So half windsor it is? Can anyone show me a picture of a "properly-tied" one?[/quote]
There are too many variables...different ties will look a bit different.
Thanks for the positive critiques of yesterday's fit, guys. Lots to learn here. Biggest challenge I am facing is fit of trousers and shirts. Gained weight in grad school, bought some clothes, then lost way more than expected ("world's smallest violin plays"). Result = cinched up trousers and roomy collars all around.
Here is today's fit. No client meetings so went casual: cotton/linen blend unstructured jacket, raw silk square, loafers and the last of the knit ties for a while. Weird pulling at the waist on this jacket. I've got quite a dropped right shoulder which might be throwing off the balance but not sure.
Note: cat is not gearing up to spray my fit. Forum members may disagree with his decision.
Trouser, textured sock and shoe combo bonus pic. (Click to show)
I agree with Caustic Man on this one. True, nothing is timeless in the sense of "existing forever." The earth will be swallowed by the sun in 5 billion years, so nothing human is eternally timeless. So to be sensible, the term can't be interpreted in an extreme way. What it means more practically is that an outfit can appeal to more than one generation, and is not just a passing fad. The way Fred Astaire is dressed here is classic or timeless in the sense it can appeal not just to people in his own decade. We can recognize how beautiful it is. Alas, sic transit gloria mundi, there will be a time (centuries from now?) when it'll be looked at the same way we look at a toga. But it is still classic in having an appeal that endures longer compared to most other clothes. A tuxedo with a black tie is classic in a way that a tuxedo with gold stripes is not. Classic is not the only way of dressing (that's why seasonal fashion exists), but it is one way of dressing that does exist, and that some of us find attractive.
Classic, "(of a garment or design) of a simple elegant style not greatly subject to changes in fashion". It's very evident how solid the lounge suit is when we compare the change in fashion that Japan passed through on 19th century's the last quarter to how the Occidental dressing form has changed over the last century. We're not stating that one dressing form is better than the other, we're just saying that the "classic style" is an accepted reference.