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!

 

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!

Colors 101

We don’t know exactly what is stooping you from wearing colors.  Maybe it’s safe to keep your closet locked firmly onto the holy trinity of black, blue and grey (c’mon, we all know it’s a bit boring), or you just don’t want to be bothered.  Colors can be just as classic and formal as neutrals.  Not just in summer, but all year-round.  Maybe adding some color to your closet will be a stylish new year resolution you can actually keep to.

Here is what we know.  There are many shades of a color.  You may not like (or look good in) sky blue, for instance, but you might look fantastic in royal blue or navy.  Just like in a crayola box, there are so many choices, you will most likely find one that you like, and, most importantly, flatter your complexion.  Colors that are flattering to one’s complexion will make the face and eyes look brighter while the wrong shade of the same color can make skin look washed out and muddy.

So, with that said, if you can get a color analysis done, which of course would be optimal, a professional will be able to tell you exactly what colors are best for you.  A simpler alternative is to place a clothing item of color close to your face and watch for yourself the difference a great shade can do.  Or, just keep an eye out for colors you’re wearing that you get the most compliments on.  Easy enough, right?

When you figure out some colors that are right for you, go all out.  Don’t be afraid, and by all means, copy from contemporaries around you. There are no bad colors, you just have to find your right shade.

We suggest you start with basic items and then move on to matching and playing 100%.  These are some great ways to start: adding a brighter color tie to a somber suit,
a yellow wind breaker, a V-neck cashmere sweater in a forest of bright green, a purple sport coat, bright-colored t-shirts for summer (make sure they are fitted so you don’t look like a toddler).  There are a great array of colored corduroys.  Start with blue, and see how far you can go.  And stop thinking of labeling, colors are all about aesthetics.  Most importantly, have fun and make sure that whatever you buy always coordinates with what you already have!

Red: power and energy.  Great for a presentation or people who work in sales.  Psychologically, color has an impact on the person viewing it.  Here are some fun facts about how our dear brain perceives certain colors.

Yellow: conveys youthfulness, alertness and optimism.  A yellow tie can illuminate a dull suit.

Green: radiates harmony and calmness and demonstrates credibility.  Olive green is good for men in meetings.

Blue: expresses serenity and calmness in a variety of shades.  Navy blue, in particular, denotes power and authority, thus it’s the color choice for most police forces.  Looks great on TV, too.

Purple: power, creativity.  Great to add as an
accent color for business meetings and presentations.  It could be a lavender dress shirt or tie.

Orange: conveys a confident and outgoing nature.  Remember, there are many shades!

Brown: creates a comfortable and practical feeling in the onlooker and wearer.  Always make sure they are well-maintained.

Black: elegant, fashionable.  Just be aware that it can create a washed-out look, so you may want to add a brightly colored tie or bowtie.

White: a sign of virtue.  Indeed, the easiest and fastest way to look preppy.  Just make sure it’s always spotless.  A fitted white suit is always a winner for formal summer events!

Wardrobe Color Guide

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This ultra-helpful wardrobe color guide will easily help you figure out what matches what. So when you grab a purple shirt, don’t match it with yellow, go for white, tan, even brown. There are even some “Foolproof” combinations just in case you don’t feel like learning all these matches.

Six Tie Tips | Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers

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1. Proper Tie Length

You see men wearing ties of every length you can imagine. But what’s the recommended tie length? You should have your tie tip touching your belt line. Whether you have a thick or thin style, you should generally use this length.

2. Skinny Ties are In

Fat ties are out of style nowadays. Not that you can’t wear them anymore! But to be in style with the latest trend, you will want to tend toward narrower tie widths. Generally a width of 2 ¼ inches to 2 ¾ inches at the widest point.

3. Learn to tie properly

For a great knot size, try the four-in-hand knot. It works well with most collar types and will always look nice. How to tie knots

4. Basic Ties

You should have a basic collection of ties that will go with any outfit. These typically include solid black, grey, crimson, and blue.

5. Add a bit of flair

If you are tired of your basic ties, add a few patterns! You don’t have to go crazy with them if you are uncomfortable with it. But having a new pattern can really make your outfit stand out.

6. Tie Clips

A tie clip is not essential, but it definitely adds a bit of class to your outfit. Invest in a black clip, and also a silver or gold one for a bit of extra color.

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, apart from providing the perfect custom suit, we also carry a great selection of accessories including ties! Come by our shop on Fifth Avenue South and view what we have to offer. 400 fifth Avenue South Suite 100 Naples, Florida 34102.

What Men Should Pack for a Weekend Getaway

During the summer, its always nice to break away from the office routine and the business hours by going on a weekend trip. At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we firmly believe everyone needs a break. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you can’t take your style with you wherever you may be traveling to. We know packing may seem like a daunting task with the fear of overpacking and under packing; the stress can get to people. Here are a few ways you can relax on a getaway with easy, cool style and the perfect amount of clothes.

PANTS

While on a weekend getaway, depending on where you are going, it is wise to pack a few pairs of pants even in the summertime. Opt for one pair of jeans and one pair of slim khakis. These both are very versatile pieces that go with just about everything. Wear them to the airport, dinner, or a night out on the town!

SHORTS

One of the most vital pairs of clothing you will need for your summer weekend getaway. Shorts are the trademark of summer, by exchanging your long pants for a charming short is one of the best parts of the season. Be sure to pack one khaki short and one patterned short. Wear these around the hotel, out to lunch or soaking in the sun.

SHIRTS

Wearing one is usually optional, but here we have some pointers for you anyway. You will need to pack 3 shirts for your vacation, perfect for the amount of days you will most likely be gone.

  • One is a floral shirt, think beach and relaxed vibes, that you can wear to the beach or on a sunny day.
  • One thin summer sweatshirt, for if it does get a bit chilly, you can wear on a night out.
  • One simple pocket tee, which is great for the airport or traveling. Its easy and will help you cool down.

In addition to these, a simple navy blazer is always excellent to have on hand just in case. This packing list will be sure to give you a memorable and fun weekend getaway over the summer.

 

Don’t Clash or Crash: Cycling to Work in Style

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Sometimes getting out of bed in the morning and groggily making your way to work is enough energy for your morning routine. However, a new craze has come along! Biking to work is now becoming increasingly more popular. People have always biked to work, whether its your environmentally conscious friends or your freakishly fit acquaintances, and others just like to avoid the rush of traffic in the morning hours. For whatever reason you bike to work, there has always been one complaint, “I always have to change my clothes after.” This age old problem has kept people from slipping on their spandex and packing their work clothes for the day.

With the popularity of biking to work at an all time high, a new industry has been created. Suits designed to bike to work and take meetings in. Companies like Parker Dusseau have developed a suit you can bike to work in using Marino Wool-Spandex Blend, a stretchy material. The crtoch has a diamond design instead of a four way seam, providing flexibility and comfort.

Although these suits are pricey, $495 for the jacket and $295 for the pants, it still provides a gateway to new designs and new ways to get into this niche market. So, next time you think about grabbing your bike rather than your keys, don’t hesitate!