The shoes were a step too far the other day, turning what might otherwise have been a smashing ensemble into something a bit too much like some sort of twentieth century re-enactment. I may have been distracted by the CREED Aventus, a very nice new scent I was sampling, but the lesson re-learned was to always remove one stand-out element from the first try at an ensemble.
All that aside, the intent of the combination in the photo was to demonstrate how to wear a summer necktie with a light ground. The answer should be obvious but it seems to confuse many men. Perhaps white shirts are less common than they once were, but, when they are in a wardrobe, evening and summer sunshine are certainly the two best times to wear them. And for those daytime occasions, a necktie with a white or cream ground pairs perfectly with a light-in-color jacket.
Optimo Panama hat, tan linen jacket, ivory shantung necktie from the ASW store, white shirt, gray Brisa trousers and the spectators that Edward Green infamously made from reversed goat without asking my permission.