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A tie, a pocket square, and a pair of socks walk into a wedding …

August 10, 2009


On Sunday I was called upon to help a gentleman reader color in his all-season Hugo Boss suit for a wedding next weekend. Fifteen minutes and one summer clearance sale on Sixth Avenue was all it took.

For reasons too complicated to explain, this gentleman — let’s call him S — wanted to wear an orange tie. What shade of orange? Plain or patterned? Who knew. The details were unclear. We’d have to let the available options at Mario’s speak to us.

And they did. There on one of the sale tables — 70% off to be exact — was a copper-colored Ermenegildo Zegna tie with a sort of textured stripe pattern saying Hello, I would be pleased to meet your needs. Although we hadn’t set out to make price a determining factor, it didn’t hurt that this tie was once $160 and would now be just $48.

Since S’s wedding is just next weekend—despite the recent cooling trend, still totally 100% summer—we went looking for a pocket square to take the autumnal edge off the tie. An Etro piece in slate blue, soft gray, muted eggplant, lavender, rose and soft, seashore green/blue was perfect. At $90, the price was on the upper end of what S wanted to pay for a piece of silk that would spend the night stuffed into a hole near his heart, but the print is so lively and so lovely, (but of course, Kean Etro) and, with the discounted tie factored in, well …

As we headed up to pay, I lingered over a pair of Tom Ford loafers I’ve been eyeballing (for whom?) since April, and S said, “Want to find me a pair of socks—just for the heck of it?

I did. Magically, a pair from the Paul Smith line included that coppery bronze softened by soft, seashore green and slate blue. I love it when a plan comes together.

Bagging up our finds, Karen, the Mario’s staffer on hand, complimented our exquisite taste and offered just one piece of sartorial advice for S: “Make sure you cross your legs.”

I was a little confused until she added, “So that everyone can see those socks.”

Tie: $48
Pocket square: $90
Socks: $30
Total cost of coloring in an all-purpose suit for a summer wedding= $168 + tax

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