Monday, May 6, 2013
THE POCKETSQUARE, THE FINE DETAILS, AND A TIE TWIST
There are three things that I notice right away about this style: the arched tie, the pocketsquare, and the contrasting button-hole stitching. This look feels like it remains understated while still holding a strong sense of style. And, this combination of style elements definitely allows for focus on the man instead of his clothing. It is not overdone, but nonetheless displays flair and individuality. The pocketsquare itself is not a duplicate of any other color or pattern (over-matching a pocketsquare to other fabrics and patterns worn comes off as looking fussy and unimaginative), but is simply white in color with interesting stitching–a fine complement to this overall look. A properly arched tie does not fail to intrigue…it makes me wonder how it was managed…what special twist, slide, push or positioning caused it to look so steeped in 19th century tradition? I adore this way of wearing a tie and it is pleasing to see this effect carried off well. The red stitched button hole is bold and shows a willingness to take risks and even communicates a slight sense of adventure (even if the Parisian Gentleman finds the colored button-hole stitching to be a little too much).
Even waist deep in hot water, Draper pulls off the ultra thin tie with ease
Another tie twist is opting for the ultra thin tie, inspired by the 1960s era, to complement a suit. Don Draper from the series Mad Men has become an icon for sporting this retro look.
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