Match Your Tie To Your Suit

When we tell you that matching your tie with the rest of your outfit is not a rocket science, we are dead serious. Think of the last science fiction flick that you saw. Did any of the scientists have any fashion sense?

That is not to say that matching a tie needs to be overly difficult. In fact, the problem is usually just that matching a tie is so simple, most people simply over look it. We want to start with two basic vocabulary words, match and coordinate. When you match two colors together, they will be duplicates such as red matches red. That said, red and burgundy will not always match, but red and red will. When you coordinate two colors together, they will be complimentary. Shades of yellow coordinate with blue. This same principle holds true for styles, patterns, and materials. Matching and coordinating balance each other to make the perfect wardrobe.

Unless you are a tie matcher extraordinaire, chances are that you generally do not see the perfect tie and try to build your entire wardrobe around a ten, twenty, or forty dollar strip of silk. For practical purposes in both finance and fashion, it makes sense to start with the largest piece and work backwards. That means starting with your suit, coordinating a shirt with your suit, and then finding a tie to fit them both. Once you have that method in mind, you are ready to start matching your ties to every thing else.

Chances are that you are intelligent enough to tell when some thing does not match or coordinate. A deep purple shirt with a black suit and a metallic blue tie, fail both of our important vocabulary words. Since you are not likely to make that mistake, we will warn you against the real danger of over complicating. You may start to get the hang of tie matching when you are done reading, but do not go to extremes. Decide what it is that requires you to wear a tie and determine how you want to be perceived as classy, elegant, gentlemanly, conservative, edgy, or stylish?

Keep your chosen words in mind and keep your eyes open as you start to shop. You are smart enough to know that hot pink is probably more stylish than conservative, and that straight black is more elegant than edgy. When it comes to patterns, do not over kill any thing. The first is the solid pattern. Building off of that, you have pin stripes, and then stripes, checkered patterns, and plaid. Advanced tie matchers are able to take any of these and make some thing amazing. For you, we will boil things down to a few simple reminders.

The first is matching a solid shirt and a patterned tie. Generally, the tie ought to be darker than the shirt. With that said, the fore ground should include the same color as the shirt to help accent it. This is the conservative style. If you want to aim for some thing a little edgier in your style, try coordinating a lighter tie with a dark shirt. Remember, though, lime green and dark pink still do not coordinate, unless you want to look like a watermelon.

Next, try matching a solid tie with a patterned shirt. Hold your shirt at a distance, whether striped, plaid, or checkered, and take note of one of the colors of the pattern. If you pick a less noticeable color and find a solid tie that matches, you look fashion conscious. If you pick a more noticeable color and find a matching tie, that is still good and you will pass inspection.

In your outfit, use a maximum of two of any thing, except for plaid. If you have a striped suit and shirt, do not get a striped tie. You will look like a candy cane. Same for checkered patterns. Be sure that there is enough contrast in each matching pattern, though, to emphasize your visual appeal. Pin stripes on a suit and on a shirt are no good, if the shirt is thickly striped, you are set to go. When in doubt, it is better to keep the patterns separated. A striped suit will coordinate with a striped tie. Keep the shirt simple. You do not want people to get dizzy. Big contrasts little. Match on the small details and coordinate on the big ones.

Making A Duct Tape Tie

Some where in the lonely state of Washington, there lives a funny little man who can make any thing out of duct tape. Duct tape is the cement and steel girders of the common man and the silk of the strange one.

What with contests being hosted for the best duct tape dresses and tuxes for high school proms, this material has clearly stuck itself to society. Setting aside the bulk of the craft projects our funny little man has crafted book covers, seat cushions, hats, jackets, umbrellas, and wallets, to name a few we want to focus on a single, solitary fashion blunder.

The duct tape tie is one of the most unique fashion accessories known to man. While duct tape itself is considered cliche by high brow sorts, the difficulty of creating any thing out of duct tape that is more involved than a book mark lends itself to relative uniqueness. The little man from Washington knew this principle very well. Carefully, he crafted a duct tape necktie, putting nearly as much love into it as he had into his other duct tape creations. When his duct tape tie was complete, he knew just what to do. He gave it away.

With no blame to be attached, he was free to gleefully watch the fashion atrocity that throttled his co-conspirator and to laugh along with the crowd as his friend blissfully bore his style blunder throughout the day, until some body pointed out its lameness. When the duct tape tie was finally removed and a few days had passed, it became just another laugh. We know, you are the kind of person that always wishes that you could look back in life and laugh at some thing the way our Washingtonian friend laughs about his acquaintance and the duct tape necktie. Pay close attention on how to make a tie out of duct tape.

The first method is extremely simple. A duct tape tie can begin with a trip to a thrift store. Find the ugliest, cheapest, skinniest tie that you can. Buy it and a roll of duct tape, and then proceed to tape the monstrosity out of visual existence. This guarantees that you will get the shape right. It is also good practice for making your next tie template free. For a duct tape tie that you make without template or guide, there are two approaches. The first involves using a duct tape skeleton, instead of the cheap tie skeleton, but the second does not.

To make your tie’s duct tape back bone, roll out a length of duct tape that approximates the length of tie that you want. Lay it on a flat surface, sticky side up. Now, envision two lines. One that cuts it in half length wise, and one that cuts it in half width wise. Take the corner of one end of the tape and fold it in to the imaginary length wise line for fully half of the tape’s length. Repeat for the other corner, and you should have about a foot and a half of sticky side up tape that is rectangular and connected to the other foot and a half that looks like a very, very tall trapezoid. Starting at the bottom, wrap the backbone with duct tape in a zigzag pattern.

Turning the tie over, zig zag in the other direction to fill the gaps. Be sure to taper your zigs and zags as you go up so that the tie comes out perfectly sloped from a wide bottom to the narrow top. Repeat this wrapping as many times as needed, and be sure to fold things accordingly to make the triangle at both ends. It probably takes some practice, so start with wrapping a cheap tie. Remember, you bought it in the first place because it was not a very good tie at all.

Seventies Fashion – Fancy Dress Ups

The Seventies in America was a time where fashion began to explore new limits. Although the Sixties was known to be one of the most liberal times in American history, fashion took a decade to follow. Jeans were hitting big. In fact, one specific type of jeans is still iconic of the 70s, and that is the Bell Bottom Jeans.

So called after the large bell like shape at the bottom cuff of the jean, the iconic wide ankle is practically the definition of retro clothing. However, what about the fancy world? What about formal attire?Casual wear was becoming big, and because of that, there were new varieties, such as different types of jeans. However, formal kept its current status quo from decades beforea suit with a tie was the definition of formal, fancy wear.

Little has changed from the disco era in factalthough casual wear is king of the fashion world, and is full of variety, formal wears bread and butter is a suit and tie.In fact, the same could be said about womens wear. Keeping the status quo, women were known to wear long dresses. Be it for modesty or ample room to showcase the new liberal floral, intricate designs, the longer the dress, the more formal it was.

However, the most iconic accessory of formal attire during the Seventies for formal wear was the oversized hat, and it could be argued it went against the status quo. In the Sixties, hats were a bid deal, but not like they were in the Seventies.

In other words, wearing a large, almost floppy hat, then, went against the status quo as a new accessory was introduced into the mainstream formal outfit. However, the large hat was reminiscent of the Thirties; it can be said that there is nothing more like keeping the status quo than to go back in time.