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Necktie of the Month – February 2018!

February 1, 2018

FLW_NecktieHere is a necktie that I remember purchasing several years ago during a visit to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.  I was originally drawn to this tie by the colors and pattern (not realizing that the pattern represented a desk and a chair).  It was only later that I discovered  it was from the Frank Lloyd Wright collection.  The title of the necktie: “Workstation,” and it represents a desk and a chair (repeating pattern) from the S.C. Johnson Administration Building (design circa 1936).    The look of workstations certainly has changed significantly since the 1930s and include much more than a simple desk and chair.  Wright designed the Johnson Wax Administration Building (headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin) which was constructed between 1936 and 1939.  Due to the color scheme of rich earth tones, this necktie will obviously pair best with my beige/tan, brown, and olive dress shirts.  It will also go well with my black and my plain white dress shirts.

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Necktie of the Month – January 2018!

January 3, 2018

Necktie - Fireplace ReliefHappy Wednesday!  Here is the latest necktie that I have added to my collection. This one represent an architectural design (courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright) and is titled: “Fireplace Relief.”  I found this particular necktie while visiting the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art back in September.  I had just completed a wonderful holiday weekend in the Eureka Springs (Arkansas) area and strategically planned a trip to this museum on the way back to Tulsa.  So, while perusing the assorted art-related items in the gift shop, I came upon several neckties and ended up taking this one home.  I also found an amazing table lamp that I purchased (will post this lamp sometime next month). This necktie will pair best with my browns and other earth-toned dress shirts.  Shown here with my beige shirt, it should also go well with my brown shirt for sure (not quite the same brown that is the background of the tie, but it should compliment this hue quite nicely) as well as my standard white shirt.  And for that really bold look, my bright orange shirt (or possibly even the pale orange one) will really make this necktie pop!   Woohoo!

Necktie of the Month – December 2017!

December 2, 2017

ChristmasNecktieHappy Saturday!  This month, the month of Christmas, I will be highlighting yet another one of my holiday neckties.  This one, a Jerry Garcia, is entitled “Trees” and is from the Sixty Collection.  Paired here with my solid red shirt, this necktie will look equally good with my dark green shirt, my black shirt, or the simple plain white shirt.  I acquired this one last year during the post-Christmas week or so and was yet another wonderful bargain — I paid less than $20 for this one.  I always enjoy a bargain.  My “holiday” necktie collection is up to eleven ties (if you include my solid red bow tie and my Christmas plaid [red/green] bow tie) — enough to wear a different tie each day for more than two weeks before Christmas.  Hmm, this could certainly help to get me into the holiday spirit.  Or, it could also be a signal that I already have way too many holiday neckties.  Could this be possible?

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.

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.