|Yep, I paired a pink tie with a military overcoat.|
I recommend you deal with it.
Every now and then, we class it up, like this Tuesday — "Tie Tuesday," when all the guys had to wear ties and all the gals needed to get dressy. My friend Shawn went all out; he wore a tux ... and looked like a waiter at a French restaurant. I have an entire closet dedicated to slacks, dress shirts, ties and suits (no tux or tuxedo shirt) that I've mostly neglected for 9 months; so I welcomed Tie Tuesday.
The mandate and chilly temps gave me the perfect reason to finally wear my new-old coat — an authentic 1943 ACB Stockholm topcoat worn by Swedish Air Force officers during World War II. It's wool, it's warm and it's one of the coolest gifts I've received. Style-wise, I've been a fan of double-breasted coats since 1993, which is exactly when I started watching "The Late Show with David Letterman." I think it's a classic look. The design elements I appreciate the most on this coat are the buttons, which are marked with Sweden's Tre Kroner insignia.
It's almost been 6 years since my awesome trip to Sweden to attend a wedding with my sister. This coat reminds me of a fun vacation to a country where I ... a. felt extremely short (Swedish men are all 6' 8" ... look it up); b. hung out with a world-class athlete for the first time (Olympic gold-medalist and World Cup champ downhill skier Anja Pärson, the bride's sister); and c. last willingly ate meat (reindeer jerky = gross).