Happy Friday and, Happy April Fool’s Day! This month’s necktie was acquired rather serendipitously while I was in Alexandria, Virginia, attending the SLA Board Orientation in late January/early February. During a pre-dinner stroll down King Street (on the way to a restaurant, actually), we passed a shop (Raul’s Menswear) that had a variety of fascinating novelty neckties displayed in the window. I made a mental note to return to this shop at a later time to check out the assortment. As luck would have it, the shop was still open on our walk back to the hotel. So, in we stopped, the necktie was purchased, and all was well in the world. This necktie will go best with my black or grey-tones suits and a white shirt. Due to the “darkness” of the background of this tie, it may not pair well with any of my colored shirts (especially the darker colors), but we may have to experiment a bit to see what other color combinations provide for a good contrast.
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Éirinn go brách, or, the English version: Erin go bragh! (Ireland forever!) And while I’m not Irish in the least, it is only fitting that the necktie this month honor or pay tribute to St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, whose feast day is celebrated on the 17th of March (supposedly the anniversary of the date of his death). But did you know that . . .
- his first name wasn’t actually Patrick (Maewyn Succat)?
- St. Patrick was not born in Ireland? (born in Roman Britain)
- he was captured by Irish pirates when he was a teen and forced into slavery in Ireland?
- his color was not green (blue)?
- the first parade took place in New York City (1762)?
- 34.7 million Irish-Americans (more than seven times the population of Ireland)?
- the Shamrock was used as a symbol for the Holy Trinity?
- odds of finding a four-leaf clover: 1 in 10,000?
- he did not banish any snakes from Ireland (there is no evidence that snakes ever inhabited Ireland)?
- Guinness sales double on St. Patrick’s Day?
This particular necktie is yet another Jerry Garcia design and looks simply splendid on this solid white shirt. It looks equally fine with my dark green shirt, my black shirt, and even my bright yellow shirt; quite a versatile necktie.
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.
Happy New Year one and all! Well, it’s that time of year again. The time to make resolutions that will probably only last a week or so. But, in the spirit of resolutions, and since one of the most common resolutions is to get in better shape (e.g., exercise and/or eat correctly), it seems fitting to post my necktie of racing runners. Whether or not you are a runner or have made getting into better shape a goal of yours this year, this novelty tie should prove to be inspirational. This necktie was a gift from a friend of mine (thank you Bill Fisher). He actually had two of these ties and decided to share one with this fellow runner last January; who am I to refuse a gift (and a necktie no less)? And, because of the numerous colors incorporated into this tie, it will compliment almost any colored shirt in my closet. However, due to the navy blue background, this necktie will look the best with my blue and/or beige dress shirts. Are you ready to go for a run?
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!
The key to successful shopping: do it often (even if it is just “window” shopping), don’t just stick to the same stores/merchants, and always be on the lookout for a bargain. Case in point: Tulsa has a Noordstrom Rack which I had never gone into before. So I finally decided one Saturday afternoon, when I had a little time to kill, that it would be worth exploring, especially since I was in the area. Lo and behold I discovered that they had some really great prices in addition to having some really great clothes. I found this month’s necktie in the bargain bin for under $10. And while it looks really great on my solid brown shirt, it would look just as marvelous on my beige and cream shirts as well. Unfortunately, my bright (nearly lemon) yellow shirt is just a bit too yellow (if that’s possible) to work with this necktie, but alas, I’m not completely without options here, so it is a minor inconvenience. I now have a new shopping goal: to find a yellow shirt to match this tie. Aloha!
Happy Monday! As we begin a new work week, allow me to highlight one of my newest Jerry Garcia neckties. This one is from the “liquid torso” collection and is so bright that it could be considered radioactive. Yet another treasure that I was able to acquire in an after-Christmas sale so the price was definitely right. This tie will pair nicely with many of my colored shirts: lemon yellow, bright blue, green, pink, white, black, and of course, orange — the brighter the color, the better — it really doesn’t look too bad with the pastel or muted colored shirts either. Ah, the joys of accessorizing with a necktie where simply changing the shirt makes for a whole different look. Ties are a lot like socks – you should never forget that they matter too. Being color conscious and making sure you get a good look is hugely important . . . never settle for dull or lackluster. Going conservative is not always bad either, but don’t feel like you have to if you don’t want to. Let your personality shine through — accessorizing (neckties, socks, shoes, betls, cufflinks, etc.) can help you achieve whatever look you want.
“It’s a twister, it’s a twister . . . ” This month I will be highlighting a necktie that I don’t actually own (that’s a first). I was at dinner with friends the other night and we got to talking about neckties. He no longer wears them on a regular basis, but when he did, he had this one tie that he only wore when he was going to have to negotiate (he called it his “windy bull$#!?* tie” because that was all he was expecting to hear during the negotiations). It is this Wizard of Oz necktie featuring twisters, Dorothy, Toto, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Very cool indeed. I will have to give this tie back to him eventually (thank you Robert!), but until I do, I will find ways to enjoy its versatile use with either my gray, my black, or my beige suits. Some of the shirts that it pairs with particularly well: gray, black, beige, and maroon.
This month I will be highlighting one of my more conservative bowties . . . standard black and white. And while this tie will look great on all of the usual suspects: white shirt, black shirt, and gray shirt, because it is black and white (colors that go with just about anything), this tie will look great with any of my shirts (maybe not the pastels), but especially the bright neon-colored shirts in my closet: red, orange, pink, blue, green, and purple. Once again I find myself confronted with so many options, but so little time.
Here we are, the day before we celebrate the anniversary of our independence, and I am thinking this would be the perfect opportunity (and most apropos) to highlight one of my recent acquisitions that is quite the patriotic necktie — an abstract version of the American flag in red, white, and blue from the Jerry Garcia “Happy Birthday” collection. The shirt pairings should be simple for this one: red, white, or blue. Of course, they will have to be the correct shade of red, white, and blue, or it won’t work. I know I’m safe with the white shirt, and luckily enough, I have a several shirts with differing shades of blue, so I have plenty of choices from which to choose. The pale blue and the navy blue may be the best candidates for a pairing, but I have a shade of blue shirt leaning more toward a dark aqua that actually doesn’t look to bad when paired with this tie. I also have a bright red shirt that compliments this necktie quite well. Then when I accessorize the shirt/tie combo with a pair of suspenders (I have separate red, white, and blue braces/ suspenders), it creates a look that is not too shabby at all.