January is done and dusted. All thirty-one days of it. Praise be for that. My social life is thankfully on the upswing after the relative hibernation of December and January. So, time for some drinks with friends and dinner with anybody who would care to join me. This mature man is planning to be about town for the first time in 2020. So, what to wear is the big question!
Where am I going and who am I meeting often dictates strategy here. If I were having a dinner date with my wife I may well don a seersucker suit and a white t-shirt, so making a solid sartorial effort, while dialling it down a little with the t-shirt. Still, I think I will be looking fairly sharp. I am ready to go anywhere and not look out of place.
If I was meeting friends for a few drinks in the local watering hole I would obviously approach it differently. I would be making too much of an effort and I would simply look overdressed if I turned up in a navy suit. However, I do still have standards, so I won’t be turning up in any old garb.
If it is an informal and relaxed setting that often means denim is the sensible choice. Decent denim of course, which in my opinion means selvedge or pretty close to it. Something like my organic Turkish denims from Blackhorse Lane in London. Throw in a decent shirt from A Day’s March (Stockholm based store with a great online offering) or a t-shirt from Barena (Venice-Italians even do their t shirts to a high standard).
What about footwear? Well, I always feel a bit odd in shoes or sneakers with denim. I just don’t feel fully comfortable, so I tend to go for boots. These can be rugged (Red Wings), refined (Trickers) or slight rakish (Chelsea boot). All work better in my experience with denims. Keep the shoes for a formal trouser or chino.
The final conundrum goes something like this; I am meeting friends for drinks during the day, with a dinner reservation in the early evening, followed by more drinks and full on bonhomie afterwards. What should I do here? I am stuck between two sartorial stools.
The unstructured suit option is not a runner, I’d be overdressed to begin with and very possibly have lost my clean cut appearance come 10.30pm. The relaxed denim and boot combo will make for a solid start, but at 11pm I might easily be deemed too casually attired for the best spots in town. I may well disagree with such analysis, but probably to no avail.
So, the middle ground is by my estimation still denim-based, but stylishly embellished, albeit slightly. So, the denim must be dark and the footwear must follow suit. My top half is probably going to be a dark shirt or perhaps a dark merino wool tee from the likes of John Smedley or new kid on the block Basic Rights. Grown up, mature, solid with clean lines, but not too much fanfare or pizazz.
The finishing garnish to the mature man about town look is provided by a camel overcoat. Add a scarf to finish perhaps? I shall let the weather decide that for me on the day. Now I just need to decide what I am drinking.
If you don’t want to be overcoated for the day with the associated where do I hang the thing conundrum (especially if it is an upwardly mobile kind of day), then maybe a leather jacket (black) will do the job.
Thanks for reading,