White Buttondown + Knit Tie


Looks good on anyone. — CC

18 Comments on "White Buttondown + Knit Tie"

  1. Truly a brilliant and universal look. Was hoping for more photos, though.

  2. I suppose this could be a post in progress with more images to come.

    I wore a black knit with white BD and tweed jacket to my Japanese-owned coworking space several months back. One of the Japanese engineering interns asked ‘why?’ I was wearing a black tie.

  3. I thought this one deserved to stand on its own. I’d never seen it before until the other day.

  4. White Pinpoint | October 11, 2016 at 4:01 pm |

    At one point, we grow up and graduate from blue to white.
    Now, the comments will start to flow about how white doesn’t look good on guys with light complexions.

  5. I’m working on a piece for The Gentleman’s Journal on just that concept: whether or not you should only wear colors that supposedly look good with your hair and skin tone, or forget it and just wear whatever colors you want.

  6. Minimalist Trad | October 11, 2016 at 4:26 pm |

    The tie looks dark greenish on my monitor, but I can assure you that it was black in the film:


  7. With respect, Harrison Ford would look handsome wearing a mint green leisure suit. A white oxford shirt and solid knit tie is about as good as it gets.


  8. Bags' Groove | October 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm |

    Wear whatever colours you want. Or decide upon one colour of tie, then dye your hair different colours and/or apply varying amounts of fake tan until you get the perfect match.
    White shirt with a black tie? Not my bag. Too starchy, even if it can be elegant with the right jacket and handkerchief. After all’s said and done, where’s the flair, the danger…the sharpness?

  9. Well, no. Uh, that is–there are combos that (easily) look better.

    If your complexion tends toward pale, white–especially severe, chalk white–shirts do not flatter. Blue is always better. The Mercer & Son’s “cream” oxford is another good choice.

  10. NaturalShoulder | October 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm |

    I try and stick with colors which favor my complexion (pale) but have high contrast dark hair, but am not orthodox about the matter. The only colors I avoid are yellow and gold. My dear departed mother told me I did not look good in them and believe she was correct.

  11. Can’t imagine anyone looking bad in a white shirt, but knit ties are over rated, especially in silk. Black is for formal wear, dress shoes, motorcycle gear and ninjas. 😉

  12. Bags' Groove | October 12, 2016 at 3:33 am |

    Are you kidding, Mac? For me a knitted tie (cri de la soie particularly, though i also love wool) is almost as important as a natural shoulder. Infact I’ll go so far as to say that they’re the only elements that truly move my Ivy soul. I almost never wear a button down collared shirt with a tie, much preferring Milano collared shirts, the stronger the colour the better (white for weddings and funerals only) and as much as I love Ivy staples classic loafers and full brogue oxfords (wingtips to you), I’ve always had a special love for semi brogue oxfords.
    As for not being able to imagine anyone looking bad in a white shirt, my wife’s always been of the opinion that those of a “pasty-face” should never wear them.

  13. There was a time when all I owned were white button-downs. Now, I think I only own one and rarely pull it out. I find myself wearing tattersall and blue oxford… they both transition with or without a tie from weekend to business meeting. It just doesn’t seem correct to be on the beach or golf course in a white button-down.

  14. @Jerry

    In my early days, I wore white button downs almost exclusively, too. Today, I looked in my dresser, and I currently own just one, new in package, and waiting for its owner to need it for his own funeral. Blue has been my color of choice, either solid, or candy stripes.

    A couple years ago, on a lark, I bought two light green OCBD’s, after watching a stupid movie about a guy being told by the salesgirl in Macy’s that green was sexy. Chris Rock was the actor buying shirts in the movie.

    Funny, I’ve BEEN COMPLIMENTED many times on my sexy green shirt. Can’t go wrong taking advice from the Macy salesgirls, I guess. Even the missus refers to my “sexy green shirts.”

    I’ll buy a couple more when I find them at clearance sales.

    OCBD’s are getting harder to find in department stores. JC Penney seems to have the best selection, I have found. Pretty poor quality, though.

  15. I remember when men would buy white or blue OCBDs by the box for work. I remember when I did. That’s not to say I didn’t have a load of other shirts. I still have loads of shirts, actually too many.

    I understand the Ivy knit tie connection. But for me I have an aversion to silk knit ties. I have worn wool knit tie with tweeds, but there are far more interesting alternatives, like wool challis or silk grenadine for solid colored ties.

    If you don’t mind the player and pony RL logo, check out Macy, for their sales. They damn near pay you to leave the store with them.

  16. I still prefer the worn blue color of OCBD over white…

    If I am in a situation where I will wear casual button down and knit tie.. the blue shirt just feels better to me.

    often times, a white shirt and black tie in today’s sartorial climate gets mistaken for someone “trying to dress up”

    Us gentlemen who enjoy dressing this way are not too common, so instead of someone noting a button down and black knit tie as being casual, most everyone thinks it’s “dressed up” and this irks for some reason. A blue OCBD seems to fit in more.

  17. Marcantonio | November 9, 2016 at 1:28 am |

    If the white BD shirt is broadcloth/poplin, it looks even better. The texture of oxford cloth tones down the whiteness; broadcloth amplifies it.

  18. .weston.pecos. | May 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm |

    I disagree to an extent. I think that white shirts of any type of cloth just look generic. You can’t tell the quality of the fabric when the shirt is white, so you may as well buy from Target and be done with it.

    I think white shirts only look good when worn to a funeral. Otherwise, blue for me, all the way.

    White shirt and black tie does not look good on anyone and I would not wear a black tie with a business shirt even if I was going to a funeral.

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