Featuring the Testosterone Shoes "Village Six" Suede Loafer - Buy it HERE.
I've wanted a jacket with some visual interest to it like this for some time as I really like the texture of linen, but finding one that wasn't fully lined turned out to be a bit more difficult than I expected. I guess I sort of expected linen and unlined to be synonymous. Not so much. Not that lining is necessarily bad, unless of course you live in a place where it can get up to 110 in the shade with an almost equal amount of humidity. I imagine even Bemberg lining hurts at those temps (not that I'd know or anything).
The onset of summer in St. Louis tends to feel like someone cranked up the heat full blast and not just any heat but the humid kind that typically leaves you sticky. Needless to say, a fully lined jacket tends to be a bad idea on most days. Fortunately, the #menswear gawds hooked us up with unlined and partially lined jackets to keep us simultaneously cool and sprezzy. Ok, I think I'm done with the cliche words.....or am I?
Another reason I like linen is that in its natural, comfortable state, it's never perfect but it just is. Kind of like knotting a tie and ending up with a longer back blade. The "rules" say you should fix it but I'm good on that. It ended up that way, and I'm comfortable with it. Like the Joker says, "why so serious?" I particularly dug pairing this jacket with these rust suede loafers from Testosterone Shoes because they add an additional level of texture to the look and the rich color of the suede provides constrast to the lighter blue of the socks.
Jacket x Enzo Tovare, Light Denim Shirt x Trashness, Lightweight Chinos x Banana Republic, Brown Dotted Tie x Tommy Hilfiger, Gingham Pocket Square x The Tie Bar, Lapel Pin x byElias, Glasses x Tom Ford, Rust Suede Loafers x Testosterone Shoes
"Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out" - James Bryant Conant. This blog is documentation of my journey, sticking my neck out to pursue my passion for men's style and tailoring. - Wale