April 16, 2007

The Tie Project, days 98 to 106

What? Taxes aren't due until Tuesday? I'm posting about ties, then.

Day 98. The shirt is a recent acquisition from Daffy's; it didn't occur to me when I was buying it, but when I brought it home I realized it would go with my Valentine's Day tie from Lorinne (last seen on day 67). I think I like this shirt better with it. The colors seem a little Easter-y, so I wore this outfit again at my birthday party (held on Easterween).


Day 99. One of my more sedate shirts. Rose jokes that if I wore this shirt with jeans and no tie, I could pass for a computer programmer. Until I opened my mouth, anyway. The tie is a Rooster, and it's hard to express how much I adore it. It's Madras and batik and there are Hindu gods on it! Awesome.


Day 100. Whoo! Milestone! I'm celebrating (he said, as if he planned this in the slightest) by wearing a colorful patchwork shirt and patchwork tie. There are other fabrics in the shirt, they're just not visible in the photo.


Day 101. Swordfishes and a seaside color scheme; this is the outfit I typically wear when I go watch the Mermaid Parade. I should take that tag off the pocket, though.


Day 102. Here's another example of my buying a tie without really recognizing what I was buying. I thought these were just cute Japanese-looking drawings; in fact, they are Tamagotchis. I don't really mind this, since I don't think anyone really remembers Tamagotchis anymore or what they looked like. I think they go nicely with the colored-in-with-crayon look of the shirt.


Day 103. Didn't I just wear this shirt? Yes, I did. See, this past set of photos was all taken around my birthday, and Rose and I had made plans to meet up for brunch on my birthday at Miracle Grill. But sneakily enough, she had planned a mild surprise by inviting Rob, Lorinne, Cindy, and Derek to join her, thereby making a mini-surprise party. Cindy and Derek showed up each wearing a tie, which they then presented to me as we parted. (The combo I'm wearing in the photo isn't documented here, since it's a repeat of day 20.) I wanted to wear at least one of the ties promptly, and I knew this shirt would be good with the one Derek had been wearing, so I trotted it out again.


Day 104. Another well-adored combination. I bought the tie first, even though it was in some ways not quite in my idiom; I liked the color scheme and the fabric's rippling-water texture. Not too long after, I saw the shirt at the flea market in Park Slope and thought, "I bet this will go with that tie." The colors were perfect, and the speckles on the shirt remind me of raindrops on pavement, which goes well conceptually with the raindrops-on-water tie fabric.


Day 105. I've had this shirt for a while; the tie just recently arrived by mail, a gift from my friends Cally, Andy, and Elaine in Boston. They were shopping at one of my favorite used clothing stores, the Garment District, and found some ties they thought I'd like, so Cally took cameraphone photos of them and sent them to Rose's phone so she could show them to me to get my approval. We received the cameraphone pics as we were walking home from the vet visit where our beloved cat Celestine was put to sleep and were feeling extremely despondent and bereft; it was cheering to find that someone was thinking of me at just that moment.


Day 106. Another tie sent by Cally, Andy, and Elaine. The shirt is another one bought on my recentish trip to Filene's Basement; it was the last holdout in terms of finding a tie that matched it. When Cally sent the photo of this tie, I thought it might fill the bill, and it did -- hooray for friends coming to the rescue!


Next week: More patchwork, more clothes from the Garment District, and the "Ukrainian Easter Egg" outfit.

Posted by Francis at 01:38 AM in Ties

Before anybody asks, some of us prefer to believe that Francis has a transdimensional closet, bigger on the inside, and that when he opens the door in the morning (after the retina scan and the voice id), infinitely long closet rods slide soundlessly past him with outfit after outfit until he shouts the secret power word.


So no more questions about closet space.


Posted by: Vardibidian at April 16, 2007 08:39 AM

I continue to be amazed by the combinations. And I'm glad you bought the shirt at Filene's. With or without the tie, it was bound to be a winner. No more holding out, please, on the too-good-to-pass-up shirts. The perfect tie will always be out there.

Sympathies on Celestine. Been there, done that. Too many times to count, but we just love animals and keep adopting the ones who wander up.

Posted by: Linda G at April 16, 2007 11:27 AM

This is a great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing them all. The Pratt knot is a good easy to tie knot that you can use to mix it up a bit and you can learn
how to tie a pratt tie knot here

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Posted by: Scott at April 16, 2007 05:09 PM

104 is the one that made me catch my breath in awe.

Posted by: Janice in GA at April 16, 2007 06:35 PM

Oh how I wish there was a link on the left to all of the tie project posts all together. That would be tie-rific!

Oh how I wish there was a button on my keyboard for erasing bad puns I have typed.

Alas, neither of these things exist.

Posted by: Tara at April 16, 2007 07:51 PM

Well, you can click on the "Ties" link below any Tie Project post to go to the archives of all posts tagged "Ties". I probably ought to add the link to the left-hand column, though, you're quite right.

Posted by: Francis at April 16, 2007 10:00 PM

I am extremely enamored of that last tie.

Posted by: Robert Hutchinson at April 16, 2007 10:30 PM

Taxes aren't due until Thursday if you were lucky (?) enough to be stormed out.

Posted by: Rosebud at April 17, 2007 09:28 AM

Hm, I thought I'd already commented on this; I must have fallen prey to "Previewing is Not Posting" syndrome.

Anyhoo. Having already suggested a tie photomosaic, I'm going to up the ante: something that would also be cool *and* would require a bunch more work. I want to see a stop-motion film of you standing still as the tie-shirt combo you're wearing changes a few times a second.

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