Black Tie Affair

So I spent a good part of my monday off looking for a shirt and tie. We needed to find a tie and square that match Martina's dress for the shower. A proper bow tie for the wedding and shirt to go with them. We walked all over down town visiting various shirt and tie places throughout the path. The shower tie and square weren't too bad. Basically a matter of matching colour and funk level. Thanks to the good people at Harry Rosen's the neck accouterments were easy. The shirt, thats another story.

Most of the problem has been finding a shirt because I have a very  specific look in mind. I want the Gaius f-ing Baltar shirt. I want a shirt with a collar that will stand properly when unbuttoned. But I need the shirt to be french cuffed and holed for shirt studs. That makes it quite a bit trickier. I found lots of shirts for shirt studs, and I found lots of shirts with the right collar, but never together. Many of the companies make the shirt I want, just nobody carries it. I tried Harry's, I tried Holt, I tried a half dozen tie shirt places in the PATH. Nadda.

Finally I went home (specifically to Sandra and Christians) and searched the web for custom shirt makers in Toronto. I have an appointment with one this week.  A good shirt costs anywhere from $160-190. A designer shirt $250-500. So instead of ordering the shirt I want in, hoping it lays how I want, and getting it altered to fit better. I can get a bespoke shirt for around $250. They'll make it to measure and it'll be half the price of the Armani Shirt I looked at. And it'll be perfect. No more wasting time.

As I said above I got myself a proper bow tie. I figure I'm a grown man, I can tie my own bow tie. Everyone I've talked to about using a proper tie has said how hard it is to tie. Well I tried tying it and here is attempt number two. 

Bow Tie… Sorted

I don't know what the fuss is about, but that was my second attempt. Sure its not perfect, but I still have over two months to figure it.

Okay maybe I'm being too picky about things like shirts and ties and suits and shoes and rings and wedding stuff in general. But the wedding is actually a chance for me to be picky (I prefer the term specific). Anyone who knows me, knows I'm pretty easy going. Sure I can be picky, but I never argue the point. If I can't get the thing I want with minimal to moderate effort, I let it slide. I don't care THAT much. But with the wedding its my chance to do things my way. No half assed attempts. If I'm doing this once, I'm doing it right, the way I've always thought it should be done.Deal with it. 

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