Playing Around With Panamas
We are somewhat sticklers for tradition at Budd and have never been big fans of dress down Fridays. However, we do embrace the chance to remove our ties and roll up our sleeves in recognition of concluding the working week. One of our favourite cloths for achieving a laid back but still composed look is Panama shirting, sometimes known as basketweave or at times Oxford.
Perhaps not familiar by name, the actual weave of Panama shirting will be familiar to you. Panama has a distinct texture and almost grainy handle, achieved by the criss-cross pattern of the interlacing warp and weft threads. The more open structure of this weave also lends for a greater, natural elasticity, meaning added comfort. A white thread is often added into the warp on Panama shirting, as in the case of the shirts in our current ready to wear collection. We find this tends to elevate the weave and sense of texture and lend for an added breeziness.
The lessened formality of a basketweave makes it more suited to a button cuff, and a great shirt to wear with the sleeves rolled up. Panama is also a great shirting for bridging the seasons and is perfect for Spring. It has a medium weight and is a little thicker than a poplin or Royal Oxford, so might feel a little too warm in the Summer months, but ideal in the run up to them.
Couple your Panamas with a navy blazer or sports jacket and a cotton twill trouser or jeans. We love mixing earthy tones with our Spring shirtings and playing around with weight and texture. Bamboo-silk blends, linens and hopsacks work a treat and create interesting interplay.
As well as our collection of tailored and slim fit Panama shirts in solid colours for Spring, our pattern books for Made to Measure and Bespoke offer up a myriad of alternative designs and colours, allowing you to choose your level of contrast and richness of palette.