PJOHNSON Milano knit, black and white
PJOHNSON Napoli Jacket (sans canvas) Light grey s160 tropical
PJOHNSON black and grey zig zag pochette
PJOHNSON Mako cotton army green trouser
“Use Valencia. I am far too handsome for black and white” – @scottmirts
G&G Cliffe in Black Suede
Damn I have been wanting a black suede cap.
denim black on white
When Black Tie is Optional (and You Don’t Own a Tuxedo)
A friend of mine asked me last week for some advice on what to wear to a “black tie optional” event. He didn’t own a tuxedo and wasn’t planning on buying or renting one (plus, the event was days away).
While I believe you should always wear an appropriate black tie outfit to “black tie optional” events, it’s bound to be impractical for most people who simply don’t have a tuxedo in their wardrobe. Ownership of such an ensemble isn’t for everyone and it’s not exactly cheap to put together for something most will rarely wear.
So, what should you consider wearing instead?
I suggested to my friend going with a solid, dark charcoal suit, a white spread collar shirt and a conservative dark necktie in either black, silver-grey or navy that had some satin-like shimmer to it for the evening.
Preferably, the shirt will have a French front, no pocket and French cuffs. Footwear would be a simple black calf balmoral, either captoe or wingtip, with dark socks. Of course, a TV-folded white linen pocket square to finish the look.
The idea isn’t to replicate the tuxedo, but it is trying to mimic the simple neutral tones of black and white. The nice thing about this outfit is that you’ll hopefully have all these elements in your closet already and you can even wear this outfit to non black-tie optional events and look really great.
(Image via The Suits of James Bond)
Brown P JOHNSON Napoli, Pink and Black
It’s On Sale: Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Shirts
It’s rare you find an oxford-cloth button-down collar dress shirt in green these days, at least in the heavy fabric that Brooks Brothers uses, of which I’m a fan. The mint-toned shirt from their Thom Browne-designed line is currently on sale for $ 78 (down from $ 195) along with many other Black Fleece dress shirts, which all seem to be 60% off at the moment.
I think the shirt would look great for spring and summer under a seersucker or beige linen jacket. Sadly, my too-long arms don’t work well with Thom Browne’s sizing, but those of you with more normal or shorter proportions should check out what’s available.
The shirts feature mother-of-pearl buttons and all appear to be made in the U.S.A., unlike the majority of Brooks Brothers shirts these days. If they fit you, I think they’re a decent deal considering they’re $ 10 cheaper than the price of what Brooks Brothers retails their dress shirts.
Still a very big fan of this Barker Black tie from RL Neckwear alumnus Derrick Miller. If they made this in a raw silk it’d be best on the market.