It may be because my mother is an accomplished quilter and lives on a street with the word ‘country’ in its name, but regardless, it’s definitely an association I make. It is also the inspiration for this look that I put together for a summer wedding in the country.
Regular readers of the site have heard me say more than once that a suit is more than just a suit. Each piece of a suit can be taken out of context and worn as a separate very easily. Like a quilt, this look pulls together many different elements, including the coat from my khaki suit and a waistcoat form one of my favorite tweed suits. All stitched together into a cohesive whole.
With the release of The Great Gatsby earlier this year, it’s been great to see more and more club (or golf) collar shirts available. The one I’m wearing with a contrast club collar is from the Brooks BrothersGreat Gatsby Collection and has quickly become one of my favorites and is a perfect touch for a country wedding.
While I love the collar of this shirt, the cuffs really make it for me. And don’t forget that your suit jacket has pockets that can hold more than your wallet or cell phone.
If you don’t consider yourself a “hat guy”—and I would have put myself in that camp not too long ago—it may simply be that you haven’t found the hat that is right for you yet. Personally, I have a hard time finding hats that look good because my head is small. I also know people who complain of the opposite problem. My advice would be to try on as many hats as possible and don’t stop until you find one that you feel works for you. It’s a great accessory that can really compliment a look.