Bring on the Camel

Words by: Andrew Williams

camel-cord-jacketThis time of year is perfect for textured jacketing like cord, providing elements of warmth and ideal for layering.

Dark browns, black and blue are perhaps the safe options this time of year. However, I think Camel works well as an alternative, particularly when combined with white jeans and pale grey knits. It’s not a combination I’ve used myself, but have long admired it on others -on those rare occasions I’ve seen it. These colours combined have a clean, crispness that I think suits this time of year.

Perhaps it’s the continental male’s ease with colour, or the milder continental winters but the use of white trousering in autumn/winter is particularly prevalent on the continent. It’s a look I expect to see featured on The Sartorialist more and more over coming weeks.

The inspiration for today’s post (the pictured jacket) comes care of London based Roderick Charles. A useful outfitters, their clothes are traditional in styling, but without the propensity to slim-fit or overt branding of Hackett and Ralph Lauren. I spotted the above needle cord jacket on their website, and reduced to £99 I thought it was a steal.

Having been founded in 1992 the company is a relatively new one. Born in the Square Mile it arose from a made to measure suiting business supplying City Gents with their uniform chalk stripe suits. It is a distinctly English company in styling and outlook. They pride themselves on sourcing British milled cloths for their clothing, which is reassuring from my perspective.

With a fully functioning commercial website, and international delivery, those of you living beyond the White Cliffs of Dover might find it a useful source for classic English kit…and a camel cord jacket.