Posts Tagged ‘ pocket square ’

Adding to the Mix

I started out with strictly yellow flavored neckwear paired with blue gingham shirts. It wasn’t long before I tried a gray and blue stripe, a red, patterned tie and finally a red, striped tie. From my beginning with gingham shirts I have liked them paired with a large paisley necktie. Today I finally paired one with a red, paisley one. The pocket square is also a red paisley but solid colored with the pattern woven into it. Makes me wonder how a similarly fashioned tie would work with this shirt.

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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.

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.

The Rain Falls Mainly on the Plain

Colorado gets around 300 days of sunshine a year. So when there has been several days in a row of cloudy, rainy skies we tend to get a little gray in our outlook. Hence today’s gray on gray on black look. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

But I really brightened it up with a white shirt and pocket square, right? Maybe I should have included a gray vneck sweater…

The tie is an absolutely ancient Ferrell Reed City of London. The shirt is a TM Lewin Windsor slim fit.

Patterns

From the moment of my birth
To the instant of my death,
There are Patterns I must follow
Just as I must breathe each breath

Paul Simon originally did “Patterns”. At least I think he did.  I prefer Warrel Dane’s version.

Patterns for me today are a couple of stripes (suit & tie), a check(shirt), and a paisley(pocket square). This particular TM Lewin shirt has never graced the pages of this blog. Neither has the tie but that’s kind of the point in the blog. Unfortunately the flash removed the detail of the blue and gray check of the shirt and the blue stripe between the orange stripes on the Brooks Brothers necktie. The tie is knotted in a dimpled Prince Albert.

 

Checks Mix With a Side of Stripes

Mmmmm, Chex Mix. I like the home made version better than the pre-bagged off-the-shelf variety. The mix of checks here is the window pane in the suit and the Gingham check of the shirt. And speaking of variety, I added a striped tie and paisley pocket square to up the pattern ante.

Shirt is Hawes and Curtis and tie is Jos Banks.

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.