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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Just stripes

I'm not real big on stripes, but this Hugo Boss tie is a little more than "just stripes": it doesn't show up so well in this picture, but the stripe edges are rough, making them look hand-painted, or painted on with a crude roller. And the color scheme is terrific! These are the kinds of colors that brighten people's day, mine included.

Part of the fun of wearing ties is matching them up with the right shirt; I started to go with a light orange shirt with this one, but ended up going with a green that almost matches the green in the tie. (And I would have had to iron the orange shirt, while the green one was already pressed.) One needs a rainbow of shirts if one is to wear a different tie every day (which I have done since January 2003, roughly). I'm deficient in the purple range right now, which I hope to remedy soon. I find that Lands' End has the best combination of price, quality, and selection, and often find great deals in their Overstocks catalog. On the other hand, I have been known to splurge on a fine English shirt from Charles Tyrwhitt. (Those multicolored striped "London shirts" present a real challenge for the necktie wearer; one could just wear a solid-color tie, but that would be giving up. Solid color ties are too boring! Don't wear them! I should have a dazzling London combo together in the next week or so.)

4 comments:

Jeff L. said...

The tie is wonderful, but I would've chosen another color for the shirt. A solid dark green shirt like that is a fashion faux pas all by itself. I think I would've chosen a light minty green.

Also, what's with the saggy belt? The model's belly looks like it's pooching out.

Burl Veneer said...

Well, I'm happy with the shirt, though a light minty green also would have worked nicely. As for the belt: tightening it one more notch would be uncomfortable, and would make my waistband gather. Can't have that! Any distortions to my torso are due to my stretching my arms out in front of me to hold the camera. Perhaps I should have Mrs. Veneer do that.

Anonymous said...

I think I would have chosen the orange shirt. You know that orange is the "new pink"!

Yes, please tighten the belt just a tad, or better yet, take a deep breath and snap the shot!

Kat

Burl Veneer said...

No, I think the orange stripes stand out against the green shirt better than the green stripes would stand out against the orange shirt. YMMV, of course. I will work on making the belt look better!