Easy and Elegant Life

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Do Me a Solid

To begin with, please don’t forget that yesterday was “April Food Day”, something which Meg of Pigtown-Design and I cooked up (no pun intended) a couple of years ago to help families in need. Yes, the economy is improving, but judging by the number of homeless people I see on the street corners everyday, we’ve still got a problem. If every one of you reading would donate a dollar by clicking on the link on my sidebar, we can make a huge difference immediately. Thanks.

Now then, since the commercial is over, I’ll play on the title of the post again.

Brown is an underappreciated color. Mainly thanks to the “no brown in town” cliché and the famous “Brown looks like s*&$” quip made by … was it a President? Certainly not President Reagan, who did very well in brown suits. Slipping a bit of the sophisticated hue into your wardrobe is a simple as choosing a solid brown tie — be it repp, as here, or knit to add texture — and calling attention to the accessories. Brown looks especially well paired with blue, however, I chose this grey Oxxford suit since it has a golden stripe through it. Unseen are the dark brown brogues, croc belt and watch strap. The pocket square is a brown and white glen plaid by RL. The shirt is a blue, brown and white mini Tattersall check.

funny how I look thinner and smiling in the mirror. Sort of a reverse Dorian Grey effect.

2 thoughts on “Do Me a Solid

  1. Wow, brown what a tough color, I think the main problem with brown is the shading, I wear brown but usually opt for the darker chocolate brown as I think it looks richer than the lighter brown which can look like what you alluded to earlier, plus what color to play off of it. I have foung through trial and error sampling (see American Gigolo laying out his wardrobe scene, this usually works best when listening to Smokey Robinson’s “The Love I saw in you was just a Mirage”) that dark greens work especially well with dark brown, as well as lighter grays and dark maroon. Also, Bravo on April Foods Day, what a great and thoughtful idea, I know that food banks usually clean up around Thanksgiving and Christmas but that it’s a struggle the rest of the year, what a great way of keeping such a worthwhile endeavor on people’ s minds. Will we be getting a look at the Easter Wear Extravaganza at the manse? Happy Easter to you and your family.

  2. Leo, thanks! Chocolate brown is beautiful for accessories.
    I’ll be sure someone snaps a photo of the Easter wear. Not sure what direction in which to head this year. There are die-hards who say that Easter in Richmond, VA is far too early for seersucker or linen. It’s supposed to be sunny and in the mid-70’s, so the field is wide open.

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