Wedding Guest

Over in the Style Forum I frequent the following question came up regarding a match for a navy suit and a purple awning stripe shirt.

This was the picture that the OP (original poster) had and he was questioning if it went OK:


I suppose that the colors are all OK, but I think he was concerned that there was too much mono-tonal color in there (The satin of the square along with the satin of the tie while being different colors was perhaps too  close to matching all around)

I suggested the following two options (the shirt was the closest that I could find to the one the OP had, looks grey here but was purple stripe).

The floral tie (great seller in all the variations) with the FIH hand stitched edge square:  The satin field on the tie makes it dressy enough with the square being classy without going over the top.

Or this small rose version with the white linen square (which is always safe and elegant although for the wedding I would opt for the crepe silk one):

Popular opinion was the first variation was a winner.  Even the OP inquired about it!

PS: on the FIH Site the first floral tie has the following combo.  The square adds a little more in terms of pattern and tonality.

For Work and for Play

Using a  Hickey Freeman jacket that can be used in both a work and a play setting, I ended up with something like this for work which when you swap out the serious black tafetta tie, you get a whole different look.

SO here we go with the Taffeta Tie.  Nice serious Mature look.  I think certainly business like enough (unless you are in a suit and tie office.  The square gives a little life to the look without making it too much.  (Incidentally, I think that they square has no less than NINE colors in it.  Vintage silks.  They dont make them like they used to.) and the Shirt is a Grey twill.

Swpa the tie out for the Burnt Orange/Rust Taffeta and Raw Silk Stripe number… (I love that tie) and tone the square down a notch (or you dont have to) and you get this: (as an aside the tie works really well with a black or charcoal Grey suit)

Swap the square for one from the vintage group ( Also not on the site) for this look:  This gives the contrast on the breast along with the orange complementing the tie.

A real burst of orange in the tie will yield this.  may just be too much.  Incidentally, the tie is a little darker than this shows like you see in the linked photo.

If orange is not your thing then try livening the black up with some plum colored articles, be it the tie (Again this is for more fashion related jobs and not your usual Law Firm office) to get this look:

And Adding to the tie the Crepe White Silk Square with Burgundy Hand Stitching.  (I swaped out the shirt here for a fine plum stripe but the gray works as well).

To add a little more life to the square, keep the tie and add the Satin Silk Square with hand rolled edges.

And shown with the same square simply reversed.

Greens and Blues Round 2

Here again, I took a Tie from our Fall Collection with a Navy and Green beehive like weave. Its a slightly textured tie which blends together with the Navy/Blue/Green look.
I wasnt sure where I wanted to go with the square as I felt that the Blue was too much in the dark color and the which ws a little too outta left field being that the tie was a darker than the previous one. I dunno I just wasnt crazy about it.
I think that in this case it would have been better off with a white with a hunter green trim or my trademark stitched squares with the green stitching.


Published in: on January 10, 2008 at 7:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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