Living life can be a serendipitous adventure at times. For example, on a recent vacation I had no intention of purchasing clothing and found myself buying an entire suit complete with two shirts and a couple of neckties. Artwork is a totally separate story, I always seem to be somewhat prepared to run with my heart and make impulse buys that I rationalize I can afford to make. But I digress. Here I was strolling down Front Street (Traverse City, Michigan) a couple of months ago when lo and behold a suit caught my eye. Granted, it was a color and style suit that I had previously had and was needing to replace, but I really had no intention of replacing it until the first of the year. But alas, I walked in, they had my size, and after a few measurements and adjustments, I was the proud owner of a new suit. During the course of this serendipitous shopping, I also espied this pink and gray paisley necktie! Woe is me! It beautifully compliments my dark pink shirt and will look equally stunning with my light pink shirt, my gray shirt, and even my black shirt and red my shirt (though probably not as “killer”). I now no longer need to be looking to replace this suit at the first of the year . . . but you just never know what else will jump in front of me that I will just have to own. So, since the shopping/holiday season is upon us, happy shopping, one and all! Go forth and find those bargains that you can’t live without!
Archive for the ‘Neckties’ Category
I’m really going to have to invest in a better camera (my phone camera is grossly inadequate for capturing the true color of items). Here is one of my latest neckties (houndstooth pattern) that I was able to acquire during a recent trip to Michigan. The colors should be a bright and vibrant combination of teal/aqua,pink, and black; the shirt is also a bright teal/aqua . . . not this drab gray/green as displayed here. Despite having a hint of pink, this necktie will not go well with any of my pink shirts, but it will coordinate nicely with my gray, black, and white shirts. When I look at this shirt and tie combination in this photo (versus the in-person look), I feel as though I have cataracts — the colors are totally muted — my humblest apologies. Even though this necktie is brightly colored, it still represents a rather conservative necktie pattern (for me). The non-conservative shirt color (which has not been captured at all, but trust me, it is awesome, similar to the “swatch” at the right) certainly makes up for the necktie.
This month’s necktie . . . an oldie, but a favorite for many years. I remember when this one was first purchased, I had it paired with my dark brown suit and a sage-colored shirt (accompanied by dark blue suspenders). It was truly a killer combination. But it also pairs well with any tan-colored suit/shirt combination. The key to successful necktie purchases is ensuring you have the ability to wear them with more than one shirt and more than one suit. This particular tie would also pair nicely with a pale blue shirt, a gold-toned shirt, or a white shirt (of course, everything goes well with white). This tie completes my eighth year of the “Necktie of the Month.” I have posted nearly 100 neckties and still have more than a dozen that have not yet been posted (and I continue to purchase new tie all the time), so despite the longevity of this column, I’m not it danger of running out of material for at least another year or so. The bad news . . . I’m getting down to the more “conservative” neckties which aren’t as much fun (or as colorful) as some of the ones I’ve already posted. Alas, what is a collector to do?
Happy Friday! I always have had great luck finding interesting neckties when I visit museums (and their gift shops). This one was picked up during a recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and focuses on an architectural theme. The cream color and navy blue background may limit the number of colorful shirts that this necktie can be paired with, but definitely the beige, white, and pale blue shirts. My dark navy blue shirt may work, but then again, it may create just a dark enough background to not sufficiently highlight the tie. I will have to admit that this is not one of my favorite neckties (my collection now numbers over 120), but every now and then having a choice and a reserve of less often seen ties brings a refreshing look to the same old collection of suits. And, you just never know how good a necktie will work with any new suit that is purchased, so there is always hope for a killer combination!
Okay, last week was the twelfth annual Traverse City Film Festival and while attending films, we found ourselves walking past Hannah Park and this statue of Perry Hannah (considered by many to be the “Father of Traverse City”). Each day he was adorned with another memento of the film festival. On one day he was “wearing” this wonderfully fashioned bow tie/necktie comprised entirely of film festival tickets. So this was an easy decision this month. This year I had a light schedule and only watched 14 films (in five days), but I had a marvelous time (as always). Movies, food, family, and delightfully cooler temperatures (from what I’ve grown accustomed to during my summers in Oklahoma).
This month’s necktie was found during a trip to Bentonville, Arkansas a couple of years ago. The original purpose of this trip was to visit a very close friend from the Eureka Springs area; we decided to meet at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art first for an afternoon of art appreciation (preceded by lunch of course). Following the museum visit, we spent the remainder of the afternoon visit art galleries and antique shops in Rogers, Arkansas. We then returned to Bentonville the next day to continue our “shopping” at which point I found this tie in a resale shop at an extremely reduced price (a price one could not afford to pass up). I particularly liked the combination of hard corners/angles coupled with the freely flowing curliques. And, the black background along with the beige/tan formations makes this necktie ideal for many of my colored shirts (if they are the right shade) — black, gray, cream, beige/tan, brown, red, pink, raspberry, lavender,sage, teal, blue, or white (I’d have to check, but it may even look okay with my orange shirt [but I’m not going to hold my breath on that one]). Ah, the versatility of a multi-colored necktie!
Happy Friday! This month I’m highlighting a necktie that I acquired several years ago on a brief trip to Chicago. During this trip I visited the Loyola University Museum of Art and found this remarkable tie in their gift shop (the D’Arcy Woven Tie). While the earth tones on this one make it a perfect candidate for pairing with my brown, tan, and golden yellow shirts, it also contains that hint of blue and works equally fine with my pale blue shirt.
The Loyola University Museum of Art’s permanent collection is named the Martin D’Arcy, S.J. Collection after the Jesuit priest. D’Arcy has been described as “perhaps England’s foremost Catholic public intellectual from the 1930s until his death” (Source: Richard Harp, “A Conjuror at the Xmas Party”, TLS, Dec. 11, 2009.) This Collection is considered one of the finest collections of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art in the Midwest. The museum itself is “dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression and attempts to illuminate the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies” (from their website). I would highly recommend a visit if you ever find yourself in the area.
Here is this month’s necktie — a subdued tropical print courtesy of Tommy Bahama. I found this wonderful necktie while perusing the clearance bin at Tulsa’s Nordstom Rack several months ago where I paid a mere fraction of the original price (I actually found my yellow tropical Tommy Bahama necktie at the same time). This tie pairs best with my light brown and tan shirts, but it doesn’t look too bad with my sage green shirt either. Ah, so many neckties, so little time.
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.
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.