Red Stripes I

This is Monday’s getup. It’s been a busy few days so my time budget had to be adjusted. And the fun stuff is what gets the axe first.

The necktie is a fairly old Robert Talbott Estate model. The Estate line of stuff is generally Talbott’s top of the line. As far as ties go, the Estate resides just below the seven folds. I’ve sported a few seven fold pieces over the course of the blog so far. One Talbott, one Paul Fredrick, and one Charles Tyrwhitt. There’s some lengthy discussions out on the net regarding seven folds and whether or not there really are seven folds and counting folds, etc. If you follow the link to the Tyrwhitt version, you will see that I counted six on that one. It’s not a huge concern to me but I did find several of the discussions interesting at the time I read them many years ago.

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Another Mimic

Not too bad a copy, if I do say so myself. I saw the Colbert Report on Cinco de Mayo and thought his wardrobe department had put together a pretty snazzy combination. It must have been memorable because I noticed a very similar tie yesterday while I was out goofing around. Rather than delay trying it out I paired it up with a windowpane suit instead of a pinstripe. I wore the pinstripe yesterday. The other differences? I’ve got French cuffs working today and, the most obvious difference is that I finish things off with a pocket square. His wardrobe department is quite good but they do need to step it up just a bit in that regard.

The coolest similarity is that Colbert also uses a dimpled four-in-hand. Hah!

Covering All The Bases

Solid? Check!

Stripe? Check!

Dots? Check!

Check? Check!

Four different patterns. The stripes on the suit and the dots on the necktie are at least in the same family – the pin family.

The TM Lewin shirt is probably my favorite. I have no idea why it is but for whatever reason it appeals to me. The way I see it, there are far more important things to wonder about. The tie is labeled Best of Class by Robert Talbott. It falls very short of any kind of best. The lining is terribly thin and responsible for the kink in the right side (left side of picture) of the knot. In my opinion, anyway. I purchased it at a Nordstrom Rack on the cheap. In some cases you get what you pay for.

Red Stripe With Gingham

I tried a red necktie with a gingham a little over a week ago and liked it enough that I decided to try again. I’m not sure if I like the size of the stripes on this one but I do like the colors. The tie’s stripes are similar in scale to a different tie I tried with this same shirt. At any rate, I’m having fun with the experimentation.

The tie is a Paul Fredrick and the shirt is a Hawes and Curtis St. James slim fit.

BWH II

Belgian Waffle Humping, in case you were wondering. In reference to a Stephen Colbert segment and in deference to The Fangirl Suit Report. I really do enjoy the Suit Report and Gratefull’s descriptions. My vocabulary has been increased a fair bit just by looking up some of the words in her descriptions.

I thought I was going to be pretty sly combining this Hilfiger waffle with the window paned sport coat. Turns out that’s basically what I did in the original waffle humper of a post. There are a few differences but basically it’s kind of the same.

The shirt is a TM Lewin Buckingham slim fit. The Buckinghams have a barrel cuff rather than French cuffs. I’m guessing the original BWH post had a French cuff since that’s a suit rather than a sport coat.

Oh geeze, I’m starting to ramble…

Staid

Staid is unadventurous, according to an online dictionary. So be it. I was complimented as “elegant” this morning and the pocket square is a bit adventurous. Being labeled as elegant is adventurous for me, especially given the source. 🙂

Pocket squares are supposed to be coordinated a bit with the shirt and/or tie. The blue in today’s fancy pocket Kleenex matches up with the Hilfiger, neat tie but the gold edge was intended to pick up the gold pinstripe in the suit.

Funeral Director

Not really, but  definitely a somber combination right down to the TV fold, white pocket square. I did go to a wake this weekend but it was a jeans affair and a celebration of life rather than a funeral.