Posts Tagged ‘Neckties’

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 — March 2017!

March 1, 2017

conservativeI’m generally all about color (and bright ones at that) and artsy and creative patterns, but every now and then a good old fashioned “conservative” necktie is just what you are needing (think job interview or the occasional funeral or other “somber” event — not that I always prescribe to or agree with this way of thinking).  This particular necktie embraces the hearty earth tones with a hint of pale blue (the sky?) an would obviously pair best with my brown or beige suit and any number of my brown and beige toned shirts as well (and my ivory and my white shirts, of course) .  I could even make a strong case for my pale blue shirt to compliment this tie — there is just enough blue in the background to be able to make it work quite nicely.  Not that I was worried in the least.  I dare say that I have enough variety in the colors of my shirts to be able to find a match for any necktie in existence.

Necktie of the Month – February 2017!

February 1, 2017

necktieThis month’s necktie was acquired just after Christmas totally by accident and it just goes to show you, if you don’t look for something, you will never find it.  I was not really looking to buy a necktie, but I’ll admit, no matter what store I’m in, I have difficulty “not looking” through the ties (especially the Jerry Garcia designs).   So, as I was going through all of the ties, I found this one that was actually on sale and it was the only tie in the entire display that was marked down, and marked down significantly — 90% off (unheard of, it was practically free).  So, what decision was there really?  Alas, it is now hanging in my closet with the rest of my collection.  This necktie will pair best with my beige shirt, but won’t look bad with my yellow, pale orange, or brown shirts either (and of course, the standard white shirt if I ever need to be a bit more on the conservative side).  Serendipity is a wonderful thing, don’t you think?  And it certainly makes the life journey much more enjoyable (I would hazard to guess the everyone enjoys an occasional surprise).

Necktie of the Month — January 2017!

January 4, 2017

summertieHappy 2017 one and all!  Here is the latest installment of my necktie collection.  I found this wonderful “work of art” (hand-painted on silk) at an arts and crafts fair that I attended this past summer in Traverse City, Michigan.  I was drawn, of course, by the bright colors (green, yellow, and orange) and then marveled at the level of detail in the painting of the leaves onto the necktie.  Pictured here with my pale orange shirt, this necktie looks equally fabulous with my bright orange shirt, my bright yellow shirt, and my bright green shirt.  Obviously, it will look fine on a plain white shirt and may even compliment my solid black shirt as well . . . so many options, alas, what is one to do?  Stay tuned, I just finished up my post-holiday shopping and found several more new neckties (at bargain prices, of course) to be unveiled in the coming months.

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 – November 2016!

November 3, 2016

necktie-tealI’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.  tealEven 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.

Necktie of the Month – October 2016!

October 1, 2016

August 2016This 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?