Sunday, February 12, 2012
Tan, gray and blue are the triumvirate of menswear colors, and they can be combined many ways. In the photograph,the usual gray jacket and tan shirt are reversed while the blue comes in the form of a navy bow tie, adding an unexpected bit of interest for a social afternoon.
Gray shirts should be more common than they are. Gray is more flattering than pure white on most men during the day and as adaptable as cream with navy jackets. I particularly like gray when it is combined with white, either in an end on end or similar weave or as a gray pattern on a white ground.
And then there is the bow tie, which would probably occupy a more important place in our wardrobes if more of us knew how to tie it. The knot is slightly more difficult to achieve than a four in hand, but the infrequent bow tie wearer can overcome his lack of practice by keeping a how-to-tie-it diagram handy. The result is a lighter hearted air, in my opinion, one that is particularly appropriate for occasions like the approaching St. Valentines Day.
Just tie one on.