Posted by Jackie Mark On May 11, 2017
Getting ready for a social function, you realize your blue-green plaid neck tie would be the perfect complement with your light green dress shirt. You hunt for it in your closet, only to see that it has fallen victim to the carpet floor and has developed some creases! Oh the horror. You realize the unfortunate situation has taught you one important lesson: Keep your ties well-maintained and organized! Although, most of us don’t own a tie rack to keep our neck ties in tip-top condition, we’re here to offer you tips so you won’t be stuck in that horrid situation ever again.
Untying the tie
As soon as you get off work, the first thing that you would love to do is take off your tie and throw it on a chair so you can relax. However, if you could take an extra minute to accomplish this procedure it will make all the difference. A few things to remember:
- Never pull the thin part out of the knot when removing the tie
- Never leave the knot in the tie when not in use because it will create a permanent crease
- Always remove the tie by following tie-tying steps in reverse
Storing the tie
Once you are done with removing your tie, make sure that you hang it up. It will make the creases fall out and you will notice a reduction in the wrinkles of the tie. You should never leave your tie at the back of the chair or rolled up in a drawer. You can invest in a tie rack like Aidan here to ensure you ties last for a long time!
Packing the tie
When you are away from home on business, sometimes it’s better to take multiple ties along for your business trip. When packing up your tie, you should carefully roll it. Yes, it’s acceptable to roll a tie when traveling because you will be utilizing the tie very soon. Start rolling the tie from the small end and then you can secure the tie in a zip lock bag. In order to keep them safe and sound during the entire journey you can even place them carefully in your shoes.
Cleaning the tie
Even a small stain on the tie will reduce its elegance. However, you should only clean your tie when it is dirty and not after every time you wear it. Just stay attentive of the fabric from which your time has been made and you’ll keep looking spiffy.
During the cleaning process, be sure to be extremely careful. Your tie’s ability to last depends on how carefully you handle it while washing. Your tie should be hand washed or dry cleaned, despite the material from which it has been made. For more advice on cleaning, visit our blog here.
Remove wrinkles from the tie
Ironing the tie can damage its looks. So for the easy wrinkles, you can hang your tie in the bathroom while you are taking a hot shower. On the other hand, when the wrinkles get stubborn you can buy the steamer and make your tie look as good as new.
In order to keep your tie from unwanted food stains, you can use the tie tacks. However, they might leave a hole in your tie. To avoid these holes, apply the tie tacks through the shirt. Use these tips to elongate the life of your tie, and continue to look spiffy!
Posted by Jackie Mark On April 25, 2017
A necktie collection has always been mandatory for me ever since I graduated out of college from the University of Minnesota. Before the graduation ceremony, I received two neckties, a stripped yellow tie and a navy blue foulard tie with green circles. That was the moment when I finally understood the power of a neck tie. Not only do they add value, grace, and elegance to a person’s looks but also enhances their personality. I felt more confident as I strolled across the stage to receive my diploma. After that of course, I had to pair my suit with power ties and go through many job interviews until I landed here at Spiffster. Now I own more than 50 different types of ties, and I even have a revolving tie rack!
Although wearing a necktie is mandatory in corporate life, it has also become the norm to wear it as part of an informal look or to flaunt your fashion sense. There is a diverse range of formal and informal neckties you can find easily (especially when you subscribe with Spiffster) that can go with any occasion you are heading out to. In fact, we offer many tips about how to tie informal knots for more casual occasions. However, there are some common mistakes to avoid that might cause a negative effect of what they were hoping to achieve. Let’s have a look at those mistakes you should be completely avoiding when wearing a necktie.
Clashing Colors and Patterns
While selecting a tie you are going to wear for the event, make sure the colors or the patterns of the tie don’t clash with the color of the outfit you are wearing. It shouldn’t be in contrast to the shirt or suit, rather it should complement it. Similarly, if the shirt you are wearing already has some patterns, opt for a plain colored tie as a patterned tie with a patterned shirt will give you a very loud appearance that may not leave a positive impact on others. For example, if you’re wearing a plaid-patterned suit, do not wear a plaid neck tie!
Awkward Width & Length
Is the tip of your neck tie touching your belly button? In that case, it would be too short. An awkward width or length of a neck tie can single-handedly ruin your appearance no matter how much you spent on that Hugo Boss suit. Make sure that the width of the tie is proportionate to your body type and your overall appearance that includes your suit, shirt, and the tie knot as well. When it comes to the length of the tie, it should end towards the buckle of the belt; wearing it shorter or longer is a big fashion blunder that you must avoid at any cost.
Neglecting the Dress Code
There is a wide range of neckties available and wearing an informal tie with a formal suit or vice versa is considered to be a big fashion mistake; hence, you should have an idea about the types of neckties and wear them accordingly.
To sum it up, neckties make for an essential accessory in man’s wardrobe. A tie can reveal certain things about a man’s personality, fashion sense, and abilities. However, one must avoid the mistakes mentioned above for getting the perfect and the most graceful look when wearing a necktie. Because looking like a chumbolone is not the Spiffster way.
Posted by Jackie Mark On April 11, 2017
A relatively recent innovation, the Trinity Knot has a flashy, trefoil-shaped knot that is guaranteed to bring you some attention. This beautiful knot is a three-way symmetry and resembles the Celtic Triquetra. The Celtic Triquetra symbol is used as a religious symbol adapted from ancient Celtic images, and is also similar to Odin’s symbol, the valknut.
But there are also many other meanings of the Trinity Knot, and most of them have to do with love and romance. Here they are:
- It is a unique symbol of Ireland’s ancient culture.
- The endless intertwining curves represent eternal love.
- The Trinity knot can even be used to outline the stages of a woman’s life; youth, motherhood and old age.
- It is sometimes called the Irish Love knot.
But enough about history, let’s talk about fashion. Imagine yourself at a cocktail party. Showing up with a Trinity Knot will definitely get you the attention you deserve from the ladies. After all, the Trinity Knot is also known as the Irish Love Knot. However, don’t wear this tie knot to business meetings, as the Trinity Knot is used for more social and informal occasions. Bringing this knot to a board meeting will make you appear as a showoff.
Because you use the small end to start tying the knot, it is one of the most difficult ties to master. Also, pick a tie that does not have too much thickness, due to the knot being on the bulkier side of the knot-thickness spectrum.
The best patterns for this knot include solids, stripes, and smaller patterns. Once you master this knot, try creating a pinwheel effect by getting the stripes to converge at the center. However, if there is a noticeable diagonal taper to the sides of the tie down near the narrow end, the threefolds will not converge towards the center and the effect will be ruined.
If you would like to tighten the knot, you can accomplish this by holding the knot in one hand and pulling down slowly on the wider end. Use caution though, and adjust the folds of the knot as you go. You don’t want to distort the shape of the knot.
Check out the image below on how to tie the Trinity Knot below and look spiffy, fellow Spiffsters!
Posted by Max DeGrom On March 8, 2017
It is finally the time of year when you can get rid of the long overcoats, jackets, and mufflers and showcase your fashion sense to the world. Spring is the time when you can experiment the most with the fashion and make a style statement. Read on to know a simple fashion guide for men through which they can dress up to the best and add attraction to their personality.
If you are confused about the colors to pick this spring, go for neutral colors. However, you should always select the colors that go with your skin tone. You can also opt for multi-color striped shirts or sweaters and pair it up with blue denim for making a style statement. It will give you a modern yet classy look. A color that can never go wrong be it anytime or season is the white color. Either you are going for a formal meeting or a casual get together with friends, white color can exude class, elegance, and style at the same time.
Floral pattern and prints never go out of fashion. If you think they are only suitable for women, think again! The prints and patterns are emerging out to be really popular with men as well. From the most popular to the local brands, you can easily find floral pattern and prints. You can also dress up formally while still keeping in with the trend of the floral pattern by getting a tone-on-tone flowered dress shirt and pairing it up with formal coats.
If you want to keep up with the latest trends this summer, the retro look is for you. It has been all over the ramps and red carpets carried by famous celebrities with confidence and élan. You don’t really have to burn a hole in your pockets by getting the clothes for your retro look; you can get the ‘in’ look by simply tweaking in your current style statement i.e. wearing the collar over your jacket or rolling the cuffs of your jeans.
Want to leave a lasting impression on the fairer sex? Pay attention to your footwear. Find the shoes that you can go with a variety of dress codes. Furthermore, since they do not evolve quickly you can use them for a longer period without being concerned whether they are in the fashion or not.
The Right Accessories
Accessories can complement the look and complete the style statement of a guy provided he is using the right ones. Gone are the days of wristbands and neck chains, if you really want to make a style statement get a nice and stylish pair of sunglasses and a trendy wrist watch. Not only they will add class and grace to your personality but will also help in leaving your long lasting impression on the opposite sex.
Make most of this time of the year for making the right style buzz before the summer season comes with full throttle.
Posted by Max DeGrom On February 22, 2017
Wearing neckties with formal wear may not give you much to experiment with as you have to maintain certain decorum to exude professionalism. However, wearing them with formal wear provides you with liberty to try them in different ways and styles.
Although ties complete an overall look of a man, a flopping tie due to windy conditions may not leave a positive impact of the individual wearing it. There are a few methods to prevent the ties from flopping in the air such as the use of tie clip, tie pin, and tie bar etc. However, one such popular method of keeping the tie in place that has been gaining popularity since the last couple of years is tucking the tie inside the shirt.
There are those who are in favor of this technique of tie tucking as they feel it gives a clean and crisp appearance to a person’s overall personality. On the other side, a certain section is of the view that tie tucking takes away the style and class and the primary purpose of wearing a tie gets lost somewhere in between. However, tucking in a tie into your shirt can give yourself a military-style look that makes you look more edgy.
Worn cautiously, the tie tuck is best executed with a highly patterned or vibrant shirt paired with a plain tie, so the tie is not the focus of the outfit. So think solid color ties with darker colors, such as navy blue or black. The look is also best accomplished with a thin tie because a wider tie might leave too much bulk underneath the clothing.
Again tie tucking in shirts has received a diverse reception from the public. Some find it stylish and comfortable as compared to tucking it in the pants whereas for some it looks absurd and bizarre. The opinion definitely varies from person to person. Some people can pull it off, while for others it may appear as they are trying to protect their tie from drenching into soup. If you feel you have what it takes, give it a shot. It may not give you the standard classy look but it can certainly get you a second glance from everyone. Additionally, it can also work effectively to hide your tie if it’s longer in size.
Wearing a tie in the right way and flaunting it with élan is an art; you will find various tutorials online teaching you the right techniques to tie a tie. However, if you want to make a style statement, leave the practicality behind and come up with your own ways to define a new style statement with a tie. Sometimes being edgy with fashion is the best way to create a new trend.
Posted by Max DeGrom On February 1, 2017
You happen to be in the check-out queue, and pull out your wallet to make a payment for something you have just purchased. Beside you, a second man pulls out his own wallet. You look down, and your frayed and tattered money-holder looks absolutely downtrodden next to the shiny, fresh piece the man by you is holding. You accept your change and shuffle on, vowing to purchase a new wallet.
Even though you accept that its high-time to chuck the wallet that saw you through some memorable college years, it might become difficult to select the right fit. This guide will aid you in deciding on which wallet will sing true for you, and enable you to combine equal parts style and utility.
Size is evidently the most crucial portion of this guide. Lay out the contents of your current wallet, and note if you are more inclined to carry cash, credit cards, or both? Do you seldom use your trusted accomplice to stow away ATM receipts and business cards? Does your wallet hold enough coins to compare to the bottom of a wishing-well?
Firstly, sort out these contents, and discard anything you might not require. Keep it simple: you need some go-to cash, your ID cards, credit cards, and perhaps a business card or two. Current style-statements lie within minimalism, so keep it neat.
Secondly, which size do you prefer? Are you drawn towards small, sleek squares, or rectangular, bulky numbers? Which option best fits your day-to-day wear? Remember – you intend to utilize this wallet, not end up stuffing all your necessities in the pocket of your jeans.
Your daily routine
Are you a college student, looking to stow away just your cash? Or are you a businessman, hoping to select a discreet piece that will not appear bulky or bulged in your suit?
For the former, clip-on wallets are the evident winner. They are discreet, small, and extremely utilitarian.
For the latter, opt for a classic leather billfold. These are sleek, impressive wallets which utilize as much storage space as you require.
If you tend to frequent the gym, select a sturdy and robust sports wallet that will see you through those sweaty runs and cardio exercises.
How often you travel
For the frequent flier, travel wallets neatly store your travel documents, passport, money, and hotel card-keys. These also come in waterproof designs, so that they can bear any adventure-induced damage. Certain tri-fold wallets are capable of holding a lot of material, whereas pouch-like wallets carry zippers to truly maximize the ease of your next travel.
What looks good
The last point boils down to what catches your eye, and best fits your personal flair and style. If a sports wallet would match well with the rest of your sporty attire, opt for one. If you prefer sleek leather shoes, and neat business ties – purchase a billfold sleek leather number. If you prefer to make a loud statement about your fashion choices, pick a colorful number that can be noticeable from a mile away. The final decision rests with you.
Posted by Jackie Mark On January 6, 2017
We all know the chilly feeling of the winter season, hence called the sweater weather. But as the fashion agenda encompassed our society, sleek and stylish coats and jackets are the ultimate winners. Clothing has been revolutionized, but for men, their style statement remains incomplete without coats.
Looks Matter But Keeping Warm Matters More
One has to look good, that’s undeniable. Looking for a coat, that suits your style, looks perfect on you, is hard. Select a coat according to your local weather conditions. A Canadian may not find a light weight coat usable even if it looks pretty versatile. In the same way, British winters are not so much fierce, and a heavy, furry coat may seem ridiculous even if you love to buy it.
How Long Do You Want To Keep Your Coat
Let’s just admit, what we all seek is durability and affordability when it comes to buying a winter wear. It is crucial to buy a coat that could be your partner for …. Say maybe four years at least.
The places to look at are the stitching, the lining and the cloth. It must be stitched in a fine way and the lining should be water proof. You’re going to wear the coat every day in the coming winters; it needs to be the real savior.
Quality Is Always The Right Choice
Although it may seems impracticable, but spending on a good quality coat is the right choice. Buy a low priced coat and it won’t even last a year, you would certainly regret it. A little high price is worth the pain, if the product is going to go a long way.
Which Color Should You Select
When buying a coat, it should be kept in mind that it needs to go well at all places and with all your clothes. A dark colored coat always gives you a fancy and charming look. Navy blue, dark grey and black coats are the inescapable charmers. No one ever looked outdated in darker shades.
Different styles come and go but pea coats, traditional and trendy, never get old. French designer Saint Laurent experimented very well with the pea coats, and created impeccable designs. Banana Republic heritage and J. Crew Dock Pea coats are unique and authentic.
Trench coats have always been popular. They are light and airy, mud and water absorbent, and a large size has enough room for all the knitwear in case the weather is chilly. Trench coats are usually the most favorite as we see many characters on the screen wearing cool and stylish trench coats. London Fog trench coat is pretty famous this winter season.
Long coats actually last long and are never out of fashion. Whovians would never get over with David Tennant’s coat, and how can we forget Keanu Reeves coat in the matrix. Long or over coats can work really well, whether you’re going for a walk at night or you’re going to work in the morning.
These tips will surely help you all in choosing the right kind of coat.
Posted by Max DeGrom On December 21, 2016
Every man wears dress socks, but most of them don’t care much about how to wear it right. Knowing how to wear dress socks right is as needful as knowing how to dress cute. In this post, we’re going to be looking at some of the tips to wearing your dress socks right. They are as follows:
ENSURE THAT YOUR DRESS SOCKS MATCH YOUR OUTFIT
The number one rule for wearing men’s dress socks is; “Your dress sock color should match and coordinate with the color of your outfit especially your trouser”, It is certain that this rule was established more than 100 years ago. Nowadays, Things are changing as we are being presented with bright colorful dress socks. Therefore the above rule could be modified a bit. Now it should be “Your dress socks color should match and coordinate with the color of your trousers as well as your outfit appropriately particularly other accessories that you incorporate in your looks like the Tie, Pocket Square, and Lapel Flower Pin.”
ENSURE THAT YOU DON’T WEAR BRIGHT COLORFUL DRESS SOCKS IN BUSINESS/OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS
Avoid wearing colorful dress socks in serious conditions such as crucial official functions, business functions, interviews, and in funerals. If you must wear it, then ensure that it’s a bold solid color and avoid the polka dot and patterned types. Bright colorful and patterned dress socks are worn to display a bold fashion expression. This kind of socks can be used in spicing up a simple outfit.
ENSURE THAT YOU WEAR A NEAT DRESS SOCKS WITH NO STAINS OR HOLES
You must ensure that you observe this simple rule. If your dress socks are torn and worn out, do not stitch or repair it, do not hide it, just go and get a new one. If it is dirty, then wash it before you wear it. Make sure that you wash your dress socks regularly.
ENSURE THAT YOU DON’T WEAR A MISMATCHED DRESS SOCKS
This is obviously true for many of us, but unfortunately few of us still do not keep this rule completely. For instance, someone may wear black socks on one foot and dark blue socks on another and think that no one will notice it. That is the point I’m trying to make. If you always mismatch your socks with the thought that people will hardly notice it, then know that you’re wrong, Most people do notice that, and it has a way of creating a negative impression of the person wearing it, which can be an embarrassment to your personality. So try and avoid it.
ENSURE THAT YOU DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR BAREFOOT AND LEGS WHENEVER YOU’RE WEARING A DRESS SOCKS
Make sure that your dress socks get to your calves whenever you put on trousers. You don’t have to show some part of your bare foot or legs, anytime you are sitting, standing, walking. Do not wear socks that is above your knee length.
Posted by Jackie Mark On November 25, 2016
From miniskirts to pants, to giant scarves and ties, the timeless print of plaid has been on fire. Especially during this time of year when everyone is looking to feel warm. But did you know there are many different types of plaid? Here is a guide to inform you about the different plaid patterns. Because a Spiffster member should always be well-versed with the fashion trend. It’s time to get to know your plaid fabric patterns!
Gingham was brought in the limelight in the mid-18 century with blue and white being the famous choice. It is a checkered pattern shirt that is distinguished by even-sized checks formed by horizontal and vertical stripes. Generally, two shades of color are used on a white background that forms a checkered design. Gingham checks are versatile and can be worn to any occasion, formal or casual.
As the name suggests Madras is a pattern that was created in India’s city, Madras. This a summer fabric style as it contains checks and stripes in soft and vibrant colors. The checks are uneven and give a sense of depth and dimension to the pattern. A madras shirt is the best to pick for summer casual wear.
Tartan plaid was originated in Scotland and has made its way into the fashion industry as the famous pattern associated to plaid. It basically consists of vertical and horizontal stripes crossing each other and forming uneven checks. Tartan plaids are less colorful than madras check. Tartan is a bold plaid pattern so it is best left to smaller accessories such as bags, bow ties or scarves.
Shepherd’s check has derived its name from the plaid design worn by shepherds. This pattern consists of alternating colored stripes crossing each other to form a checkered pattern, set against a twill weave backdrop. This pattern is perfect for a formal event.
Houndstooth is a pattern consists of a tight weave of broken, pointed lines and uneven checks. Houndstooth pattern is traditionally black and white but recently it is available in various colors. The traditional black and white houndstooth is best suited for workplace whereas other colors are best suited for informal occasions.
The windowpane is a light, creative and open pattern that has relatively thin stripes crossing each other to form a large checkered pattern, similar to the patterns of the pane on a window. They are appropriate for the workplace because of the single color stripes that give the shirts a more formal look.
Graph check is a pattern of lines crossing each other to form small checks just like the graph paper pattern. The pattern usually contains solid, thin, single colored stripes that cross each other. They are perfect pick for the workplace attire.
Tattersall check is a pattern that has regularly spaced vertical and horizontal stripes. The unique feature of this pattern is the recurring alternating colors of the stripes that can be in two or three different colors. Tattersall checkered shirts are perfect for a casual evening out.
Pin check is created with pin sized stripes that cross to form small checks that seem as dots from a distance. This pattern generally consists of one color set against white. They are perfect for a formal work setting.
Posted by Max DeGrom On November 10, 2016
In today’s article we will discuss some interesting and fun facts about neckties.
History of Neckties
Historically speaking, neckties were originally and specifically used to keep the collars of men’s shirt bound together. With the period of time, necktie went through different trends and is now in its latest form and style in front of us. So how did the necktie evolve throughout time? We’ll answer that below in a form of a list of interesting facts.
Interesting Facts about the Neckties
1) Originally these ties were not known as neckties but cravat instead.
2) They were silk scarves worn by Croatian soldiers.
3) Till date, neckties are the most famous type of gifts given on Father’s Day.
4) Americans spend approximately $1 billion or even more to purchase 100 million ties a year.
5) These days it is even possible to buy a bulletproof tie for yourself.
6) The world’s most expensive type of a tie was made by an Indian designer named Satya Paul for Mumbai fashion show in 2004. The cost of that tie was $220,000 and it was made of pure silk with 261 studded diamonds.
7) Those people who are in a hobby of collecting ties are called Grabatologists.
8) In 17th century, the English designed such a tie that even a sword could not cut through.
9) There are many countries that manufacture neckties however, Shengzhou is still the biggest and largest manufacture of ties in the world.
10) The official tie of Arizona USA is the Bola Tie.
11) The stripes of American tie goes from top right to bottom left however, the stripes of British ties run from top left to bottom right.
12) Even today neckties are the most famous and popular gifts in the world.
13) Neckties were not originally used for the sense of fashion; they were so thick that not even a strong sword could penetrate it.
14) There was a time in history when touching another person’s necktie meant that you wanted to duel or fight with that person.
15) There are 177,147 ways in which you can tie and necktie.
16) It takes approximately 110 silk worms to make one high quality silk necktie.
17) British schoolboys are famous for wearing neckties.