I read something about Christmas White as a clothes color two days ago and started thinking that the only time I have ever seen anything close to it was Steve McQueen in a photo I am sure is already on this site but here it is again for you:
My oldest (and therefore favorite) pair of khakis is “winter white” and it has always killed me to put them away for winter. So I started working on a way to get them back into rotation. First, I tried them with a blue 1/4 zip and a gray tee shirt, but the contrast was an awful lot. With my body shape, the last thing you want is any color combination that segregates parts. Or for that matter, even draws attention to parts. Lost the 1/4 zip, tried a gray sweater vest with the tee shirt but then remembered two things. (1) I am not 1993 Dennis Miller and (2) vest and tee shirt WTF. Tried them with my daily standard, the white OCBD, and looked like a half-dressed off-season Wimbledon ball retriever.
Then I remembered the picture of McQueen. So, this:
Ivy really is a nuanced thing, I don’t blame people for entering silently and not speaking up until they have logged some time around here. Muted colors are a staple of Ivy, in fact, they are one of the predominant differentiators between Ivy and Prep. White OCBD and it is Professor John Burton, bright green OCBD and it is Weird Old Guy Who Is Still Dressing Like John Hughes Movie. So muted colors yes, but you never see monochromaticism (also not a word). It is the nuanced difference between a pretty standard color book that communicates traditional regard and staying in one color which looks perhaps over styled.
A Buddhist pillar is gratitude for one’s adversary. I’ve tried it, and it really works, framing the relationship from the perspective of how an adversary can make you better at whatever you are being adversarial about. It’s a new way of looking at what you don’t like. And it works with socks. Behold my gratitude for my adversary the sock. In Fair Isle, which is muted enough that I am not That-Guy-With-The-Look-At-Me-Socks but en0ugh that I am also not so monochromatic that I am over styled. Or at least that is what I was shooting for.
Verdict = winter white lets me wear the khakis so who cares if I first saw it on a VERY difficult client I am still trying to forget; socks with boat shoes is something I would have purposely spilled a Merlot on you for doing a few years but I have grown; and yes this is borderline over styled but on the other hand I don’t clash with anything.