Four Easy Pieces

This photo of a young Mike Nichols is a fine illustration of bold simplicity. Although it’s the height of GTH season, and you’re likely reading this while wearing patch madras, do take note of the discreet combination of striped buttondown, solid tie (presumably in black or navy), and tank-style watch. Three classic, simple pieces that add up to an impression of distinction.

The fourth element? Rolled-up sleeves and a boyish smile that downplay it all.  — CC

11 Comments on "Four Easy Pieces"

  1. Vern Trotter | August 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm |

    This stripes on this button down look to be other than Brooks. Judging from his age, I guess this photo was taken in the early 60s when Brooks stripes were more thin. Cannot tell by the width of the knit tie because the knits were usually narrow until the 70s. I could be wrong. Great picture; where did you find it?

  2. I don’t think we can tell whether the tie is a knit or not.

    A Facebook group member found the photo.

  3. Vern Trotter | August 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm |

    I just read something that said Mike was Albert Einstein’s cousin. If I knew that it had been forgotten.

  4. Mike Nichols or Mike Wallace???

  5. Not a knit tie, there’s quite a sheen to it and certainly no texture. He was Ivy when Ivy was at its peak; later photos show him rolling along with fashion. This is good, though…×920.jpg

  6. CC

    On a personal note, I believe Whiskeydent lives in or near Houston, Texas. My the Lord keep him and his family safe.

  7. Fair winds and following seas, Whiskydent


  8. Have a house in Sea Pines (HHI) this week and have seen several bold examples of GTH enthusiasm from the local tribes. The natives still enjoy gamboling in their regalia.

    And yes God bless those poor souls in Houston. Beannachd Dia dhuit.

  9. Grey Flannels | August 28, 2017 at 10:25 am |

    The tie doesn’t look knit to me. Are my eyes out-of-order?

  10. I’m not seeing exploded seams on the shirt – ?

  11. Charlottesville | August 28, 2017 at 11:53 am |

    Best wishes, Whiskeydent. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your fellow Texans.

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