Thursday, October 19, 2006

Why We Love Laura


Anonymous Whit said...

Hello, I'm a student pastor in rural Ohio. Would it ever bee OK for me to wear a sweater under a suit jacket or suit coat, over a shirt and tie? It gets COLD here, and I'm from Texas!

The suits are navy and kakhi? Also, is it OK to wear a slacks, dress-shirt, tie, and cardigan in the puplit, or is that too Oxford-donish?

7:00 AM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

Whit, my sweet! How nice to hear from you! I think it's fine to layer a sweater under a sports jacket (not so much a suit jacket, and never when you're wearing both pieces of the suit together), just try to choose a sweater that's not a real bulky knit. If you're lucky enough to have cashmere or a rough facsimile thereof, that would be great.
I think sweaters (with tie or without) look very handsome under sports jackets, and it's a nice way to dress down from the formality of a suit.

Don't be afraid to thumb through the men's fashion magazines to get ideas for layering. If you're young, you might have some funkier options, like layering sportier shirts under sports coats. Sneak a peak at the grocery store or the library while you're pretending to read your Concordance!

I think you're right in flagging the cardigan in the pulpit as being too Oxford donish. I would wear a suit in the pulpit, or at least a sports jacket and tie with a pair of nice casual pants.

With all the options for cute tops out there for men, consider phasing out cardigans in favor of something more contemporary. The cardigan really communicates Mister Rogers or Absent-Minded Professor to people, which I'm guessing is less of a passionate leader image than you want to project.

Write back and let us know how you do!

8:37 AM  
Blogger PeaceBang said...

(peak = peek)

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't a smooth facsimile be more cashmere-righteous?

Mary Ann

3:43 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Whit - you should also look into some silk underlayers - they're wonderfully warm and not bulky. I've seen both undershirts and longjohns in nice, light silk for not too much in standard department stores, or you can look online.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Here's a source in Wisconsin, though they're a little more expensive than I've seen elsewhere -

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Whit said...

In the end I went with an emerald green shirt, my navy suit, and a navy-and-green striped tie for teaching Sunday School and visiting the shut-ins, and replaced the suit-coat with a Geneva gown during the service itself. I froze getting into and out of the car, but if I may say so myself, I looked absolutely scrumptious, more like a model then a clergyman. It helps that my hair is naturally curly. I’ll have to see about getting more shirts in deep, solid colors.

Do you have any recommendations for men’s fashion mags? I’m not embarrassed to look at them, but I want to find reliable ones.

I’m 23, so I could probably make the jeans and T-shirt + Blazer thing look good, but that won’t fly in my congregation, I think. OTOH, they probably wouldn’t mind polo-shirt + sport coat, though I’d be uncomfterable in the pulpit without at least a tie.

I have an alb that hides everything, but I’m thinking about saving that for sacramental services, and I can’t wear that outside of the pulpit; I often need to look professional in nursing homes, for instance.

Incidentally, I would say that I would rather be seen as a ‘servant leader’ or ‘apostle’ then as a ‘pulpit executive’ or a ‘head pastor’.

If I get you right, you’re saying that I can wear a sweater (pull-over, not a button-down) with a blazer* and slacks, or with a suit-jacket and slacks, but not with the suit worn as a piece.

I assume that if I want to stay warm in my suit I need a trench coat? Do you have any leads on finding a nice one for under $100?

*my only blazer is a navy one that used to be part of a school uniform- does a basic wardrobe need any other color of blazer

Thanks for all the help. God bless you!

11:51 PM  

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