Laddies in Lavender

A Touch of Lilac and Lavender

Sir Peregrine Worsthorne presents a magnificent combination of pink, lilac and lavender in the top picture. What a springtime display! What a punk rock provocation of sartorial defiance and individuality! We cannot do less than pay attention to each word he issues when wrapped in such a delightfully civilised way. People dress according to how they see the world and how they wish the world to see them.

Perry is not the only one who recognises the subversively cultured possibilities of lilac and lavender. Here we see Cecil Beaton in a splendid double-breasted corduroy suit.

Manolo Blahnik is also defiant in lilac and pink below, increasing the value of his message ten-fold.

Wearing lilac and lavender isn't for the faint-hearted. These men know what they're doing.

Below — not quite so brazenly — I introduce a pair of lavender trousers with a Cordings herringbone jacket. (More on this tremendous jacket soon.) By all means go full-lavender if you think you have what it takes, but you might want to introduce a touch here and there at first, and dip in and out so you don't become 'that lavender chap'. Any virtue taken to extreme becomes a vice.


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