Words by, Igee Okafor
Photography by, Daniel D'Ottavio
Transitioning into colder months, it is essential that we trade in clothing with lighter fabrics for heavier ones with tactile quality such as the herringbone suit. For those who are unaware, "Herringbone" is one of the most prevalent fabrics in menswear that can be woven in various forms. Its pattern makes for visual enthusiasm without reading as flamboyant or overwhelming, and its assortment of finishes can make the fabric warm for the colder months and cooler during the hotter months depending on the finish and lining.
An archetypal suit like the charcoal herringbone suit is liable to foster divided opinions amongst personal style enthusiasts considering its historic reference. Some will love it, and some will not - the dissent revolving around the idea that a classic, time honored suit has to be restricted to a specific place, time and style. You know the typical - particular suits strictly meant for going to work, styling with oxford shoes, a shirt and tie.
With that being said, practically speaking, the herringbone suit is one of the most clever, dapper, and physically easy to slip on ensembles ever designed. They work best as an elevated suiting option that can be well adapted for casual hangouts, and upscale social gatherings. For a great presentation versus a shirt and tie, consider a lightweight cashmere turtleneck with the suit for an updated seasonal and sleek touch.
In the name of expanding the idea of traditional styling with a bit of flair, the same idea translates to the addition of a hat. If you wear hats, pay attention to the way it compliments your personal style and frames your face.
The reputation associated with traditional suits is fair due to the way men have lived their lives in the past paying attention to the "rules" of menswear, and considering the way these rules have been enforced and abused in the past, I do not blame anyone for their less than enthused perception of the item. However, in modern times, it's up to us to understand those rules, pay homage and adjust for our personal styles accordingly. It's as simple as this: to each his occasion.
Thank you for reading!