Archive for the ‘Neckties’ Category

Necktie of the Month — April 2014!

April 3, 2014

Jerry_Garcia_BrownThis month’s necktie will feature yet another one of my recently acquired Jerry Garcia ties.  And, as with many of my neckties, this one was found during an after-Christmas sale with a price that was more than 75% reduced.  Woohoo! What a bargain!   It just goes to show you that you do not necessarily have to spend a lot of money to look good.  Pictured here on my chocolatey-brown shirt, this necktie looks equally nice with my yellow, orange, gold, and beige shirts.  Jerry Garcia is most well known as one of the founding members (guitarist and vocalist) of the Grateful Dead rock and roll band.  But did you know that when he was younger, Jerry was an art student at the San Francisco Art Institute?  He painted frequently and his artwork became the basis for designer neckties.  J. Garcia neckties are manufactured and distributed by Mulberry Neckwear (purchased the rights in 1998).

Necktie of the Month – March 2014!

March 4, 2014

IMG_0611aAs winter continues to wreak havoc, I’ve chosen to highlight a necktie with a crystalline  pattern that closely resembles “snowflakes” (okay, this might be a stretch, but please, just work with me here.)  This black and white tie is simple and fairly conservative, and due to having more black than white, it pairs the best with a plain white dress shirt.  It doesn’t look too bad on a gray/silver shirt either, but I would say that it is safer to stick with the white.  And, since my personality tends to gravitate toward my bright and colorful neckties, I find that I don’t always drag out the more conservative ties as often as I probably should.  Alas, so many ties, so little time.  I guess I will have to make a more concerted effort to work some of my conservative neckties into the rotation.  Ah, the burden of being a clothes horse.

Necktie of the Month — February 2014!

February 2, 2014

Argylle_BowtieThe featured necktie this month is one of three bowties that I acquired over the Christmas holiday.  I have always loved argyle patterns and was delighted to discover that you can find an argyle pattern in something other than socks and sweaters.  As with most of my ties, this one is colorful and will complement many of the colored shirts already in my closet.   Pictured here with my yellow shirt, I can see myself wearing this one with my pink, orange, lime green, sage green, and teal blue shirts as well.  It’s amazing the flexibility you have when you are willing to add colored shirts to your wardrobe (this has never been a problem for me).

Tie One On!

January 27, 2014

Are you tired of tying the same old standard necktie knot day in and day out?  Are you looking to try something new or different?  I would certainly recommend the following sites as possible starting points.

To Tie a Tie
This page provides directions on how to tie a variety of necktie knots. The site also provides the advantages and disadvantages to the various knots, recommends suitable outfits and/or occasions for utilizing the different knots, and offers some tips on caring for your neckties.

Art of Style
Here is another site that also helps you identify the right knot (the three most common knots–four-in-hand, half Windsor, and full Windsor) for the right occasion.

Encyclopedia of Tie Knots
Courtesy of Thomas Fink and Yong Mao, this site is “the definitive catalogue of tie knots.”

Common Knots
Another site highlighting some of the more common knots.

Yet another site for some of the more basic knots.

If you prefer video tutorials . . .
This site has video tutorials to help you in your quest to tie the perfect necktie.

For something a bit more adventurous . . .
If you are ready to tackle something really unique, why not try the Eldridge or the Trinity knots–they are guaranteed to turn heads.

Necktie of the Month – January 2014

January 5, 2014

IMG_0584This month’s necktie was a gift (one of the six I received this most recent holiday season).  This bold, floral-patterned tie really looks great with my dark blue shirt [pictured] as well as with my black shirt, my cream shirt, and my beige shirt.  And, I would hazard to guess that this necktie could pair quite nicely with the right shade of red/maroon shirt.   On a recent post-Christmas shopping trip I was able to find several new ties (all on sale, of course) — three new bow ties and three new Jerry Garcia ties (including a couple from the JG holiday collection), and, I even acquired a couple of new shirts (a cream-colored as well as a new golden sateen) — my necktie collection has now grown past the 100 mark.  Ah, so many shirts and ties, so little time . . . but I will certainly give it my best shot.

Necktie of the Month – December 2013!

December 3, 2013

IMG_0563Here’s a wonderful paisley necktie that I recently purchased.  I currently have/own n different paisley neckties in a variety of colors.  And, while I used to not particularly like/collect paisleys, I’m finding that they are very versatile and can be both whimsical as well as more formal/traditional (depending on the styles and coloring).   This one will go well with several of my shirts: black, grey, light purple, and silver for sure.  Do you know the origins of “paisley?”  While the kidney-shaped (resembling a twisted teardrop)  paisley design originated in Iran and India (based on the boteh or buta [a droplet shaped vegetable motif]), the actual name is derived from the town of Paisley, in central Scotland, a center for textiles where these designs were produced.  The pattern is sometimes called “Persian pickles” by American traditionalists, or “Welsh pears” in Welsh textiles as far back as 1888.  In the Persian language, the design is known as Boteh Jegheh and it has been used in Iran since the Sassanid Dynasty (AD 224 to AD 651).

Necktie of the Month — November 2013!

November 2, 2013

IMG_0546Last month I received a rather unique request: “do you have any ties that you are tired of or that you wish to get rid of?”  One of my friends had just taken a new job that required him to wear neckties (and he did not have very many).  He further qualified his request by indicating he was looking for “solid color” ties (i.e., not patterned).  Of course my initial reaction was “What?  Tired of?  Get rid of?  No way!”  So I quickly inventoried my collection of neckties (dangerously close to the 100 mark) and realized that I really didn’t own that many solid-colored ties, and, I didn’t wear my solid-colored ties that often either.  So, I was able to help out a friend and gave him all three of my solid-colored neckties (red, black, and orange).  This month’s selection is one of the newer ties I’ve added to my collection that I was able to find during my Labor Day weekend trip to the Kansas City area.  And it was on sale!  (I probably haven’t paid “full price” for a necktie in over 10 years.)   As with all my ties, this one can be worn with different colored shirts depending on the look I wish to achieve.  You can never go wrong with the standard white shirt (it will work for any necktie), but it can be rather dull/bland at times.  So go ahead and live on the edge . . . change it up once in a while.

Necktie of the Month — October 2013!

October 4, 2013

IMG_0553Having recently returned from a hiking trip/vacation to the Grand Canyon, here is a rather unique novelty necktie that I acquired recently of the Grand Canyon (in a tile pattern) as depicted on the 2-cent stamp from 1934.  To encourage domestic tourism and to promote America’s national parks, a series of ten stamps was issued on various dates from July 16 to October 8, 1934. Ranging In denominations of 1- to 10-cents, the stamps depict scenes from the national parks in various colors.

The 2-cent red National Parks stamp, issued July 24, 1934, shows a view of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.  Hmm, it looks orange to me — that’s my final answer and I’m sticking with it.

This is now the second philatelic necktie that I have acquired (I won’t be posting the first one until May 2014, sorry, but I have a very specific reason for waiting until then) — thank you Tara for encouraging me to acquire philatelic neckties.  I wonder if this would qualify as stamp collecting as well?  Probably not, but that’s okay, c’est la vie!  I will just have to be satisfied with collecting neckties with an occasional stamp design.

Necktie of the Month – September 2013!

September 3, 2013

IMG_0542Once again, I have been unable to catch the true colors of the necktie in this self-shot photograph, but it is supposed to be black and bright (almost neon) green.  And, it is the reverse side of one of my favorite bowties (the April 2013 Necktie of the Month). In checking through my closet, it would appear that this tie only pairs with my white shirt (the green doesn’t really match any of my other “colorful” shirts).  I have also been noticing that there seems to be a trend with bowties to have a separate pattern on the reverse – this is not a bad thing for a tie aficionado as myself — I get two patterns for the price of one.  And, following my recent Labor Day weekend shopping trip to the Kansas City area, where I picked up three additional neckties (two regular, one bow), I’m slowly closing in on the one hundred mark; my collection now stands at an even ninety (90) neckties.

Necktie of the Month — August 2013!

August 3, 2013

Mountie_NecktieThe Director of Information Services at the American Philatelic Society (Tara Murray) has been after me for a couple of years now to acquire a necktie of a philatelic nature.  Well, Tara, the wait is over  Last month I found and purchased this necktie (from the American Philatelic Society’s website) of the ten-cent Canadian stamp of a Mountie.  And, this “ties” in with my law enforcement background to boot.    Then, when perusing for philatelic neckties, I encountered another that I’m going to have to acquire as well . . . stayed tuned, I’ll post the second philatelic necktie in September or possibly October.


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