as always
Thanks Lucas. I don’t think there would be much fading, no.
The most versatile would be dark-brown suede, and either a chore or a bomber, depending on how casual you are. For me it’s a bomber like a Valstarino
Interesting to see how some garments can make one look younger. That’s certainly the case with the red suede jacket, it suits you well.
Looking forward to the review of the Casatlantic trousers.
The Top 10 seasonal clothes are always interesting but , particularly at the price points, seem more ‘Luxury Style’ then Permanent Style.
Robin, this site has always been about the finest menswear there is. It’s never pretended to focus on anything else.
But even then, a £59 hat, €150 trousers and £60 T-shirts are hardly the most expensive.
Yes I would side with Simon on this (as a frequent complainer about budgets). Really happy to see a sub-£200 pair of trousers on here. Well done SC
While most of the items featured by Simon are indeed at the upper range of what’s available in menswear, I, as a student with not a huge budget on clothes still find excellent styling inspiration for my day to day wear. I also look at Andreas Weinas and Mark Cho.
Good to know Thomas.
By the way, on the point of price, I should have highlighted that price is never a guiding reason for including anything – rather it’s about the brands that we cover, for very specific reasons. See post here.
Just read that article about the brands you feature and i fully agree with you. By the way, i have listened to the episode of HandCut Radio on which you participated. Is there any possibility you will be doing another one soon ?
Another HandCut appearance? No, no plans. Did you feel there was anything specific you’d have liked us to cover?
No, nothing in particular. I simply find your conversations with Aleks as you had on PS’s Youtube channel and HandCut Radio quite enjoyable to listen to.
Ah Ok, cool, that’s nice to know
I second that the Drake’s suede chores are fantastic, being the owner of the dark brown one. I’ve noticed a little rub-off on the beige chinos I’ve been wearing it with but nothing major. Would you recommend getting a lining put in Simon, or do you think it would change the feel of it? If so, would you line body and/or sleeves, in cotton or cupro? Thanks
I wouldn’t line it, personally, particularly as the effect should lessen a lot over time
I love summer, in fact living near Manchester, I have to say it is probably my favourite day of the year!
You get a whole day of it? How extravagant.
I always love these top 10s, particularly as an introduction to brands I haven’t previously tried, and this edition sets a very high bar. I’ve never heard of Casatlantic but their trousers look incredible, and the military infused style is exactly what I‘ve been looking for lately. Cheers, Simon!
How does the Drakes jacket fit? I keep delaying getting one until I can call into UK but Covid etc means I may buy online, talked to the helpful guys in Drakes but I’m still struggling (its a pain returning things from her (Mozambique) if I order wrong size) I have all measurements but feeling they look to fit small…. anyway, any help appreciated.
I found them roomy in the body, so no issues there. Ideally I’d have this fit slimmer in the body even.
I could have worn a 38, but wanted the 40 for the body length – that annoys me more these days, if something is too short because I went for a smaller size. And I can always alter the body if I want.
Thanks SImon, with your comments plus the Anonymous below I now think sizing up is the way…. I have a big chest but not the big stomach so my concerns with this sort of thing is that the chest fits but the rest of it feels huge…. your comments helped mate…. thanks again.
Oh good, pleased we could help
Gary for what it’s worth I went with a size up from my two other drakes cotton chore jackets. So a size larger than my usual chest size. Something about the thick suede and the fact it’s unlined with a slightly rough, grip-ey interior, made the larger size feel better and drape better when buttoned. Plus allows for a sweater or extra layer if I want.
Thanks, I think….I was just deciding on ordering my chest size but what you say about the suede and grippy nature makes perfect sense and was something that was on my mind…. now I am re-thinking the size. Thanks again, that helps.
I’ve been looking for a grey sweater that could go easily well under a tobacco suede blouson.
The ones from photos 1 and 9 seem to be a great choice.
Could you please tell me where are they from?
Well, there’s no shortage of good grey crewnecks out there.
The first is a sweatshirt from Merz B Schwanen via Trunk. The second is a cashmere from Colhays.
colhay’s merino sport shirt looks great. Quick question about merino t-shirts: How would you take care of them in summer – I mainly think of sweat.
You just need to wash them like knitwear – see our video with Audie or how to care for knitwear.
I find though, being wool and a knit, they smell a lot less than cotton tees. I usually only have to wash mine every other wear
Thanks for answering this Simon.
With Cashmere crew necks being an everyday work from home staple for me (work in software, so will be the uniform indefinitely bar the occasional office/client visit) I’ve been wondering this same thing.
Crew neck sweater, easy, a tee underneath means hand washing is minimal. However the Colhay’s knits fill a particular spring/summer hole for me, especially in Colhay’s usual colours, which I agree with you, are perfect (not only the colours, but the shades of those colours).
I was wondering how to go about washing as I wouldn’t want to wear a tee under it, just ruins it. Obviously going to require more hand washing than a sweater given this fact, but I can live with that.
Think I’ll go ahead and pull the trigger on the dark olive!
Nice to see Husbands on the list. I have one of their wool submariner sweaters. Classic design,but I’d advise to go up a size.
Agree Peter, I found them small
What shorts/chinos are you wearing with the navy t shirt?
Vintage army pair – see here
Simon has already given you something of an answer.
But if you like the style, you’ll have the best luck searching for OG-107 fatigues to find a similar style, with the large “pork chop” pocket. There are no shortage of vintage versions available, and it’s just as easy to find current reproductions.
I really enjoy these top 10s. Had never heard of Casatlantic but it looks an incredible brand, I’m tempted by those trousers.
Lovely recommendations! I especially like the Colhay’s knit which is a very smart-casual combination and the wonderful suede chore jacket.
That said, being a very keen beret wearer myself, I fail to see the attractiveness of Tony Sylvester’s “beret”. It appears to be more of a beanie with a tail (txertena in Basque language) than a beret. Short flight berets are nice and trendy, my grandfather would not leave the house without one, but this model does not appear to merit the name of beret as it does not have a flight. The sides are glued to the wearer’s head.
That might vary a little with the wearer PF – there is some space when I wear one, though it’s still fairly close
I agree with you re the beret. I much prefer Ethan Newton’s berets Tony Sylvester’s. They avoid any military connotations still (to me, at least) but don’t look like an acorn.
What’s your view on the drakes patchwork suede CHores compared to solid colours like yours?
Out of the below, which one would you prefer?
They’re not really my style to be honest Andy – even more ‘fun’ than this red one.
I think there’s a good risk you might get tired of it over the years, unless you have enough jackets that it will be a very occasional wear.
When it comes to sweatshirts, charcoal looks nice as well, or perhaps black.
Some good choices. Thanks for the ‘full disclosure’ on the Drakes suede. But I would be concerned that my lower layers would look bled-on when I took the suede off, that I would have to wash/clean them more often than I wanted to. Sorry to cavil, but is this really (in the terms of the Sale of Goods Act), and especially given the price, of merchantable quality?
Well, no idea on that legal point, but it’s only bleeding as much as, for example, a new pair of deep-dye indigo jeans would do.
And my jeans and sweat didn’t look bled on – you wouldn’t notice it unless someone pointed it out. But you would also want to wash it out. So yes, you do have to do that a bit more for the first few wears, but not forever.
Good list Simon, and really like that Husbands shirt particularly. Also reminds me of LEJ, based in London, who make some really beautiful shirts that are great for wearing more casually.
did you take your usual size in the boy scout shirt? It looks quite wide in the pictures in Husband’s webshop. I usually have size 15″ but it has been sold out for a while and does not seem to come again. I’m wondering if I can go down to 14½”. Based on their size chart, the sleeve length should be ok.
What do you think? Does it shrink a lot after washing?
It shrank a small amount, but not much.
It was wide for me in the body, but that’s the case with any RTW shirt. I just have to narrow it.
I think the quarter-zip sweater would be my pick. Has a nice vintage sportswear vibe without being slavishly retro.
How would you wear the Colhays knitted tee? My confusion with those is that they’re too smart for casual wear but too casual for tailoring. I generally don’t think collar-less shirts look good under tailoring. When people wear them this way, I can’t help but think that they’re doing so solely for the sake of “variety”—to wear something other than a shirt simply because it’s “different” although it never looks as good. And this kind of tee seems incongruous with a pair of beat-up jeans or chinos. It’s probably best on its own with a pair of smart-ish trousers, like tailored cotton trousers, for a warm-weather smart casual look. But I agree the colors are spot on.
You’re right that it’s not going to be as versatile as a normal shirt for smarter things, or plain T-shirt for casual things. But there’s room in most wardrobes for something more than those I think.
They come into their own in the Summer, with smartish shorts or linen trousers. Somehow more relaxed than a polo, yet more elegant than most polos out there too.
And they’re particularly nice under things like bombers, overshirts and so on in slightly warm weather, where you might have worn a crewneck sweater in colder weather.
I’ve featured them a few times with different outfits, see:
– Here with a bomber
– Here with linen trousers
Do you think that the knitted tee from Colhay can be worn with Anglo Italian shaved chinos? (And maybe an Overshirt) ?
Yes, I would have thought so
I like Colhay’s stuff generally. I recently bought their cream shawl collared cardigan and have hardly taken it off since. I also really like the look of the Colhay’s merino sport shirt. But, how would you wash it and how frequently? If you wear it next to the skin it would surely need washing after each wear. Then, how long do you think it would last?
See comment above on that Benjamin, from Jeldrik
I actually purchased the 1/4 zip from Real McCoy’s a couple weeks ago. It is great. I also got the 9oz loop wheel shorts – they’re really nice!
Thinking about adding the hoody.
Blimey – almost a sportswear three-piece
where are the green fatigue pants from worn with the Allevol T-shirt?
See above question from Jon, Sebastian…
Hi Simon, I’m looking for a army chino like your Armoury one. However, there is a tan chino from Casatlantic. As I know the Armoury new fit is not as “slim” as yours, I’m thinking whether Casatlantic can do the trick? Thxxx
No, I’d say the Casatlantic one is wider in the leg if anything. There are three cuts, which are slimmer at the hem, but they’re all pretty full through the thigh.
The rise is also very high, much more so than any Armoury ones.
I love the RRL Ranch cardigans too. But oh my the prices are eyewatering!
I know. Wait til the sale.
A bright red jacket? Who are you and what have you done with Simon? 😉
It was coming Andy… Just a short jump from purple Liverano to pink Orazio to red suede! Got to do it in baby steps
I await the open shirt and gold medallion. 🙂
Hi Simon you mention that the Colhay’s shirt is on the heavier side? It also looks like a somewhat tight knit. I’m a bit concerned that it would wear too hot/humid for NY summers.
I wouldn’t say it’s that tight, but yes it might be a bit warm for hot NY summers
I have a doubt with the RRL cardigan in particular, and with the complete brand in general.
I really like the style of the RRL garments, particulary the knitwear. Indeed I own a varity of them. But at the same time i am convinced that only the style and brand feeling can not justify the overprice. In terms of quality and hand craft (or the lack of it) I have my serious doubts that the price is justified. Obviously, there are a lot and many factors that define a purchase (for example the absolute subjetive of how much do you like an item), but in your opinion, it is justified the product/price relationship ?
I found the same issue with purple label, when you compare it with another existings brands like A&S (for example) and you see that the price triplicates.
thanks in advance for your opinon,
I think your concerns are perfectly justified, and applies to Purple Label in particular. The best defence really is the design team behind everything, which is one reason I tend to buy things from RL when I especially love the design side – whether pattern or cut/shape. In the end, this is what these brands prioritise, and it would genuinely be a terrible thing for menswear if it were lost. But it makes it harder to justify a grey crewneck
The thing with RRL is, with most of their products (say raw denim, henley shirts or leather jackets) your can probably find a similarly priced or cheaper item of superior quality. For instance, a shearling bomber from Eastman or The Real Mccoy’s is generally better made. That’s not the case with their southwest inspired knitwear, such as Simon’s cardigan above. In that example, there simply isn’t a competing product we can compare RRL’s offering to. Pendleton’s cardigan’s for instance, are much simpler, and frankly less interesting. In essence, if you like the aesthetic, they are really the only game in town.
Wanted to say how much I enjoy this post and others like it. Living in the mid-western US (a few hundred miles from Chicago), I do not have ready access to the type of bespoke or even high-quality MTM clothing that this site is mostly devoted to. So I very much value reliable coverage of heritage or true quality artisan brands (as opposed to those that are merely priced according to support heavy marketing of the name on the label) especially those with online stores.
I think my favorite item listed here is the Michael Browne mock neck. I’m always looking for warm-weather dress-shirt alternatives, like your Dartmoor, and this seems to fit the bill. I especially like the stitching/texture on the collar, which makes an otherwise smooth and fine piece appear slightly more rugged. Do you think the ecru would tend to “wash out” a lot of guys’ complexions? I’m reminded of another knitwear piece where you noted that, when it comes to cream rollnecks, guys should opt for more rugged, textured pieces (which have the disadvantage that they can’t be worn in warmer weather). I think maybe, even if true, the washed-out effect might dissipate if worn under a jacket. Thanks.
I don’t think it would wash out, but you’re right that the cream wouldn’t work on some people. Navy might be a safer choice.
I wouldn’t say the piece is rugged at all though. Even with the ribbing on the collar.
$1600 USD for a sweater made in China ? The RRL is an interesting design if you like the western look but you can buy
better quality UK or Italian made sweaters for half the price!
RTK, it really is very out of date to make any assumptions about the quality of anything based on the fact it’s made in China.
I’m not saying the RRL cardigan is worth the price necessarily, but it is very well made, and assuming it isn’t just on that assumption – without having seen it – doesn’t make much sense.
I have seen this cardigan in person and the design and quality are of reasonable quality. It was marked down to $600 when last I saw one available locally which was a much more palatable price.
When you say it’s of reasonably quality, what are you looking at out of interest?
I have long enjoyed reading your seasonal “Best/Top” articles. Along that line, I am wondering if there will be a “Best Cloths of Spring/Summer 2021” coming soon or if that series has been discontinued. If so, I would be the first of many (I’m sure) to say I’m sad to see it’s been discontinued.
I wasn’t planning on doing it again SH, no. To be honest, they had a lower response than I would have liked, and they are a little limiting, given they’re reporting on cloths that are only available for a few months.
I have actually found these pieces useful when choosing cloth for my own commissions. Cloth selection is surprisingly difficult and the shear volume of choice can be overwhelming. These pieces have proved useful to learn about pattern and cloth composition, weights etc even if the cloths featured are no longer available.
Perhaps a useful post would be you seasonal selection of cloths taken from across the spectrum perhaps rather than just new seasonal releases.
OK, good to know, thank you.
I guess the issue with doing pieces across the spectrum like that is it’s hard to know what to focus on, as there are thousands of fairly perennial cloths. But certainly noted you find this useful, and I’ll see if there’s another way to do it – maybe by looking at certain fibres or qualities or needs each time, like this piece on navy jackets?
Great list as always. I have the Drakes chore coat in dark brown and love its rugged classiness with a denim shirt. However, one thing I worry about is rain and I wear it less often as a result. I have treated it with the Saphir but wonder if that’s sufficient. Have you treated yours and does it hold up?
I haven’t, but you really shouldn’t worry too much about suede in the rain, Rob. Just let it dry out and brush the nap back up.
There’s a video here we did going through all the detail on this
Thank you, I will give that a look
As a UK resident, if I order one of these items and they ship from overseas into the UK, do I get charged duty? Is there a value threshold formula or % rate here or is it pretty random and inconsistent? Thank you
I’m afraid it’s impossible to generalise Bertie. There are consistent rules, but the rules are different from every country or economic region, depending on the trade deal between them.
Please add my endorsement for Colhay’s merino sport shirt. Definitely slim-cut, I sized up to XL for a 42″ chest. I appreciate the snug neck, the longer short sleeves, and the shorter but trim body length that complements higher rise trousers. I chose the camel which comes in a very appealing shade, more like a deep taupe. Would love it in medium grey if it was offered.
hi simon, are you aware one can purchase elevated tshirts which are not loopwheeled/heavyweight and have longer sleeves. The ones by drake’s fit me right up the alley (https://www.drakes.com/clothing/t-shirts/white-cotton-crew-neck-hiking-t-shirt) but the price is quite obscene. On the other hand, quality ones by most workwear brands are often too short in the sleeve. I live in singapore and real mccoy type loopwheel tees are too heavy in weight to be comfortable. Wondering if there are elevated alternatives instead of uniqlo ones
I’m not sure I’d call that price obscene. If you want a real quality T-shirt, it’s going to cost over £50 at least. Sunspel is pretty similar, and a lot of the Japanese are more expensive.
If the Drake’s really work for you, I’d go for that.
Shem – I’ve been wearing Asket (not to be confused with Arket) t-shirts for years if you’re looking for a fairly priced quality staple.
£30 per piece, made in Portugal, very good sizing range. I would recommend.
What are your opinions on the Asket chinos? How is the quality and value for the price? I’m looking for some basic casual chinos for the weekend.
I would like to second the Michael Browne mockneck. It’s really nice and the style is not showy at all in the flesh. I liked it so much I bought the Ecru and Navy. It’s the nicest knitwear I have bought in a while. The super 160s wool doesn’t feel too fine to the point it is fragile. It frames the face rather nicely.
In regards to s/s knitwear, have you got any recommendations for brands that do linen knitwear, particularly cardigans?
Hmm, no actually I don’t, sorry. Let me know if you find any you like.
Inis Meain does quite a lot of linen knitwear.
Great article as always. I’m wondering what glasses are in the picture of the Allevol t-shirt.
They’re vintage Ray Bans from Retrospecs. See article with them here:
I went for the Real McCoys quarter-zip sweatshirt in medium (I normally take the same size as you) but I’ve found it rather neat and that’s with nothing underneath. You haven’t has a problem with the size? Do you layer it?
No, I haven’t Malcolm. And yes, I wear a thin tee underneath
How do you think the Drakes chore coat in dark brown suede compares to the Valstar suede chore in terms of quality and versatility?
Iappreciate that you may not have tried the Valstar version but based on your knowledge and experience of both brands, your opinion would be appreciated.
A fantastically coincidental comment, as yesterday I was actually working on an article comparing those two – and making the argument that the important factor in comparing casual jackets like these is style and traditions of clothing, rather than formality or versatility.
That should be up next week. Sorry you have to wait a little bit!
Brilliant. Thanks Simon, looking forward to it.
Hi Simon, do you machine wash your Colhay’s merino sport shirt? Would it shrink? Thanks
Yes I do – the care is the same as on our Finest Polo really. Have a read of the guidance there
The Michael Browne mock neck is very nice. It’s a bit expensive but I will get a lot of use out of it. I wear roll necks throughout the winter and fall, both underneath jackets and on their own. To have one that can be comfortably worn in hot weather is great. It’s incredibly cool wearing. I have it in black, which works best for me but the other colors look great too.
I really like the Drakes chore jacket but am not convinced I would wear the red enough. As I am very distant from London, I am struggling to compare the rust and chocolate versions online. Have you seen them both and if so which do you think would be the most flexible – with jeans to grey flannels? I’m inclining to chocolate but wondering if I am being too cautious. Any advice gratefully received!
Chocolate definitely. The rust is lovely too, really nice, but chocolate will always be the most versatile.
Eg, you could wear chocolate with all the same things as rust, plus also grey trousers and black shoes – darker, colder combinations like that.
Simon, i am considering the quarter-zip sweatshirt from TRM and am wondering how you are finding it a few months down the line? I recall you are not normally a fan of zipped sweatshirts. In particular, do you find the collar stays up, and is the length ok for you? Thanks
Yes, good point on zips generally. I don’t mind it so much here, because it’s a casual item.
I do find the collar stays up, yes, and the length works. In an ideal world the collar would be a touch bigger, but that’s it.
Thanks Simon, that’s very helpful. Order placed!
I write here as I couldn’t find a more suited article.
I remember an article/ pictures of you with the RRL cardigan you own.
May you refer me to it?
Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year!
Sure, it’s here Henry
Simon, between which of Colhays knitted T-shirt would be most versatile in your option – brown or olive?
It probably depends what other clothes you would wear them with, either could be good (but brown less if you wear a lot of brown trousers, and same with olive)
Thanks for quick reply. Across summer it’s usually lighter colours worn as trousers, cream, stone, beige for example.
Also, do wear dark denim too.
Thankfully, I wouldn’t be as so bold as to wear brown on brown etc.
I think either would be great then – I’d tend to go with brown personally
Thank you. Have a great weekend.