Posts Tagged ‘ coat and tie ’

Red Stripes II

This is what I have on right here and now. Yeah, I skipped tying one on yesterday. My work yesterday included some not so clean activities so I chose to protect my nicer clothes. I find it nice that I am not required to wear coat/suit and tie. I choose to do so. Why? Dunno. Prolly something in my childhood that I should blame on my parents or something. I enjoy it. If suit and tie were required I don’t think I would enjoy it quite as much. That and I’d look like everyone else.

Today is actually a coat and tie day. Stripes and checks up top and solid, tan trousers below the bottom of the picture. The tie is another Hilfiger that I picked up the same day I nabbed the Stephen Colbert inspired blue/navy stripe.

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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…

The Spread

I watched the first round of the NFL draft last night. I was amazed at the number of linemen that were selected. I’m old school and still believe the game is won or lost in the trenches. What does that have to do with coat and tie? Not much other than the stage is a bit of a fashion show at times. What does that have to do with the title of the blog? Not much unless you gamble on NFL games and pay attention to the point spreads. The spread of a dress shirt collar generally refers to the distance between the collar points, hence point spread. Yeah, it’s a bit weak, but this is my 90th post so I’m getting a little pressed for material.

Speaking of pressing, I ironed, or pressed, this 100% cotton TM Lewin St. James shirt.

And I’m blogging on Wordpress.

The Turnbull and Asser necktie has never been pressed. And that’s a good thing. Pressing a tie ruins it. Trust me on this rather than trying to do so at home.

Judging by the picture, the pocket square should have been pressed into my sportcoat pocket a little more. It’s just slightly out of control.

Thick, Thick Seven Fold

This particular Paul Fredrick necktie is a very thick and heavy seven fold. It’s heavy enough that I bring along an extra tie on days I select this one in the morning because it can actually get uncomfortable to wear. The weave is fairly open, giving it a nice texture. Although it looks solid gold in the picture, it actually has some navy in it as well. There was absolutely no chance of trying any knot other than a four-in-hand. Not that I would have anyway.

I paired it with a solid blue Hawes and Curtis shirt and navy sport coat to give the texture a chance to stand out a little more.

Navy Purple Rut

Or maybe I’m in a purple navy rut. Some country should have a purple navy and sail it around the world like Teddy Roosevelt did with the Great White Fleet.

Today’s tie is a very old and fat Ferrell Reed City of London. Speaking of fat ties, I wore one of the same make and model and similar pattern during my Fat Tie Week.

The shirt is a TM Lewin Buckingham collar. This particular model is a slim fit with button cuffs instead of “double cuffs”. Double cuffs are the same thing as French cuffs. I went with button cuffs to better match the level of formality with the sport coat.

Standards II

Pretty typical combination – blue oxford dress shirt, tan trousers, navy sport coat (or blazer), and navy/gold striped necktie. The atypical portion of the ensemble would be the French cuffs on the dress shirt. I casualed it down a bit by using silk knots instead of links. The spread collar would probably be atypical as well but I like it.

Shirt is TM Lewin Windsor slim fit, tie is Tommy Hilfiger, and sport coat is Chaps.

 

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.