When to wear a skinny tie

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You’ve seen them popping up all over the place. The skinny tie is the “it” thing in the fashion world right now. And as with all “it” things, you need to figure out when the best time is to sport it.

There will be faux paus here and there, someone wearing a skinny tie with the wrong type of suit or during the wrong occasion (is there a wrong occasion?)

We’ll be going over the do’s and don’ts of skinny ties to help you always look your best.

The skinny tie basics

What constitutes a skinny tie? Well, a “regular” tie is usually about 3.5 inches wide, anything slimmer will be referred to as a skinny tie.

There are three sizes: 1.5-1.75 inches, 2-2.5 inches, and 2.75 to 3.25 inches.

Once you pick your perfect size (try each on to see how they look) you’ll need to pick the right fabric. Choose from all the regular tie fabrics like cotton, silk, knit cotton, microfiber, and wool.

Next, decide on the right length. According to Skinnyties.com about 90% of you will be getting a tie that’s about 56-58 inches, so don’t overthink the length too much. If you are above 6′ 3″ the site recommends a 58 inch long tie.

Now pull the whole tie together with a tie bar. Here are the recommended sizes based on the width of your tie, courtesy of skinnyties.com:

1.5″ tie = 1.25″ tie bar
1.75″-2″ tie = 1.5″ or 1.75″ tie bar2.25″ – 3″ tie = 1.75″ tie bar

When to wear a skinny tie

Now that you have your tie picked out, when can you wear it? First, you’ll want to make sure your proposed suit or outfit goes with the tie.

You will want slim fitting shirt, jacket, and narrow pants to match the skinny tie aesthetic.

The skinny tie goes great in casual settings, but it’s often not recommended for very formal events. You can get away with it at a formal event, but make sure it is a black silk tie.

A skinny tie goes great with a vest or with a well-fitted button down. Generally the types of men wearing these ties are slim and tall, especially since the skinny tie can make them appear even more tall and slim.

When do you wear your skinny tie? Have you worn one to a very formal event? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Never Know How to Match Your Suit, Tie, and Shoes? Say no more!

Matching a suit is one thing. You have to pick the right jacket and pant color, then the dress shirt, followed by the tie. Now add shoes into that mix and you could be a walking fashion faux pas at your next event.

How could that be? Well, for one thing, wearing anything but black shoes with a black suit is not a good idea. A good rule of thumb is that black shoes go with nearly every color suit from brown and black to white and gray.

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This excellent chart from the /r/malefashionadvice subreddit shows you the proper suit color and shoe pairings. A black suit is perfect for formal events, especially paired with a wholecut oxford shoe. A more casual look is a light grey suit with a black or dark brown Brogue Monkstrap with Medallion Cap Toe shoe.

Once you have the suit and shoe down, you need to worry about matching your shirt and tie to complete the whole outfit.

This article from Fashion Beans gives examples of great shirt and tie combos from white shirts to striped shirts. Take a look to get some inspiration.

Next, this blog from Art of Manliness shows you the art (or is it a science?) of matching shirt and tie patterns. Starting off easy, you should go for a solid color or semisolid when it comes to neckties. Once you get more confident you can branch out into bolder patterns. You don’t want to be matching your tie too closely with the shirt, so don’t wear a similar striped tie and shirt combo.

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Also starting off easy, you should have a conservative-colored dress shirt. Usually white and light blue are the most common, as well as pastels.

Next come the suits. Dark colored suits, says Art of Manliness, go with most tie colors. But be careful when you try to match a dark tie with a blue tint with a dark grey or black suit. Blue ties are much better suited for navy blue, or light colored suits. Light suits go well with dark ties.  There are many other great tips and rules to help you match your next suit, so check out the article.

This is a quick primer on matching suits, shirts, ties, and shoes. It takes some practice to get used to matching these colors and patterns, but you’ll get the hang of it! So find some weddings, business meetings, or networking events to attend and make sure your suit game is on point.

Get Creative with your Ties

It’s time to stop wearing boring ties! There are too many creative ties and bow ties out there that you don’t need to stick the the same old red, blue, or black tie you got from your kid for Father’s Day (c’mon we know you have a few of those). Stock up on these creative ties and you’ll be the talk of the office.

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Feather Bow Ties
Alright, disclaimer alert, these are bow ties we just got into the showroom. And  we couldn’t wait to show them off! Just look at these babies. Who doesn’t want a feather bow tie?

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Wooden Bow Ties
I am a Shark Tank addict (the tv show about small businesses getting investments) and a company pitched their wooden bow tie company. You’ll really be making heads turn wearing one of these.

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American Flag Bow Tie

Let your flag fly…on your neck! It’s the perfect way to show your patriotism.

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DIY Paper Bow Tie
On the cheap? Good with your hands? Make your own paper bow tie! Especially suited for those in the creative industry.

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Creative Printed Neckties

Pick a unique print for your tie to show off what you love. Maybe it’s bikes, maybe it’s bees!

Purchasing with a Purpose: A Great Gift, for a Great Cause

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Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, is partnering with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in a special holiday charity program to raise money for the organization.

As part of the program, Joseph’s will offer a select number of tie fabrics in four different styles, all in red. Each special tie, which will feature an embroidered LLS logo on the tipping of the tie, will retail at $195 with $50 of the retail pre ice going directly to LLS.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Founded in 1949, and headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., LLS has chapters though out the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit http://www.LLS.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572.

“Purchasing with a Purpose” will continue until the entire stock of special ties is sold out. Any questions or comments on the program can be directed to Joseph’s main office at 239.530.0070. The ties cannot be purchased online. Persons interested in purchasing a tie who cannot come to our showroom should call to order.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Joseph Wendt

jwednt-2112Dad’s can be hard to shop for. The scramble for a good men’s gift around Father’s Day can often leave a gift giver stumped, and a gift receiver disappointed. At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we can advise on any and all gift-buying dilemmas! Joseph Wendt has one-of-a-kind men’s clothing and accessories. From wine glasses to clothing, belts, shoes, cufflinks and ties, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers can dress you dad from head to toe.

Business Suits: Choose from a variety of solid colors, subtle patterns, elegant pinstripes, flawless details and classic designs for your day and evening business attire. Every garment is customized to each gentleman’s needs, using only the finest fabrics that are meticulously tailored. Each suit is double stitched with quality detailing. Add a custom tailored shirt, shoes and tie to complete your look. Let Joseph help you build a power suit that will create confidence and poise each time you walk into that key business meeting or important company function. Image

Sport Coats: When it comes to business and attire for more casual settings, no one understands the subtleties of sport coat styles better than Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers. We pride ourselves in providing the discerning gentleman with a perfectly fitted jacket made of the most luxurious fabrics. We want you to show up looking and feeling your best, no matter where you’re headed, so we’ve broken down sport coats into three distinct categories to help you fine-tune your look.

Dress Business: This smart, professional look is for the gentleman wishing to attend his social events looking clean cut and pulled together when a full suit is not required. The detailing on each coat is unique and the end product embodies effortless style.

Dress Casual: Pair this sport coat with a more laid back pant design for the perfect combination of casual and trendy. Approach your schedule with a relaxed and classy appearance that will have you feeling confident and comfortable all day long.

Dress Social: Attend dinners, company events and social gatherings with complete confidence in a suit that is uniquely tailored, yet not overly formal. We add just the right amount of personal detail and design to help you stand out, while at the same time maintaining a polished and self-confident appearance.

Sportswear: For the ultimate in relaxation, comfort and casual sophistication, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers offers an array of fashions including sport vests, jeans and golf shirts.

shoes_500px_05Shoes: Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers is proud to offer Fratelli Rosetti and Michael Toschi shoes, the highest quality Italian footwear that are the epitome of comfort and style. These luxurious shoes are made from the finest hides hand crafted by skilled artisans. Joseph’s offers both classic and casual styles.

Ties and Accessories: Add a splash of color and style with Joseph Wendt exclusive line of Italian ties by Tino Cosma. Each tie is a work of art meticulously designed in bold or subtle patterns. Joseph Wendt also carries a wide selection of belts, wallets, cufflinks and pocket squares. Image

Glassware: If the wine matters, so does the glass. It’s that simple. Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers sells a beautiful line of wine glasses from Bottega del Vino Crystal not available through mass merchants. Each crystal glass is handmade. Tasting after tasting, test after test, time after time, wine enthusiasts are made by the difference the glass makes. Inspired by a life in wine and created by Severino Barzan, Bottega del Vino Crystal wine glasses are first and foremost, wine-driven in design and creation. Each piece in painstakingly mouth blown and hand finished to the highest of world standards for balance, weight, shape and the tactile pleasure of holding the stem and drinking from it. Each piece features a superbly crafted bowl with single pull stem for the best possible feel in hand and mouth. Image

Custom Golf and Hunting Wear: Look stylish whether you’re golfing or hunting with a custom sports wardrobe created by Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers. Joseph can create a look from head to toe that is classic and functional no matter which sport you choose to enjoy.

 

All the Necktie Tips (Infographic)

We’ve gone over all of the little things you have to get right when wearing a tie before.  The pattern, the color, the style, the knot…  Well, there’s a lot.  So why not get a nice cheat sheet so you can have all the basic tips all in one place at once?  This infographic on neckties has you covered!

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Bow Ties 101

Let’s take a look at that most misunderstood aspect of menswear, the bow tie.

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Despite the modern association with nerdiness and fastidiousness, believe it or not, the bow tie has particularly roughly-hewn origins.  Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian Wars in the 1600s used a scarf around their necks to close the opening of their shirts.  The French became fond of the look, adapting it for less utilitarian purposes, and calling it a “cravat” from the French for “Croat.”  When and how the cravat of the 1700s and 1800s mutated into the bow tie is lost to history.  However it happened, bow ties and their variants dominated formalwear for the second half of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century before giving way to neckties.  Favored by professors, architects, and other more fussy, old fashioned-types, bow ties began to fade in popularity in the years leading up to World War II, with neckties becoming the garment of choice for fashionable men.  Bow ties became associated with being old, or awkward, or even specifically being politically and socially conservative.

It wasn’t until recently, with the rise of the “hipster” look, which deliberately seeks out odd or contrarian fashion choices, have bow ties returned to the mainstream, and have even become “cool” again.  Young people, fashionable people, sports starts, and even dyed-in-the-wool liberals are wearing bow ties again (we still think conservative columnist George Will wears the look best in the political world right now, though).  And, of course, scientists, professors and the more socially reserved continue to love them as they always have.

Considering adding bow ties to your fashion repertoire?  Here are some things you need to know.  First, here’s how to tie a bow tie, from WikiHow.  Unlike neckties, there aren’t a lot of variant ways to tie these pieces of neckwear.

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  • Drape the bow tie around your neck, under your collar, and grasp the ends. The end on your right should extend about 1.5 inches lower than the end on your left side.
  • Cross the longer end over the shorter end. You should cross the tie near your neck so that the loop around your neck is just large enough to work with but not loose; you don’t want your bow dangling in front of your chest.
  • Pass the longer end up through the loop, forming a simple, loose overhand knot. Use this opportunity to tighten the knot if necessary.
  • Pull the dangling end to the left and then fold it back over itself to the right. Hold this fold, which will be the front loop of the completed tie, between your shirt’s collar points.
  • Drop the raised end of the tie over the front of the bow.
  • Grab the left and right sides of the horizontally-folded end and pinch them together in front of the dangling end. The top of the dangling end will now be held between them.
  • Feed the middle of the dangling end back through the knot you made in Step 3. It will now form the back half of the bow.
  • Tighten the bow by pulling on opposite sides and halves simultaneously. Pull the front right and back left ends apart to loosen; pull the front left and back right apart to tighten. Repeat until the bow is the desired shape and tightness.

The second thing you need to know are the types of bow ties.  It may seem like there is only one kind of bow tie, but that is not the case!  The most obvious distinction is between “freestyle,” “pre-tied” and “clip-on” bow ties.  We really, really don’t recommend wearing anything other than a freestyle tie (which you tie yourself), unless you absolutely have to.  It’s quite a fashion faux pas to wear a pre-tied tie!

The next big distinction is between the tie sizes.  There’s the skinny 1.5-inch bow tie, fun and slightly formal, famous from the look of the 1950s and 1960s.  Then there’s the thin 2-inch bow tie, streamlined and sophisticated, and hard to go wrong with (unless you have a truly enormous head!).  Next is the standard 2.5-inch bow tie, balanced and classy, and impossible to do wrong.  After that we have the 2.5-inch diamond bow tie, which takes the classic bow tie and makes it a bit more striking (this is usually James Bond’s favored bow tie).  Then we have the 2.5-inch self tie bow tie, which has a charmingly imperfect, flat-ended shape.  Finally, there’s the 3-inch butterfly bow tie, with flared edges, and not always in fashion, these are perfect for bigger, broader-shouldered guys.  Remember, the ties need to be in proportion to you!  If you’re 6’6″ with huge shoulders, the thin tie might make you look like a tied-off balloon, and if you’re 5’6″ with a small build, the butterfly tie will make you look like a kid wearing his dad’s suit!  Wear what looks and feels good on you!

The last thing to keep in mind is that freestyle ties come in two major groups, “bat wing” and “thistle.”  Which one to wear depends completely on personal preference.  The thistle tends to be more adjustable and versatile.

To close, let’s let Bill Nye the Science Guy explain his own love affair with the bow tie.  Cheers!