Casual Monday

Two Mondays in a row with the same sport coat. Some would have issue with the formality of a cutaway collar combined with a sport coat. Further, French cuffs with a sport coat. Evidently I don’t pay attention to such “rules”. Not only is there all of that but I also decided to try a four-in-hand knot with the cutaway collar. No, Judas Priest’s “Breakin’ the Law” was not going through my head as the hands connected to my French cuffed wrists snugged the four-in-hand knot up to the cutaway collar. Maybe it should have been.

The shirt is a TM Lewin St. James slim fit and the necktie is a Paul Fredrick. The shirt can be seen with a more appropriate Nicky knot here and here.

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Uncreative

I’ll be the first to admit that this ensemble is pretty uncreative and basic. An off white dress shirt probably would have added a fair bit of interest, given the gold coloring in the necktie. I didn’t have one ironed and, as today is trash day in the neighborhood, no extra time to iron one this morning.

The shirt is a TM Lewin Windsor slim fit and the necktie a Robert Talbott Seven Fold. I have not counted the folds to see if there really are seven. If you don’t know what a seven fold tie is then I suggest taking a quick look here. Since they are constructed entirely of silk with no lining, they tend to be expensive. I got this one off eBay several years ago.

Less Minimal

Basically the same idea as last Monday but instead of a plain white shirt I selected a navy and blue check. The other major difference is a gray suit instead of a navy suit. The shirt is a TM Lewin Windsor slim fit and the tie is Tommy Hilfiger.

I can’t completely claim the look. I did get the basics of the idea from what Stephen Colbert wore on March 10. There’s a good chance I would have never teamed up this shirt and tie combination with a gray suit. And Colbert still has no idea what that suit pocket is for so that evens us up a bit. That and he’s got a wardrobe department to take care of his suit and tie combos for him. I just have two dogs and they’re not much help.

Dog Day Blue Monday

The sport coat is a navy and blue dogtooth. Some people call it a puppy tooth because the pattern is small. The TM Lewin necktie is dimpled into a four-in-hand knot, of course. The shirt is a white Hawes and Curtis St. James slim fit. I’m beginning to really like the H & C shirts that I own. The spread is a little less than the TM Lewin Windsor slim fits.

I messed around with the “fold” on the pocket square this morning. I got up before my alarm so I had a little extra time to try something other than a puff and stuff. Silk pocket squares don’t really fold. I just kind of mash them into some form or other.

Twofer Thursday

Definitely not as catchy as Twofer Tuesday. Maybe the solid shirt and tie on Monday kicked me into a stripe rut or something. Shirt is TM Lewin Windsor slim fit and tie is Robert Talbott Best of Class. The tie is fairly old and shows it in the width of the apron. So be it. I still like the tie. The pocket square is also a Talbott.

Striped Shirt and Tie

Monday was striped suit and tie day with a checked shirt. Tuesday was striped shirt and tie day with a checked (windowpane) sport coat. This Brooks Brothers necktie is the same as Monday’s but in different colors and tied in a Nicky knot because the TM Lewin St James cutaway collar needs more tie knot.

Gray Pinstripe Suit, Gray Striped Tie


I wish the flash hadn’t overpowered the blue gingham TM Lewin shirt but oh well. I’m really liking the way the blue stripe on the Brooks Brothers tie gets picked up by  the check in the shirt. The not-matching-blue in the paisley pocket square suits me as well. So to speak.

One of the reasons for blogging about my suit, shirt, and necktie combinations is to try and keep from getting in a rut. If I had not thought much about the combinations I probably would have paired this shirt and suit with a yellow tie like I did here, here, and here. The suits and shirts aren’t exactly the same but close enough.

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