A real wardrobe is like a marshalled army, not just a cupboard stuffed full of clothes. Chosen with taste, upgraded over time, the clothes in a wardrobe are an expression of a personal style in any given situation. In order to avoid waste, a wardrobe should be built up by identifying what is really necessary, then choosing what seems most correct and attractive amongst the various possibilities. Just as an army can fight on any ground, so a wardrobe must cover the wide spectrum of aesthetics as has been codified by tradition: SEASON (Winter – Spring/Autumn – Summer), CONTEST (Formal – Informal – Sports event), ENGAGEMENT (Ceremonial – Evening – Daytime).
Respecting these guidelines means honouring a collection of apparent values and secret codes which bears the universal name of tradition.
The blue blazer, as inspired by the navy, was the jacket worn in sailing clubs. For this reason, it should be decorated with metal buttons, on which theoretically there should also be the insignia of the club one belongs to.
The sky blue used for shirts should be a fresh, natural colour as seen in the infinity of the morning sky.
White is the symbol of cleanliness, not only in material terms. It evokes a feeling of loyalty, transparency, optimism and a sense of responsibility.
Calf’s leather Oxfords in a colour tending towards rum, tobacco or chocolate with broguing decorations along the toe cap go well with day suits.