Style / December 2017

How to Wear Green

Why more verdant sartorial pastures offer a breath of fresh air – and how to pull of the colour of nature, growth, freshness and fertility.

Mad Men's Don Draper wears a bottle green single-breasted suit with a white pocket handkerchief, Omega Seamaster DeVille and striped silk tie in Season 6.

If an aphorism packs rhythm and rhyme, it’s almost certainly worth dismissing (lack of rhythm and rhyme fully intended there). A friend in need can often, if we’re honest, be a thorn in a chap’s proverbial, and anyone who still thinks ‘I’ comes before ‘E’, except after ‘C’ has clearly never considered the science of species, or felt weird seizing a feisty foreigner.

But nowhere are these cod-poetic maxims more trite than in the realm of menswear. “No brown in town” – even if we take ‘town’ to mean the inner sanctums of the world’s financial districts – has long since slipped into obsolescence. But perhaps the worst offender of them all is, “Blue and green should never be seen” – a dictate that, one must assume, was cooked up by some retired caravan insurance underwriter for whom chromatic exuberance was limited to poppies and party hats.

“We’ve noticed a real upturn in customers ordering green tweed for a casual city look, often pairing the jacket with blue jeans,” confirms Colin Heywood, Anderson & Sheppard’s Bespoke Shop Manager. “Green tweed has always been a mainstay for sporting activities in the country but there is such an array of colours and design options that it can sit perfectly in an urban setting too. Whether worn with a traditional shirt and tie or classic knits, the green tweed coat can offer so many options in town or for that weekend retreat. Brown shoes whether suede or leather are a must…”

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