The challenge is to see how bold a necktie you can tastefully incorporate into your fit. Bright colors and bold patterns are encouraged. Solids are out, and soporifics will get you no points.
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Tie close up (Click to show)
I jumped the gun today:
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Well, this should really have been entered last week. Or could have been. Sorry about the inevitably poor photos taken with a laptop camera which will no doubt ensure I get no votes.
For some background, some of you may know that a major typhoon hit the Kansai area of Japan over the last couple of days. That's where I have been, and that why this cotton/linen Isaia suit in a fine blue and white stripe is rather crumpled, and also why - although you can't see this - the soles of my new 'antique smoke' Rider boots got soaked (all carefully dried out now and no harm done - and it did really highlight the fact that the Norwegian welting on these babies works phenomenonally well).
Other deets: square is a cotton from a local company in Nippori in Japan where I am living which uses a traditional method of indigo dyeing but with modern designs (this one has bicycles on it); plain white Irish linen BD; and the tie, which should be the point: a very preppy number in primary colours from PRL - not at all my usual style, but it's summer and I think it works as the only brightly coloured element of the ensemble.
Another pink paisley, but a somewhat different take on the rest of the outfit. I had to decide between this and a lime green one, but the pattern on the lime one is much more tame (small blue flowers), and I wore it last week. Besides, this tie is the only one I have that's drawn a compliment from a Senator.
Closeup of the tie:
As this is a "bold" tie challenge, I thought I'd channel a little bit of the late 40s "bold look" for men. Dangerous territory to emulate these days, so this is a fairly toned-down interpretation but still has the looser cut, showy DB lapels, very strongly coloured & patterned tie and an overall, well, bold effect.
Spoo, your post upthread has me on tenterhooks! FlyingMonkey: looks great, in a very American sort of way. It reminds me of a movie (might have been Air America?) where there's this CIA guy or Congressman or something arrives in some SE Asian country dressed kind of like that. Actually, you look better than that guy did, but that's the vibe I'm getting.
I will add to the madras bucket. Good timing of this challenge as my wife and I are off to bet the ponies this afternoon. (she's wearing a fun bold dress too, but that accessory got cut out of the picture.)
(hope I don't lose points for navy pents. not sure what else to wear with a one-off seersucker jacket.)
I got John Blaze shit.
My intent was to wear a bold tie but not be gaudy about it - I could have pulled a Versace out and murdered it. But, I wanted to do something that was cohesive, which I think is much harder to accomplish than throwing on, oh, a pink cashmere attolini tie.
Vintage MTM cotton suit (not my MTM)
Polo RL tie
Hermes Bee jacquard gavroche
Trafalgar cortina leather belt
Aqua di Colonia Firenze
Gaziano & Girling Antibes on their maiden voyage
This is one of the bolder ties I own...especially up close.
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Probably won't hold up as bold, but what the heck.
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Edited by Orgetorix - 6/22/13 at 5:53am