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Subtlety Is The Name of the Game

November 18th, 2016

Give an old outfit a refresh with a new tie

To be honest, there isn’t a whole lot I have to say about this particular look. I realize that’s a pretty unsatisfying lede for those who happen to be regular HSS readers and have grown accustomed to focused content tailored to specific style questions and situations, but every once in a while that’s how it goes!

And while I might not have had a specific purpose, editorially speaking, when I put this outfit together, it still has a few facets that I might consider to be “teachable moments”.

drake's medallion tie

drake's medallion tie

| WEARING | Al Bazar blazer and shirt, Banana Republic pants, Drake’s tie, Rolex watch, Tateossian and Cantini MC Firenze bracelets, Shoes c/o Tommy Hilfiger | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

First, there’s the question of wearing brown and grey together. Some people think that it’s a no-go color combo. Nothing could be more erroneous. Both are subdued colors that pair naturally together. Brown blazer with grey pants? Totally fine. Brown shoes with grey pants? Absolutely.

Next, let’s talk about ties. If, like me, you gravitate towards classic menswear colors, your tie is one of the items you can change up to make what’s old look new again. However, beware of getting too quirky or outside the box when it comes to your tie.

Whenever I go see my friend Ken at Samuel Parker Clothier, he’s always got a fresh selection of ties from Drake’s, which I find hard to resist. Ken, who has a slightly more flambouyant sense of dress that me, always tries to steer me to something in his wheelhouse, though I always tend to stick with what “feels right” to me. And that is undoubtedly something more subtle.

The Drake’s tie I’m wearing in this post, was one of those purchases. Do I have something similar? Maybe? But it’s not the same. The minor details make a huge difference. Always.

drake's medallion tie

Back to the point of making what’s old new again, compare, if you will, the outfit in this post with one that’s fairly similar that I wore last year in Munich.

drake's medallion tie

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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