Sunday, August 7, 2011

Men's Shirts: Transitioning from Summer to Fall


Summer plods on.  Still, the change in color of a few slacker leaves, the shorter days, and the different light are signs of fall that ping on our seasonal situational awareness.

Slightly prematurely (and certainly optimistically), one may take inventory of casual shirts both to put away and to take out.  The process also gives the opportunity to re-appreciate some of the details.
...Their days (such as seersucker) are numbered.

Tattersall:  some new, some old, some all cotton, and some cotton and wool blend.
 Willis & Geiger button downs...

...(just post-Lands' End acquisition)...
...with a plethora of details.

Vintage L.L. Bean

19 comments:

Yankee-Whisky-Papa said...

No! No! No! It's still very much summer. No need to even whisper of autumn. My clock and calendar are whirring by as it is, and the thought of transition is too sour yet. July was over before I even got a taste of it.

Kionon said...

Yes, the North (and Japan, for that matter) change pretty quickly compared to the south. I too am looking forward to autumn because I know it will happen fairly quickly though not for another two months or so here in Texas. Visiting Japan briefly in October though, and it will be chillier there than it will be here in Texas.

Japanese people like to tell me that Japan has four seasons. I usually joke it doesn't quite. More like two. Both heat and cold come in snaps, and even though the trees may "show" four seasons by their colors (spring buds, green summers, orange and brown autumns, barren winters), there are very few "transitional" days. One day it's cold, and it'll stay that way for monts until one day it is suddenly hot again.

But, yep, yep, the Brooks Brothers flannels are already hanging in an easy reach spot in my closet, just waiting for the right opportunity...

Anonymous said...

Your mentions of articles of clothing obtained from your father's closet remind me of one of the long-running battles between me and my little sister. She raided, seemingly at will, my closet and dresser, and aggravated the situation by tending to take shirts at about the time I had nearly broken them in to that comfortable softness that enough washings and fresh air drying produce. She (feebly) justified her filching with a (spurious) claim that she hadn't seen me wear the shirt in a while and thought I was through with it. I am not finished with a shirt until it falls apart.

These days, my son and her daughter carry on the filching tradition, and I periodically lose some of my best shirts (and sweaters).

Other families have grander traditions.

DocP said...

My parents were married August 21. My father always insisted their anniversary was in the fall (he was from northern Maine). My mother (from Pittsburgh) insisted they had a summer wedding. Since the wedding was in Pittsburgh, I suppose she had an edge in that disagreement.

Parnassus said...

The LL Bean label is quite interesting. Challa as far as I am aware is a traditional braided bread, but made from flour and eggs, not wool and cotton. (I do like ties made from wool-and-silk challis--a related term?) Also, I think that CISCO is making more money now that they have gone over to routers and electronics.
--Road to Parnassus

Cranky Yankee said...

Bring on the Viyella.

sailormadras said...

Hmmm, summer is still blazing in Fl,.wow the humidity!I'm off to Ct. tomorrow,to meet my wife and son who has been sailing the summer 420 circuit plan to get on my boat and head to Newport, I hope summer sticks around..... I know what you mean about the fall and the clothes though they evoke a certain feeling of change. I still have all my Viella shirts and lightweght twill tatersalls in fall pumkin spice colorations, your post had me cking into the back reaches of my closet and low and behold a Very nice F.A. MacCleur Patch tartan Of wool and cotton blend they called Glen our Flannel , there version of Viella also some nice tartan Hathaway original, Lochlana tartans too, wow must be 30 years old and still beautiful.
We Have fall here but not till January thru march it's beautiful, but nothing compares to fall in Ct.
I miss that very much.....:(

Joy said...

These shirts look great, I love them. Still just like Yankee-Whisky-Papa I don't want summer to end quite yet, especially those who have school in the fall!

This Southern Prep said...

Oh how I am ready for summer to end... in North Carolina the heat has been unbearable these past couple of months. I can hardly breathe when I'm outside. I day dream of wearing long pants, fleece jackets and duck boots, all in a fall pallet... I am so ready.

sarah said...

I'm terribly envious you can even begin to think about switching out summer for fall clothes. As mentioned before, it must be heaven to be able to go outside, go sailing, etc. wearing long sleeves and pants.

Preppy 101 said...

Labor Day is my cut-off for "summer" clothes, no matter the temps. I am then wearing my {as my mother would say} dark cottons, long sleeve OCBD, corduroy. I love your vintage LL Bean shirt! I guess I love vintage anything since I'm vintage ;-). Have a great week, Muffy. XOXO

lorrwill said...

Ahh, nothing says love like nibbles and dog spit!

I am going to use the C word, people. It was actually cold this morning here on the other coast. Fall is definitely pretending that it is on its way.

I am craving new shirts, especially some nice ocbd. But the budget is already, ah-em, spoken for. :-(

j. antoine said...

The shirt shots in this post are lovely as is the post. I love shirts such as these (some would probably say a little too much), and my very favorite ones are those that I inherited from my father.

Christy said...

Autumn, and the attire that suits her (and myself) so well, is my favorite season! Glad to see we're both "prepping" (terrible pun, I know) for the cooler weather and warmer styles.

Trish said...

You're lucky to live in such an agreeable climate! There's no adapting to Florida heat & humidity; the best you can do is crank the a/c, wear your flip-flops and watch the Weather channel for hurricane updates. I long for January when I can comfortably wear long sleeves and pants and when I can trot out my ancient LL Bean sweaters which look brand new since I only wear them about 4 weeks a year!

On the upside, come February y'all will be digging out snow and we'll be enjoying the beach.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Legally Brunette Kate said...

I love the photo of the tattersall shirts. As a horseback rider, I've always had a soft spot for the print...tattersall is the traditional print for the points on a shadbelly.

Anonymous said...

First - I LOVE that vintage L.L. Bean shirt.

Second - The nights have begun to be a bit more chilly, and with some rainy days, I have begun to look forward to fall! I love fall in New England - it's my favorite season. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes (a very long) winter.

Finally - My anniversary is August 21, and I am from Maine. I've got to go with it being a summer wedding. (I don't think I have ever referred to it as such, but I guess I would say "end of summer wedding.") Although, we honeymooned in Australia, so I could call it a winter wedding? It was a bit odd to be heading into fall at home and in Sydney see all the window displays for spring wear.

Pete said...

Breaking out my tattersall shirts towards the end of Ausgust. The nights are already getting cooler, ski conditioning classes begin in Sept, knowing that soon it will be fall, the students will be back and football begins - my favorite time of year.

Emily said...

I love New England too. The seasons changing is my favorite part about living here. Although I love summer so much, I'm ready for the leaves to turn, and for my flannel to come out of the closet!