Archive for the ‘Necktie’ Category

Necktie of the Month – July 2019!

July 1, 2019

Sorry, not this month.  It was bound to happen sooner or later . . . I have reached the point where I have no “new” neckties to highlight this month . . . horrors!  I posted my very first (inaugural) “Necktie of the Month” back in September of 2008, and have religiously posted a new necktie from my collection each month until today!  So, until I manage to acquire some new neckties, I am going to have to find alternative material to fill this void.  Starting next month, I will explore the world of the Zodiac (for at least the next year).  But stay tuned, you just never know when the next “necktie of the month” will appear, it just will not have the same regularity as that over the last several years.

Necktie of the Month — June 2019!

June 1, 2019

Multi-coloredThis month’s tie is a fun and whimsical design from the Sophisticated Gentleman.  The title is rather plain: Yellow Vibrant, but the colors are not.  And, due to the variety of colors, this tie will match well with a number of my colored dress shirts (dark blue, light blue/turquoise, dark green, yellow, orange, etc.).  My favorite pairing is with my dark green shirt, as shown in this photograph.  Positively marvelous!

Necktie of the Month — May 2019!

May 1, 2019

Green-BlackThis month’s necktie is another bow tie that I was able to acquire from the Sophisticated Gentleman website.  This is one website I wish I had never found (not really).  Every time I visit the site, I am delighted to find new designs that I just can’t live without (this is good for their business, no doubt).  So, I’m having to be more careful on how often I pay a visit to their site.  This one is entitled: Green and Black Striped Bow Tie.  A bit on the “conservative” side as neckties go, but a snappy look nonetheless.

Necktie of the Month – April 2019!

March 31, 2019

Emerald GreenOkay, so April isn’t until tomorrow, but with March Madness in full swing, tomorrow’s post will be the outcomes of this weekend’s basketball games; we are now down to the Final Four teams!  For April (a day early) I will be highlighting another one of my acquisitions from the Sophisticated Gentlemen bow tie collection.  This one, “Emerald Green,” is a delightfully whimsical polka dot tie that just so happens to be the same colors as my alma mater (Michigan State/green and white).

Necktie of the Month — March 2019!

March 2, 2019

BowtiHappy Saturday!  This month’s necktie was acquired last fall as the result of a recommendation from a colleague.  This was not the tie that was recommended, but upon visiting the recommended web page (Sophisticated Gentlemen), I found several ties that have since made their way to my collection.  This bow tie is a delightful paisley with rich earth tones along with some blue which will certainly extend the color combinations and pairings for this tie.  This one is titled: Richmond.

Necktie of the Month – February 2019!

February 2, 2019

Garden-ColorfulHappy Saturday!  This particular necktie (Garden of Eden) was purchased at the same time as last month’s necktie.  It is a much more brightly colored tie than “A Garden in the Rain,” and will pair nicely with just about any of my colored dress shirts.  Of course nothing beats the crisp and clean look on a white shirt with a plain black suit, but it is good to mix things up every so often (especially on those dreary overcast/rainy days).  Finding the Sophisticated Gentleman website could prove to be my undoing!  I have always been enamored of colorful flower gardens and the persons who are able to keep them looking colorful and beautiful.  Unfortunately I must admit to not having much of a green thumb myself and must live vicariously through the talents of others.

Necktie of the Month – January 2019!

January 3, 2019

Garden-DullThis month I will  be highlighting a necktie that I recently purchased after a friend of mine (thank you Karen) tagged me in a photo of it on facebook (she had a link to the website and said “Saw this and thought of you….”).  Needless to say, I was intrigued (and the necktie did look positively amazing).  So I visited the website (the Sophisticated Gentleman) and the next thing you know, the order had been placed and I was the proud owner of “A Garden in the Rain.”  As luck would have it, there were several other neckties and bow ties from this website that caught my fancy (five in addition to this one).  Alas, what is one to do?  The photo does not really do this one justice (a lot more “silvery” with a noticeable sheen), but the colors will allow for pairing with quite a few of my colored shirts.

Necktie of the Month – December 2018!

December 1, 2018

Dec2018Here is my last holiday necktie (for now).  Santa Claus!  In addition to the repeating pattern of your traditional-looking St. Nick, the words “Merry Christmas,” in a variety of languages (see below), are also interspersed throughout the necktie.  Due to the limited colors of this one, I would only pair it with my red, black, or white dress shirts.  It probably would look fine with a dark green shirt as well, but it might be just enough of a contrasting color to not be an ideal pairing.

  • Feliz Navidad (Spanish)
  • Joyeux Noël (French)
  • Fröhliche Weihnachten (German)
  • Nollaig Shona Dhuit (Irish)
  • Feliz Natal/ Boas Festas (Portuguese)
  • Zalig Kerstfeest (Dutch)
  • Buon Natale (Italian)
  • Milad Mubarak (in the Middle East)
  • Mo’adim Lesimkha (Israel)
  • Merii Kurisumasu (Japan)
  • Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
  • and more . . . .

Necktie of the Month – November 2018!

November 1, 2018

Diagonal StripeIt is fall, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  So this month’s necktie again features numerous earth-tones: brown, tan, beige, yellow, and sage with a hint of grey and black.  It really goes best with my tan shirt (pictured here), but will pair nicely with many of my dress shirts.  Here is a traditional Iroquois prayer (translated by Harriet Maxwell Converse) entitled

“The Thanksgivings”

We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.

We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank all  its trees.

We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.

We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs,        the stars.

We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.

We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.

We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant occasion.


Necktie of the Month — October 2018!

October 1, 2018

GarciaThis month’s necktie is yet another one of my ties from the Jerry Garcia collection.  The black/gray background with the somewhat centered red squiggle down the middle makes for a bold and dramatic statement.  This particular necktie pairs nicely with only four of my shirts: white, red, black, and gray.  And, while the shirt in this photograph appears to be beige, it actually is my gray shirt (hmm, the colors captured by my phone sometime amaze me).   I acquire most of my Garcia neckties when they are on sale either through either Stein Mart or Kohl’s, but there are several online outlets from which to acquire these products (,,, e-bay, the Silk Tie Factory,,, etc.).  Interestingly enough, you cannot find these neckties on the Jerry Garcia online store.   Happy shopping!