Change of season is the perfect excuse for those of us interested in such things to vary our methods of self-indulgence. Fall is when iGents crow with relief at being able to break out their patterned tweed jackets, intricately knit sweaters, and flannel trousers. And winter, whether in Rockridge or Reykjavik, provides the excuse to open this year’s crop of cashmere socks.
One way to measure a person’s age is by the superstitions they have adopted and discarded. By eight or nine, a child usually begins to suspect that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy are in fact cruel practical jokes that the adults in his life have been playing on him since birth.
Most people think of a navy tie as the most basic and versatile piece of neckwear a man can own. Michael Hill of Drake’s says that 70 percent of the ties his firm produces are navy. But every tragic hero must have a fatal flaw, and the navy tie’s is that it’s not an ideal companion for two other wardrobe staples: the navy suit and the light blue shirt.
“Wear a tie” is kind of like “start with a joke.” It's good advice, but you have to know your audience and occasion to execute it properly, and missteps can be disastrous. As with jokes, five is about the bare minimum of ties you should have to be prepared for any situation. But it can't be just any five. Here's one suggestion for a versatile five-tie wardrobe.