April 26, 2017
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was on hand at last night's Super Bowl/Lady Gaga concert, starting what now may be a tradition of questionable style moves on football's biggest night.
The 36-year-old two-time Super Bowl champ went for a tailored look to watch from the sidelines, something we can certainly appreciate at a time when most men in this fine country were wearing elastic-waist pants. Manning chose a natty patterned (if again geezer-adjacent) sportcoat and paired with with a classic blue spread collar dress shirt, a move that's a-okay by us. But it's when we get to his neckwear of choice that this outfit starts to fumble. A spread collar is about as commanding a shirt collar gets, which means the neckwear you pair it with has to be able to stand up to it. Manning was in the right color zone with his blue tie, but his tie knot couldn't get the job done. It needed to be beefier, it needed to be more proportionally in line with the width of that collar and, while we're at it, could have been about an inch narrower.
Manning seems to have a desire to go all out when it comes to dressing for the Super Bowl, and we get it, it's a big deal event and you want to rise for the occasion. The problem is, he's much better when he keeps it simple—a rule that's true for most guys—so we wish we'd see him stick to something more conventional, but that's easier to nail. In fact, the night before at the NFL Honors Awards, he stuck to a simple royal blue suit, a white shirt, repp tie, pocket square, and he nailed it. It didn't hurt that the suit fit him to a T, a lesson that can't be stressed enough. We know it's nice to be flashy from time to time, but classic always works. Keep that in mind for next year, Eli. We don't want a three-peat.