I was just thinking the other day that it was about time I did another Captain Hastings post and what should happen but Paperdoll, of The paper doll says "let's have tea!", features that notorious jumper, thereby giving me the perfect excuse to respond with some solid Arthur Hastings.
We've now reached The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly, which sees our heroes decamping to the countryside estate of Mr Waverly to investigate the threatened kidnap of his son. As it only takes a couple of days for Poirot to solve the case Hastings' attire hardly changes, in fact he wears the same 3-piece suit the whole time, but that's not to say that there isn't any sartorial splendour to be had from the good Captain.
|A little bit of Miss Lemon so people can't say I'm biased(!)|
|A sneak preview of Hastings' best outfit of the episode - the driving ensemble|
The somewhat limited wardrobe of Captain Hastings at least means that we can focus a little more on the man himself:
|A smile and a patterned (green) tie|
|A relaxed walk in the grounds|
|Even at the dinner table Hastings can't leave the cars alone(!)|
|Back into the good old Prince of Wales check for breakfast|
|The brown trilby sets off against the grey 3-piece perfectly|
If there's one thing Captain Hastings does know about, it's a full English breakfast with a glass of ale. It's always a delight to see him educating Poirot once in a while.
|"Two pints, please!"|
|Better light reveals the gorgeous pattern on the tie|
|Off comes the jacket|
|Up go the shirtsleeves|
|On goes the oil(!)|
|Note the arm bands (not sure about the jug-in-the-ear look!)|
Useful devices for keeping ones shirtsleeves out of the oil sump (and for avoiding the dreaded "monkey cuff" that can sometimes occur when sleeves are a bit too long - the edge of the cuff should rest nicely on the wrist) arm bands can still be had today. Mine are a pair of Lloyd, Attree & Smith silvers, by way of Amazon. It pays to get good quality bands, as some of the lesser ones tend not to have much give in them and so limit the blood flow a bit!
|Rhodium-plated chrome colour arm bands by Lloyd, Attree & Smith (also available in gold) - £6.30 from Amazon|
Finally we come to the pièce de résistance - the driving outfit. Where do I begin?! The cap, the gauntlets, the coat, the scarf - if I had a car this is how I'd want to be dressed when piloting it! The whole thing just gels perfectly.
|The Superior - from £44 at Chester Jefferies|
|The Vincent - from £44 at Chester Jefferies|
|Check out that collar!|
|Beautiful scarf and cap|
And so we reach the end of another Captain Hastings fashion post. The man is obviously popular as he frequently appears as a search subject in my Blogger Stats. The wonder coat-scarf-hat-gloves combo makes at least one more appearance in the series as well, so fear not - Arthur Hastings will return!