While in the embryonic stage of this blog that will hopefully see a geriatric ward some day, Asquith and Fox asked me to check out their range. By the time we got around to it I was heading on holiday to a land where WiFi access was rumoured to be patchy (it was way worse than patchy), so no blogging there then. I returned to a dark, mythical land of mist and persistent drizzle which is Ireland after the clocks have gone back in October. So what? Well, the issue is that I am reviewing Polo shirts and chinos. In November. In Ireland. I considered this as possibly ill advised, but after much navel gazing I have decided to proceed for a number of reasons. Some of which are;
I have recently had my house externally insulated. That is my house effectively has a blanket around it now. So, when the central heating has been on for an hour, we are now almost having a luau and inviting the neighbours around for Pina Coladas. So, even when it’s like Wuthering Heights outside, it’s toasty inside. Chinos and polo shirts can be worn in such climes.
I had promised to review the polo shirts and slim fit chinos from Asquith & Fox a couple of months back. I like to think of myself a decent guy and someone that keeps his side of the bargain, so I am not waiting until Spring to review these garments. I owe the kind people at A&F a few lines on their range.
I have and will no doubt state again ad nauseam, that with a good coat (overcoats in particular) and footwear you can wear anything. In benighted times one did not remove their coats indoors when having a beer or a meal. These days you would look ridiculous and be a puddle of sweat if you kept an overcoat on over your beef bourguignon, so you can dress as you like under the outerwear that is appropriate for the day or night. Chinos and polo shirts are no longer exclusively for summer months.
Finally, it’s good for guys my age to be able to call on the preppy look from time to time. I love my denim, but a pair of chinos are pretty much an essential for us guys who are forty and over. They project a more mature image. They give a solid option for an after work bash or a visit to the in-laws. So, having not really talked about chinos much on the blog to date, I figured it was about time they got a look in, although I’ll admit November is not peak chino season.
Firstly, the polo shirts are heavier and sturdier than I had envisaged. I have bought some polo shirts over the years that feel a bit flimsy, these ones are not. Another quality that means winter wear maybe a runner. Anyway, sturdy cotton with a comfortable, flattering fit gives a good look whether the polo is tucked or not. The medium is a fair fit in my opinion. If you prefer a bit more room or a looser fit, then go up a size.
I liked the collar. Not too starchy and not too floppy. Overall, a good polo shirt for everyday wear.
Next up were the chinos. I went for the slim leg versions of the standard Asquith & Fox chino. They felt good to the touch before I had put them on. I liked the weight on them.
They are almost a skinny fit though, so unless that’s the look you are after, go up a size or stick with a standard fit. I would imagine most of you would be better suited to the standard fit. There is a bit of give in them, but us guys don’t really want to rely on a bit of stretch in a trouser in our forties. So, err on a bigger size on the waist and fit. The colour range in the chinos from Asquith & Fox is extensive and impressive.
I must admit to being pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the range from Asquith & Fox. I gained style and comfort from wearing it and the clothes felt more expensive than they sell for.
The polo shirt feels well made and sits nicely on the shoulders.
The chinos are light and very comfortable. I would almost suggest that Asquith & Fox charge more for their range. I have come across several more expensive brands that I have not been as satisfied with.
At the end of the day, the value for money comes down to how much you are going to wear clothes, not necessarily how much they cost. We are obliged to get plenty wear from the clothes we buy these days with the carbon footprint the clothing industry creates. You and I will get wear from the Asquith & Fox range and it will also fall within most of our budgets in these straitened financial times.
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