Shai Delacroix hits close to this boy’s heart with her new Southern Comfort Suit.Â Although I’m not a New Orleans native, I kind of married into the city and now I try to get there for several days at least twiceÂ a year.Â Shai’s new suitÂ epitomizes the casual elegance of Southern summer living–it’s perfect whether you’re wandering the French Quarter shops and galleries, listening to the music drifting through Jackson Square, orÂ sipping Sazeracs and Pimm’s Cups with friends at Napoleon House.Â If you’re lucky it might beÂ all three in lazy succession on a hot summer afternoon, with a break somewhere in the middle for an elegant lunch in the garden courtyard at Bayona, or maybe just a roast beef poor-boy at Johnny’s.Â Later on you’ll be heading out to hear some live music–who’s at Preservation Hall tonight?–but for now, it’s all about relaxation.
The Southern Comfort Suit comes in three colors: Chocolate, Cream, and Charcoal (not pictured here).Â Each suit includes jacket,Â white linen tucked shirt (with underwear extension), white linen untucked shirt (on the jacket layer), belted pants, sculpted prim cuffs for pants and jacket cuffs, andÂ prim bowtie.Â The fabric texture suggests material similar to seersucker, butÂ seersucker cuffs wouldn’t slouch like this–I suspect an imaginary fabric just as perfect for SL summers as seersucker is for the Crescent City.
Recently we’ve been seeing some creative use of sculpted prims to do things with clothing that would otherwise be impossible, like shaped cuffs on shirts, jackets and pants.Â Shai has used sculpties to give this suit loose, slouchie cuffs on the jacket and pants.Â I haven’t heard a lot of feedback from others on this look, so I can only speak for myself, but I love the way she makes the look work for this suit.
The sleeve cuffs are slightly but noticeably loose, the pants cuffs much more so.Â This lends the suit a more casual air than it would otherwise have, and I found that this was best complemented by finely crafted sandals that walk the line between dressy and casual–dress shoes with this suit just seemed too much.Â The jacket sleeves are finished such that the jacket can be worn without the prim cuffs, but the pants are not.Â Â Make sure this distinctive look appeals to you, as the pants just don’t work the same without the cuffs.
The shirt is thoughfully designed so it looks great when worn casually untucked, without the bow tie, or both.Â Small, shiny buttons with the glow of mother-of-pearl beautifully finish off the fine linen shirt and give itÂ additional richness.Â As usual, Shai’s fabric texture has a wonderful depth and her shading addsÂ realistic wrinkles and folds without making the garment look messy.Â Such attention to detail makes any garment a thing of beauty to admire and aÂ pleasure to wear.
The Southern Comfort Suit is priced at L$800 for the set.Â Available at Casa Del Shai (Deco 112, 150, 30).
Photographed on location in the Big Easy sim (Big Easy 128, 220,Â 25), a nicely executed SL build representing various New Orleans city landmarks.Â Although some geographical liberties have necessarily been taken, the Jackson Square section–which includes St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, and the Presbytere–is more than reasonably accurate and instantly recognizable.Â You can also visit CafÃ©Â du Monde and wander several blocks of the French Quarter.