Posts Tagged ‘ Necktie ’

Not Much to Say

Part of the reason it took a while to get this one and the next one up is that there’s really not much to say. Pretty standard stuff. Not that many of the others that I’ve posted are incredibly out of the norm.

This particular necktie is a XMI Platinum. Not a bad tie at all in its day but it is a dated, wide tie. I can’t imagine the knot this one would produce if tied in anything more substantial than the four-in-hand pictured here. The pattern is pretty timeless in its simplicity. I really should look into skinying up some of my older neckwear.

Riddle Me This

Both left and right images are a four-in-hand knot. The one on the left is how I normally tie my tie. What’s different, you might ask. Simple. With the knot on the left I started with the blade (apron) or wide end on my left. With the one on the right, I started with it on the right. The knot was formed in exactly the same place on the length of the tie but the one on the right is noticeably more asymmetrical. I’m one that likes my knots a little asymmetrical but the one on the right is a little too much.

It’s not the tie itself. I’ve done this with several neckties over the years. Just for grins. So what is it? The bias? I honestly don’t know.

I tried a similar experiment with a Half Windsor knot too:

Here’s the deal – with the Half Windsor I start with the wide end on the right but the way I tie it the blade’s last pass across the front is still from left to right. It’s less noticeable with a Half Windsor knot but there is a bit more asymmetricity there. (Is that a word? Firefox doesn’t think so.) In fact, from now on, if I decide to dimple a Half-Windsor instead of a Four-in-Hand, I will start with the blade on the left instead of the right.

There are two ways to tie a Half Windsor knot, according to totieatie.com: Method 1 and Method2. As I said, I use Method 1 but I used to begin with the wide end on my right. I am a bit left handed for some things and a bit right handed for others. Maybe that’s why I’ve always switched up the beginning side for the blade depending on which knot I was tying. I can find no other name for Method 1 but Method 2 is the more conventional way of tying a Half Windsor. Brooks Brothers site says that’s the way to tie it. Who am I to argue with them?

Anyways, a bonus Sunday post. This was my church getup today. Usually I just recycle my Sunday combination sometime during the week. I decided to try a Sunday post since I will not be knotted up for Memorial Day. My thoughts and prayers with those who have fallen, their families and friends, and those yet in harm’s way.

Red Stripes I

This is Monday’s getup. It’s been a busy few days so my time budget had to be adjusted. And the fun stuff is what gets the axe first.

The necktie is a fairly old Robert Talbott Estate model. The Estate line of stuff is generally Talbott’s top of the line. As far as ties go, the Estate resides just below the seven folds. I’ve sported a few seven fold pieces over the course of the blog so far. One Talbott, one Paul Fredrick, and one Charles Tyrwhitt. There’s some lengthy discussions out on the net regarding seven folds and whether or not there really are seven folds and counting folds, etc. If you follow the link to the Tyrwhitt version, you will see that I counted six on that one. It’s not a huge concern to me but I did find several of the discussions interesting at the time I read them many years ago.

Covering All The Bases

Solid? Check!

Stripe? Check!

Dots? Check!

Check? Check!

Four different patterns. The stripes on the suit and the dots on the necktie are at least in the same family – the pin family.

The TM Lewin shirt is probably my favorite. I have no idea why it is but for whatever reason it appeals to me. The way I see it, there are far more important things to wonder about. The tie is labeled Best of Class by Robert Talbott. It falls very short of any kind of best. The lining is terribly thin and responsible for the kink in the right side (left side of picture) of the knot. In my opinion, anyway. I purchased it at a Nordstrom Rack on the cheap. In some cases you get what you pay for.

Really Bright Tie

Last time this TM Lewin shirt made an appearance on the blog, it was paired with a necktie that toned things down a bit. This tie kicks it up a notch or three. If you think it takes some cajones to strap on a bow tie for the day, try knotting up a tie this bright and this “colorful”. I will say that the compliments I get from the fairer of the two sexes more than make up for the sideways glances, etc. that I also get from time to time. Not only is the color of the tie a winner but the texture is as well.

Thick, Thick Seven Fold

This particular Paul Fredrick necktie is a very thick and heavy seven fold. It’s heavy enough that I bring along an extra tie on days I select this one in the morning because it can actually get uncomfortable to wear. The weave is fairly open, giving it a nice texture. Although it looks solid gold in the picture, it actually has some navy in it as well. There was absolutely no chance of trying any knot other than a four-in-hand. Not that I would have anyway.

I paired it with a solid blue Hawes and Curtis shirt and navy sport coat to give the texture a chance to stand out a little more.

Opposites Attract

Today’s combination is somewhat the opposite of a couple of Mondays ago. This Charles Tyrwhitt necktie is a super bright yellow that can be like staring into the sun. It also features a dark suit instead of a light colored sport coat. For similarity’s sake, the white french cuff dress shirt is the same Hawes and Curtis and the tie is dimpled into a four-in-hand knot. The more things change the more they stay the same.