It seems that there are fewer occasions these days to wear a white shirt outside of the office.
This is principally due to what Malcolm Gladwell calls a “tipping point”: essentially there arrived a moment when enough people simply opted not to wear a white shirt out, say to a music recital or to dinner at a fancy restaurant.
The result? Today one wonders, in increasing diverse situations where previously it was automatically the dress code, whether a white shirt is overdoing it.
This is to be regretted, if only from an aesthetic point of view, as white serves as an ideal background. It’s basically invisible: attention is instead drawn to your necktie or bow tie.
To avoid the “too formal?” conundrum, it’s advisable to avoid anything that looks corporate. That means wearing off white, or alternatively wearing white but with texture, for example the subtle seersucker in the above photo.
Neckties and bow ties are wonderful accessories: facilitate their appearance in your outfit with an unnoticed background, without looking as though you’re about to drop into work.
Zutiste navy houndstooth bow tie now available in our e-boutique.
There’s something brilliant yet not brilliantly-shiny about a worsted wool bow tie.
On the scale of possible accessories to your outfit you’re often confronted with the difficult question of how much is not enough vs how much is too much?
Avoiding shiny surfaces in all facets of your wardrobe is a certain shortcut to appearing well turned-out while not looking as though you’re going, say, to the Oscars.
When was the last time that you wore a silk suit & silk shoes? Likely never. So why wear a silk neck tie or bow tie?
Enter worsted wool, which achieves a good balance between sharp yet relaxed.
And in the form of a bow tie you can take that extra leap beyond simply wearing a neck tie, to marking the occasion a little more discreetly (its smaller, after all) yet daringly (its a bow tie, after all).
Zutiste navy nailhead bow tie. Available now in our e-boutique.