I posted last summer about my ongoing attempts to dress like a civilized person. My plan at that time was to aim for some level of consistency by setting “collared shirt with jacket and non-jeans” as my average, from which I could deviate by a step or two up or down on various days. In practice, I’ve probably gone dressier on average, wearing either a tie, a sweater, or both in addition to the base items. This has won me a reputation for being well-dressed, such that when I came to a weekend community event in jeans and a collared shirt, a student told me frankly, “You look weird.” And of course, I’ve obtained the all-important jacket with elbow patches — so overall, I’d say I made a strong start.
Now, however, something I’ve long feared is happening: spring is coming. Traditional men’s dress seems designed for fall and winter, even moreso in its academic variants, with the emphasis on sweaters and other layers long-since shed by businessmen and lawyers. I suppose there’s the option of simply shedding layers but sticking with the same general pattern, but how many concessions should I make to the changing weather? Should I venture into such realms as short-sleeved button-ups or perhaps even polo shirts? Should I aim for more spring-like colors, for lighter fabrics (above all on jackets, effectively extending jacket season)?
Or should I just sweat it out?