I’m generally all about color (and bright ones at that) and artsy and creative patterns, but every now and then a good old fashioned “conservative” necktie is just what you are needing (think job interview or the occasional funeral or other “somber” event — not that I always prescribe to or agree with this way of thinking). This particular necktie embraces the hearty earth tones with a hint of pale blue (the sky?) an would obviously pair best with my brown or beige suit and any number of my brown and beige toned shirts as well (and my ivory and my white shirts, of course) . I could even make a strong case for my pale blue shirt to compliment this tie — there is just enough blue in the background to be able to make it work quite nicely. Not that I was worried in the least. I dare say that I have enough variety in the colors of my shirts to be able to find a match for any necktie in existence.
Archive for the ‘Necktie’ Category
This month’s necktie was acquired just after Christmas totally by accident and it just goes to show you, if you don’t look for something, you will never find it. I was not really looking to buy a necktie, but I’ll admit, no matter what store I’m in, I have difficulty “not looking” through the ties (especially the Jerry Garcia designs). So, as I was going through all of the ties, I found this one that was actually on sale and it was the only tie in the entire display that was marked down, and marked down significantly — 90% off (unheard of, it was practically free). So, what decision was there really? Alas, it is now hanging in my closet with the rest of my collection. This necktie will pair best with my beige shirt, but won’t look bad with my yellow, pale orange, or brown shirts either (and of course, the standard white shirt if I ever need to be a bit more on the conservative side). Serendipity is a wonderful thing, don’t you think? And it certainly makes the life journey much more enjoyable (I would hazard to guess the everyone enjoys an occasional surprise).
Happy 2017 one and all! Here is the latest installment of my necktie collection. I found this wonderful “work of art” (hand-painted on silk) at an arts and crafts fair that I attended this past summer in Traverse City, Michigan. I was drawn, of course, by the bright colors (green, yellow, and orange) and then marveled at the level of detail in the painting of the leaves onto the necktie. Pictured here with my pale orange shirt, this necktie looks equally fabulous with my bright orange shirt, my bright yellow shirt, and my bright green shirt. Obviously, it will look fine on a plain white shirt and may even compliment my solid black shirt as well . . . so many options, alas, what is one to do? Stay tuned, I just finished up my post-holiday shopping and found several more new neckties (at bargain prices, of course) to be unveiled in the coming months.
Living life can be a serendipitous adventure at times. For example, on a recent vacation I had no intention of purchasing clothing and found myself buying an entire suit complete with two shirts and a couple of neckties. Artwork is a totally separate story, I always seem to be somewhat prepared to run with my heart and make impulse buys that I rationalize I can afford to make. But I digress. Here I was strolling down Front Street (Traverse City, Michigan) a couple of months ago when lo and behold a suit caught my eye. Granted, it was a color and style suit that I had previously had and was needing to replace, but I really had no intention of replacing it until the first of the year. But alas, I walked in, they had my size, and after a few measurements and adjustments, I was the proud owner of a new suit. During the course of this serendipitous shopping, I also espied this pink and gray paisley necktie! Woe is me! It beautifully compliments my dark pink shirt and will look equally stunning with my light pink shirt, my gray shirt, and even my black shirt and red my shirt (though probably not as “killer”). I now no longer need to be looking to replace this suit at the first of the year . . . but you just never know what else will jump in front of me that I will just have to own. So, since the shopping/holiday season is upon us, happy shopping, one and all! Go forth and find those bargains that you can’t live without!
Okay, last week was the twelfth annual Traverse City Film Festival and while attending films, we found ourselves walking past Hannah Park and this statue of Perry Hannah (considered by many to be the “Father of Traverse City”). Each day he was adorned with another memento of the film festival. On one day he was “wearing” this wonderfully fashioned bow tie/necktie comprised entirely of film festival tickets. So this was an easy decision this month. This year I had a light schedule and only watched 14 films (in five days), but I had a marvelous time (as always). Movies, food, family, and delightfully cooler temperatures (from what I’ve grown accustomed to during my summers in Oklahoma).
Here is this month’s necktie — a subdued tropical print courtesy of Tommy Bahama. I found this wonderful necktie while perusing the clearance bin at Tulsa’s Nordstom Rack several months ago where I paid a mere fraction of the original price (I actually found my yellow tropical Tommy Bahama necktie at the same time). This tie pairs best with my light brown and tan shirts, but it doesn’t look too bad with my sage green shirt either. Ah, so many neckties, so little time.
This month I will be highlighting my newest necktie that I received as a birthday gift from some friends. Home run! Not only does this one have hints of orange (okay, maybe more than just a hint or two), but it will also compliment many of the dress shirts in my closet (white [of course], orange, yellow, turquoise, navy blue, beige, and black). It is a Jerry Garcia design titled Malachite Valley; this brings the total number of JG neckties I own to thirteen. Hmm, I wonder if this was named after the Malachite waterfall in King County, Washington (formed when the outlets of Copper Lake and Malachite Lake break into a valley and run parallel (horsetail form) down the side of the headwall for hundreds of feet)? Or perhaps it is named because of the hints of color resembling malachite ore, a carbonate of copper (due to my poor skill at photography, or possible the poor quality of my camera, the actual brightness of the blue is a bit muted — the faded blue swatches should be more of a turqouise color). Regardless of the naming convention, this one certainly adds color to the closet (as if this was ever a problem). Here’s a link to a better photo that really shows the brightness of the blue.
Ho, ho, ho! Tis the season! The holiday season is upon us, so this month I will be highlighting one of my new holiday neckties. This one, yet another Jerry Garcia design, is from his “Collection 60” series and is entitled “Dracula Claus.” I’m not sure I understand the reference to Dracula (he must be really well hidden), but alas, it’s Jerry Garcia, so I will just accept this and move on. It has the standard holiday colors of red and green, and includes several reindeer. This particular necktie looks really good on my red shirt, but will also compliment my bright green shirt as well as my beige/tan shirt (and of course, it will also pair well with a plain white shirt). My collection of holiday ties now stands at ten . . . enough to cover two-week’s worth (business days) of occasions. Let the holiday festivities begin!
Happy Monday! As we begin a new work week, allow me to highlight one of my newest Jerry Garcia neckties. This one is from the “liquid torso” collection and is so bright that it could be considered radioactive. Yet another treasure that I was able to acquire in an after-Christmas sale so the price was definitely right. This tie will pair nicely with many of my colored shirts: lemon yellow, bright blue, green, pink, white, black, and of course, orange — the brighter the color, the better — it really doesn’t look too bad with the pastel or muted colored shirts either. Ah, the joys of accessorizing with a necktie where simply changing the shirt makes for a whole different look. Ties are a lot like socks – you should never forget that they matter too. Being color conscious and making sure you get a good look is hugely important . . . never settle for dull or lackluster. Going conservative is not always bad either, but don’t feel like you have to if you don’t want to. Let your personality shine through — accessorizing (neckties, socks, shoes, betls, cufflinks, etc.) can help you achieve whatever look you want.