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 Post subject: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 4:55 pm 
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Bermuda is an Island in the atlantic Ocean, pretty much straight East of the State of North Carolina. Among the interesting qualities of Bermuda is its temperate year around weather. Possibly even more unique is the apparel worn by Business Professionals! Here are a couple of pictures of business apparel worn - year round – by the executive/professional class of Bermuda:

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The “Bermuda rig,” or formal men’s outfit, includes a blazer, shorts, and knee socks—and its origin dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when British military officers stationed on the island found that wearing long trousers in the hot tropical climate was almost unbearable. They were given permission to snip their uniform pants off at the knee, and thus the Bermuda short was born. Tailors on the island took note, and by the 1920s the trend had taken off. But, in keeping with the air of English formality, the shorts came with a few strict rules: Bermudas couldn’t be more than six inches above the knee and they had to be worn with knee socks—while a jacket and tie was the only suitable way of dressing them up for business.

Nowadays, they come in kaleidoscopic colors, many of which are inspired by the isle’s landscape: there’s Bermuda blue, ocean green, coral red, punchy yellow. One of the best spots to pick up a pair is The English Sports Shop on Hamilton’s Front Street—you’ll find the traditional Bermuda rig, along with cotton crested sweaters, rugby shirts, and perfumes from the original Royal line, at the clothing outfitter that’s been on Bermuda since 1918.

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by LINDSAY TALBOT
January 26, 2015

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 Post subject: Re: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 6:04 am 
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And here's a write-up published by Conde Nast Trip Advisor

For those interested in how to wear Bermuda shorts properly, at least while in Bermuda, here are some tips. First of all, they are a formal outfit, ranking the same as a business suit. You will see them worn without a tie, but they really go better with one. At the other end of the spectrum, you wouldn't wear them to a black tie affair and probably not if you're going out for a late dinner at a fancy restaurant or club.

1. They must be proper Bermuda shorts, which are quite formal. They are not, in fact, the large casual shorts with many pockets that the rest of the world calls Bermuda shorts. You can only get them in Bermuda, as far as I know. They will be in the men's suits department. My favourites were those sold at Aston & Gunn at Reid and Queen Streets.

2. The beltless shorts are generally better, style-wise.

3. The colour of the shorts doesn't really matter (pink, yellow, red, bright green, beige, light blue, whatever), except they should generally go with your tie (which also tend to be bright), and they obviously cannot be the same colour as your blazer.

4. The socks are thin knee-highs. The tops fold down 4 inches; the top of the fold ending at the top of your calf. They will be sold near the shorts.

5. You can wear different colour (than the shorts) socks, but you can never really go wrong with navy blue.

6. The blazer should be single-breasted, and must be a blazer, not a jacket from a suit.

7. You can wear a different colour blazer, but you can never really go wrong with navy blue.

8. Loafers; never wear lace-up shoes.

9. Arms should be covered: long sleeve shirt or short sleeve with blazer.

10. Only the die-hards will wear shorts through the Winter.

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 Post subject: Re: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
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Another pair of pics of Bermuda Business wear:

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 Post subject: Re: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
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I would definitely wear them...in Bermuda, and under the right circumstances. 8)

There used to be a great store there called Trimingham's. It closed in 2005. I guess there's always the English Sports Shop.

http://articles.latimes.com/2005/aug/12 ... noshorts12

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 Post subject: Re: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
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If you're going to wear those socks you might as well wear pants.

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 Post subject: Re: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
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Patrick, I was taking a sip of Coffee while reading your comment. I laughed so hard I spewed the coffee all over my desk!

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 Post subject: Re: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
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I admit to having worn a jacket with shorts once or twice. No socks, though. I'm not sure I'd do it again...except maybe on Bermuda.

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Billax wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 11:22 am
Patrick, I was taking a sip of Coffee while reading your comment. I laughed so hard I spewed the coffee all over my desk!

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 Post subject: Re: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
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Topsider wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 4:25 pm
I admit to having worn a jacket with shorts once or twice. No socks, though. I'm not sure I'd do it again...except maybe on Bermuda.
It's fun:
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But only in moderation - this was last summer tailgating a polo match on the North Shore

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Yep...I did it in a fun setting, as well. You have to be careful with a navy blazer, as you don't want to end up looking like Angus Young. ;)

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Here's LeBron James in an unreasonable facsimile of the Bermuda Business Look!

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leisureclass wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 11:48 am
It's fun:
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This is a great jacket. Please tell us about it.


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Billax wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:41 am
Here's LeBron James in an unreasonable facsimile of the Bermuda Business Look!

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See? The Angus Young look. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
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Thanks Gamma!

A few years back O'Connell's started offering new old stock madras blazers and this is one of those. Based on the labels it may be a Corbin (or produced in the same factories) as it's not labeled as such.

I didn't get this from OC's myself though, a friend of a friend bought it and supposedly his wife to be wouldn't let him wear it, refused to be seen with him in it. So he traded it to my friend, and then he traded it to me, and here we are.

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 Post subject: Re: Business Apparel on Bermuda Island
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leisureclass wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 11:48 am
Topsider wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 4:25 pm
I admit to having worn a jacket with shorts once or twice. No socks, though. I'm not sure I'd do it again...except maybe on Bermuda.
It's fun:
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But only in moderation - this was last summer tailgating a polo match on the North Shore
You make this look so good and so easy. In fact, I would say that about all your looks. You never look like you are trying hard and always look comfortable. I want to be like you.

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