Posts Tagged ‘Necktie’

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.

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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 – December 2016!

December 2, 2016

pink-gray-necktieLiving 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!

Necktie of the Month – August 2016!

August 4, 2016

HannahOkay, 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).

Necktie of the Month – June 2016!

June 3, 2016

LoyolaHappy 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.

Necktie of the Month – May 2016!

May 2, 2016

IMG_0955Here 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.