Green pride is strong with this one—but shirt and tie combos are not.
New Celtics forward Gordon Hayward took the stage in Boston today alongside even newer Celtic Kyrie Irving for the pair’s first press conference as teammates. To show his newfound Celtic pride (and to maybe win even more points with Celtics diehards), Hayward turned up in a green peak-lapel suit, crisp white collared shirt, and navy foulard dot tie. On paper, this is a win. His jacket fit his athletic build (never the easiest menswear task) and those outsized peak lapels gave the fit a touch of sprezzaturra (Italian for “Oh this old perfectly-tailored-and-put-together thing?”). In execution, however, the shirt, tie, and one, uh, bold, tie bar turned the whole thing into a major brick.
Hayward’s look was the equivalent of making a great play on defense, dribbling down the court and then missing the dunk. We appreciate the All-Star forward’s instinct to let his jacket be the star of the show and opt for a traditional shirt-and-tie combo that doesn’t compete with such a powerful suit. That said, the unbuttoned collar-with-tie didn’t help. Spread collar shirts are elegant, but they’re structured in a way that just looks off (okay, just back from a bender, really) when unbuttoned with a tie. In Hayward’s case, it instantly makes his whole vibe feel 80% sloppier. If you’re going to go the extra mile to wear a blazer that’ll sit well with your new bosses (and fans), there’s no sense in throwing it all away just because you didn’t want to fasten one extra button. (Tip: If you want to get that “unbuttoned” suit and tie look, opt for a button-down collar shirt or a point collar.)
The other style foul in Hayward’s fit is his tie bar, not because it’s bad (which, it is—bad and too big), but because it’s unnecessary in this outfit. When it comes to Italian tailoring, it’s all about being a little more relaxed, a little softer, and a lot more colorful. Tie-bars, by contrast, can help you put the finishing touches on a truly crisp suited-up look, but they’re best for strong shouldered suits and semi-spread or point collar shirts. And if you’re going to wear a tie bar, keep it simple with something in a rectangular shape and solid hue. (In other words, don’t ever wear the ax-adorned version Hayward did.)
We’re sure Gordon Hayward has better days on and off the court ahead of him, we just want his off-the-hardwood fits to follow suit. For what it’s worth, the guy still has one of the best head of hair in the NBA.
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