Day 2 of Tie Week, and so far five people have said I looked “dapper.” Six, technically, but my work wife and I are only counting the instances where there is a witness—i.e., her.
It took me four attempts to master the full Windsor knot, copying the demonstration illustrations in the “Nordstrom Guide to Men’s Style” that my friend Lisa dropped on my desk a few weeks ago. Or, more accurately, it took two attempts last night until I was convinced I had it down, and then more two attempts this morning while actually getting dressed. (“Yeah, I’m going to be a little late today. I’m having trouble getting dressed.”) And even then, it came up a little short: A tie’s point is supposed to end at your belt buckle, but mine ended up more around the navel. Rather than try again, and try to find a belt that goes with these crazy shoes, I just put on a navy sweater.
Dapper. I can think of worse things to be called five times in two days.
|WHAT SAM WORE: 01-26-10
|I’m going to wear a tie every day this week.
Today: A full Windsor knot! The sweater hides it a bit more than yesterday.
|The sweater: Navy wool/cotton V-neck vest from Banana Republic.|
|The shirt: Cotton spread-collar dress shirt
by John Varvatos ★ USA, from Marshall’s.
|The tie: Silk tie by Kenneth Cole Reaction, from Macy’s.|
|The pants: These amazing pants from Ted Baker, New York City.|
|The shoes: Super-pointy-toe slip-on boots by Mezlan, from Last Chance.
(From heel to toe, they’re 13.5 inches!)