Coordinate System: 4 Stylish Looks for the Groom
Outfit your mister in ready-to-wear bow tie, sock and boutonniere combinations that all add up to one dapper gent, no matter how you do the math.
1. ELEGANT GENTLEMAN (top right)
For a playful, relaxed look that’s still dressy, a salmon and gray windowpane plaid bow tie, made from 100 percent vintage Pendleton worsted wool, and black multicolor dot socks are complemented by a burgundy ranunculus, dark purple anemone and silvery dusty miller foliage boutonniere, wrapped in gray satin for an extra dignified twist. Details: bow tie (each is one-of-a-kind), $65 from Kenmore-based Hapertas & Company; St. Croix black multicolor dot socks, $42 from Butch Blum in downtown Seattle; boutonniere, $12 from Flower Lab in West Seattle.
2. ONE FINE FELLA (bottom right)
An autumn-inspired khaki plaid bow tie made from vintage cotton and olive- and orange-striped wool socks play well off each other, while a boutonniere of yellow craspedia, orange rosehip blossoms, black agonis and Sweet William foliage, all wrapped in leather snakeskin-printed ribbon, pulls the look together with its warm color palette. Details: Bow tie, $88 by Radley Raven in South Seattle; Bella Merino wool socks, $20 from Hammer & Awl in Madrona; boutonniere, $15 from Wallingford-based Loves Me Flowers.
3. MAN OF THE HOUR (bottom left)
For trendy grooms looking to make a big-day statement, a coral-hued boutonniere (made of orange-red ranunculus, orange rosehip blossoms and lycopodium wrapped in black leather cord and accented by silver nailhead embellishments) pops when matched with a gray lambskin and black leather bow tie with brass hardware and a pair of burgundy plaid cotton nylon socks. Details: Bow tie, $98 by Jonquil & Mr Black in SoDo; “Bordeaux” socks, $16 from Suitsupply in downtown Seattle; boutonniere, $15 from Loves Me Flowers.
4. CITY SLICKER (top left)
For the groom searching for a classic look with urban edge, here’s a cue: a suave charcoal- and steel-hued bow tie in natural ivory silk, and gray dress socks with a subtle striped pattern, put together brilliantly with this subtle lily of the valley boutonniere. Details: “Quinn” bow tie, $130 from Fremont-based Handsome Menswear; Calvin Klein microfiber socks, $22/three-pack at Macy’s; boutonniere, $14.50 from Umlaut & Ampersand in Columbia City.
Zuma orange tray, $29.95 from Crate & Barrel