Cherry Blossom Time: Pink Tie and more

The cherry blossom at its peak is one thing I look forward to every year. Washington is really at its prettiest when these flowers are in bloom.  In addition, cherry blossoms are the official signal that spring is finally arriving to the Nation’s Capital. Although we had a pretty mild winter, it’s been pretty quirky and a late winter storm and rains wreaked havoc on this year’s blossoms.

DCFashion Fool Cherry Blossom Pnk Tie Party

Unfortunately, I was not able to make it down to the Mall to see the flowers this year. However, I was able to take part in the official kick off to the Annual Cherry Blossom festival and attend the Pink Tie Party and Fundraiser. After all, I can never say no to a good party. The Pink Tie Party is the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature event. The money raised during the party goes to support and promote the cherry blossom through year-round programs, events, and education initiatives.

Cherry Blossom Festival Cherry Blossom Pink Tie Party with A Lacey Perspective

One of the challenges for me each year is what to wear to this pink extravaganza. While women have a variety of options and can even Rent the Runway for a greater selection, guys are not so fortunate. While those more daring may done some over the top looks, men typically we opt for a much safer route limiting our selection to our shirt and tie combinations.
DCFashion Fool Cherry Blossom Pnk Tie Party Pink Tie Party with ChicVilleUSA

A lot of men tend to shy away from wearing pink but I think it’s a great spring color option. Simple combinations such as a pink shirt with a contrasting floral tie or a white shirt with a solid pink tie look great with both light and dark suits and are excellent style choices as the weather gets warmer.

DCFashion Fool Cherry Blossom Pnk Tie Party

For my cherry blossom look this year, I went with a tonal pink shirt and tie combination.  I paired these with one of my favorite plaid blazers that also had pink tones for a great festive look.
DCFashion Fool smiles at Cherry Blossom Pnk Tie Party

Clothing Details

Plaid Blazer & Pink dress shirt: Robert Talbot; Pink Tie: Fendi; Blue dress slacks – Armani Collezioni; Penny Loafers: Tom Ford

Cherry Blossom Events

The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs through April 16. Miss the blossoms or Pink Tie? Don’t fret there’s still a variety of activities to hit. Check out these upcoming events:

1 – April     BLOSSOM KITE FESTIVAL

                  ROSÈ ROMP

2 – April     CREDIT UNION CHERRY BLOSSOM TEN MILE RUN AND 5K RUN-WALK

7 – April      NCSS CHERRY BLOSSOM GRAND BALL

8 – April     NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL PARADE 

11 – April    BLOSSOMS AND BASEBALL

14 – April    EVENTS DC CHERRY BLAST!

                   GALLERY TALK: MIKA YOSHITAKE ON YAYOI KUSAMA’S PUMPKIN

15 – April    SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL