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 $10. And while it looks really great on my solid brown shirt, it would look just as marvelous on my beige and cream shirts as well. Unfortunately, my bright (nearly lemon) yellow shirt is just a bit too yellow (if that’s possible) to work with this necktie, but alas, I’m not completely without options here, so it is a minor inconvenience. I now have a new shopping goal: to find a yellow shirt to match this tie. Aloha!
Archive for the ‘Neckties’ Category
Happy Monday! As we begin a new work week, allow me to highlight one of my newest Jerry Garcia neckties. This one is from the “liquid torso” collection and is so bright that it could be considered radioactive. Yet another treasure that I was able to acquire in an after-Christmas sale so the price was definitely right. This tie will pair nicely with many of my colored shirts: lemon yellow, bright blue, green, pink, white, black, and of course, orange — the brighter the color, the better — it really doesn’t look too bad with the pastel or muted colored shirts either. Ah, the joys of accessorizing with a necktie where simply changing the shirt makes for a whole different look. Ties are a lot like socks – you should never forget that they matter too. Being color conscious and making sure you get a good look is hugely important . . . never settle for dull or lackluster. Going conservative is not always bad either, but don’t feel like you have to if you don’t want to. Let your personality shine through — accessorizing (neckties, socks, shoes, betls, cufflinks, etc.) can help you achieve whatever look you want.
“It’s a twister, it’s a twister . . . ” This month I will be highlighting a necktie that I don’t actually own (that’s a first). I was at dinner with friends the other night and we got to talking about neckties. He no longer wears them on a regular basis, but when he did, he had this one tie that he only wore when he was going to have to negotiate (he called it his “windy bull$#!?* 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.
This month’s necktie will help remind us that 1) we should always be ready to party and 2) we shouldn’t need a reason to party! And since three of my brothers will have celebrated birthdays between Memorial Day and Fourth of July, this is as good a time as any to post my “party” necktie. Shown here on my yellow shirt, this colorful necktie would look equally amazing on many of my colored shirts: specifically, my hot pink shirt, my bright green shirt, my aqua blue shirt, my black shirt, and my white shirt (of course — everything goes with white). I’m not convinced it would look too good on my red, tan, orange, or purple shirts, but that’s okay. I have plenty of options. So Happy Birthday Andy, Dave, and Jim!
This month, I will be highlighting yet another one of my bowties as the “necktie of the month.” This particular tie is a lovely holiday plaid (hunter green, red, and white) that will pair beautifully with a plain white shirt as well as any dark green shirt or red shirt or even a black shirt (although the darker colored shirts may just overwhelm the colors and make the combo a bit too gloomy, especially if you are wanting to liven up the holidays a bit. I daresay that it might even combine well with one of my yellow shirts to really add that festive spirit. Of course, even though the colors lend themselves well to the holidays, nothing would stop you from wearing this necktie anytime of year, if you were so inclined.
This month I will be highlighting one of my hand painted silk neckties. This particular tie was a gift from a very good friend of mine who just so happens to be an artist as well. So please indulge me and allow me to give a shout out to René Shoemaker, painter on silk extraordinaire! Rene is a really talented artist whose main medium is silk and her focus has a definite architectural bend. This necktie goes really well with my gray shirt, but looks just as fine with my white shirt, my sage green shirt, and my black shirt. I first met René several years ago at an Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association. She was a solo librarian at an architectural library within the University of Georgia who has since retired and is now pursuing her art on a more full-time basis. Now that she is no longer attending conferences, I am able to keep up with and follow her art via her blog, Coffee Cup Press. One of these days I will just have to take a trip back to Georgia to visit. Keep up the good work René! Happy painting!
This month I will be highlighting another one of my bowties. This multicolored tie provides a lot of versatility when it comes to selecting which shirt to wear. And, as with most of my colorful neckties, the color of the complementing shirt really makes a difference on the impression this particular tie will make. My favorite colored shirt to wear with this tie (and most conservative look, believe it or not) is my pale purple shirt. But if you really want a bold look, the following colored shirts really accentuate a “bright” look: black, lemon yellow, bright orange, neon green, raspberry, teal blue, and hot pink (a really amazing look).
Since Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away, my red and pink (the traditional colors for Valentine’s Day) necktie is the perfect choice for this month’s post. I do have a solid red bow tie, but I do not have any other “novelty” tie (with hearts or cupid), so this one will have to suffice. And, it is one of my newer acquisitions — this tie was gifted to me at Christmas by one of my co-workers (secret Santa) — and it came with a matching pocket square, and, a set of cuff links! Twas a most thoughtful (and practical) gift. It did however reveal a gap in my current wardrobe. Aside from my plain white shirt, the only other shirt that really compliments this necktie is my really pale pink shirt. The combination works, but it certainly is a bit bland. So, over the Christmas break, I forced myself to go shopping (it did not require a great deal of force) and found a wonderfully bright hot pink shirt which really looks great with this tie, and a plain white shirt with French cuffs (so that I can use the matching cuff links). Ah, life is good indeed.