It’s Good Friday, and if you’re wondering what to wear on Easter, here’s an idea from the pantheon of prep. You might never have tried it. Or you used to wear this combination, but it’s been so long you’ve forgotten about it. It’s a simple formula: conservative suit (pinstriped is ideal) combined with a ribbon belt. The photo below was posted recently on the Talk Ivy forum to point out this very combo. It features George HW Bush on William F. Buckley‘s TV show “Firing Line” in 1974. Of course Bush’s tie is an eyesore — as well as this low-resolution screen shot — but you get the idea.
The formula was also immortalized in the early days of Internet trad with this “Choatie” graphic. If you can’t quite tell what you’re looking at, it’s a navy pinstriped suit, pink oxford, green tie, ribbon belt, tassel loafers, and yellow socks:
I could swear I had numerous Ralph Lauren images showing this combo, but all I could find were images of pinstriped suits with colorful shirts and ties, so you’ll just have to imagine the belt.
Good Friday wishes to all of you. When your heart is ready, begin to seek and eventually you will find the light you need. — CC