We know, we all judge books by their covers. But, we think, isn’t it what’s inside that really counts?
A fancy lining is what the mullet wanted to be: all business up front, all party inside.
The wonderful thing about playing with linings is that they add personality to your suits without revealing themselves to anyone but you and those you choose to let glimpse that there might be more to you than meets the eye.
Custom is supposed to be fun, too. So give your inner subversive a little free rein this Spring and go (quietly) wild with a fancy lining.
Summer is right around the corner. In fact, the local cue to begin wearing your seersucker, white bucks and linen garments hits at the end of the month.Yes, Easter!
If you’re the kind of guy that likes to let some Spring color into your weekend wear, and still look suitable for any occasion, try linen. Yes, it wrinkles. That’s part of its charm. And the wrinkles help keep the fabric from sticking to your skin. Eminently breathable, hard-wearing, softening with age, linen was once reserved for Pharaohs, Kings and the idle rich.
The real revelation here is not about the luxuriousness of the fabric, but the details. Our man in Corporate America has had his shirt cut like a dress shirt, with a contrasting high cutaway collar, French (double) cuffs, and, a higher neck-band. This shirt is dressy and relaxed.
Especially if you notice that the collar (and unseen cuffs) are also rendered in linen. That’s a fresh take on an ancient luxury.
Take an artist with an appreciation of the Golden Age of Elegance, give him input and a good tailor and he’ll produce sartorial art. It’s what he does instinctively in every aspect of his medium, not just his clothing. Take a look at The Cary Chest, above, by artist and Leviner Wood client Gary Inman. Fit for a custom tailored home and a well-dressed gentleman.
Which, by the way, is how you’ll recognize Mr. Inman. By the cut of his suit and his couture pieces for the elegant home. Art for our sake.