Posted by Max DeGrom On September 27, 2016
The necktie is a very important fashion accessory that men wear to all kinds of occasions. However, when it comes to neckties, it is important to not make certain mistakes. Some of these are:
Length of Necktie
The length of the necktie is important. Some people make the mistake of wearing it too short or too long and end up looking weirdly dressed. The necktie division should follow your height. So thus, if you are short, a 60:40 ratio will work. If you are taller, a 75:25 ratio would work. Make sure you are not wearing it too long or too short because that defeats the purpose of the necktie entirely.
Short Sleeved Shirts and Neckties
I never thought I would have to point this one out but it is true. People wear a necktie with short sleeved shirts and this is probably one of the biggest blunders someone can make when it comes to wearing a necktie.
A formal accessory, neckties should be worn with short sleeved shirts if you want a very casual look. If you are teaming both of them up, it would be a no go. Neckties always look best when they are worn with a decent dress shirt and suits. Don’t go for something more than that as it will always disappoint.
The knot of the necktie is one of the most important parts of wearing a necktie and you cannot afford to wear something that is dimpled anywhere than the center of the tie as this will never give a good impression.
For a decent necktie knot, you should have a decent four in hand knot that will make it good for you to go. If you want a more elaborate knot, you might as well go for a double Windsor. Every knot is for a special purpose so make sure you are being mindful when you make your decision of making a knot.
Shirt collars are also important when it comes to neckties. It is very much true that the shirt collar should never be smaller than the necktie. People wear shirts whose collars happen to be too narrow and they end up hiding the border to the necktie entirely.
Therefore, make sure your shirt collar is wide enough so that it hides the border of the necktie. However, you should always make sure that you remember not to switch things up too much when it comes to the collar or the necktie because you don’t want to run in a blunder.
Loud Neckties, Loud Shirts
Lastly, try not to make things too loud. If you are coming across people who are wearing loud neckties with loud shirts, chances are it is going to fail. Therefore, you should try to focus on one of them instead of both because you would be screaming for wrong attention otherwise.
Remember, neckties look great but there are certain rules that have to be followed when it comes to wearing one.
Posted by Jackie Mark On August 26, 2016
Neckties are a very important part of every man’s wardrobe. A great looking tie will go a long way in order to make an impressionable statement. Ties have been there for the longest of time and even after centuries since they were first used, their popularity has nothing but increased.
Wearing the right tie has its benefits and it can do great wonders in making a man’s attire go from a very simple look to a very sophisticated one. One knot can do that, yes you heard it right.
However, when it comes to ties, it is important that one tries its best to prevent and remove all sorts of wrinkles on it. No tie looks good with wrinkles and crumbles so it is always better to make sure that you avoid this at all costs.
Taking Care Of Your Necktie
Just as in the case of everything else that is there in your wardrobe, the life of the necktie depends on how well you are taking care of it. With neckties, your first and foremost enemy is wrinkles. However, you can always take the right precautionary measures in order to make sure that you remove them from your tie.
An easy lesson for removing wrinkles on your necktie is the following:
Firstly, it is better that you prevent your tie from getting wrinkles. Prevention is the best cure and with neckties, there is a lot you can do in order to prevent creases and wrinkles.
Some tips for doing so have been mentioned below:
- Don’t use the same necktie twice in a row: For starters, make sure that you are not wearing the same necktie two days in a row. It is always better to give your neckties a good rest every now and then. Therefore, make sure you get more than one tie so that you can give each a rest between different periods.
- Take care of the necktie after using it: You should also try to keep your necktie intact right after you use it. There are some people who just pull down the necktie knot from the collar and forget to take it off. It is advisable to not do this if you want to make sure that your necktie lasts a long time
- Putting the necktie away: Neckties have to be put away right if you want to ensure they last long and withstand the test of time and fate. There are two ways through which you can properly store your neck tie. The first is to hang it on a coat hanger or choose it to place it over the rot in the closet. You can even go for a rack that is designed to hold the neck ties. Putting your necktie away rightly will ensure that it remains its true self and does not get any extra creases.
Even if you get wrinkles on your necktie, don’t worry because you can get rid of them.
For minor wrinkles, it is better for you to leave the necktie on the rack overnight as the wrinkles will fall off on their own.
On the other hand, if you get serious wrinkles, go for steaming as it will help in removing these wrinkles. If you happen to have a garment steamer, hang the neck tie on a hanger to remove the wrinkles. You can even use a traditional flat iron to take care of the necktie. However, make sure that the flat iron doesn’t touch the necktie as it will burn it.
Neckties are fashionable but it is also important that you take care of them well. Some important tips for taking care of your necktie have been discussed above.
Posted by Jackie Mark On August 17, 2016
In the last couple of decades, everything in this world has changed. Let it be earth, humans, technology or fashion. Fashion, in particular, has evolved majorly. Since the beginning, man has acknowledged the importance of clothing and its uses in different scenarios. What started as a necessity, with time, changed into fashion and style.
Nowadays, fashion and clothing industry are one of the most revenue generating industries among other businesses. The reason for this is that people have recognized the role and importance that clothing has in improving one’s appearance and personality.
Today, we will discuss the most fashionable ties that every man must own to look dapper.
The Navy Tie
Among the list of many different shapes and designs of neckties, navy tie is number one in this list. There are many reasons for this tie to make the first place, such as:
It can be used with many different colors, and is not bound by only one or two color schemes.
- Navy tie can make any man look presentable and charismatic at the same time because of its basic and natural color.
- This can be used more for business meetings and interviews.
- It can be used with any type of wardrobe collection that you have. Be creative but be yourself.
The Glen Plaid Tie
This tie is making the second position in our list of 6 ties. The reasons are as follow:
- Glen tie, if used with basic color suit, can make your appearance glamorous.
- This is generally used more for formal gatherings and dinners.
- With simple color scheme and color selection you can make your look complete and charismatic.
The Simple Black Silk Tie
The third name in our list goes to simple black silk tie. This tie is used for situations such as:
- Weddings and gathering where you have to look and act respectful.
- This tie can be used in situations where you need to be calm and collected not loud and wild.
- It is simple yet effective.
The Dark Red Tie
The fourth one in our list is dark red tie, it is used in places where you have to be assertive and conservative. It can be used for meetings or presentation where you have look presentable at all times.
Solid Blue Tie
Another tie that is important for men to own is solid blue necktie. This color tie can be used in many situations: let it be meetings, diners and gatherings etc.
Polka Dot Tie
Polka dot tie is the last one to make in our list today. It is also an important tie that men should own and use in many different situations. You can use it for both relax meetings and conservative gatherings, just know how to use it and please do not abuse it.
So, these were the 6 must-have ties for all fashionable men out there. We hope you would have found our post helpful. Stay spiffy!
Posted by Jackie Mark On July 29, 2016
There was a time when shorts were linked to kids and toddlers but not anymore. After WWII, when they were introduced in the military it was only them then men began to relate them to manliness. Other than that, their light fabric, loose fitting, and comfortable feel make them ideal for all sorts of casual parties. Although the apparel is making its way to the mainstream fashion scene, but to carry it off perfectly, there are certain rules which you need to follow.
Length is important
The usual length of the shorts is anywhere between 1 to 3 inches above your knees. If you are tall then the ideal length is an inch above the knees while the short guys can risk going 3 and even 4 inches above their knees. However, if you have the legs for it and think that you can pull them off with confidence then who are we to stop you. However, if you think you lack the body and the confidence for it then try to stay within the safe range.
Pay attention to their fit
Shorts add bulk to the upper parts of your legs. If the transition between the upper portion and that where they hang loosely around your legs is not smooth, you might end up looking pompous and weird. If you have a hard time deciding, then go for a straight tapered cut since it works well with all body types.
Decide if you want to fold or not
You might have come across men who like to fold the hem of their shorts while the rest just like to leave them the way they are. It is all a preference of choice. Usually, the ones with thinner legs like to have the hems folded to add volume to their otherwise skinny legs. However, men with short heights are advised against the folding since it would draw attention to their heights.
Socks are a big no
Socks with shorts is a fashion crime. It makes you look outdated and boring. To maintain a retro look, it is important that you leave your socks at home when you wear shorts.
Pair up the shirts accordingly
It is all about the look you think you can rock off more comfortably. If you think that you can pull off the summery vibes a polo or a short-sleeved button-up shirt would give when paired with the shorts, then, by all means, go for it. We have even come across men who have pulled off a full-sleeved shirt just as comfortably with the summery feel of the shorts as they have a plain old t-shirt.
Shorts are about making you feel comfortable while giving you a stylish look. If you want to enjoy a day out at the beach or want to go out on a hot summer day then put on a pair of shorts and create your own style while keeping in minds the few rules we laid out for the attire.
Posted by Max DeGrom On July 26, 2016
It is no longer rare to find a man who is as conscious about his dressing as a woman, and well, why shouldn’t they be? Yes, you read that right; there is no harm in men wanting to dress better than just appropriate or being aware of the latest trends in an attempt to look their best. While many may scoff at the old saying, “Clothes make the man” I for one feel that it is fit for today’s fast moving world where everyone is always on their toes and everything happens in a rush, hence people are often unable to take out time to get to know the “real you” which means sometimes all you have is a first impression. We are all aware of the importance of a good first impression, so my advice to you would be to not hesitate in making the best of it. While talking of first impressions the way you dress plays a crucial role, which brings us to our topic of discussion.
A tie is a very common yet vital accessory for a man. While many may not be aware, there are numerous ways in which a tie can be tied to make you stand out from the crowd. While suits can often be boring or dull as they may be more or less the same, a tie can be that one prominent element that you can use to brighten up your look. Here are a few interesting ways in which you can tie your tie. Men out there who’ve been trying to get attention from that special someone must pay heed to these guide lines.
The Fishbone Knot
If you’re struggling with how to achieve that chic and sophisticated look you always dreamt of, trust me you won’t regret investing your time learning this knot. Though I agree that it might take you more than just a few tries to get the hang of it, it is definitely worth the effort. It looks extremely elegant and classy and will without a doubt catch a lot of second glances.
The Atlantic Knot
This one’s not as complicated as the one we talked about earlier and is comparatively quite easy to learn. For those of you who are sick and tired of your everyday office look or want to make a little extra effort to look good for a not-so-formal event, this one’s for you.
The Van Wijk Knot
Enjoy being the topic of discussion in a gathering? Here is something for you. This one with its layered effect will definitely get you a lot of intrigued looks and a hand full of “How did you do that?” Its intricate design will definitely get people talking about you and to you. So learn this slightly complicated knot and enjoy all that attention you crave for.
The Rose Knot
Last but not the least, the rose knot is a must know to make sure that, that fine lady sitting across you at that table for two feels special. Yes, that’s true, women really appreciate it when men put in a little extra effort to look good for them. This is the knot to make her feel just that.
These four knots will surely help you get your desired look on numerous occasions. Just remember that the way you dress has an immense impact on people’s perception of you, so do what you have to and don’t hesitate to go the extra mile to make it right.
Posted by Jackie Mark On July 2, 2016
Men use most of these terms, blazers, suit jackets and sports jackets, interchangeably, as do most of the men’s clothing retailers. These three clothing products end up being a confusion for many men and the classic menswear pieces end up being a mystery. You’re probably wondering about the actual difference among these three items. Most men don’t even bother about the difference issue and end up buying the wrong item for the wrong time. Learning the difference would help you in getting the right jacket that can stand the test of time. Every one of these jackets have their own individuality and formality. Each jacket is unique for its own field and therefore, this factor makes them iconic. The following are the features of these three types of jackets:
The Suit Jacket:
The suit jacket is the most elegant one among these three. It is a jacket which is made with a matching pair of trousers, which is made from the exact same fabric. This is because it is important for the jacket to match the trousers at all costs. One cannot wear the suit jacket as a sports jacket because if the jacket or the trouser gets washed separately, it would create a slight difference among the two items. These are the most formal type of jackets and are made to fit slim.
The Blazer jacket:
The single-breasted blazer jacket initially had only two buttons to allow moving around without restriction. It is a step lower than the suit jackets. It somehow comes in the middle because it is more formal than a sports jacket but less formal than a suit jacket. A blazer jacket is not made with a pair of matching trousers. They have loose fitting compared to the suit jackets and they are not as structured as the shoulder of a suit jacket. You can wear a blazer any time when you feel that wearing a suit jacket would overdo your look, especially on the weekends.
The Sports Jacket:
The name clearly defines the function of a sports jacket. A sports jacket gives you the benefit of a large variety of colors and patterns. It is a versatile jacket which can be worn with jeans or many other types of trousers. The design has patches which protects the elbows from wearing out. The loose fitting of the sports jacket allows the individual to wear a sweater, or any other layering, underneath it. The sports jackets are mostly found in the shades of brown, blue, gray and green. It is meant to function as a sporting attire for men. A sports jacket is more useful than a blazer, as it can be worn around a number of casual dressed occasions.
Most of the jackets look great with khakis or denim, as long as the color combination form a contrast.
Posted by Max DeGrom On June 30, 2016
Bow ties are commonly worn by men and women alike. They are a popular choice amongst men than women. The advent of bow ties was during Croatian mercenaries in the Prussian wars that took place in the 17th century. They used to wear it around their necks to properly hold the opening of their shirts.
Their popularity grew in the 19th century as neck ties started becoming a popular choice. Bow ties actually were a modification of their predecessor, the cravat. By 1880s, bow ties became one of the most common fashion items in man’s wardrobe.
The bow tie has undergone many changes since it was first launched. It has changed both its form and function and become a traditional stereotype now. People wear bow ties all the time; whether it is street style to celebrity fashion, bow ties are worn by people and they are available in a variety of looks. Generally, bow ties are now considered to be one of the most happening fashion accessories.
The start of bow ties was in the 17th century when people were seen wearing it around their neck. They used to wear a knotted piece of fabric around the neck that added a lot of warmth and appeal to their natural suits. The bow tie was worn by Croatian soldiers during the wars where they used to wear it to keep their collar shirts intact.
By the 1700s, the bow ties became a popular choice amongst the upper class and were a main feature of men’s dress.
In 1886, bow ties got a major booast as Pierre Lorillard, a renowned designer, developed a new design for it and wore it to the formal ball which was held at the Tuxedo club. His tuxedo gained immense popularity amongst people and bow ties became a hit choice amongst fashion enthusiasts.
Ever since the first launch of bow ties, they have gained immense popularity over time. In the last few decades, bow ties have changed the way we think about fashion. The bow tie has, over the years, moved out of its rigid categorization of just being something that is worn formally. It is now a fashion accessory that is worn at any event and for any purpose. Many celebrities have also worn bow ties and that has further increased their popularity. The catch? All different types of celebrities wear bow ties so there is no one particular category that does.
From Karl Lagerfeld to Manolo Blahnik, comedian Charlie Chaplin and others, everybody has been seen wearing a bow tie.
While previously, bow ties were used as a male accessory, they were worn by females in the 1920s and 30s. They were picked up by famous stars including Marlene Dietrich and others which increased their popularity as a common accessory that can be worn by males and females alike.
Bow ties have, therefore, emerged as a prime accessory for males in the 17th century to one of the most well used fashion accessory by males and females alike over the years. From their design to their type, bow ties have changed immensely over the years.
Posted by Jackie Mark On June 1, 2016
For those who are particular about how they look and present themselves in front of others; should primarily draw their attention towards dressing elegantly. Elegance and charm become a part of you when you dress properly.
For men who want to steal the audience, just by their presence, should start with their appearance. Now men listen! It looks good when you are wearing formals or maybe corporate suits to office but what matters is that your combinations look good. It might be the case that you are wearing a nice looking tie or shirt but when both wore together, might turn out to be a big NO- NO.
So a safe play would be to simply walk with the SEASON.
With all the heat out there you would want to wear something light so that you do not absorb all the heat which would make you burst… Oops! So it is better if you wear a light colored shirt but this does not mean the color needs to be dull. Like, you can wear the color purple but it can be light in color- the lightness depends on the tint you prefer to go with. This is easy! You probably know this. But what can be tricky is the TIE! So if you are wearing a plain purple shirt, combine it with a dark purple tie. Or if you do not want it All Plain, then you can wear a patterned tie with it but it should be dark in color. Besides the color trouble, the other issue can be of what tie material should I carry? So most preferably silk that is wore year-around; other materials can be cotton and linen. Linen is preferable for hot days.
In winters it’s harder to stick to combinations because of the cold that tries to pull you down by wearing whatever can keep you warm. But, you can fight it. In winters dark colors are preferable to wear with light colored ties or pattern ties or polka dot ties with plain shirts or patterned shirts. If you want to wear pattern on pattern then wear opposing patterns like a wide patterned or plain shirt with a narrow patterned raw/knit sill, cashmere or wool tie.
But, I think it is fine if you want to wear a light colored shirt, just remember a dark colored tie or if you wear a dark shirt then wear a light colored tie or a darker colored tie than that of your shirt.
So wear a tie color that combines well with your shirt color in the respective seasons along with the right cloth materials. Because the two things that can be pinching are colors and the material of the cloth. Colors have the tendency to either absorb or radiate heat. So wearing dark colors would help you stay warm in winters and wearing light colors in summers will help you stay cool. Similarly, cotton or linen are materials that absorb the least amount of heat, in comparison to materials like, wool or raw silk.
Posted by Jackie Mark On May 19, 2016
Business suits have been the dress of choice for the executive in the corporate world for a very long time now. Not only do they make you appear professional but they also accentuate our features making us feel good about ourselves. Suits were originally designed to get rid of the decorative dresses of the English court, these have not just achieved this aim but they’re also very popular and add an elegant line. The problem arises when one has to compromise between a dapper look and surviving in the heat of the summer.
There are ways in which you can maintain your elegant look while wearing a business suit in summer and still be comfortable. Let us share some of the tips which can help you in this.
The fabric of your suit is greatly going to affect the level of comfort you feel in your business suit during summer. It is a great idea to use lightweight fabrics like linen, cotton and some modern synthetic fibers designed specifically for summers. These fabrics are highly breathable and look very good too.
Another thing which greatly affects the feel and effect of your business suit on your body in summer is the color of your suit. Light colors are a good option to wear during the daytime. Although, the traditional colors like navy blue, black etc. usually form the bulk of a gentleman’s collection but they’re not the colors most suited to the summer heat as they absorb heat from the surrounding. You can make your wardrobe more colorful in the summer and introduce great variety by using colors like light gray, khakis and others.
There are workplaces where people let go of their ties in summers but there are others where the senior management often insists on a dress code and ties are a part of this code. Wearing the tie should be avoided till the last moment and if you have to cover some distance to reach your office then you should only wear it when you’ve reached the office.
This is something which a large number of gentlemen have tried throughout the history of with great results. The trick is very simple, one just has to give a cooling period to his body after taking a shower. A gap of just 10 minutes between taking a shower and wearing clothes can do wonders and keep you cool for the entire day.
The trend of going sockless in summer has been gaining traction for some time. Even though some traditionalists don’t approve of this but it has been becoming increasingly acceptable and it is a great way of fighting heat during the summers.
Our body generates heat during the process of digestion and if we’re wearing a jacket then this temperature can rise considerably. It is better to avoid high-calorie foods as the body has to do extra work to digest it and if you have to heat then you should always take your jacket off.
There are other ways of staying cool in the summer too, one often learn with trial and error. After some practice, you’ll know the things which work for you and which don’t.
Posted by Max DeGrom On April 27, 2016
Spilling something on your favorite tie is almost as painful as the time I thought using bleach on all my clothes was a good idea. Ended up with white blotches on nearly all my favorite shirts and pants. RIP, my favorite dark gray shirt. I say “almost” because there are ways to clean your tie. It’s not hopeless! So stop regretting (unless you bleached your clothes–then you can weep) and learn to clean your tie easily with the three simple tips!
1. Oil Stain
This stain is probably among the most common ones. Sometimes you get some grease on your hands, and you accidentally get it on your tie. No worries, though. Simply rub the stain with a paper towel, as much as possible to get out the oil deposit. Then you’ll need to spread corn starch directly on to the stain, and let it absorb the oil overnight. Brush it off in the morning, and voila! It’s gone!
2. Food Stain
Another common evil, from the villainous world of stains. Being careless sometimes myself, I’ve gotten my tie in a bowl a soup, on my burger and fries, and even on some chow fun noodles. Ah, if only I remember to tuck in my tie every time to I go out to eat. It’s just that sometimes I don’t have the energy from a tough day of work. But no worries, I’ve mastered the art of cleaning a stained tie. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
First, do not attempt to wipe it off with your hands. Use a butter knife, so that you don’t dab it into the fabric. Take a napkin and soak it in club soda. Now gently dab the napkin on to the stain. Then you must dry the fabric afterwards, to avoid and residual liquid stains.
The same technique will also prove useful against sauce stains. Sauces usually splash and may end up on your tie. No worries, now you’ll know how to fix it when the problem arises.
Now there are different types of wines, which require different types of treatment. So, let’s start with how to treat a red wine stain.
If you’ve got a red wine stain, you should treat it with table salt. Be generous and spread the salt out evenly on the stain. The salt will soak all the wine and you will be able to clean off the stain.
For White wine, you should simply head to the washroom and dry the tie under the hand-dryer. It may remove the stain completely, if not, you can take the tie to the dry-cleaning shop.
4. Coffee, Cola etc.
Now these are common stains as well. For stains occurring from cola drinks, coffee or any other liquors with amber color, you may dab it with a napkin dipped in club soda and liquid soap. Just use the regular soap from your home. Proceed to dry the tie. That should do the trick!
Cleaning off your tie stains is one thing, but taking proper care of your tie is also imperative. When you head in after a tough day at work, don’t just grab and pull your tie off. You may ruin the tie’s fabric and its shape. Wash your hands, take off the tie properly and hang it in a suited place. You should consider visiting the dry-cleaning place once or twice a month for your ties. Remember, a true Spiffster keeps his ties in tip-top shape!