Friday, October 17, 2008
Continuing the discussion of a few days ago regarding the wearing of strong patterns, here's a well-known photo of the late style icon the Duke of Windsor wearing a prominent check at his country house in France.
The lesson here, in my opinion, is how the shirt and necktie mirror the suit's overcheck, and the pocket square repeats both the suit's ground color and the check. The result is as subdued as such a bold pattern can be.
If the shirt and necktie introduced new colors, even colors generally considered compatible with navy blue, the ensemble might well have looked like a circus suit. Instead, it's powerful and restrained at the same time.
Truly, dressing as an art form.