The trick is texture and fit. Basically this get-up is pretty plain: Brown shoes, tan pants, white shirt, black tie, grey coat. But each element has a little something to give it interest.The jacket is herringbone, with nubby brown leather buttons. The ties pattern is simple, but both the stripes and the anchors are embroidered rather than printed.The pants have a little bit of wrinkle and fray, the shoes are brogued and the socks are striped. In fact, the white shirt, in this particular context, is the only plain element, fulfilling the 'balance' role mentioned previously. I find this sort of idea works best in the colder months, when tweed comes into play, bringing an extra dose of texture to the coat.
Returning readers will note that the jacket, shoes and chinos in this particular combo have made several appearances here. I have a lot of ties, but not all that much of anything else. Let that be a testament to well selected, versatile, time tested classics.
Quiz: Is this tie American or imported? How can you tell?