Archive for the ‘Neckties’ Category

Necktie of the Month – November 2017!

November 1, 2017

WoodenTieThis month’s necktie represents the acquisition of a second “wooden” bowtie from the local company The Two Guys Bowtie right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  This bowtie features the Tulsa skyline and is positively stunning!   The obvious suit and shirt pairings would be my brown and beige-toned items, but I’ll try to keep an open mind.  Be sure to check out their website to explore the wonderful variety of styles and designs.  And, if you don’t see something you like, they give you the opportunity to “build your own” custom bowtie thereby removing any excuse possible for not owning one of these works of art.

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Necktie of the Month – October 2017!

October 2, 2017

EscherTieHappy Monday!  This month’s tie was acquired during my recent trip to Phoenix (back in June) which was quite the productive venture for expanding my collection of neckties as I actually purchased two ties from the Phoenix Art Museum gift store (last month’s by Gustav Klimpt and this month’s by M.C. (Maurits Cornelis) Escher, the Dutch graphic artist whose designs are inspired by mathematics while exploring infinity, symmetry, and tessellation among other mathematical operations).  This particular pattern is not quite as intricate or complicated as some of Escher’s other patterns, but stylish nonetheless.  The colors of this necktie will pair very nicely with many of my earth-toned shirts (brown, beige, gold, and yellow) and may even go well with my bright red shirt (it may be a little over the top on brightness however, but I’ll have to give it a try one of these days).  One thing I will say for my necktie collection — there is rarely a “dull” moment.  I thrive on color and attempt to infuse it into my lifestyle (and wardrobe) at every available opportunity.

Necktie of the Month – September 2017!

September 2, 2017

KlimptTieThis month’s tie is an acquisition from my recent trip (the Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association) to Phoenix, Arizona back in June.  Yes, I was there during a recent “heat wave,” but surprisingly enough, it was not record setting.  Regardless, I opted to stay an extra day, “post-conference,” to take in a few sights and to visit my nephew (Matt) and his finacee (Korrin).  To escape the heat of the day, I  ventured forth to the Phoenix Art Museum (they had a wonderful exhibit of Samurai Armor).  Well, no visit to an aart museum is ever complete with out meandering through the gift shop . . . an voila! . . . I was able to find and acquire a couple of new neckties.  This one is based on the design and style of Gustav Klimpt.  Shown here on my golden yellow shirt, this tie will pair equally well with my light or bright orange shirts as well as my bright yellow or even my beige and brown-toned shirts.  Ah, the versatility!

Necktie of the Month – August 2017!

August 3, 2017

IMG_1195This month, yet another one of my more “conservative” neckties. And, while the colors are a bit more muted than I would generally prefer, this versatile necktie will pair nicely with many of my shirts: beige, maroon, orange, yellow, black, gray, purple, violet, and gold.  I ran across this particular tie in a second-hand store in Rogers, Arkansas, a couple of years ago.  It was virtually a steal, and at five dollars, it certainly did not require any form of protracted decision-making process.  A few of my favorite neckties are beginning to wear out (frayed along some edges — whisker stubble, no doubt) slowly but surely . . . I may have to post an official re-tie-rement announcement to document their removal from my collection.  Alas, nothing lasts forever, the cycle of life exists for clothing as well . . . c’est la vie!

Necktie of the Month – July 2017!

July 2, 2017

June TieThis month I will feature one of my orange neckties.  Not the most flashy design, but the floral/star pattern can certainly come across as a bit mesmerizing at times (especially is one is overly tired).  Despite, the color, I would classify this particular necktie as “conservative,” but only because of the repeating pattern motif.  And, because of the color, will not pair overly well with too many of my shirts (obviously, my white and my orange shirts for sure).  However, with the right suit, I can see this tie working with a navy blue or possibly beige or brown or other earth-toned shirt colors.  The bright “neon-colored” shirts though, maybe not so much.  Sometimes you just have to reserve judgment until you actual pair them together and decide then and there whether or not you think the combination will work.  Many a morning I have spent doing just that . . . trying to find a new combination that works.  Ah, the joys of an extensive wardrobe.

Necktie of the Month – June 2017!

June 3, 2017

IMG_1194This month’s necktie is a fun one that can be paired with a variety of my colored shirts.  The “marbled” effect of this tie is what immediately catches your attention.  It looks particularly good with my brown shirt, but any of my “earth-toned” shirts will do just fine (beige, yellow, green, orange, peach, gray, and gold.  The hint of maroon would “tie in” (no pun intended) well with a shirt of this color as well.  The obviously prefereable presentation would be to highlight the contrast by pairing this one with a darker-colored shirt to allow for it to “stand out” a bit more and not get washed out or lost in the lighter colored shirts (IMHO).

Necktie of the Month – May 2017!

May 2, 2017

May-NecktieThis month I will be sharing one of my more conservative neckties (color-wise). . . while still maintaining a bit of wildness (pattern-wise).  The muted/pastel colors of yellow, light blue, medium blue, and orange/peach make this a very versatile necktie that can easily be paired with a variety of my dress shirts: yellow, orange, blue, peach, and of course, the universal white.  I haven’t quite decided what the exact pattern is, but I’m going with some form of abstract floral design.  This tie was actually a gift from some very close friends of mine from several years ago.  In my humble opinion, you can never go wrong with this type of gift.  No matter how conservative the pattern or coloring, I always find a way to “jazz it up” with one of my colored shirts. A win-win situation for sure.

Necktie of the Month – April 2017!

April 3, 2017

This month I will not be highlighting a necktie from my personal collection, but rather I’ll be sharing a video I found for an origami version of a shirt and tie using a dollar bill.  Very cool indeed (obviously, the cleaner and crisper the dollar bill, the more stunning the look of this one).  Good luck and happy folding!

Necktie of the Month — March 2017!

March 1, 2017

conservativeI’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.

Necktie of the Month – February 2017!

February 1, 2017

necktieThis 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).