Instead Of A Suit

Instead Of A Suit

If you only need to wear a suit for formal occasions, J. Press tenders a tasteful alternative via its robust stock of temperate tweeds permitting resignation from habitual blue blazer boredom.

J. Press patrons needn’t choose solely from our colorful Highland Lovat Mill, Harris Tweed, or Shaggy Dog Shetland Jackets. A more benign choice exists. Here’s my own take (pictured above) perusing one of my Threading The Needle books for the umpteenth time. Professorially clad in a Grey Herringbone Sport Coat over a slothfully knotted Ancient Madder Bow Tie on a 2-Ply 100s Solid Dress Shirt, anchored by Black Watch Tartan Dress Trousers. Self-expression finds its way with an Ancient Madder kerchief carelessly draped in the breast pocket, the whole outfit bottom lighted by go-to-hell Multi Color Stripe socks closing the act.

Sprezzatura, my overused phrase denoting a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make what one wears appear to be without effort, needn’t be confirmed with vulgar transposition of discordant styles or sloppy untucked subservience to media fashion savants. Personal wardrobe choices ought to confirm the essence of one’s very own self.


Let the hatchet fall where it may.





I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and learn something from eachone. When I started in the business world 30 years ago it was explained to me by a local small town store owner, the suit or blazer is your frame, the shirt your canvas and your tie is the art work. Like you, I wear a bow tie most days, because that same owner told me that a bow tie forces the person you are talking with pay attention…

Bill Nichols

Perfect attitude for a retiree…my new year resolution…don’t give a darn what other people think, please yourself. This is an outward expression of that…Thanks Richard!


Back in the late 60’s early 70’s didn’t J Press sell a shirt called the Brit Pin where you could put a collar slide between the collars? I also remember Peter and Ken in the NYC store.


I love the style, the fashion and the narrative! “Permitting resignation……blue blazer boredom.” Just perfect! Thanks, Columbia ’68

Tom Sanford