28 April 2011

A Drop of Sunshine

Spring finally seems to have sprung up around my way, albeit with a lot of rain. Temps hit 70, but the sky remains grey and everything is wet. I'll take it.
The skies may be grey, but that's no reason not to introduce some fun and color into the daily routine. Quite the contrary, in fact. This cotton knit tie in pale yellow with blue and hunter green stripes, along with the gingham square, bring the old standby combo of navy blazer and blue oxford right up out of the doldrums.
It's seasonally appropriate without pushing it.
Lands' End Charter Collection was a dressier line that the company discontinued in 1986. I say we lobby hard for them to bring it back, so long as the quality is as good as this tie.

Pretentiousness is held in check with the slouchy addition of some well warn (and frayed) khakis and some comfy blucher moccasins. No socks.

Happy Springtime, American Northeast. It's good to have you back again.

16 comments:

T said...

ADG woulda busted out the orange Quoddys to keep it fuzzy.

Sean J. said...

Nice! Great tie. I found a Lands' End Charter Collection ancient madder tie recently and was wondering when the Charter Collection dated from. That's for the bit of info.

Silk Regimental said...

That tie is amazing - great find!

David M. said...

You're right about Lands' End. I've noticed over the past couple years, especially recently, that Lands' End isn't doing as many suits. They have a standard two button notch in a few colors, but that's about it.

Anonymous said...

This no socks business is kind of getting old. With a tie? Really?

Giuseppe said...

My favorite things are old things.

I've been ditching socks as soon as the temperature permits for at least twenty years now. I wouldn't ever do it with a suit and tie, but with worn casual shoes and rumpled khakis and a tie, absolutley.

Young Fogey said...

Great tie! I'm jealous. If you ever tire of it, you know who to send it to....

A said...

i think the no socks thing is much more accepted on the coast, I assume our anonymous friend is from somewhere in the midwest!

Jho78 said...

I'm kind of getting old myself. Sigh. This Lands' End Charter Collections sounds interesting, let's all push for a comeback.

Charles Lister said...

Guiseppe,
I've only just discovered your wonderful blog and I'm over the moon for it! As someone who is habitually penniless, but saddled with an aesthetic sense that craves quality things, I find your work here to be extremely beneficial. Thank you so much for this great resource.

Giuseppe said...

I'd go so far as to say that the acceptability of boat shoes decreases exponentially as distance from the sea increases.

Anonymous said...

I can't speak to other midwest cities, but there are a million and 1 boat shoes in Chicago. Dig the look.

Giuseppe said...

Even the guy with one foot sports 'em.

Roger said...

Your ensemble is nice and breezy. The tie is fantastic, I'd love to have found that thrifting.
Not a fan of the sockless look, but each to his own.

Hilton said...

I'm a guy with one foot as of nine weeks ago. I will being going without socks in a pair of boat shoes once I receive my first prothetic leg.

T said...

Here's a question for you...let's say you once lived in proximity to the ocean, but moved to some bum-f*ck burg in Western NC...but you live right on a huge lake. Does that mean you should drop boat shoes for canoe mocs to "keep it real?"
Do the kids even say that anymore?