Thursday, October 29, 2009
Debate: Tuck-ered Out
[Pictured: Derrick Miller of Barker Black. Apparently the ladies love the tie tuck. Picture courtesy of The Sartorialist.
After two busy days at work I arrived to my blog reading list to find it spilling over with awesome post after awesome post. Today is one of those days where I could read and not write a single word and be the happiest guy around...but I've been ruminating on a particular sartorial conundrum lately so I figured I'd put the metaphorical pen to paper.
The best dressed guy I know happens to be this older doctor I work with. The guy's wardrobe is pretty stacked and he perfectly combines "old man" style with a southern swagger. His shoes alone will make you weep for joy. What led me to write this is his affinity for the tie tuck (not to be confused with the similarly named move where you tuck your tie into your shirt). No matter what the outfit, the guy wears his pants fairly high-waisted (as many older men do) and without fail tucks his tie into the waistband of his pants. It's kinda quirky, as one would expect, but it works. Baffled by his embrace of such a shunned sartorial move, I have begun experimenting with this look a few times myself. Since I wear a tie (and tie bar) to work everyday besides Friday, I often get a chance to tuck the end of my tie into my pants. What I once scoffed at is quickly becoming on of my easier, go to sartorial moves.
Do any browsing on the internet and you will see that the tie tuck has been blacklisted. The Ask Andy Forums, of which I am not a member, tore it apart and a few GQ editorials lambast it as well. This has been one of the first times where I'm bucking the so called classic style "rules". Are rules not made to be broken anyhow? To me, the tie tuck ads a certain level of sophistication or dandyness to an outfit even if the tie is merely tucked for a functional reason. I also do not agree that this is only for men who don't understand how to properly knot their tie (I go with an immaculate four-in-hand every morning) or wear their pants as high as physically possible (I tend to wear my pants a tad high, but nothing ludicrous).
Just look at Thom Browne and Sean Connery below. As far as I can tell they look damn good with their ties tucked into their waistbands. It could possibly be that both of these man could wear just about anything and get away with it, but I think otherwise. Whether this is a look you've actively participated in or not, I'd like to get some feedback. Are we feeling dandy or are we all tuck-ered out?
[Mr. Brown looking mighty fine on the GQ red (black?) carpet.]
[Left: Connery all tucked in. Right: 3/2 roll, tie tuck status unknown.]