I'm going to, where possible, cover one episode per post. This will, if nothing else, give me enough ammunition to match any future Miss Lemon-fests (I hope!). We therefore begin with The Clapham Cook.
Captain Hastings' wardrobe varies little over the course of this mystery, which is probably as it should be. Even so a few fashion gems make an appearance, not least the great Fair Isle pullover!
|I'm guessing the jacket is corduroy, maybe? Classic '30s pointed collar and a patterned tie to complement the Fair Isle. Jolly good. You've got to love his facial expression, haven't you?|
|A slightly fuller view, paired with a fine and, again, complimentary overcoat.|
|I do like Poirot's extravagant neatness, but Hastings' more closely represents the '30s standard and I have a weakness for Fair Isle(!)|
|In the country Hastings' colour-coordinated ensemble knocks the spots off Poirot's rather plain look.|
Speaking of Fair Isle, I find it's damned hard to come by for us chaps these days - certainly more so than for the ladies, for whom it seems to have retained some semblance of popularity. Those that I have found are often eye-wateringly expensive. For example:
|Fair Isle Knitted Slipover, one of several |
designs from Darcy Clothing, £70-£78
|Polo Ralph Lauren |
Navy Wool-Alpaca Fairisle
from My-Wardrobe.com -
£101 from £145 (currently sold out).
|Polo Ralph Lauren |
Cotton-Cashmere Fair Isle
from Mr Porter - £215
(ouch! - it's lovely, but not £215 lovely)
|Pay no attention to Miss Lemon and her patterned dress. Look at Captain Hastings. LOOK AT CAPTAIN HASTINGS.|
|I adore the tie he's wearing with this outfit - classic '30s!|
|This is the best shot I could get of the trousers, which are in a wonderful shade of steel blue and which contrast well with the brown jacket yet compliment the blue cardigan.|
|Knitted Fair Isle Waistcoat |
from Darcy Clothing - £67.50
|Not the best picture perhaps, but you get the idea.|
So the first salvo has been fired in the Battle of Hastings (vs. Miss Lemon) ;-P. Next time (and that time will depend on you, girls) Captain Hastings will return in Murder in the Mews.