Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Repeating three colors is easiest when the day's jacket has some pattern. Ivory pin stripes, for example, can be repeated in the dress shirt while a jacket's navy ground may also be the secondary color in the necktie. And that same tie may have a primary color, for example, that is the same as the stripe of the shirt.
Astaire is wearing an odd jacket, and so has considerably more latitude to include color in his ensemble. The ground of the tie is repeated in his square, the dots pick up the jacket and his shirt is the color of his buttonhole. With so much going, on the fact that it all works together is evident only in a general sort of way. He looks good, and that is the objective.
Repeat three colors.