Simply Complicated

Black + white + grey is a simple color combination, right?  It’s very safe, correct?  Well, how can we complicate things?  We can complicate things a little bit by using all pieces with different patterns…pattern mixing:


Black and white spectator wingtips by Johnston & Murphy are a thrifting find.

socksBlack cashmere ribbed socks by Banana Republic.


Black polka dot neck tie by Chaps is a thrifting find.  Tie bar is by Kenneth Cole.  White and black window pane dress shirt is by Club Monaco.


Black lapel flower is from a boutique on the campus of UNC Greensboro.


Silk white and black polka dot pocket square is by Club Room.


Glen Plaid suit with peaked lapels, side vents, two button closure, ticket pocket, flap pockets, and full interior lining is by Banana Republic.


Baby Blues

To complete today’s look, I had to borrow another accessory from my wife’s closet.  Hey, whatever works:

Shoes  Brown wingtip loafers with tassels by Florsheim are a thrifting find.


Socks are by Club Monaco.


Khaki colored suit trousers are by Calvin Klein.


Chocolate gingham button down dress shirt by J.Crew is a thrifting find.

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Chocolate neck tie is by Saks Fifth Avenue.  Silver tie bar is by Banana Republic.


Baby blue sport coat that features notch lapels, rear center vent, flap pockets, two button closure, and partial lining is a thrifting find.


Silk polka dot “pocket square” is actually not a pocket square.  It is one of my wife’s silk head wraps…but it’s a pocket square today.  Thanks for the assist, Babydoll!

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Final Look!!

Dots On Pane

Recently, I have noticed that I have neglected my bow tie collection a bit.  To complete today’s look, I revisited my bow tie collection:

shoesBlack wingtip dress shoes by Adam Derrick To Boot New York.


Light blue cable cord dress socks by Banana Republic.


Black flat front trousers by Banana Republic.


White black window pane spread collar dress shirt by Club Monaco.


Black polka dot bow tie is a Belk’s store brand.


Glen plaid sports coat with peak lapels and side vents is made by Express was a thrifting find.


Light blue silk pocket square, origin unknown.


Final Look!!

Getting Into The Thanksgiving Spirit

Yesterday, I went to the grocery store to do some shopping for Thanksgiving dinner.  I think the “Thanksgiving Spirit” carried over into today’s look:

Brown leather saddle shoes from Cole Hahn.  I own four pairs of saddle shoes and these are my only leather pair…and they are the only pair that I own that are not by Ralph Lauren.  I love Ralph Lauren’s version of the saddle shoe…and Brooks Brothers offers a great version, as well.

Brown socks with orange stripes are from The Gap.

Navy blue trousers are by Perry Ellis.  These pants are made from a thinner material and more suitable for warmer weather.  However, I added some thermal bottoms underneath to make them suitable for this cold weather.  Something my mother taught me…how to wear your summer clothes in the winter. 

Navy blue gingham button down dress shirt by Club Monaco.

Paisley tie was a thrifting find and the tie bar is by Banana Republic.

Burnt orange corduroy blazer, with notch lapels and center vent, was also a thrifting find.

Navy blue silk pocket square, origin unknown.

Final Look!!

Cranberry Floral Print

Today’s look offers more color…and more patterns.

Black chucka boots by Banana Republic.

Black and cranberry argyle print socks by Banana Republic.

Cranberry trousers by Saks Fifth Avenue.

White and Black window pane dress shirt by Club Monaco.

Grey necktie by J. Crew and tie bar by Kenneth Cole.

Black sports coat with narrow peak lapels and side vents by Calvin Klein.

Silk cranberry floral print pocket square was a thrifting find.

Final Look!!

Vintage Dope!

Vintage Embossed tie clip from Club Monaco.  Very nice and very sleek.  I like this piece a lot!  $34.50 isn’t a lot of money, but it’s more than I would prefer to pay for a tie clip.  On the flip side, tie clips can last forever.