Mixing it up


I thought that I would get back into the swing of things with some full blown Ivy Style. Now I am one that generally likes to keep it simple which I am sure that this is apparent from my uniform of khaki chinos, blue OCBD, and penny loafers, but sometimes even I mix it up. This is a good example of that.
IMG_7134When I say full-blown Ivy I mean a few things. One, is that the tweed sport coat that I am wearing is from the Hey day and has all the bells & whistles including 3/2 roll, sack cut (aka no darts), swelled edges, and even a hooked vent. Two, is that my tie is on the narrower side measuring at about 2.75″ which is slim for my tastes, but boy do I love this tie. Third, is the tie pattern. Paisley ties are very Ivy.
IMG_7005On to why this is not simple for me. Here you have a brown tweed, a red striped OCBD, and a predominantly green tie that incorporates yellow and red. Why does this work? I don’t have a great answer for that outside of that I liked the way it looked and there is a nice amount of contrast. I am sure that someone skilled in color theory could break it down for you, but I just eyeballed it.

I don’t know what the take away here is except that sometimes it is good to mix it up (Look, no striped tie!) and that I find contrast much more important than matching. Oh, and I am glad to be back posting after my month off. Thanks for the support, it is very much appreciated!

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13 Comments on "Mixing it up"

  1. Andrew says:

    Welcome back.
    Excellent post. There are people who try to do this every day, or at least those days when wearing a sport coat. Not easy, but yours is a fine example.

  2. Alvin Dennis says:

    Glad you are back. I enjoy reading this website.

  3. Old Trad says:

    Very nice combo. How I remember wool challis ties with paisley designs in the early 60s!

  4. Jon DiBenedetto says:

    Welcome back! Great combination of shirt, tie, and jacket!

  5. Charlottesville says:

    Welcome back, Jerrod. We missed you. I think this is one of the best photos you have ever posted. Perfect colors, perfect proportions, perfect details. In short, a perfect look.

  6. Billax says:

    Nice to see you back and posting, and a very nice look to get back in the groove!

  7. Robert says:

    Great combo. Welcome back!

  8. Woofboxer says:

    Few colour combinations are better than a pink shirt under an olive green tweed, very nice.

  9. fred johnson says:

    Welcome back Ox
    For me the shirt is the weak spot in the look; I just think given the tie and jacket a nice blue OCBD would bring the elements together to better advantage. The shirt just dimenishes the tie, jacket combination.

  10. Richard says:

    Glad to have this site back in action. I checked more than once in February only to remember it was on hiatus. That’s a great look. Avoiding matching is also key to my method of dressing. My wife looked at me funny for saying that once, but it works!

  11. Charles Gresham says:

    Would love to see a discussion on your thoughts about men’s raincoats/trenchcoats sometime soon.

  12. newgale says:

    wb, always enjoy your blog. nice tie

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