And after four weeks being absent I am back. A lot happened in that time: I got married, we went on the honeymoon, we got our home into order, and we went back to work. And while that last point isn't our favorite, it's good to be back in the swing of things again. We are pretty worn out, though.
I'll be making a series of posts showing different parts of the wedding and festivities but those will be coming a little later.
This is just a regular 'What I Wore' post.
You might remember the old 1930s Apparel Arts image showing how a safari or similar jacket can be worn in a casual manner:
I really like that image. It portrays a stylish yet casual and laid back fellow enjoying a puff on a boat, something I'm sure many of us (including myself) wish we could be doing right about now.
What really makes his kit is the ascot, in my opinion, though I'm sure he would look just as dapper without it.
Now, I have a true-blue safari jacket that I've worn in the same manner as the gent above (more about that in the wedding posts), but I decided to put one of my old WW2 jackets to work in a similar manner.
It's an old U.S. Navy cotton twill warm weather dress jacket. And while it is very similar to the regulation warm weather jacket, I believe it to be specially made.
The box pockets on the skirt have definite British influence and are different from the ordinary patch pockets on regulation jackets. I really like the scalloped pocket flaps and the full belt that goes all the way around the jacket waist.
When I purchased it (along with its trousers, which are way too short for me) it lacked all but one of the buttons, which are removable. I picked up some military-looking brass buttons that are very similar to the originals and attached them to the jacket.
So, with the jacket ready I paired it with some Ralph Lauren Polo trousers, GAP socks, vintage 1950s shoes, and a vintage ascot to create the kit below.
I like this look, though it is a bit different than the original 'safari' interpretation of the Apparel Arts image above. It is definitely a bit eccentric, especially in this day and age in 'fly-over-country'. But nowadays when most people put very little to no effort in their dress, my thinking is that "we few, we happy few, we band of brothers" that do put in the effort just have to make up for everyone else's lack of it.
If that makes me eccentric then so be it. Anyways, a little eccentricity is healthy in a man.