Flannel has a number of benefits when it comes to tailoring - it’s relatively warm, it has a richly textured handle, it resists rubbing and it doesn’t crease easily. Its brushed surface also lends a beautifully chalky finish to colours and patterns, giving garments a softer, more relaxed feel and aesthetic, and deep, subtle variations in hue. It’s also important to note that, despite its reputation and history, advances in contemporary weaving mean that flannel need not be a heavy cloth. We’ve used a lightweight flannel from Ariston for our blazer capsule that offers the tactility, adaptability and performance whilst still being comfortable and wearable in the Antipodean climate.
We’ve chosen four of these for our capsule - Warm Grey
, Midnight Navy Melange
and a stunning Charcoal and Mid-Blue Prince of Wales Check
. Each of them can and should be a staple, and we chose all of them for their inherent adaptability. They work well with tailored trousers
(brushed cotton or worsted wool both look great), but also with denim
- a fellow hardy cloth with roots in workwear. Knits
look great under them (again, keeping the textural theme going), or throw a smart shirt
with them and you’re set. The ideal blazer for cooler months, hard wear or travel - flannel deserves a place in every serious wardrobe.