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March 16, 2009

Folding a Handkerchief For Black Tie Attire

The More Formal Way to Fold a Handkerchief

If you are about to dress up for a formal event with suit and bow tie, then you may want to add a pocket square to your outfit. The best, and pretty much only choice for traditional black tie attire is a crisp white pocket square. Not only the type of pocket square will matter, but the type of fold you choose is just as important. While casual pocket square folds are well suited for business attire with classic 2-piece suit or blazer and a necktie, formal outfits require a “cleaner look”. Below are instructions on the so-called “Presidential Pocket Square Fold”.

Instructions

1. Lay the Pocket Square on a flat and clean surface
2. Fold it in half along the middle
3. Fold in one side just enough so that about 1/4 inch will show.

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March 11, 2009

Matching Neckties to Wedding Themes: Peach & Apricot

Matching Neckties to Your Wedding Color: Peach & Apricot

Light colors are most popular for upcoming spring and summer weddings. Especially pastel colors such as light pinks, turquoise, peach, apricot, lime green, mint green, and baby blue are on top of the list. While choosing a color combination is relatively easy, to actually put these colors all together can be quite challenging. Bridesmaids dresses, bouquets, neckties & men’s bowties, table decorations, wedding invitations, and even the wedding cake colors have to coordinate with the overall theme. Not only do different items come from different manufacturers, but they are also made from a wide range of materials, each displaying color in a different way.

Coordinating colors to wedding themes is nothing new to us at Ties-Necktie.com. Especially during the spring, the time most popular for weddings, we get daily requests to help match colors to wedding themes. If you would like us to have a look and make a suggestion, then do not hesitate to contact us. It would be best if you have a picture of the colors you would like to match.

Peach & Apricot Colors For Weddings
One very popular color for weddings in spring/summer 2009 is peach/apricot. We carry a wide selection of these colors in stock. Below are two of the most popular ties that customers have chosen if peach and/or apricot is in their wedding theme.

Solid Color Tie
This solid color tie will be the the safest choice if peach is in your wedding theme. Ideally this color shade is also present on the bridesmaids’ dresses. The patternless design on this tie will go with anything! The fabric gives off an excellent shine that will instantly add a formal touch. Just perfect for weddings – especially in the spring and summer!

Another benefit is the fabric this tie is made out of. This tie is made from a stain resistant microfiber. The fabric looks, feels, and drapes like a quality silk tie, but is unlike silk, much more resistant to stains – a great plus for light, solid color ties. We usually keep this tie in stock and will be able to ship immediately. We have our own warehouse in San Francisco, CA and ship daily! So even next day rush-shipping is no problem!

Solid Necktie With Subtle Stripes
You might ask yourself: How can a tie be solid in color but still have a striping pattern? To answer your question, think about the look of a fresh cut football field or gold course. When looking at the field it looks like there are stripes in the grass even though it has the exact same color. Just as the striping effect is created by cutting the grass in a different direction, so is the pattern on this tie: Alternating the weaving direction of warp and weft (the two yarns used for weaving) gives this tie a stunning striping effect. This tie has the same excellent shine as a plain, solid color tie – perfect for formal events. If the plain solid color tie is a little to ordinary for your taste, then this one would be an excellent alternative.

Still unsure what tie will match? Then have a look at all our Peach, Pink, Orange Neckties. Still not finding what you are looking for? Then give us a call or send us an e-mail for additional matching advice. We at Ties-Necktie are here to help. After all, ties are our specialty!

Your Ties-Necktie Team

March 9, 2009

Another Way to Find Your Tie

Another Way You Can Search For Your Necktie

At Ties-Necktie we are excited to a have installed a new site-map for you that might make it easier for you to quickly find the any item you have been looking for. Still can’t find the tie? Then chances are we are currently out of stock. Click on: All out of stock products, to see what we are currently sold out off. We refill our inventory and add new designs on a very regular basis. If the tie you need is currently not available, then give us a call or send us an e-mail to get an update on the estimated date will will have this item back in stock for you.

At Ties-Necktie.com we do not drop ship. We are located in San Francisco, CA and carry all our own inventory. The benefit to you: Fastest shipping on all products, a very flexible return policy, lower prices since there are no middle-men, and the benefit of only having to deal with one vendor.

March 4, 2009

Shoes Don’t Grow on Trees

Hang Your Dress Shoes on a Tree

Proper dress shoe care is important. Knowing how to properly care for your footwear will not only ensure that your shoes will last for several seasons, but it will also ensure they are looking their part. Wearing worn out, damages shoes with suit, shirt, and ties will ruin the professional look you are trying so hard to create. Regularly polishing your shoes and spraying the upper and lower leather sole with water repellent spray should be a given. One thing that many men ignore however is the use of proper shoe trees.

Proper Use of Shoe Trees
When buying a set of shoe trees make sure they are made from wood – more specifically from cedar wood. Cedar adds a nice wooden smell. In addition it absorbs odors and moisture that otherwise could damage the shoe. Shoe trees have to fit nice a snug, so make sure you buy ones that are for your shoe size. Usually shoe trees come in sizes of S, M, L, and XL. They are adjustable to fit two or three different shoe sizes.There are two different kinds of shoe trees. The first one is a so-called “split-toe” shoe tree. It is perfect for shoes made of a lighter material such as lighter summer leather dress shoes, loafers, and even athletic shoes. For heavier footwear made from thicker leather, the “Closed-toe” shoe tree will be a better option. The toe area is made from one solid piece of cedar wood. It will help bring even the toughest leather shoes back into shape after each wearing.

When using shoe trees it is important to create a habit of using them on a regular basis. Alternating your shoes each day is also recommended to bring the shoes back into their original shape. Shoe trees are also excellent for travel. They will ensure your shoes will not get crushed and fall out of shape in your suitcase.

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March 2, 2009

How to Tie a Bow Tie

Learn How to Tie a Bow Tie

The bow tie is the most formal piece of neckwear for men. The most formal bow tie, one that is a must for formal black tie dress code in combination with a tuxedo, is the solid black bow tie. Besides the back bow tie, solid colors usually have a more formal appearance. Formal events during the day for example are commonly matched with solid bow ties in a wide range of colors. Weddings are a classic example where lighter colors shades are typically preferred over black.

Casual Bow Ties
Bow ties are never casual, but there are some types that are less formal then the classic black one. Patterns such as tiny polka dots, stripes, checks, and paisleys are a classic example. Such bow ties are excellent alternatives to regular neckties. They are also commonly associated with certain professions such as professors, architects, and interior designers.

Tying Your Own Bow
If you regularly wear bow ties, then learning how to tie one is a must skill to have. It is actually quite easy, and not any harder than tying a necktie or your shoes. Below are some instructions on how to tie your own bow tie. Before you get started, make sure to have a self-tie bow tie, a mirror, and some patience.

Step-by-step Instructions
1. If you wear a turn-down collar shirt, flip up the collars. Then lay the bow tie around your neck so that one side hangs about an inch lower than the other. The stitching should be facing your body.
2. Next, take the longer end and loop it through the part on your neck as shown in picture #2.
3. Then, take the other part of the bow and fold it over – just like when tying your shoes.
4. The part of teh bow tie coming from your neck is then wrapped around the folded-in part.
5. Wrap it around the the loop on your collar. Make sure not to tighten it too much, but to leave a little loop in front of the unfinished bow. Then, go through the loop and start to carefully tighten the bow.
6. Finally adjust the bow and style it. You are done!

Other accessories.
The perfect accessories for bow ties are pocket squares and cufflinks. For black tie attire, black cufflink studs, and white pocket square are the classic choice. For more casual attire, patterned and multi-color pocket squares are great. Here are some tips on how to fold a pocket square.

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February 26, 2009

The History of Mens Cufflinks

The History of Cufflinks

Just like mens neckwear, cufflinks have been around for hundreds of years. Since their invention, cufflinks are a formal and elegant fashion accessory for men. It the accessory that is often times personalized to the wearer. Engraving one’s initials into a pair of silver or gold cufflinks is a perfect present for any occasion. Although cufflinks are still in common use, most men prefer convenience over elegance. As a result, cufflinks are typically reserved for important business meetings and formal “black tie” events.

Why Men Wear Cufflinks
Cufflink sets are worn with so-called French cuffed shirts. Unlike regular dress shirts, the French cuff doesn’t have buttons. Instead the cuff is folded over and then buttoned with a pair of cufflink studs. Typically heavy starch is used on the cuffs, giving the shirt a crisp and classy look. Most cufflinks are so called studs, but there are also chained and buttoned cufflinks.

The buttoned collar dress shirt is something relatively new in mens fashion. In the early days shirts didn’t even have cuffs. Cuffs were attached with buttons and then tightened with a pair f cufflinks. Then later on, cuffs were sown onto the shirt, but they were still tightened using cufflinks. Today, the majority of all dress shirts are using buttons out of convenience.

The Early Days of The Cufflink
The first cufflinks used were quite simple. They had the shape of buttons that were held together with a string of a chain. Common materials were bone, wood, and even mother of pearl. Precious metals were rarely used, and if, then only affordable for the upper class.

Ornate and Jeweled Cufflinks
For royalty and the aristocracy cufflinks were a piece of jewelry made from precious metals and gems. They were hand-crafted, one of a kind pieces of art. Such antique cufflinks are still in high demand for collectors today, and reach very high prices at antique jewelry auctions.

Metal cufflinks became more popular during the industrial revolution. New developed machinery made it possible to mass produce metal cufflinks. By the 1800s the majority of cufflinks were made out of metal.

Cufflinks Today
Most cufflinks today are the so-called studs. Cufflinks are made out of any material and come at any price. The most exclusive cufflinks are made from precious metals such as silver, gold, and platinum. They are often times handcrafted by skilled jewelers and come decorated with custom engravings and/or precious gems. Besides metal, cufflinks are made from bone, wood, glass, and even silk.

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February 23, 2009

New Bright Green Ties

Mens Spring Fashion – New Bright Green Ties in Stock

As every year, brighter shades of green are one of the most popular necktie colors in the spring and summer. The fresh shades of lime, mint, sage, moss, and tea green will lighten up any business outfit. When matching these lighter spring colors there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, all these brighter shades already add a vivid touch to your outfit. Although possible, there is no need to match these bright green ties with other bright colors like pink, or light yellows. White is the preferred, and the most business-suited shirt color to wear with these ties. If the another lighter color, either in stripe or foulard pattern, is present on the bright green tie, then this opts for the choice of a matching shirt color. Keep in mind the more brighter colors you choose the trendier a look you will create. While younger men might find this trendy, playful look preferable, more mature men might want to stick with white dress shirts.

Besides matching colors, pay attention to the fabrics. Light colors go hand in hand with lighter fabric choices. A heavy twill blazer is out of place. Instead, choose light gray or tan colored suits made from a thinner and cooler wool. It will not only look much nicer, but will also be much more comfortable to wear. Great dress shoes for the summer are also shades of brown including camel, chestnut, and chocolate browns.

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February 18, 2009

Blazer Jackets

Blazer Basics

Blazers and sport coats are one of the most versatile clothing pieces in a man’s wardrobe. The possibilities to match the blazer with other clothing items and accessories allows for endless combination -ranging from professional business attire to an elegant-casual look. If you are new to wearing blazers, then this post will teach you some basics any man should know.

Blazer Styles & Cuts
Most important when choosing a blazer is the right fit and cut. If you prefer a more trendy, sportier look, then choose a blazer that is more tailored and has the so-called “European Cut”. Just like when buying a suit, make sure that the cut compliments your body type. Men with a fuller figure would be better off with a standard American cut.

Besides the cut, fabrics play a large role in choosing a blazer. As a general rule, never choose a blazer that is made from more than 25% out of a synthetic fiber. Synthetics don’t breathe as well as natural fibers do, and will also eventually loose their form. If you like a more casual look, the a Corduroy blazer is a perfect choice. Want something more elegant, but still casual-trendy? Then the Velvet blazer might just be right for you. Want something classy and timeless then choose fine wool. Thicket and heavier fabrics should be worn in the winter. The herringbone pattern, gray, tweed blazer shown in the picture above, is a perfect jacket for the fall.

Next, think about the colors. Traditionally the blazer is always navy in color, but recently designers have added many color options you can choose from. So, if you want something classy and timeless than the navy blazer is the one to choose. The color you choose is personal preference, but make sure to wear lighter shades and fabrics in the spring and summer.

Now, think about the patterns. The simplest and safest patterns is the so-called windowpane plaid, which is essentially just a series of squares that run across the coat. Other good patterns are the Glen plaid, herringbone, houndstooth, and the Prince of Whales Check.

Blazers are all about the details, whether it is ribbon lapels, patterned silk linings under the collar, or embroidery. They can be playful without being embarrassing.

February 17, 2009

How to Fold a Pocket Square

How to Fold a Pocket Square?

Formal Vs. Casual

If you think that the pocket square is only an accessory that best compliments a black tuxedo and bow tie, then you might be surprised to find out that it can in fact be worn with a normal business suit, or blazer. It is a perfect accessory that can add more elegance to your outfit. The type of pattern and color decides in part how formal the pocket square will appear.

Most formal are solid white pocket squares. Solids and patternless pocket squares in general are considered most formal. The white pocket square is the classic choice for black tie attire. Much less formal are pocket squares with patterns and more colors. Fine checks, paisleys, or foulard are classic examples. Besides color and pattern, choose the right fold to create a formal or a more casual look. Below are two classic examples for each.

The formal “Flat Fold”
Besides color and pattern, the type of fold chosen determines how formal of an impression the pocket square will make. A more formal fold is the so called “Flat Fold” or also known as the “Presidential Fold”. Below are some instructions to learn this type of fold. First, lay the pocket square on a flat surface. Then fold it in the middle and straighten it with the inside of your palm to ensure the fold stays in place. Then fold the pocket square in just enough so that about 1/4 – 1/2 inch will stick out of your breast pocket.

The More Casual “Puff Fold”
One of the best folds for patterned pocket squares is the so-called “Puff Fold”. The fold looks less organized and hence has a more “casual appearance. It is a perfect fold for business attire with a 2-piece suit or blazer. Best suited are pocket squares made from silk that have a nice shine. The “Puff Fold” creates lots of irregular folds which create a nice reflection in lighting. Below are some instructions on this fold. First, take the pocket square and lay it on a flat surface. Then pick it up by pinching the center with two fingers. Slide the pocket square through your other hand, and then fold it in half. Place it into your breast pocket and give it some final adjustment to get the preferred look.

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February 12, 2009

Modern Paisley Ties

Modern Paisley Neckties by Chevalier

The paisley is a pattern that was first found in India in the 16th century. It is said that this pattern resembled the leaves a young lotus tree – a symbol representing health, fertility and luck. With the invention of the Jacquard loom, this intricate pattern could be woven into fabric. Eventually the pattern also made it to Europe and quickly was a design choice for many luxury fabrics. During the 1930s the paisley pattern also became popular on mens neckwear.


It is not surprising that the long tradition of the paisley pattern is often times associated with a traditional, and slightly more conservative necktie designs. Many fashion experts put the classic paisley tie in the same family as classic British regimental ties. This family of neckties is also often associated with the old-English “country club look”. While the paisley is a design with a long heritage, it can in fact be quite fashionable. At Ties-Necktie we carry a very modern version of the paisley tie (see the pictures above) designed by Chevalier.

The Modern Paisley Tie
Chevalier added a modern touch to the paisley tie. By making the pattern much more intricate, and by choosing bright, solid colors the tie gets a very contemporary look. The pattern on these ties are not printed on, but woven directly into the fabric. The ties are made by hand from one of the highest quality silks available. They are a true piece of art. Our entire selection of: Paisley Pattern Ties

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