Sunday, January 8, 2012
OK, I should begin this by stating that I am aware that only a modest proportion of the men who flee south for some portion of the winter will have occasion to wear a necktie while they are there. Indeed, I wore one recently only because there was a major family occasion that called for it. But for that tie-wearing few I have a few choice words: tussah, shantung, mogador and linen.
Stylishness on sunny warm weather days calls for a different kind of necktie, one that is both brighter and lighter in color and perhaps lighter weight than its cold weather relations. Light grounds replace dark - the cream stripe on navy necktie of winter becomes a navy stripe on cream. Mogadors come into play because the cotton in their weave lends itself to brighter colors than pure silk. And the summer equivalent of the textured wool or cashmere necktie is a nubby silk, either shantung or tussah, linen, or silk and linen that complements cotton, linen, mohair and silk jacketings.
Fortunately, neckties acquired to dress up a trip to warmer climes are equally if not even more useful when summer comes again.
In the photograph, a navy blue mohair and wool suit, gray on white pin-striped shirt, navy textured silk Shantung necktie, and a white linen pocket square.