Even with the most conservative outfits, I generally try to inject a semi-rebellious element. In this case, it’s the necktie. I’ve worn it a few times before, but never really mentioned why I bought it.
It mimics a typical club tie, except the navy stripes are wavy. I’d been looking for a tie like this (although with straight stripes) for a while and then saw Epaulet was selling this Mark McNairy version in a final sale for $30. Perfect.
I think there’s a delicate line between playful and obnoxious on things like neckties and this sort of demonstrates that — in my opinion. It’s too easy to go over the top in necktie designs (think: the Ed Hardy designs, cartoon characters, images on ties, etc.), but it’s tougher to do something reserved and tasteful that can fit into a conservative style of dressing.
Fit details after the jump:
- Jacket: Lightweight wool vintage navy blazer (thrifted)
- Shirt: Nordstrom 1901 OCBD athletic fit
- Pants: Midweight wool trousers (unknown maker, bought on Etsy)
- Tie: Mark McNairy (Epaulet final sale)
- Square: Nordstrom Rack
- Socks: J.Crew (Factory)
- Shoes: Charles Tyrwhitt military boots
- Watch: Vintage Bulova (eBay) on Brooks Brothers strap