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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
15 – April SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT FIREWORKS FESTIVAL