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Polo with a tie. Does this look good, am I crazy?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by bike756, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. bike756

    bike756 Active Member

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    I wish I had my camera. I was bored today and threw on a tie with my polo, and I think it looked really good. (I didn't leave the house like that, don't worry.)

    For the details, I am pretty tall, and skinney. it was a black lacoste polo, that fits very well, nice and slim. The tie was a vintage yellow dior with a pretty conservative, but still lively pattern. I liked the contrast with the shirt.
    It was tied a little short, with the end hanging about 3 inches below the bottom. I was also wearing a slim pair of raw jeans.

    What do you think? I wish I could find the camera.
     
  2. DNW

    DNW Senior member

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    Summer AmJack.

    I cringe whenever I see this look. The poor bastards don't know they look like fools, which makes it pretty funny.
     
  3. Get Smart

    Get Smart Senior member

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    this is one of those looks (and there are many others) that can look good in the context of a magazine photospread or clothing advert since they tend to be more 'out there' to get your attention...but when you see someone wearing it in real life that way you want to punch him in the face
     
  4. bike756

    bike756 Active Member

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    this is one of those looks (and there are many others) that can look good in the context of a magazine photospread or clothing advert since they tend to be more 'out there' to get your attention...but when you see someone wearing it in real life that way you want to punch him in the face
    That's what I was afraid of.[​IMG]
     
  5. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Senior member

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    Someone posted a pic here a while ago wearing a couple days' stubble, a white polo, a black fairly skinny tie, and a Greige casual sportcoat in British khaki. That was the only time I saw a tie and polo look good.
     
  6. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    It can work. It's obviously unconventional and depends very much on execution, but that hardly means it's impossible. Can't judge further without pictures, obviously.

    Just keep in mind that this forum is generally quite aesthetically conservative, so if you want to push into unusual stuff, you'll meet with at least a little resistance.
     
  7. Max

    Max Senior member

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    No. No. NO. WORLD OF NO.

    A bit of history.

    The polo shirt did not fall from the sky as a complete design. It was made for a reason.

    People used to play tennis in starched shirts and ties. Obviously, this was not ideal for athletic movement, so this guy Renee Lacoste invented the loosely-knit lacoste tennis shirt to be worn instead of a shirt and tie. The fabric was knit with small holes to be breathable. The placket is so you can get your head through the neck hole. The thick pique collar was designed to stand up and protect the wearer's neck from the sun.

    They became known as "Polo shirts" because Ralph Lauren included them in his debut line in 1967. The polo player is designed to mimic the lacoste crocodile.

    Wearing a tie with a shirt that was designed specifically to eliminate the need for a tie will leave you looking like a fool.
     
  8. j

    j Senior member

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    What would you guys say about a collared knit sport shirt, like the AA leisure shirt or a similar long sleeve shirt? In other words one with a regular dress shirt type, though not usually stiff collar.

    In any case, for this to work at all the tie is going to need to be something soft or knit or with a woven texture, and preferably more casual looking. Not a smooth print silk or something like that.
     
  9. Max

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    It's still going to look wrong. I could see it sort of working on a dress shirt cut from jersey, but it's still going to look odd.
     
  10. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    You posted a thread involving jewel encrusted brass knuckles and now you complain about a tie being historically and functionally inappropriate?
     
  11. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    OMFG.
    Please don't. Come to think of it I think I saw some threads a while back in GQ forums on doing this exact thing (I kept reading how a contingent of SFers were refugees from there and I had to look in to that place. I was horrified, never went back there).
     
  12. Max

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    You posted a thread involving jewel encrusted brass knuckles and now you complain about a tie being historically and functionally inappropriate?
    Crystal brass knuckles are supposed to be ridiculous and silly. This is in all earnestness.
     
  13. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    I don't know. Maybe I'd feel differently if I saw him wearing it, but I have trouble seeing anyone wearing a polo with a tie in dead seriousness. It seems inevitably silly, but not necessarily disastrous.

    Though for what it's worth, I'd sure as hell never do it myself.
     
  14. victory

    victory Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I'd never do it myself and at first thought, would say no... but my opinion might change after seeing it with my own eyes.
     
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    I think it can work, if done with a Westwood-type feel.

    For example, black polo with red skinny tie, flannel trousers with braces.
     
  16. RustyRyan

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    It can't work....ever
     
  17. ruben

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    this is one of those looks (and there are many others) that can look good in the context of a magazine photospread or clothing advert since they tend to be more 'out there' to get your attention...but when you see someone wearing it in real life that way you want to punch him in the face

    Get Smart, with ALL due respect (and I mean it, I really admire your style and think you look great in the various post in the 'what are you wearing NOW' thread), there are many people out there who would say the same about your style, mine too I'm sure, probably most of us here.

    That said, I don't really like the idea.
    Mainly because the polo shirt has, IMO been hijacked by jackasses.
    I used to love polos and would wear them when I wanted to look more dressed up than the other kids at school. Now I avoid wearing them at almost any cost because so many people wear them.

    So beside that objection, I don't think it's a bad idea for a goofy/casual type thing, like party or a fun bar or something.

    Sometimes these 'out-there' affectiations can be fun.
    I know I have mine, at best you can think of yourself as a trendsetter [​IMG] and at worst it's a little jokey something to set you apart.
     
  18. tiecollector

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    I have a really skinny tie that I think it might work with but I've been too scared of looking like I'm trying too hard. The tie is almost too skinny to wear with a button up shirt because it barely coveres the buttons. It looks good if I put a vneck sweater over it though.

    However, Coach Hines pulls off the look flawlessly.
     
  19. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    i think it could work beautifully.... october 31.

    any other day.... no.
     
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    Give it a shot with a skinny tie. The right person with the right personality with the right crowd could do it well enough.
     

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