Archive for September, 2012

Fashion Alert – Coordinating Your Fall Neckties

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Men's Copper Colored TieGreen Moire Tie

So you’ve gotten on board with this fall’s fashion trend of warm, spice-hued neckties and now you’re wondering, “exactly what do I wear these with?” Pumpkin orange, sage green, ginger and mustard aren’t exactly everyday tie tones for most guys, so it’s a fair question.

When it comes to selecting a fall outfit, we recommend keeping the colors trendy and the pairings traditional. With one notable exception (matching with a gingham shirt), avoid wearing a necktie with a shirt of the same color, or let the same pattern carry through your shirt, tie and/or suit (so, no striped tie with a striped shirt, for instance).

It cannot be stressed enough: a white shirt goes with everything, and these colors create a great point of interest when juxtaposed with a crisp white shirt. However, these fall colors can look great against off-whites like ecru and light blues or grays as well.

If gingham is your thing, pair a solid shirt with a gingham-patterned necktie, or make a gingham shirt really pop with a solid tie in the same hue as your shirt.

When it comes to suits, the fall color palette goes great with grays, charcoals, blues and browns. Since patterns and solids are in right now, they’ll look sharp and modern with a pinstripe or windowpane suit – just save the striped ties for a solid suit.

Tie on a New Knot to Mix Things Up: The Pratt Knot

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Patterned NecktiesLooking for a way to breathe some new life into your collection of neckties? Well, we always suggest shopping for new ones, of course! But you can also energize your look by trying out a new knot.

Everyone knows the classic four-in-hand knot, which is great for business or casual wear, and the symmetrical, elegant look of the triangular Windsor knot…but what about a Pratt knot?

Okay, there are some much stranger, much more difficult knots out there, but the Pratt knot is a great place to start learning about alternate knots. Think of it as a mash-up of the four-in-hand and the Windsor, in that the Pratt gives you a wider knot that stands out when worn with a dress shirt, but it still has a pleasing touch of asymmetry to it and isn’t as chunky as the Windsor.

1. Start with the necktie inside out. Cross the wide end of the necktie under the narrow end.

2. Bring the wide end over the narrow end, through the loop created where the two ends cross one another, and back under; give the wide end a pull to tighten the loop.

3. Bring the wide end over to the right (the label should now be facing toward you, not visible in the mirror).

4. Pull the wide end of the necktie up behind the loop.

5. Lastly, bring the wide end down through the knot and tighten gently.

Voila, you’ve tied a Pratt knot. The Pratt, which is also called the Shelby (after news anchor Don Shelby, who popularized the knot), is noteworthy because it’s easy to tie and creates a great-looking dimple without a lot of fuss. Try it today!

Fall 2012 Tie Trends

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Men's Orange TieGold Pattern TieAs the seasons begin to change, it’s time to think about freshening up your wardrobe with some new fall ties. The watchword for mens’ fashion this fall is simplicity, and it shows in the ‘in’ autumn necktie looks. Solids are just the thing to accent a simple look, but simple does not mean drab. Instead of basic blacks, reds and blues, this fall’s color palette is big on deep, rich burgundy and outside-the-box earth tones like nutmeg, sage or any other spice-y hues.

Don’t forget about stripes. When picking a new striped necktie, opt for a two-color stripe that looks confident and – again – simple. When it comes to patterns, polka dots and gingham are the way to go.

Of course, the real secret to a great-looking necktie – no matter the trend or the time of year – is to tie a great-looking knot and to coordinate your tie with the rest of your wardrobe. If you aren’t wearing a white shirt – and the plain white dress shirt is becoming less and less common – then find a tie that accentuates the colors in the pattern. Make the accent color in your shirt’s pattern the primary color in the tie for an eye-catching look that brings your outfit together.

The most important part of looking great is finding something you love, and you’re sure to find something to fall in love with in the selection of quality boys’ and mens’ ties at!

Create Family Rituals with Bow Ties as Part of Your Wardrobe

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Purple Pattern Bow Tie

Some men are wary of wearing bow ties. Whether they are easy-to-use clip on designs or not, the look just strikes them as something too ‘different’ that they aren’t sure they can pull off. Others, of course, love the fun associated with this simple accessory, and thanks to clip on designs, don’t have to worry about putting their tie on perfectly. Want the freedom of a more relaxed look in a flash? They’re also easy to remove quickly! But whether you wear a bow tie regularly, sometimes, or not at all, we have an idea for you to consider. These accessories can have the simple power to lighten the mood at home or add to the fun of a celebration. Think about all of the fun ways you can use your bow ties to encourage and humor your children!

Consider special occasions like birthdays. Everyone looks forward to having a birthday cake, hearing the birthday song, and blowing out their candles. Mix things up in a new way by donning your bowtie, unrolling an official-looking scroll, and proceeding to list the many things you admire about your child. Do your dramatic reading in a wacky voice and add quirky little coughs, jokes, or laughs to your act.

You can also choose an autumn-hued tie for Thanksgiving, and stand before your gathering to read Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Declaration. Find a tie for every occasion, developing a reputation in your home for unpredictable fun! You’ll also be teaching your kids some important lessons in the process. :)