It's a rosette, not a silk knot. I was my late father's and I wear it every day.
As for the rest, you know what they say about opinions...
I actually like Nick's outfit a lot. The chambray shirt, suede shoes and wool tie are perfectly fine with a casual suit like this; in fact I think it's more interesting this way, a very countryish look. I have to agree with everyone else on the tie boaner thing, though.
You're absolutely right - I'm only getting wool trousers from now on. Chinos always drape like crap on me (although these were a textured herringbone that IMO goes well with a patch pocket + elbow patches jacket). The shoes are a regrettable choice, but it was suppossed to be a rainy day and didn't want to wear anything better, really.
This was as of yesterday. I don't know about the tie knot, I tried the... I don't know if the name is correct, double four-in.hand? I kinda like it cause it looks messy and so formal/triangular like a half windsor. Shirt colour is maroon. I know it is not full of colour but it's conservative.
Any recommendations on which other colours I can use with this shirt? Thanks! Have a nice day!
I really love that jacket/tie/PS combo. Absolutely top drawer. I'm not a big fan of chinos though, unless it's with a very unstructured casual jacket or none at all. For me, they're a bit scruffy for your above-the-waist classic elegance.
Regarding your question, if you never wear a double cuff (probably not right with this country-style jacket anyway), then yeah, why not taper the sleeves a touch? At the moment they look straight and it makes them look a touch short, when they're not really. But that begs another question: where are your shirt sleeves hiding? Maybe they're too short?