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Our Yellowest Shoes

SebastianFullLocation: L’Arc-en-Ciel, Winterfall

“Jeeves,” I said.

“Sir?” said Jeeves. He had been clearing away the breakfast things, but at the sound of the young master’s voice cheesed it courteously.

“You were absolutely right about the weather. It is a juicy morning.”

“Decidedly, sir.”

“Spring and all that.”

“Yes, sir.”

“In the spring, Jeeves, a livelier iris gleams upon the burnished dove.”

“So I have been informed, sir.”

“Right ho! Then bring me my whangee, my yellowest shoes, and the old green Homburg. I’m going into the Park to do pastoral dances.”

It’s a bit early for pastoral dances in the park, unless one has been where we have been lately. Thoughts of spring intrude in situ, while much of the northern hemisphere is still shoveling snow. But, there we are. 

We’ve often wondered about this “yellow shoe” business that Mr. Wooster refers to in this passage. Was it really a true and unapologetic yellow, or was it what might be termed ‘tan’? A lighter shade of tan that approximates a pale brown that can be read as ‘yellow’, but still not blatantly yellow, if you know what we mean. We’re having a difficult time finding period illustrations or samples of truly yellow shoes, so have to assume that by “yellow,” our Bertie might mean something more like the following:

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We also imagine these shoes in a perforated spectator style, a fashion that can be found in particularly dandy samples of spring/summer shoes for men in the 1920s and ‘30s. Unlike perforated broguing, these shoes would have had ventilation holes punched clear through a single layer of leather.

Sebastian1[1] The Sebastian shoe in “mustard” with perforated broguing. 

But in the interest of considering the other “yellow” possibilities, here are some additional options:

L&BFull[2] Our favorite brogued Oxford standby from Lapoint & Bastchild in the “cream” color option, which can read as yellow if one squints in the right light…

L&B1…but mostly reads as cream.

HaysurizaFull[3] The best option we’ve found for approximating what we’ve found in the period illustrations, from Haysuriza.

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Whangee, by the way, is a bamboo grass with woody stems used to make things like canes, umbrella handles, handbag handles, cigarette holders. etc. We do not absolutely know what the “whangee” referred to above might be, but given that canes from whangee are commonly referred to as “whangees,” we’ll make a reasonable guess that Bertie is stepping out with a cane, rather than an umbrella on such a fine spring day. Alas, while there are canes in world, as have not discovered a whangee, specifically. 

chaplintrampMr. Chaplin with his crook-handled whangee, My Love of Old Hollywood

As for a green Homburg, we’d love one, although it might not be the best option for this particular suit. Our brown Homburg would be suitable, but we opted for the jauntier, perhaps a tad flashy, slouched fedora.

Suggested

Shoes [1] ~ Sebastian in mustard

Shoes [2] ~ Lapoint & Bastchild wingtip with single and two-tone options (includes HUD)

Shoes [3] ~ Haysuriza, Lace & Cap Consul in tan

Suit ~ FATEwear, Norton in “claypit”

Shirt & Tie ~ Hoorenbeek, Real Shirt, with print tie HUD added

Hat ~ Elysium Frankie boy hat, acquired through a past MenStuff Hunt, 

Dressed for [1] L$1915, [2] L$2139, [3] L$1900

Resources Consulted

“Jeeves in the Springtime”

Vintage Shoe Addict

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The chalk or pinstriped suit

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Location: The North Pole

The ‘classic’ double breasted pinstriped suit with elevated waistline and short lapels that most readers may be thinking of didn’t really come into being until the 1930s. Mr. Wooster would have been decidedly ahead of the curve if wearing it in the ’20s, and his man servant did not encourage such avant garde sartorial choices. That said, for the purposes of larking about in the virtual first half of the 20th century, one can get away with the look in just about any sort of representation of post-World War I styling. Hard core virtual reenactors are not as particular as one might presume; they understand the limited choices available. A more pronounced peaked lapel on this jacket would have been welcomed, but there we are.

The gentlemen’s suitings pictured here include a single breasted jacket and waistcoat in a fabric that suggests more of a chalk stripe than a pinstripe. The difference? A pinstripe is a relatively faint line of thread with a pin-prick dot effect. A chalk stripe tends to be thicker and has more of a twisted rope effect. Chalk stripes are always more pronounced than pinstripes.

A word on collars — it’s a challenge to find a good, high fit suitable to the era in Second Life clothing, and that’s something one simply needs to come to terms with for one’s general peace of mind.

A word on shoes — the wingtip brogue is appropriate for this sort of urban day wear, even if the two-tone version may be a titch garish. Under no circumstances should you wear this shoe with your evening wear.

A word on hats — they are problematic in Second Life, unless of the sort with hat and hair built together. The best option is to wear hair that can be copied and modify. Keep one version for the unhatted head, and alter the copy with the hat on, eliminating all the bits and lumps of hair that stick out through the hat. Appropriate hat styles can be a problem, too. Approximations of fedoras, such as this one by Couture Chapeau, are easy enough to find, if sometimes a bit exaggerated, but gent’s hats in the first half of the 20th century came in a lot more varieties than that. Mr. Wooster is searching far and wide for a decent Homburg. Still, a fedora is a suitable option for this look. But by all means, you must have hats. Men wore hats all the time well up until the mid-1960s, really.

Suggested

Suit ~ Just Because navy pinstripe jacket, vest and trousers (top and trousers sold separately)

Shoes ~ Lapoint & Bastchild wingtip with single and two-tone options (includes HUD)

Hat ~ Couture Chapeau “Sleuth” fedora

Hair ~ Dura-Boys 31 in Irish Coffee

Skin ~ Hermony, Leon

Eyes ~ Aveline mesh eyes in hazel, L$0@SL Marketplace 

Dressed for L$1473

Sources Consulted

The Gentleman’s Gazette