I have always liked colour and comfort in clothing. During my working years I was restricted to the standard drab office shades of black and clerical grey, although I did manage to get away with a bronze mohair suit on one particular contract in Bristol.
Ties of course of a modest design were compulsory all day long and every day.
I recall that on Saturday mornings, during my training, we were allowed to wear sports coats and cravats. On the hottest of days widows were allowed to be opened to let in a slight movement of air on the proviso that there was no disturbance of drawings or papers.
Towards the end of my life in design offices, I took it upon myself to leave off my tie during the summer and wear an open neck shirt. To anyone who remarked on this I would tell them that I was engaged for what I knew and not to look like a tailors dummy.
I retired early, took a few years off for myself and changed direction.
Suits, books and the brief case were parked in a cupboard. Jeans became my weekly attire as well as green lovat trousers and check shirts for going to the pub.
I branched out from green to blue trousers a few years back and was always looking for
a pair that was maroon or scarlet.
To my delight two weeks ago I found a pair of maroon cotton trousers by Gurteen and then yesterday I dropped into a friend's shop just on the off chance.
I emerged came with the pair shown below, tailored by MMX.
I knew as soon as I had put them on that they were going to come home with me.
The jacket is linen by Carlo Gross
Wonderful scarlet turnups
The shoes are Dubarry
I really love the detailing about the pockets
To my utter joy the tailoring of these trousers actually
gives me a slim look!
I would like to assure my readers that this isn't turning into a fashion blog, nor will you see me wearing a red pointy hat, I just wanted to share my glee with you!