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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!

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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.

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.

Really Bright Tie

Last time this TM Lewin shirt made an appearance on the blog, it was paired with a necktie that toned things down a bit. This tie kicks it up a notch or three. If you think it takes some cajones to strap on a bow tie for the day, try knotting up a tie this bright and this “colorful”. I will say that the compliments I get from the fairer of the two sexes more than make up for the sideways glances, etc. that I also get from time to time. Not only is the color of the tie a winner but the texture is as well.

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.

Another Nicky Knot

Today’s shirt is a TM Lewin St. James slim fit. The collar is a full cutaway, creating a lot of tie space. I really did try a four-in-hand knot first but it just didn’t fill the tie space to suit me.  This TM Lewin tie actually has a pretty thick lining. One of the reasons I selected it. After a couple of iterations of a four-in-hand, I decided to try the Nicky instead and it worked to satisfaction.

Yes, I did think about a Half Windsor and that is what I would have tried next. There’s no way I would have gone Full Windsor, given the thickness of the tie.

Plain, white pocket square, given all the other things going on with the window pane coat and stripes on the shirt and tie.

Fat Ties

Ties are so expensive that I can’t get rid of any I own unless they get so unmanageably stained or frayed or whatever. The result is that I have a ton of old, wide ties. This one is a Ike Behar with a dark navy background and orange and lavender check. The shirt is a lavender Charles Tyrwhitt. The pocket square is a Robert Talbott.  Ties, fat bottomed or not, make this rockin’ world go round.

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