fishertw

Advanced Member
All,
Just thought I’d post a photo after making the seasonal change out of sport coats in my closet. Three navy 3/2 blazers, a tartan sport coat, one houndstooth, one camel 3/2, one herringbone 3/2 and a corduroy with patches on the elbows. Not exhaustive but ready for most occasions should the arise. Also three suits in bags and an Anderson kilt rig, and hoping for clear sailing by the time Burns Suppers roll around. Cheers, Tom
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
I've been slow walking my seasonal changeover for about two weeks now, but it's an exercise in habit and hope as, ninety eight percent of my summer wardrobe was not worn this summer and, unless things change, neither will my winter one be worn. I'm like one of those Japanese soldiers, on an obscure Pacific island, who kept preparing to defend the island for years after WWII was over because he never got the news.
 

drpeter

Senior Member
Faders, that is a brilliant and admirable phrase: "An exercise in habit and hope". It could have come from a poem by John Updike (who famously also wrote one about Terylene). Are you the unsung poet of the Trad forum, perhaps? As a practising poet, I find this heartening.

I love the bittersweet quality of your reflection about changing seasons and about the futility of continuing the practice of the past, moving from summer clothes to winter habiliments. My take on this is that it is a ritual, and rituals often continue to be practiced, long after their utility is lost. And your lovely phrase is so appropriate because the seasons and their change, are notably about hope, its rise and fall, its waxing and waning.

I find sustenance in ritual, and more than ever, this winter season will be one that demands both habit and hope.
 

fishertw

Advanced Member
Fading Fast and drpeter, The ritual for me is a slow moving one starting on Labor Day as i retire the seersucker to the upstairs closet and bring down the lighter weight wools and cord jacket. Then, over a 6-8 week period other sections move up or down the staircase ending with the arrival of the wool trousers in the downstairs closet. That will be next. Like Fading Fast, I had no occasions to wear any of the summer garb this year but hope springs eternal. Cheers to you both and lets keep hoping.
Tom
 

London380sl

Senior Member
Hmm...….can't say I lament over the ritual of changing my clothes. More of an all day pita task to me . I've already changed over my shirts, pants, sweaters etc . We've been blessed with a warm October this year so I've delayed changing the jackets over. Just looked at the forecast and we're getting closer to the freezing mark at night so I'll probably pull out some of my late fall early winter jackets. Ugggg...not looking forward to seeing this guy popping up in my neighborhood anytime soon.☃
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Alas, it never gets cold enough around here to justify the expenditure of effort to change over the seasonal wardrobes. So pretty much all of what I've kept can be worn year round. However, should we travel north during the winter months, I will need to dig some cold weather gear out of deep storage! LOL. ;)
 

drpeter

Senior Member
Having alluded to Updike's witty poem on Terylene, I thought it might be fun for us to read it, or re-read it. IMHO, Updike was one the finer stylists in American letters, whatever else you might think of his prose or his subjects. Boy, he could write such great sentences! Besides, Updike was a Trad sort of chap too. Anyway, here is the poem:


IN PRAISE OF (C10 H8 O4)n
~ by John Updike
“I have worn the same terylene tie every day for
eighteen months.” ~ Kenneth Hutton, chemist



My tie is made of terylene,
Eternally I wear it.
For time can never wither, stale,
Shred, shrink, fray, fade, or tear it.
The storms of January fail
To loosen it with bluster.
The rains of April fail to stain
Its polyester lustre.
October’s frost falls futilely.
December’s snow can blow and blow,
My tie remains acutely
Immutable! When I’m below
Dissolving in that halcyon
Retort, my carbohydrates shed
From my frame of calcium,
When I am, in lay language, dead,
Across my crumbling sternum
Shall lie a spanking fresh cravat
Unsullied ad aeternum,
A grave and solemn prospect that
Makes light of our alloted
Three score ten, for terylene
Shall never be unknotted.

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John Updike alludes to “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety” from William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, Act Two, Scene Two.
 
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London380sl

Senior Member
Alas, it never gets cold enough around here to justify the expenditure of effort to change over the seasonal wardrobes. So pretty much all of what I've kept can be worn year round. However, should we travel north during the winter months, I will need to dig some cold weather gear out of deep storage! LOL. ;)
I envy you in winter but you probably envy us in the summer. There one good thing about cold weather - you can always add more layering. You can (legally) only take off so much clothing in hot weather.
 

TKI67

Super Member
As mentioned in an earlier post, I carried out my weight loss related recharging of my wardrobe. Serendipitously this coincided with the pandemic. So my entire wardrobe of clothing specific to winter is a tweed jacket, a Beaufort, a down jacket, a navy Shetland, two pairs of Bean five pocket cords, a watch cap, and a pair of woolen mittens. Living in ATX as a retiree in the era of climate change, I do not foresee much use for any of it. Today I am barefoot in Patagonia 7" stand up shorts, a navy surcingle belt, and an ancient BB pink OCBD that is not ironed and does not have the collar buttoned down. My Quoddys, Ray Bans, and Tilley T3 are by the door in case I go out. If I do, I will be overdressed by local standards. If I were to build up my winter wardrobe, I might get more of these shorts.
 

Color 8

Senior Member
I was working outdoors last night and the temperature was in the low 50's. I was wearing a HT sport coat in black & white barleycorn, grey flannel trousers, white OCBD and a maroon scarf with navy plaid.

I wait all year for that . . .
 

David J. Cooper

Super Member
I wore a tweed jacket last week for some winery visits, the next day it was my Beaufort and an Orvis Black Sheep sweater.

Fall is here in BC, snow warnings for the interior already, there was snow on the sides of the road when we returned from the Okanagan.

I am very happy the summer is over.
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
I was working outdoors last night and the temperature was in the low 50's. I was wearing a HT sport coat in black & white barleycorn, grey flannel trousers, white OCBD and a maroon scarf with navy plaid.

I wait all year for that . . .
I love barleycorn. Outfit sounds perfect.

Any chance of a picture?
 
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