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It’s cold.
At least by Californian standards, with highs in the mid-forties and overnight lows dipping into the twenties. Accordingly, yesterday I opted for heavy flannel trousers, part of a suit from Samuelsohn that I picked up on eBay—figure Canadians know a thing or two about dressing for the cold. Wool fairisle socks from Lands’ End Canvas kept my toes toasty.
Up top I wore a barleycorn tweed jacket from Paul Stuart. Another fortuitous eBay find—full canvas construction, with soft shoulders, slightly-bellied lapels and horn buttons in a lambswool fabric sourced from France. I bought it for around $70, thinking it was navy, only to find it’s a lighter color my wife identifies as “petrol blue.” Up close, the weave reveals a rich variety of colors.
Under the jacket, I wore a light blue buttondown collar shirt and a Club Monaco merino sweater (a great value on sale). It occurs to me that this is a variation of the Italian background, with the light blue and navy offering a subdued complement to the more adventurous jacket.
Surprisingly, wearing a topcoat proved unnecessary, as this was all I needed to stay warm. Well, this and gloves. And shoes.

It’s cold.

At least by Californian standards, with highs in the mid-forties and overnight lows dipping into the twenties. Accordingly, yesterday I opted for heavy flannel trousers, part of a suit from Samuelsohn that I picked up on eBay—figure Canadians know a thing or two about dressing for the cold. Wool fairisle socks from Lands’ End Canvas kept my toes toasty.

Up top I wore a barleycorn tweed jacket from Paul Stuart. Another fortuitous eBay find—full canvas construction, with soft shoulders, slightly-bellied lapels and horn buttons in a lambswool fabric sourced from France. I bought it for around $70, thinking it was navy, only to find it’s a lighter color my wife identifies as “petrol blue.” Up close, the weave reveals a rich variety of colors.

Under the jacket, I wore a light blue buttondown collar shirt and a Club Monaco merino sweater (a great value on sale). It occurs to me that this is a variation of the Italian background, with the light blue and navy offering a subdued complement to the more adventurous jacket.

Surprisingly, wearing a topcoat proved unnecessary, as this was all I needed to stay warm. Well, this and gloves. And shoes.

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