16 May 2010

Teaser

Man, I really wish I would wind up getting invited to a formal event, preferably in the house of someone stylish where the company, music and booze are all top notch. Sadly, I doubt I'll ever wear a tux. Doesn't stop me from occasionally purchasing unusual pieces of formal wear:

Dig that shirt! You know me and my shirt/aberrations...can't help myself. I'm picturing this one under a black velvet jacket with grosgrain facing on the lapels.

I, like many of you, am pretty entrenched in the anti-wing collar field, but I'd make an exception in this case.

Oh well, it's too big for me anyway. Therefore, look for it at Top Shelf Flea Market II in the Autumn. That is, unless Tin Tin admits that his similar shirt is too small for him and agrees to a trade. Maybe then I'll just throw the damn party myself.

16 comments:

Thad said...

Generally I don't like shirts like that ... seen too many with chili peppers or other corny print ... but that one is attractive! I have to say that my formal wear events have recently been curtailed, but that would look spiffy with my tux. Plus, that is actually my size.

Cheers!

Ian Gilmoure said...

In regards to wearing a dinner jacket, if you want to wear it...I say wear it! Keep up the good work

Main Line Sportsman said...

That is a great shirt!!

Jake said...

Wing collar aside, I think that's a great shirt. A friend of mine has something similar (from Thomas Pink, I think, but I could be wrong) with the sleeves and back in various different striped patterns, while the front is a perfectly traditional white marcella. Since we all know that you shouldn't take your dinner jacket off anyway, wearing something like this seems quite fun to me. There's something quietly subversive about it.

ADG said...

16.5-42 ....man that's a big-ass shirt.

David V said...

The patterned shirt body doesn't bother me but the pleats and french cuffs with the attached wing collar make me cringe. This is something to wear sans tie or coat and unbuttoned to mid chest. I'm not suggesting you do so but that it is the kind of shirt worn by one who would.

Anonymous said...

would the 42 be the chest or the sleve length?

Young Fogey said...

Of all the shirts I've seen, that certainly is one of them. Who comes up with such crazy stuff, anyway?

I think it'd look marvy with your new plaid jacket and a pair of patch plaid pants. Maybe a madras bow tie, too? Then you'd really look like Scotland threw up on you. ;-)

Giuseppe said...

42 cm, the metric size equivalent of an American 16 1/2 neck.

Chuck G. said...

I picked up a formal Brooks fun shirt in the same set up last week but with the Makers, USA tag. Size 15.5/32. Wish it was my size.

Anonymous said...

Jumped the shark with this one.

Giuseppe said...

Who jumped the shark, me or the brothers? Hmmm...

Laguna Beach Trad said...

Awful. Simply awful.

Young Fogey said...

G: "Who jumped the shark, me or the brothers?"

Me: Yes.

;-)

Anonymous said...

Hi

Well the brothers for the conception, you for the implementation. But gotta say lottsa balls for the attempt.

Take it easy from Jamaica.

Young Fogey said...

My first reaction was in line with LBT's reaction. However, I can see the appeal. If you're someone who goes to a lot of black tie events, wearing a shirt like this would be a very private way to break up what you might come to see as the monotony of black tie, and yet be perfectly presentable.

To coin a phrase, it's crypto-subversive.

I also see the appeal to iconoclastic plaid-lovers like our gracious host. Maybe you should have bought that cream dinner jacket those many moons ago. If you had one, I'd lend you my plaid madras cotton bow tie & cummerbund.