So I’m defending myself here, in the hopes that you will be able to see the universally applicable ideas that I’m trying to share…
Tomorrow, women’s wear is back, I promise!
For this trip, I absolutely confess that I was thinking of Dublin in the summer – warm days, cool nights. My gentleman in question is freckled, with warm grey hair (still touches of blonde), and lively green eyes. Irish extraction? No doubt about it!
This outfit could get you into any place in Ireland, I’m reasonably confident to say:
blazer – Lands’ End; oxfords
– Carlos Santos; belt – Allen Edmonds;
– Michael Toschi; yellow shirt – Jos. A. Bank; linen
And this is sort of the work-horse part of his wardrobe – a cardigan that gets put ON and OFF and ON and OFF and ON…. Nothing is more changeable than Irish weather – that whole island thing causes weather fronts to blow through every few hours, some days!
Yes, light colored jeans or trousers require laundry, but they look so summery that I’m not resisting. These wouldn’t be the pants you’d wear climbing a hill to see a dolman, but for sight seeing in any of the towns, you’d be quite safe.
It does get plenty warm enough to wear shorts, during the day. You might want to keep a sweater handy as the VERY long evening sets in, and the breezes from the ocean, or the Irish Sea, pick up…
I love the way this looks when all assembled together. As with any Whatever’s Clean 13 Wardrobe, it’s easily packed in a carry-on bag, once you’ve taken out the pieces that you’re going to wear in transit.
And handsome options abound, from something to wear to a church service, to an appropriate outfit for a Gaelic Football match.
I appreciate your patience while I’ve answered some of these questions for our friends about how to help their male companions pack. You’re all just about the nicest individuals I’ve ever known…