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At Least One Jacket with a Gratuitously Colorful Lining

In fashion as elsewhere, sometimes it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Illustration: Mickey DuzyjYou are probably not a nautical officer. But somewhere along the line you will need to go to a summer cocktail party. You will not want to look too WASPy and dated. You will want to be respectful, respectable, but perhaps with the slyest and subtlest of winks. Well turned out, but not buttoned up. One easy way to do this is via a jacket with a risqué lining. Fuchsia. Lime. Electric blue—the more extreme the better.

My dad told me as I was growing up, “American men think that their clothes should match. They couldn’t be more wrong. Your clothes should clash.” An understated blazer with a bright lining is just another way of saying the same thing.

Not to state the obvious, but don’t draw attention to the lining. People will notice it all by themselves. If someone comments on it just say, “Oh yeah, right—I hadn’t noticed.” In fact, that’s a good rule of thumb: Never ever, ever, talk about your clothes, especially to strangers, except in the most offhand and halfhearted way.

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  1. Anh says:

    where can i buy a blazer like this?

  2. Anh says:

    ????????????? plz reply!!!

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  4. mark says:

    That’s the point. You can’t. To get a lining like the one’s described here, you have to have the jacket made. Or a company like Moschino or Etro will make a few jackets with “wild” linings. I am reminded of the late Merv Griffin “showing off” the red jacket lining on his old variety show, to great applause (in his way, “discussing” his clothing with “strangers).

    Mark

  5. Matthew says:

    Duncan Quinn is the way to go.

  6. Lawrence+ says:

    My all time favorite was the guy who had a reversible tuxedo jacket (shawl collar) that had a tiger stripe lining.

    At midnight, he always turned the jacket inside out and wore it that way for the rest of the night.

    He was French, so it didn’t have anything to do with LSU, Clemson, etc. It was just his, custom made, “thing”.

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