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A sliding scale of ritual – Everlasting Fashion

After we printed our second capsule information to trousers not too long ago, there was a dialogue within the feedback as to their smartness – and a request for an article setting it out. 

Now, trousers differ in additional than simply their materials, so this may at all times be a simplification. However trousers are comparatively easy in comparison with footwear or jackets, so I feel there’s something wise to say. 

Simply take into account that these temporary guides are a place to begin – a strategy to perceive the elements (extra texture is extra informal, muted colors are smarter) relatively than a algorithm. 

So with that at all times in thoughts, here’s a sliding scale of ritual of trousers, with notes on what else – in consequence – they could go together with. Apologies to those who will discover it primary, however I do know now that some readers will discover it helpful.

We’ll go from the neatest to essentially the most informal.

Wool gabardine, mohair, superfine worsteds

A standard enterprise swimsuit is comprised of worsted wool – nice wool that has been processed to be smoother and sleeker. That’s why it’s totally different from a furry tweed jacket. 

Some worsteds are particularly nice, or notably processed, to be sleeker nonetheless. These, akin to wool gabardine, are normally seen as smarter than common worsted; and whereas mohair has a distinct, crisper deal with, it has an identical sharpness. 

Sneakers: These worsteds are most suited to footwear akin to oxfords, which are additionally sleeker given they don’t have the additional leather-based layers of a derby. Often calf relatively than suede; normally darker colors. 

Higher half: Most normally worn with a wise jacket akin to a blazer, or a very nice knit. 

Common worsteds

As above, however extra like an ordinary enterprise swimsuit. And normally not the popular selection for trousers on their very own anyway. A navy pair worn with a white shirt gained’t look fallacious, however it can most likely appear to be there’s an identical jacket someplace.

If you’d like separate trousers for a piece surroundings, greatest to go for one thing like flannel, and even cavalry twill, that doesn’t appear to be it’s a part of a swimsuit. 

Sneakers and higher half: In case you do put on swimsuit trousers on this method, then identical as above

Textured twills and excessive twists

The group I’ve referred to as ‘textured twills’ consists of cavalry twill, covert and whipcord. All of them have a lot the identical sharpness because the worsteds above, however aren’t as nice and normally have a bit of extra texture. They’re additionally normally in much less formal colors, akin to greens, beiges and browns. However they don’t should be.

I would put high-twist wool in the identical bucket. It is a summer time materials, but in addition has the sharpness of a standard suiting with a bit of extra texture by pure of its twisted yarn and open weave.

There may be, by the best way, extra complete info on all these materials within the PS Information to Fabric.

Sneakers: These sub-sections get simpler and extra predictable as we descend the smartness scale. A textured twill akin to whipcord is extra more likely to swimsuit a brogue, a derby or a boot, and a brown shoe relatively than black. However as at all times there may be a couple of variable, so a charcoal whipcord may very well be nice with a black boot, for instance, as a result of it’s a wiser color.

Higher half: We’re moving into the realm of extra textured jackets, akin to fluffier cashmere and tweed. Knits may be nice, however smarter shetlands, for instance, additionally work. 


The previous favorite. A woollen relatively than a worsted, so with out that fineness, and with a napped end that provides it a bit of fuzziness. 

Flannel is nice at bridging informal and formal; maybe one of the best. And annoyingly there’s little in the summertime that does it as properly.

Sneakers: A basic gray flannel works with black leather-based footwear and a white shirt, but in addition with a brown suede boot and a crewneck.

Higher half: As above, good with a navy blazer or a tweed jacket, a nice V-neck or a shetland. In case you think about all these classes as overlapping sections of a scale, relatively than single factors, then flannel is a wider part than most. 


Linen is difficult as a result of its formality varies rather a lot relying on its weight. A heavier, starchier Irish linen is arguably very elegant and will sit above flannel on this scale. However a lighter, Italian one may very well be made with a drawstring and be nice on the seaside. 

I feel it’s necessary to recollect this versatility and see it as a power relatively than a complication. You might put on nothing else all summer time and cross a number of sorts of smartness. 

Sneakers: Hardly ever an oxford, however most different issues, notably loafers given it’s a summer time materials. And on the informal finish every little thing like espadrilles and sandals. 

Higher half: As above. Tailor-made jackets to T-shirts. 

Tailor-made cottons, moleskin and cords

This part may very well be divided up additional: many tailor-made cottons look smarter than any corduroy. The latter is extra informal by advantage of its texture, as is moleskin. 

However the necessary level right here is that cotton is almost at all times much less sensible than wool; and that this can be a separate class to chinos or khakis, which come subsequent. 

Sneakers: Not oxfords, however derbys and loafers, no blacks, and suede in addition to leather-based.

Higher half: Not a T-shirt, and never a wise blazer or nice knit, however every little thing else in between. 


A chino will normally be comprised of a much less nice cotton than the kinds above; it can solely have a easy waistband; it’s extra more likely to have raised seams and different particulars.

You realize what a chino is. However these are the explanations it’s in a distinct class to the cottons above, and they’re why it seems to be totally different too – eg it doesn’t actually drape, it simply sits there, extra like a denim. 

Sneakers: Barely extra informal than the tailor-made cottons, and subsequently suited to barely extra informal footwear. For instance, maybe not a reasonably sensible brown-calf derby. However then on the backside finish, something you need, together with trainers/sneakers. 

Higher half: There may be an American type that entails sporting jackets with chinos and it could actually look good, however it’s fairly particular (roomier jacket and so on). More often than not chinos aren’t one of the best with a jacket, and must be saved to extra informal companions, akin to a suede blouson or overshirt. 


You don’t should be advised that denims are on the backside of this checklist, or most likely {that a} darkish, indigo, unfaded jean is smarter than a lightweight, blue, pale one stuffed with holes. However they’re right here for the sake of completeness. 

It may also be price saying that white denims are in some methods the neatest of all denim. And as an extended because it isn’t darkish and raining, they’re fairly versatile. 

Sneakers: Similar as chinos though, oddly, I feel some leather-based footwear work higher with denims than chinos. Eg a tan derby.

Higher half: Similar as chinos though, equally, I discover tweed jackets higher with denims more often than not. 

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The purpose of this text was to reply reader questions, so please inform me if I’ve. And if I haven’t, inform me how – I’ll add solutions within the feedback, or complement the above. The entire of PS is principally an prolonged Q&A anyway.




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