As a designer, I am a firm believer of Mies Van Der Rohe's notion that "less is more". However, when it comes to menswear, I usually stray from this and actively seek opportunities for layering, pattern mixing, etc. This outfit seems to lean toward the former at first glance, but offers some subtle complexity upon closer investigation. Though not my intention, this entire ensemble is kind of centered around this tie. The solid orange tie bears a knit texture which is complemented by these blue trousers in color and micro-houndstooth linen jacket in texture/pattern. Even the width of this tie plays a major influence on today's look: usually more narrow, this knit tie is rather wide which begs to be paired with a jacket whose lapels are comparable. Because it's knit, the tie brings down the level of formality, making me feel comfortable leaving my belt at home. And as (almost) always this summer, I've opted out of wearing dress socks.