Necktie

This is Not Colonel Sander’s Bow Tie.

A number of years ago I had to wear a necktie on a regular basis for work. I have to admit, I didn’t really mind having to dress like a professional from time to time. Hipsters will hate me for saying this, but its true, you get more professional respect when you’re dressed like a pro.

I learned this a long time ago when I was trying to collect payment on a freelance job. At the time I had hair about half way down my back, I looked like I was 12, and dressed like a slob. Needless to say the client was dragging their feet when it came time to cut me a check. For better or worse I showed up at their office with a fresh haircut, wearing a suit, and ready to threaten legal action. Their attitude changed, I got paid, and yes I fired them as a client. Anyway that isn’t what I wanted talk about. I wanted to talk about bow ties.

20130102-092700.jpgThe bow-tie is back, and just like in the mid 1970’s its back with a modern crazy colorful vengeance. The English brand Charles Olive encourages the once stuffy neckwear to be seen as a hip, stylish, fashion statement. A sartorial choice that sets you apart from the crowd, without appearing nerdy or uptight. The new collection from Charles Olive features non-traditional patterns of tiled rectangles, with complimenting colors of blues and aquamarine, punctuated with pops of yellow, and orange. Their new line of bow ties are timeless, yet very contemporary, and guaranteed to stay in style longer than the oversized velvet bow ties of the 1970’s. I really like the color pallet, patterns, and classic size of this neck ware. Now, if I could just remember how to tie one.

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Tied Up, Pinned Down

There was a period in time when I use to wear a neck tie on a fairly regular basis for work. Yes there are certain segments of the design industry where you might have to dress up a little bit. That is an entire topic of conversation that could receive multiple blog posts, but not today’s subject matter.

If you are the kind of individual that wears a necktie on a regular basis, or just occasionally, you probably have a tie tack, or tie clip in your fashion arsenal. If you don’t, you should. Keeping your necktie from flapping around in the breeze, or falling into your soup helps you to look more polished and finished.

For a while now, I’ve wondered why no one had come up with an alternate to the tie clip, or tie bar that doesn’t require you to poke a hole through, or possibly snag that expensive piece of fabric tied around your neck. Yes good neckties are expensive, and yes your tie tack pokes a hole through it, and your tie bar usually has teeth on the clip. We now have an alternate solution. “Tie Mags“.

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Though limited in selection, Tie Mags offers three choices to hold your necktie in place. Made from industrial strength NdFeB magnets, and non-corroding alloys, Tie Mags literally snap together between your shirt and your tie to keep it in place. They run about twenty bucks, and come with a nice wooden box to hold them when your not dressed up. I just wish they had a wider selection of styles to choose from. Then again, I don’t wear a tie all that often anymore, so I could probably get by with what they have.