No, that’s not a typo.
Yes, it’s a blog about ties.
So much is emphasized on the Bride! And as well it should be – she looks absolutely AMAZING! The dress, the hair, the veil, the makeup, shoes, sash, garter, undies, earrings, necklace, bracelets, rings, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a kerchief, a lucky penny, clips, bows, flowers, and the list goes on and on! These ladies are covered in adornments!
But with options including but not limited to some pretty handsome suits, tuxes, vests, jackets, socks, shoes, boutonnieres, pocket scarves… the gentlemen clean up pretty good, too…
A nice fine tuxedo is so timeless. I feel like it’s become more and more trendy to just stick with a gray or tan suit, lose the jacket, roll your sleeves up, and maybe even sport some snazzy suspenders. But a tux is just so classic. So classy. So BOND.
You never know when you’ll be asked to help tie one for a really nervous groom, a slightly intoxicated groomsmen, or a caterer employee who just got thrown from “buffet table setup chick” to bartender for the night. So it’s beneficial to be educated on these things.
Colors, styles, sizes, trims, etc…
The ties are what stick out to me when I notice a gentlemen’s suit. They come in so many different colors and patterns and styles, and can really reflect so much about a man’s personality. Guys should be super into their ties. I would totally be if I were them! I’d wear a different one every day. Tiny orange starfish one day, little boats the next, maybe an awesome mustard color tie with olive-green and cream-colored vertical stripes, followed by a pink and brown tie the next. So many options! And yea, any guy that reads those descriptions I just listed are probably like, “um, yea I would probably never wear those,” so maybe it’s just the colors and patterns that I am drawn to. Yea, that’s probably it but either way, I like snapping a shot if I spot one I like! I think they’re so fun!
Ties come in three different sizes. The normal, most popular width, and then the fatter more confident and “showy” tie, and then the skinny tie. Such an educated sounding descriptions, huh? Small, medium, and large, basically. Same as everything else. Skinny ties have become more popular but I still see a lot of all three! There are so many ways to tie one, too… Oriental, Victoria, Windsor, Granchester, just to name a few…
These two are pretty cool…
Here are some of my favorites from the past year or so…
I found a pretty interesting TIEmeline about ties on abcneckties.com…
113 AD: Early Roman orators wore neckerchiefs to keep their vocal cords warm.
1692: The Steinkirke, a neck cloth with long lace ends and which is worn in a disheveled manner, became popular. It originated at the battle of Steinkirke, when French soldiers tucked their neck scarves into their buttonholes because they were caught by surprise by the enemy and had no time to properly dress.
1784: Beau Brummel, an authority on men’s fashion in Regency England, was said to be the first person to associate a neck cloth with individuality and self-expression.
1800s: According to the Neckwear Association of America, to touch another man’s cravat in this decade was taboo and a catalyst for a duel.
1818: Neckclothitania was published, a book that illustrated 14 different ways to tie a cravat. Its publication marked the initial usage of the word “tie” in reference to men’s neckwear.
1840: “Tie” replaced the word “cravat” on a mass scale.
1864: The first mass-produced ready-made tie was patented and became widely popular throughout much of Germany and the United States.
1920s: French fashion designers invented the first variation of a “designer tie,” which was made from more expensive materials and decorated with patterns inspired by the Cubism and Art Deco movements.
1936: The Duke of Windsor invented the Windsor, a wide, triangular knot placed on shirt collars. Also see The History of the Necktie: The 1930′s.
1940s: Neckties became wider and were adorned with unique patterns, further symbolizing freedom of expression.
1950s: Ties became thinner and less decorative.
1970: Elvis Presley stopped wearing his plain black tie and introduced the kipper to America, a tie known for its extreme breadth and garish colors and patterns.
1971: The bolo tie, a type of necktie made of a piece of cord or braided leather with decorative metal tips, was named the official state tie of Arizona.
1980s: Ronald Reagan wore a Windsor tie throughout most of his presidency.
1983: Skinny leather ties became popular and were typically worn against paisley or pin-striped shirts.
Today: Popular men’s neckties are slightly wider than those of the 1960s, and they are more colorful.
Tyler loves ties and has quite the collection, and generally tries to wear one that matches the couple’s colors when he attends weddings with me.
I love a cute bow tie, too. Especially gingham or paisley ones. Especially when paired with corduroy. Especially when paired with my husband. Except that never happens because he doesn’t wear bow ties.
I’m still working on my convincing. Hehe. I mean, how adorbs are these????
Well, I guess guys don’t wanna really be “adorbs”… but I mean come on. So swoony, right girls??
I don’t know if any of you watch the Food Network, but we do, and Alton Brown is our favorite to watch and learn from. And he always looks so dapper and sophisticated but in a relaxed and badass way. He just launched a line of bow ties with hook+ALBERT…
I just love his personality and style, so I think girls could learn a bit from him just as much as guys can! Here’s a little excerpt from the interview article (link above) on a few of Alton’s “Men’s Fashion Do’s and Do not’s”…
1) Don’t fuss. If my bow tie doesn’t knot perfectly… so what. If my pocket square doesn’t puff just right… screw it. Shirt isn’t perfectly ironed? Whatever.
2) Don’t be afraid of a splash of color. I even put bright hook+ALBERT laces in my beat up boots.
3) WEAR YOUR CLOTHES! Don’t let them wear you.
4) Fit is everything.
5) Fabric comes just after fit. Good fabric can take a lot of abuse and still look great.
6) Use your clothes. I wear my Burberry trench on a motorcycle and get mud all over it. That’s what it’s For!
7) You’re better off with one alligator belt than a whole rack of crap.
8) Always dress a little better than you think the situation requires.
9) Screw casual Friday.
10) If you’re wearing flip-flops you’d better be at a beach or in a locker room.
11) Pleats… don’t.
12) Find a tailor. That way when you unearth something sweet at Good Will in the wrong size, there’s hope.
13) Wear a vintage watch on a cool strap.
14) Unless you’re a college student or a soldier on deployment, or heading out into the woods, I beseech you to rethink the backpack.
15) When you take your shoes off at the end of the day, put in shoe trees. That way the leather will dry in the proper shape. The next day you can take them out.
16) Buy a decent suit brush and brush your blazer or suit every time you wear it makes a huge difference. That and a steamer will keep you from having to go to the dry cleaner so often.
17) Quirks can be good but you gotta own them. Sometimes in summer I’ll wear a rep tie as a belt with my seersucker suit. I get away with it because… I honestly don’t care what someone else thinks. I dress for me. I own it.
18) A winter overcoat should have a flask pocket and you should have a decent silver or pewter flask to go in it. We are civilized after all.
19) In summer, I wear hats. A light-weight straw, properly fitted and worn with a casual rake will make you look great and keep skin cancer at bay.
20) An Etro pocket square can transform an entire outfit… for the better.
21) Buy a pair of jeans that were made in America, damn it.
22) I really hate fleece.
Sorry Alton, don’t agree with you about the whole flip-flop thing. But otherwise, good talk.
Dressing up is fun, especially when you don’t have an opportunity to very often. I think we owe it to ourselves to get all dolled up once in a while. Tyler and I dressed up and went grocery shopping once. I said if I was wearing heels then I would want to leave sooner, and spend less. Yea. No. That didn’t happen. But it was fun! I wish I could shoot in my heels… I am pretty sure that would only last about 24 minutes. I’ll just save them for when I’m an actual guest at a wedding, or when we grocery shop…. Hehe.
But anyway, next time your handsome significant other gets all dressed up, make sure you tell him how great he looks! Even if they don’t admit it, they want to hear it from us, too. Just like when they compliment us. The ladies are always the ones that get most of the attention, yes? The Bride is the one that gets to walk down the aisle and have all eyes on her at once! The Best Man usually says, “doesn’t she look fabulous today?” in his speech… right? Does the Maid of Honor ever comment on the Groom? I mean in some cases that might be weird but I mean come on, it’s his wedding day too! And I’m sure his suit wasn’t cheap! And he looks sharp!
Props to you, Grooms and Groomsmen, and all of the other uncles, friends, dads, and guys in your get-up. Lookin’ good, guys!
And now, ladies, I leave you with some “tie candy”… Hehehe…