Archive for the ‘Neckties’ Category

Necktie of the Month – April 2019!

March 31, 2019

Emerald GreenOkay, so April isn’t until tomorrow, but with March Madness in full swing, tomorrow’s post will be the outcomes of this weekend’s basketball games; we are now down to the Final Four teams!  For April (a day early) I will be highlighting another one of my acquisitions from the Sophisticated Gentlemen bow tie collection.  This one, “Emerald Green,” is a delightfully whimsical polka dot tie that just so happens to be the same colors as my alma mater (Michigan State/green and white).

Necktie of the Month — March 2019!

March 2, 2019

BowtiHappy Saturday!  This month’s necktie was acquired last fall as the result of a recommendation from a colleague.  This was not the tie that was recommended, but upon visiting the recommended web page (Sophisticated Gentlemen), I found several ties that have since made their way to my collection.  This bow tie is a delightful paisley with rich earth tones along with some blue which will certainly extend the color combinations and pairings for this tie.  This one is titled: Richmond.

Necktie of the Month – February 2019!

February 2, 2019

Garden-ColorfulHappy Saturday!  This particular necktie (Garden of Eden) was purchased at the same time as last month’s necktie.  It is a much more brightly colored tie than “A Garden in the Rain,” and will pair nicely with just about any of my colored dress shirts.  Of course nothing beats the crisp and clean look on a white shirt with a plain black suit, but it is good to mix things up every so often (especially on those dreary overcast/rainy days).  Finding the Sophisticated Gentleman website could prove to be my undoing!  I have always been enamored of colorful flower gardens and the persons who are able to keep them looking colorful and beautiful.  Unfortunately I must admit to not having much of a green thumb myself and must live vicariously through the talents of others.

Necktie of the Month – January 2019!

January 3, 2019

Garden-DullThis month I will  be highlighting a necktie that I recently purchased after a friend of mine (thank you Karen) tagged me in a photo of it on facebook (she had a link to the website and said “Saw this and thought of you….”).  Needless to say, I was intrigued (and the necktie did look positively amazing).  So I visited the website (the Sophisticated Gentleman) and the next thing you know, the order had been placed and I was the proud owner of “A Garden in the Rain.”  As luck would have it, there were several other neckties and bow ties from this website that caught my fancy (five in addition to this one).  Alas, what is one to do?  The photo does not really do this one justice (a lot more “silvery” with a noticeable sheen), but the colors will allow for pairing with quite a few of my colored shirts.

Necktie of the Month – December 2018!

December 1, 2018

Dec2018Here is my last holiday necktie (for now).  Santa Claus!  In addition to the repeating pattern of your traditional-looking St. Nick, the words “Merry Christmas,” in a variety of languages (see below), are also interspersed throughout the necktie.  Due to the limited colors of this one, I would only pair it with my red, black, or white dress shirts.  It probably would look fine with a dark green shirt as well, but it might be just enough of a contrasting color to not be an ideal pairing.

  • Feliz Navidad (Spanish)
  • Joyeux Noël (French)
  • Fröhliche Weihnachten (German)
  • Nollaig Shona Dhuit (Irish)
  • Feliz Natal/ Boas Festas (Portuguese)
  • Zalig Kerstfeest (Dutch)
  • Buon Natale (Italian)
  • Milad Mubarak (in the Middle East)
  • Mo’adim Lesimkha (Israel)
  • Merii Kurisumasu (Japan)
  • Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
  • and more . . . .

Necktie of the Month – November 2018!

November 1, 2018

Diagonal StripeIt is fall, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  So this month’s necktie again features numerous earth-tones: brown, tan, beige, yellow, and sage with a hint of grey and black.  It really goes best with my tan shirt (pictured here), but will pair nicely with many of my dress shirts.  Here is a traditional Iroquois prayer (translated by Harriet Maxwell Converse) entitled

“The Thanksgivings”

We thank Him for all the fruits that grow on the trees and vines.

We thank Him for his goodness in making the forests, and thank all  its trees.

We thank Him for the darkness that gives us rest, and for the kind Being of the darkness that gives us light, the moon.

We thank Him for the bright spots in the skies that give us signs,        the stars.

We give Him thanks for our supporters, who had charge of our harvests.

We give thanks that the voice of the Great Spirit can still be heard through the words of Ga-ne-o-di-o.

We thank the Great Spirit that we have the privilege of this pleasant occasion.


Necktie of the Month — October 2018!

October 1, 2018

GarciaThis month’s necktie is yet another one of my ties from the Jerry Garcia collection.  The black/gray background with the somewhat centered red squiggle down the middle makes for a bold and dramatic statement.  This particular necktie pairs nicely with only four of my shirts: white, red, black, and gray.  And, while the shirt in this photograph appears to be beige, it actually is my gray shirt (hmm, the colors captured by my phone sometime amaze me).   I acquire most of my Garcia neckties when they are on sale either through either Stein Mart or Kohl’s, but there are several online outlets from which to acquire these products (,,, e-bay, the Silk Tie Factory,,, etc.).  Interestingly enough, you cannot find these neckties on the Jerry Garcia online store.   Happy shopping!



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: (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.