Wednesday, June 17, 2009

#590 Ties ties ties... What to wear to the wedding?



I couldn't quite decide what to wear to my sister's wedding (which, if I haven't already mentioned, I'm MCing) so I brought a few options with me to Christchurch. My mum kindly snapped away patiently through multiple tie changes, but the black suit and cream shirt (both by Crane Brothers) stay the same throughout. All feedback is good feedback so comment away! I'll tell you which one is my favourite though if you read on.

Spoiler: it's not the one above.



I bought this Costume National spotted tie to wear for my best friend's wedding last year, I was the best man. It served me well at the time, but I think I can do better...



This tiny bow tie is awesome, and it was my Mum's favourite of all the options. Jordan gave it to me for Christmas last year, she got it at a second hand store in Paris. I think it's cool and quirky and fun but a bit too informal for a wedding. I could be wrong though.





I bought this 100% silk knitted tie at J Crew's Soho store in New York last year. Sometimes I go 10 days at a time where I'll wear it everyday. I love it, but I don't think it's right for this occasion. A quick jaunt around the harbour, yes. A wedding, no.





This is my second favourite bow tie (after the little one above), but it has a special place in my heart because it's the one I learnt how to tie a bow tie on. I like the pattern, but I think it's a bit more collegiate than wedding. Weddings are a special occasion. They require a special tie.





Which leads me to the newest addition to my neckwear wardrobe. My friend Rufus from Little Brother Richmond Road called me up on Sunday to tell me he had a shipment of Costume National ties in, that they were cheap, and amazing. I drove down straight away and the moment I saw this one wedding bells started ringing. So this is my first choice for the big day. The silver/gold streaks are just so damn festive.





My mum expressly forbade me from wearing a sweater to the wedding.



And these, just in case you were wondering, are my trusty black leather shoes. I bought them second hand in Toronto three years ago, they were $45, and get this: they're 100% Kangaroo leather!

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19 comments:

Green Tea and Coffee said...

The little tie! I know many-a-men that wear open collared shirts to weddings, and the little bow tie is so cute, and obviously means something to you!

Anonymous said...

I agree the silver/gold streaked tie is awesome! Yay christchurch, your old stomping pad :)

Miss Pink

Anonymous said...

Small bow tie says wedding MC to me.

Anonymous said...

I like the stripes, they're not casual at all when paired with a suit.

katherine said...

Those. shoes. are. awesome.

Isaac Likes said...

Hello all, thanks for your comments.

I should probably have mentioned that the wedding is pretty formal, it's being held in this old castle on top of the Port Hills here in Christchurch. All the men in the wedding party are wearing black tie - tuxedos/black bow ties and Andrew the groom is wearing white tie - black tuxedo/white bow tie.

But it's interesting that people are leaning towards the small bow tie. I'm still with Miss Pink though at this stage! (Hi Genaea xx)

Anonymous said...

Maybe try a skinny black knitted tie? I'm biased thought, I just really like knitted ties!

allie said...

i like both the costume national ones.

Anonymous said...

Small bow tie! big one in second place! sorry to confuse you :)

Mace said...

I'm gonna go out dancin' every night
I'm gonna see all the city lights
I'll do everything SILVER AND GOLD
I got to hurry up before I grow too old

I'm gonna take a trip around the world
I'm gonna kiss all the pretty girls
I'll do everything SILVER AND GOLD
And I got to hurry up before I grow too old

Isaac Likes said...

anon @10:22am - sadly I don't have a skinny knitted black tie, but thanks for the suggestion.

Thanks Allie!

anon @10:38am - I'm hatching a plan.

Mace - I love it when you sing to me.

Isaac Likes said...

So here's what I'm thinking - Costume National streaked tie for the ceremony, mini bow tie for the MCing.

Thoughts?

Anonymous said...

yes yes yes perfect plan! good thinking :)

Anonymous said...

stick to the lil bow tie thru out! you look adorable! ;) but your shoes look like they need some polishing...

Isaac Likes said...

I'll give the shoes a good polish tonight. Those Kangaroos will hop again!

Richard James said...

Son, Costume National spotted tie all the way...

Cultures in Between said...

Non, non, non. This will not do.
For overseas trip: Alexander Olch alpaca wool bow-tie + Thom Browne suit.

The Style Hive said...

Defo the silver/gold streaks!!!

Shirin said...

You're just too stylish for me. Tell your sis I say congrats!