September 03, 2007

The Tie Project, days 180 to 187

Apologies to tie fans who've waited so long for another Tie Project installment, and apologies to tie haters who had been lulled into a false sense of complacency by the long gap since the last installment and who thought I had finally given up. I have not, so too bad for you, suckers!

Day 180. I've had both of these for quite a while. This is the other tie I was talking about on day 154.


Day 181. It must have been unseasonably cool today, since this is a rather heavy corduroy shirt.


Whenever I wear this tie, I try to wear these socks with it, which match both the spots and the background perfectly.


Day 182. Sort of a belated addendum to solid shirt week. This is an outfit I was planning to wear that week, but I got tired of not wearing patterns. Here it is now, though, like a soothing sorbet between spicier courses.


Day 183. I haven't worn this shirt in a while, because it doesn't match much, but this recent tie acquisition has rehabilitated it.


Day 184. Newish shirt from Daffy's with the tie from day 176. There's probably a better tie out there somewhere for this shirt, but this isn't bad.


Day 185. I bought this shirt the same day as the one from yesterday. I love this shirt and wanted to wear it right away, so I went with this tie even though it wasn't perfect, because it was the best I found before deciding I'd spent enough time looking for ties. But then the next day I noticed a much much much better one, boo!


Day 186. I bought this shirt in the Boston area at some big store whose name I forget, but it was near an outlet Rockport/New Balance shoe store or something. And I remember that they were playing Hall & Oates's "You Make My Dreams Come True" while we were shopping, and I thought, damn, I'd kind of forgotten about this song, and it's an incredibly good pop song! And then the next week I made two Hall & Oates mix CDs (one of my favorite hits, one of my favorite non-hits). Welcome to my world.


Day 187. So day 186 was the last day before the National Puzzlers' League convention in Ann Arbor. I wanted to wear outfits to the convention that hadn't yet been seen on my blog, so I picked recent outfits that I'd liked but hadn't posted yet because I'm running so far behind. Except for this one; this outfit is the shirt from day 185 with the tie that should have gone with it all along.


Next time: The outfit I bought in Ann Arbor.

Posted by Francis at 01:50 PM in Ties

I would really like to have five yards of that little-red-boxes fabric to make a dress of ... and yes, that last combo of swirly-lines shirt and swirly-lines tie is inspired!

Posted by: Erin at September 3, 2007 05:55 PM

Oh, that fabric would make a great dress for you! Maybe if you come to Daffy's next time you're in town, they'll have enough of those shirts that you can buy a bunch, take them apart, and make a dress out of the bits? Perhaps not.

Posted by: Francis at September 3, 2007 06:07 PM

Those socks are fantastic. I want them.

Posted by: Debby at September 3, 2007 06:44 PM

Day 187 is superb!

Posted by: India at September 3, 2007 11:24 PM

What's this? You wear ties?

Posted by: Norman at September 4, 2007 11:39 PM

How do you organize your ties? By color, by pattern, not at all? Have you built a special rack for keeping track of all of them?

I am imagining some sort of library cataloging system for shirts and ties, with little cross references on each tie card for acceptable shirts and each shirt card for acceptable ties...and definitely a ladder on wheels to get to the ties that are out of reach...

Also, I am in awe of the sheer amount of ties and shirts you own.

Posted by: Amy at September 19, 2007 11:27 AM

I keep them on five wooden hangers with no particular system of organizing them, which comes in less than handy rather often. (There is, for instance, a tie I've been wanting to wear for a few days now which I can't find. But it'll turn up eventually.)

Add a resident hot librarian with glasses and her hair in a bun that keeps coming undone to the shirt-and-tie library with the ladder on wheels and I believe you may have just described the perfect clothing storage system. I guess now I have one more life goal to strive for.

Posted by: Francis at September 19, 2007 11:57 AM
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