Archive for the ‘Neckties’ Category

Necktie of the Month — September 2018!

September 1, 2018

Diagonal Stripe PurpleThis month’s necktie has been in my closet for a very, very long time.  Obviously one of my more conservative neckties although the purple does take it a bit to a higher level (color-wise).  Outside the purple, this tie has the rich earth-tones of green, brown, and beige which will allow its pairing with my beige, brown, and sage-colored shirts as well as my lavender an purple shirts.

According to the Bourn Creative blog (Jennifer Bourn), the color purple “is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.”

The various shades of purple include: violet, plum, lavender, lilac, puce, thistle, orchid, mauve, magenta, royal, amethyst, wine, pomegranate, eggplant, mulberry, plum, lilac, thistle, orchid, and mauve.  Can you think of any other shades?

If you are interested in the meanings associated with other colors, this blog has also highlighted the following colors:

Source: https://www.bourncreative.com/meaning-of-the-color-purple/ (Jennifer Bourn)

Necktie of the Month – August 2018!

August 1, 2018

Banyan Tree IIHere is yet another Jerry Garcia necktie that I have managed to acquire.  The title of this one: Banyan Tree II.  Ironically enough, I already have three other Garcia Banyan Tree designs in different color combinations (multi-colored [maroon, yellow, beige, gold, blue, green, orange], earth-toned [brown, beige, orange, gold], and blue and yellow).  All of my previous Banyan Tree designs go well with my brown and beige suits, but I now have one that will compliment my gray and black suits.  Shown here on my black shirt, this tie pairs nicely with my gray shirt and my white shirt (obviously).  And, with the hint of beige and brown, it might pair nicely with my beige and brown suits as well.  I just love the versatility of these Jerry Garcia patterns.  And, with my summer and fall vacations/travel underway, who knows what new necktie treasures I will discover?  I’m sure there will be some to tempt me along the way; I’ve already proven a weakness for ties (and clothes in general) so I’m confident that my collection will grow before the end of the year.

Necktie of the Month – July 2018!

July 2, 2018

Stock Exchange_NecktieThis colorful and busy Nicole Miller necktie (circa 1991) was a Christmas gift last year from my financial planner (thank you Dean).  It attempts to illustrate the hectic milieu of a broker at the stock exchange.  The NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) was officially founded over 200 years ago (March 8, 1817).  Located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, and is (per wikipedia) “the world’s largest stock exchange by  market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017.”  The current building was constructed in 1903 in the classic revival style (architects: Trowbridge & Livingston; George B. Post) and was added to the U.S. National Registry Historic Places and named a U.S. National Historic Landmark on June 2, 1978.  It was later designated a New York City Landmark on July 5, 1985.  As with most of my neckties, this one will pair nicely with a variety of my colored shirts (white, black, purple, red, beige, brown, yellow, and gray) as well as many of my suits (beige or brown, black or charcoal).  A very versatile tie indeed.

 

Necktie of the Month – June 2018!

June 2, 2018

Cookies_NecktieHappy Saturday!  This month I will be featuring a tie that was gifted to me by my financial planner last year (thank you Dean!).  A beautiful Nicole Miller design featuring cookies of the Nabisco brand.  From the Lorna Doones, to the Teddy Grahams, to the Oreo, to the Nutter Butter, to the Barnum’s Animal Crackers, to the ones that I do not recognize (Social Tea Biscuits — I had to look them up) this necktie is just fun.  Due to the black background and the many colors incorporated into this tie, it will pair nicely with many of my dress shirts: white, beige, yellow, red, pale blue, gray, and black.  However, I’m thinking that it would pair best with a plain white shirt so that you have nothing competing, rather than complimenting, with the necktie for attention, as colored shirts sometimes do.  Regardless, this tie will serve me quite well for those days when I am totally struck by whimsy (Friday or weekend shifts, the occasional conference, travel, etc.).  This gives a whole new meaning to “wearing your food on your tie.”

Necktie of the Month – May 2018!

May 1, 2018

Ticker_NecktieThis month’s necktie is one of the many that I received as a gift from my financial planner for Christmas last December (thank you Dean).  Featuring ticker tape and the old stock ticker machines with stock information in the background, this earth-toned necktie will pair nicely with my beiges and browns.  The term “ticker” came from the sound the machine made as it printed.  This was one of the earliest forms of digital electronic communications by which stock price information was transmitted over telegraph lines.   This form of communication was used primarily between 1870 and 1970 but was rendered obsolete during the 1960s as television and computers became the adopted modes for transmitting this kind of data.  But fear not, the whole concept of the “ticker” continues to thrive, just not in paper form.  All of the major news and financial channels on television, as well as brokerage firms, have scrolling “electronic” tickers to keep you up-to-date with up-to-the-minute transactions.

Necktie of the Month – April 2018!

April 2, 2018

DalmatiansDalmatians adorn this month’s necktie, which was a gift (one of many) from my financial planner last Christmas (thank you Dean).  And, while I have had the occasion to collect several “novelty” neckties from time to time, they constitute a very small portion of my overall collection; you just never know when a bit of whimsy is called for when dressing for work in the morning.  With National Fire Pup Day coming up in about six months (on October 1st), this would be the ideal necktie to wear that day.  Even though I am not a huge dog fan, the color combinations of this necktie will easily pair with any of my black, white, red, or gray dress shirts.   Did you know that dalmatian puppies are not born with their spots?  These dogs come into the world with a solid white coat and don’t develop their spots until they mature a bit.  Who knew?

Necktie of the Month – March 2018!

March 1, 2018

Necktie_March2018Happy Thursday!  This month’s necktie was a gift from my financial planner this past Christmas (thank you Dean).  And, while I am not entirely certain of the pattern, my best guess is that they appear to be headphones.  The dark maroon background coupled with the hint of pale blue (almost “Carolina blue,” yikes!) and beige would make this necktie a favorable pairing with beige, brown, maroon, pale blue, and white dress shirts.  I don’t generally have a lot of “maroon-toned” clothes (I prefer the bright reds and pinks compared to the muted maroons), but perhaps having a necktie or two in this color will allow me to expand  my wardrobe to include more of these earthy-red tones.  I do have another (an M.C. Escher patterned necktie) that utilizes this similar maroonish-red coloring, so I probably should address this gap in the wardrobe (sooner rather than later).

Necktie of the Month – February 2018!

February 1, 2018

FLW_NecktieHere is a necktie that I remember purchasing several years ago during a visit to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.  I was originally drawn to this tie by the colors and pattern (not realizing that the pattern represented a desk and a chair).  It was only later that I discovered  it was from the Frank Lloyd Wright collection.  The title of the necktie: “Workstation,” and it represents a desk and a chair (repeating pattern) from the S.C. Johnson Administration Building (design circa 1936).    The look of workstations certainly has changed significantly since the 1930s and include much more than a simple desk and chair.  Wright designed the Johnson Wax Administration Building (headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin) which was constructed between 1936 and 1939.  Due to the color scheme of rich earth tones, this necktie will obviously pair best with my beige/tan, brown, and olive dress shirts.  It will also go well with my black and my plain white dress shirts.

Necktie of the Month – January 2018!

January 3, 2018

Necktie - Fireplace ReliefHappy Wednesday!  Here is the latest necktie that I have added to my collection. This one represent an architectural design (courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright) and is titled: “Fireplace Relief.”  I found this particular necktie while visiting the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art back in September.  I had just completed a wonderful holiday weekend in the Eureka Springs (Arkansas) area and strategically planned a trip to this museum on the way back to Tulsa.  So, while perusing the assorted art-related items in the gift shop, I came upon several neckties and ended up taking this one home.  I also found an amazing table lamp that I purchased (will post this lamp sometime next month). This necktie will pair best with my browns and other earth-toned dress shirts.  Shown here with my beige shirt, it should also go well with my brown shirt for sure (not quite the same brown that is the background of the tie, but it should compliment this hue quite nicely) as well as my standard white shirt.  And for that really bold look, my bright orange shirt (or possibly even the pale orange one) will really make this necktie pop!   Woohoo!

Necktie of the Month – December 2017!

December 2, 2017

ChristmasNecktieHappy Saturday!  This month, the month of Christmas, I will be highlighting yet another one of my holiday neckties.  This one, a Jerry Garcia, is entitled “Trees” and is from the Sixty Collection.  Paired here with my solid red shirt, this necktie will look equally good with my dark green shirt, my black shirt, or the simple plain white shirt.  I acquired this one last year during the post-Christmas week or so and was yet another wonderful bargain — I paid less than $20 for this one.  I always enjoy a bargain.  My “holiday” necktie collection is up to eleven ties (if you include my solid red bow tie and my Christmas plaid [red/green] bow tie) — enough to wear a different tie each day for more than two weeks before Christmas.  Hmm, this could certainly help to get me into the holiday spirit.  Or, it could also be a signal that I already have way too many holiday neckties.  Could this be possible?