Thursday, January 19, 2012
Spectacular bow tie, no? The trouble is the context - a jacket that is not powerful enough to stand up to it and frame the ensemble. Individually, shirt, tie and jacket are each beautiful in their own way, and they have complementary colors. Worn together though, the coat's light color means the observer's eye stops on the tie rather than the wearer's face.
There is an art to composition of the day's clothing. The individual elements must fit of course. They need to be well made, from good cloth. And then they have to work together so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The same shirt and tie worn with a dark blazer, for example, would blend together so that none of the individual elements dominate the look.