Cotton Rules: Madras is King

Now that we’re past Memorial Day, the color barrage begins.  It’s full on madras go-to-hell season, and the colors run bold.   A few months ago, I thrifted a great pair of flat front 100% cotton madras plaid Bermuda shorts from Lands’ End.  The color pattern is  red, navy, yellow and white.  I also thrifted a braided cotton belt with leather tabs (unknown maker) of very good quality.  Yesterday, I got a shirt that finishes off the quintessential look of summer – a short sleeved navy Lacoste that I bought on eBay.  These items can be worn with Sperry Topsiders (leather or canvas), Weejuns or Bean Blucher Moccasins.

Cost Breakdown

Lands’ End Madras Shorts:  $15.00

Braided Cotton Belt (Leather Tabs):  $4.99

Lacoste Shirt:  $16.00

Total of all items:  $35.99 (less than 1/2 the cost of a new Lacoste at retail).

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4 thoughts on “Cotton Rules: Madras is King

    • Did you have any luck on finding a thrifted Lacoste? I occasionally list them on my eBay store, which will be up and running soon. These are sometimes hard to find in thrift stores, though.

    • Rob, glad you like these. Hard to find classic, plain front Madras shorts in thrift stores. There seem to be plenty with pleats and cargo pockets, though, which were not part of the original design. 🙂

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