What does one wear for an informally formal occasion? That isn’t a trick question, merely an acknowledgement that sometimes the term ‘smart casual’ simply doesn’t cut it. This was most certainly the case last weekend when I attended a rather fabulous afternoon of ‘Gin Tea’ in The Westin Hotel in Dublin. Of course, while some may not fret over such a ‘triviality’ as to what to wear to afternoon tea, I am, after all, the man who now uses a former bookcase for shoe storage. Suffice to say- EVERY event calls for careful ensemble preparation!
When confronted with the task of choosing a smart silhouette that doesn’t borderline into a ball gown, there really is just one simple rule- juxtaposition. For this look, I chose the dapper aesthetic of a bow tie/blazer/brogue combo, but with more casual fabrics thrown into the mix, thus toning down any ‘try-hard’ tendencies. This tweed Ted Baker blazer is my go-to piece for a dapperly dressed down demeanour, and looked fabulous contrasted with this floral River Island shirt.
These Benetton slim fit corduroys offered a rather rustic alternative to a sleek slack, and picked up the colours in the top half of the look perfectly. My River Island brogues added a sassy finish to the ensemble, and were lifted with these pop pink socks.
Finally, this woven bow tie was a simple addition when paired with my rather fabulous accoutrements from HarrisonBlakeApparel.com- I’m in love with their bijoux bee lapel pin and floral pocket square, and urge everyone to check out their website immediately!
The tea was sublime, and was a fabulous way to celebrate my good friend Cormac’s birthday- the gin added a cheeky twist, too!