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Colors are a bit diferent from my tv shirt looks blue not white.
What do you think?
I see what you did there....
FWIW, there may not be so many combo's in which you can use a tie like that, but is that so bad? I'm getting a bit tired of that 'must be versatile' mantra. Sure, if you're just starting out and talking about suits or shoes, it's smarter to get versatile items. But when picking up ties cheap during sales? Just get what you like and if you can only wear it a handful of times so much the better: you have an excuse to get more.
Plenty of truth in that. Especially with regards to low investment items, like ties and squares, and wardrobe building. But from an education standpoint, learning how to use one easy item in several ways is more edifying than using one difficult item in a single way.
It depends on where you are in the process of learning how to dress the way you want to dress. I personally don't think Isolation is there yet. Y'all can disagree with me on that or with the premise (that starting out, the focus should be on figuring out how to use a few things well...which is plenty fun...though then again, I'm the guy with like 50 blue jackets).
And given the price, yeah, there's no real need to return an item that cheap.
I do think it's important to have versatile piece, and rest assured that's a big part of my attitude in buying things, the other being trying to fill in things that I don't have, which, recently, had been to get more navy jackets. For instance the db suit I had got I picked because I felt like both pieces (jacket and trousers) can be used separately, and I picked them in a navy and grey where they'd be semi useful in those places. I picked a bunch of trousers in neutral colors that I felt would be useful with a lot of the jackets I already have.
I felt like a light gray textured tie is something I missed as usually I'd be forced to fill in with a dark navy knit, which is good, but I think there are times where I don't want so dark a tie, or simply because if I do that I'll end up with a dark knit tie 80% of the time because honestly I really do love knit ties.
I think ties/squares are an exception to this rule. I can easily see this for tailored clothes and shoes, but I don't think it covers every approach to shirts, and I think there's a certain point where it breaks down for furnishings and accessories.
I think it's wiser, of course, to spend on versatile items, but splitting off a relatively small chunk of the budget for something limited is far from a bad idea. Of course, it requires a bit of a deviation from "buy less, buy better," but I regard those purchases as "proof of concept" -- "do I like this enough to buy a nicer version?"
Of course, this could be the last light gray tie Iso buys, and something that hardly ever gets worn. But if it is, better to have bought a cheap one "out of order" than to have bought an expensive one once the basics are covered.
Nice start, JFrater--your suit fits well, and I like your tie knot and think the tie itself is a pretty good choice here.
I think if you want to pair a patterned shirt with a conservative suit--and they don't get more conservative than a gray pinstripe--you really want a white linen pocket square. Almost anything else is going to be loud to the point of jarring in this combination.