When Your Hat and Coat Match Perfectly

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The Author in Boston’s North End

Tweed is a complex material. It has deep hues and patterns reminiscent of the areas where it was made. It can have colors in it that you would never find side-by-side anywhere else in Western sartorial culture; purples, pinks, oranges, reds, and more.

There are rules that you should never mix more than two patterns. I think that, like most rules, is complete and utter nonsense. In the photo above I am wearing three patterns: a traditional Barbour Tattersall shirt, a classic Barbour-lining pattern tie, and a Barbour Tweed field coat with a matching cap. The cap and coat are both Barbour Sporting Tweed, which makes mixing other different patterns easier.

But had the cap had a slightly different pattern, would that have had that much of a different impact? That would have been 4 patterns, and so enough about rules.

The Tweed field coat is generously sized, made of Barbour Sporting Tweed (that used to be a ubiquitous pattern for them before they aspired to an upmarket demographic), it was voluminous pocketed with snaps and a bit of fabric to keep them open, it has hand-warmer pockets, and a soft velvet collar lining with leather outside. The hat was from the same line. I had pants and a jacket as well, but I was much thinner when I purchased them.

Sartorial tip: get a traditional Barbour tie; it will match all Barbours and especially the waxed cotton jackets. Look for the scarf as well.

So what do you think? Am I out on a limb here? Let me know and let me know how you like this blog. Please follow and share.

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