Library Editions: Clothes and the Hour

A Sartorial Handbook, According to Time

Let’s drift back to the luxuries and necessaries of 1920. A simpler time? Certainly not. It was an era of style so specific that it could be precisely defined by time––every hour of the day, in fact. Rooted in practicality, this documentation of day-to-night dressing looked quite different from morning to evening, although maintaining a sense of refinement.

Most of us can appreciate a wardrobe change for the season and some even look forward to it: that refreshing process of swapping the tweed out for seersucker, or the overcoat for a blazer, and sometimes admitting to ourselves that our favorite shirt or that wear-everywhere sweater has perhaps seen its last days.

Whether you adhere to the more traditional or mix it up with a winter linen or year-round whites, every style adjustment usually comes with some very personal ground rules. Take, for example, the countryside. Are you going? We certainly hope so, after reading through some of the quick-witted insights in this exacting little guide. Bring out those well-worn textures. Harris Tweed and Shetland knits are perennial classics suggested for “the more comfortable enjoyment of life in the country.” (It turns out, our Fall/Winter 2019 collection is timelessly designed to include all three.) The white-gloved mornings of years past may remain there, but a surprising amount of our 1920s sartorial advice still rings true today.  


Countryside elegance of the 1920s, designed for today:
Explore some of our editors’ choices for fall weekends under the open skies.