What I Wore: Experimenting With A New Jacket

One of the challenges (or amusements, depending on your bent) of buying a new garment is the matter of creating new outfits. Some pieces require little thought due to their familiar nature; a navy blazer will always look great with grey trousers, a white or light blue shirt and a repp tie. Less standard offerings, however, often compel a little thought and experimentation.

My Bagnoli jacket is completely deconstructed and unlined, making for a soft shoulder and casual drape. Navy, grey and browns in a houndstooth pattern and chunky weave contribute to the informal nature of the garment and provide parameters to pairing accoutrements.

In my first take I decided to indulge the colour in the jacket and opted for a navy long-sleeve polo to provide a solid backdrop for the busyness of the pattern. Tan chinos play off of the jacket's understated browns and acts as a foil to an otherwise top-heavy colour pallet, providing balance. A rustic shoe playfully pulls on the countryside aesthetic of the outfit, in this case a tassel loafer in dark brown suede.

Setting aside the strong navy inclination, I wanted to see what could be done with the jacket when stripped down to its neutrals and discerning the accent in the flourishes. I had already tailored a pair of charcoal cavalry twill trousers from Gala Slacks in anticipation, and they're a spectacular match - heavy, yet slicker than a flannel and textured enough to complement the jacket's significant weave. A white button-down Oxford shirt could be worn casually (although a white polo would be just as apropos), with a white line pocket square to quietly break up the jacket's chest.

A muted outfit such as this allows for a number of shoe and belt options, from canonical dark brown for a conservative take, to cognacs, tans, and blues and beyond for the more adventurous. Oxblood tends to pop against this combination without being obtuse, so I wore my wingtips and burgundy double-stay belt to complete the look.

A soft, deconstructed jacket like this is the perfect opportunity to wear denim for a smart casual look, though I'd always err on the side of a darker dress denim as it's far more forgiving of staid fashion rules.

In the end, my Bagnoli jacket reverberates its Neapolitan fabrication with a proper nonchalance and casual genius befitting of its Italian origin.

Ryan W.A. Clark

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