Breaking Rules

Today’s look gives you an idea of how concerned I am with breaking the “rules of style”.  I cannot emphasize how annoyed I am with the thought that there are “rules to personal style”.  The concept just screams “oxymoron”.  The rule that I defied today pertains to the with of the necktie in comparison to the width of the lapel.  The rule is that width of your lapel is supposed to be similar to the width of the lapel on your jacket.  Observe why that does not matter:


Brown and white two-tone spectator wingtips by Johnston And Murphy are a thrifting find.


Socks by J.Crew.


Cranberry medium width necktie by Yves Saint Laurent is a thrifting find.  Tie bar is by Banana Republic.  Cranberry/white striped spread collar dress shirt is by Banana Republic. 


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

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Turquoise plaid double-breasted sport coat with notch lapels, rear center vent, six button silhouette, flap pockets, and full interior lining is from The Carraway Concept.  Cranberry flat front trousers are by Saks Fifth Avenue.


Crimson And Creme

The weather is still chilly but the sun is shining…which provides the foundation for this beautiful, but chilly, day.  It’s starting to look spring-like, but not really feeling like spring.  Nevertheless, I reached deep in my vault today and pulled out one of my more spring-fitting looks:   Shoes

Brown brogues by Saks Fifth Avenue.


Cranberry argyle dress socks by Banana Republic.


Cranberry flat front trousers by Saks Fifth Avenue.


White spread collar dress shirt with the barrel cuff is by Banana Republic. 

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Necktie by Ralph Lauren is a thrifting find.  Gold tie bar is by Brooks Brothers.

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Cream colored blazer that features notch lapels, rear center vent, original gold buttons, patch pockets, vintage blend fabric, and full interior lining. 


Cranberry silk pocket square is a thrifting find. 

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Final Look!!