First of all, thanks to those who have visited this site during my absence.  I’ve gotten busy and lazy about updating regularly, though I hope to improve that.  I appreciate your patience.

I’ve said before that the key to combining patterns is to keep the scale of the patterns as different as possible.  Now, ties and shirts especially tend to come in small-ish patterns, which can make combining difficult, especially if you have suits or jackets with closely spaced stripes or checks.  A tie with a large-scale stripe like this one, called a block stripe, is therefore very useful when combining with other patterns.  I intend to use it that way in the future.

Thanks to my lovely and generous wife for the tie and pocket square, Christmas gifts both.

Suit: Southwick, thrifted, $30
Shirt: Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece, bought online, $40
Tie: thetiebar.com, gift
Pocket square: thetiebar.com, gift
Shoes: Vintage Florsheims, Ebay, $65

Total: $135
If I’d paid full retail prices: Over $1700

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3 Responses to The Block Stripe

  1. Tyrone says:

    Good to see you back. I like what you do with this blog, and I’ve been considering doing something similar WRT the actual vs retail cost of my WIWT stuff. All the best to you!
    ~T

  2. Benn says:

    How well does the Tie Bar tie actually tie? I am assuming its wool. I am very impressed with this tie, but have only ordered a pocket square from them, and it was a disaster. The colored boarder bled everywhere. But this tie looks sharp.

    • Jeff says:

      Ben, so far the tie works just fine. Took a little care the first time I tied it to get a proper dimple, but I haven’t had any problems with it yet. It’s a wool-silk blend.

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