21 January 2011

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

Sometimes it's best to just dive head first into things. So, for the first run of the "real" collar pin, I decided there was no better shirt to stab holes in than one of my made to measure numbers that actually cost me a considerable sum of money. 

Because I got those weird club/not club collars on these shirts, it was decided immediately that the only way to wear them is pinned. So much the better with a real pin. It really does hold things together far better than my old falsie. There's no turning back now. I also really dig the combination of the round white collar and pin with a striped tie and a big fat shawl collar sweater. Got a nice 1930s vibe about it, no?
As a side note, I've discovered that paired with flannels, a big navy cardigan makes an excellent casual alternative to a blazer, and it has been officially decreed (by me) that a cardigan is best when it's long enough to wear it with at least three buttons open at the bottom.

10 comments:

Silk Regimental said...

It's fantastic!

stylez g. write said...

Like.

Gentleman's Gazette said...

The collar pin looks great on you. Not long ago, I wrote an article about the collar pin that might be of interest to you and your readers.

Roger said...

This is how my grandfather dressed at the weekends, and you have it down to a tee. It's an excellent look and the tie really sets it off.
I wear a similar tie with a grey flannel three-piece. I don't have a shawl cardigan like yours, but I did have a knitted vest that went well. I need to get a cardigan!

Overall, a classic look. I imagine you wearing a straw boater to top it off.

Yankee-Whisky-Papa said...

The truth is, these longer heavier sweaters call for the bottom 3 buttons to remain open. At first, it seems a bit odd, but the fit goes to 100% with 3 open. If you are standing perfectly still, perhaps more, but since Buckingham Palace doesn't have a Regiment of Curlers standing guard in sweaters, movement is not only expected, but in the design.

OldSchool said...

Excellent look. The pin serves to shorten the length of the collar points and also narrow the width between the points.

Yes, long cardigans defınitely look adult.

GP said...

It seems cool and "informed", by some time long ago (i.e., the 1920s or before). But it is too much so and thus a costume; professionals who must in every form of communication command their audience(s) attention with substance (not fashion) are embarrassed. Substance & Style make Content. However cool and sweet it is, save this one for, as Roger noted, your weekend's theme party.

TRVS said...

I love this look...~M.

Giuseppe said...

GP,

therein lies the beauty of dressing this way by choice and not requirement. Such an ensemble would be absolutely inappropriate in a board meeting. But I don't attend board meetings, I work in a wine shop. These togs seem absolutely appropriate for the business of discussing the relative merits of this or that Bordeaux.

Roger,

Even I can't manage to make a boater look anything less of a quaint anacronism. Let's not push it, now.

ADG said...

Bingo. And remember everyone....slide on/clip on collar bars=clip on tie/suspenders.