Despite the calendar’s indication of its arrival, true spring weather has yet to make an appearance here in NYC. Mild days make a coat unnecessary, yet a thin worsted fabric isn’t enough to combat the elements. Herein comes the final go around for the flannel suits, tweed jackets and trousers.
Ideally, these pieces should not see the outside of a closet for another several months. However, right now, they’re suitable and provide just enough warmth. The seasonal weights are the same pieces with which to begin winter, on those same cool autumn days.
The substantial fabrics provide enough of a shield against a cool, not cold, but cool day. This Harris Tweed jacket is damn near bulletproof. It’s beefy and thick, enough to stand up to both a little wind and calm 50-60 degree days, but not actual bullets.
All the other pieces-flannel trousers, cashmere tie, wool cap-keep the textures consistent throughout. The button down collar shirt is also a more casual option, befitting such a sporty jacket.
For a day full of meetings, I paired the same cashmere tie with a flannel, chalkstripe double breasted suit. Again, the fabric was heavy enough for a cool day, rendering a coat superfluous.
Of course, my hope is that I can finally ditch the heavier pieces and transition into actual spring. By I, I mean we, collectively. I’m certain everyone yearns for the real spring. The kind the fashion magazines drone on about with gingham check shirts as the ‘It’ piece. The sort where the colored chinos, linen jackets and untanned ankles see daylight after a dreary few months. Pardon my puzzled look below, I’m merely reminiscing about the Miami spring.
Until the temperatures reach a consistent high above 65 (which is, somehow, refreshingly warm), I’ll grudgingly give one more final lap to the winter weight pieces.