Same topic twice in a row...Another great use for the collar pin:
In this simple and time tested combination of grey tweed, blue shirt, foulard tie and crew neck sweater, the collar pin brings the outfit up nicely. I would say that it "dressed up a casual outfit", but we all know that it's been a long time since an outfit like this would be considered casual. And before someone else says it, I live and work in a city, but the time for considering these things "country clothes" is long past too.
Wearing a tie with a crew neck is tricky. I like it with a bow tie, because you can see the tie. A necktie usually disappears under them. But the pin pulls the tie up a bit, making it just visible. A nice trick. Also, wearing a tie clip high up under the sweater and pushing the tie up a bit gives it some curl and keeps it from sliding back down...another nice trick.
Tricks like these allow you to convince yourself that you've successfully created that certain air of unstudied nonchalance all clotheshorses strive for, even though its clear to anyone you meet that you spend far too much thinking about your clothes.