Last Saturday I posted about my new skirt, and said I would explain my companions’ outfits at a later date. Here goes.
When London won the Olympics the team were unmistakable. In their matching Jeff Banks (who also dressed the Brownies, remember?) stone wool-linen blend tailor-made suits David and Sir Steve looked impressive. Their cornflower blue shirts were made from “the finest Italian two-fold cottons and tailored in Romania”. “As a special touch, each suit will have a subtle London 2012 logo embroidered on the inside serving as a good luck symbol to send the team on its way.” Tailored made? Perhaps Sir Bobby asked for extra long tailored pants, who knows?
Based on the concept of being a winning team, the “Gateway Barnet” consortium decided to wear matching ties. I saw the memo. It explained that the men would be wearing navy suits, “crisp white shirts” and lime green ties (to match our logo), and would I like to wear a navy suit, white blouse and a lime green scarf?
For me a navy suit/white blouse means Residential Care Home Manager. A colourful scarf in the same shade as the regulation tie I associated with a budget airline.
And actually the lime green tie is a bit of a supermarket cliche, with both M&S and Waitrose getting their staff to wear them.
Quite quickly the men on the team enthusiastically agreed that they would wear the ties. As the senior woman on the team this gave me a bit of a dilemma.
- I felt dressing up to match each other was a bit of a joke – stag night stuff, perhaps
- I thought the navy suit/lime tie was possibly a down market (super market) look
- I had made my fuchsia suit especially for the event
- lime green is not my colour. Here is a snapshot of the Deloitte’s choir, sent to me by my friend James Pargeter. I am not sure this outfit suits any of the choristers.
- the ties were polyester
- if everyone is wearing a tie it may be a bit sexist to suggest a scarf “for the ladies” – the sartorial equivalent of a sweet sherry. I might have considered a jacket or blouse in the right colour (had it been something other than lime green), or I might have sewn the tie fabric into something personal like a silk handkerchief, brooch or beads, had it been supplied in time.
- I am different – why try to be the same?
Clearly I wanted the team to perform well and win the business. In the end I decided that my fuchsia suit was complementary to the lime green and wore it with pride. I did add a green scarf, but a vintage silk one containing emerald, rather than lime, green.
What would you have done?