Ties – Men Style Fashion http://www.menstylefashion.com We Show You How Fri, 18 May 2018 08:02:41 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Keep It Clean – Saving the World One Tie at a Time http://www.menstylefashion.com/keep-it-clean-saving-the-world-one-tie-at-a-time/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/keep-it-clean-saving-the-world-one-tie-at-a-time/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:42:20 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=29243 Run Differently

Keep it Clean is a company that is run differently, it is a company that sells ties and bow ties and has two purposes: to keep you looking clean and to keep the ocean clean. Keep it Clean is on a mission to help the world, and believe that it can help people look good in doing it. As more and more people become conscious about their footprint on earth, companies like Keep It Clean are building a loyal and eco-conscious audience.

Donating $1 For Every Tie Purchase

Right now their main focus is donating to The Ocean Cleanup, they are an organization that Keep It Clean stands by completely. With every purchase of a tie or bow tie, $1 is donated to theoceancleanup.com to aid them in cleaning our oceans. Think of this as the TOMS of Ties! Cleaning up the oceans isn’t all they want to achieve as a company, they also want to expand and help people on land all the while making their customers look and feel better as a result of their purchases.

I have always been a fan of brands that have a higher purpose and these guys are doing a lot of things right. I’m not just talking about the obvious environmental things, I’m talking about their products too!

Great Prices

Keep It Clean deliberately remains very simple with a clear message. Ties, bow ties and clean the ocean. I have been personally impressed with their product range, it looks very stylish but is sold at an amazing low price point. Most of its products fall within the $8-$12 range and exude a style factor far above their price.

Bow Ties

At MenStyleFashion we are a fan of the bow tie, we can’t see enough of it and especially around the summer months. A summer bow tie a really like from the current collection is the Steel Blue / Light Blue on Black Pre-Tied Woven Dotted Paisley Bow Tie. The paisley detail is really nice and the colour scheme works really well.

Steel Blue / Light Blue on Black Pre-Tied Woven Dotted Paisley Bow Tie — $ 12

Steel Blue / Light Blue on Black Pre-Tied Woven Dotted Paisley Bow Tie — $ 12

Then there is always the bow tie that can go with a suit or tux and nothing is better than the black bow tie, get your own James Bond impersonation.

Solid Pre-Tied Black Bow Tie — $ 8

Solid Pre-Tied Black Bow Tie — $ 8

Neck Ties

I am a bit of an authority when it comes to neck ties, as you can see in a recent article which was done in association with Lynx. Ever since I can remember I’ve been a fan of ties, I guess it could go back to my relationship with my grandfather who always seemed to ‘suit up’ and wear his 40’s style ties. As you may be able to guess that my tie style closely resembles the style from that time! I like my ties slim, but not skinny and generally bold in colour. This is what I like in Keep It Clean’s collection as it keeps its ties narrow in width and host a range of patterns from solid colours to ones of a more patriotic nature!

Its solid navy blue tie and the cool coral tie are the ones that stood out for me. I don’t usually enjoy ‘loud’ patterns on a tie, but I did feel that the majority of their ties didn’t scream out as ‘lary’ and showed a more confident look. I must admit I could almost wear any of its collection of neck ties which speaks volumes.

Slim Navy Blue Necktie - $ 8 & Cool Coral Necktie — $ 8

Slim Navy Blue Necktie – $ 8 & Cool Coral Necktie — $ 8

A tie lover myself I love it when companies sell a good product and also have a higher purpose. But combine this with low prices and for me Keep It Clean ticks all of these boxes.

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Cravat – All Hail The Cravat http://www.menstylefashion.com/cravat-hail-cravat/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/cravat-hail-cravat/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:09:07 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=24450 Rise of the Cravat

Move over bow tie, and make way for the sartorially elegant silk cravat. There has been a huge resurgence of the well-dressed modern gent in the last few years, and popularity of men’s accessories have escalated hugely with the bow tie, pocket square and boutonnière being part of a man’s wardrobe.

That said, more and more gentlemen these days are opting for the open-neck shirt, which unfortunately appears rather ‘lack-lustre’ and even displays a sense of slovenliness. It’s getting to the point where this is seen too often and men let themselves down a little by purchasing a fine suit or outfit only to spoil it by leaving it unfinished. A necktie or bow tie completes the look, although it seems the restrictiveness of having to button ones shirt right up to the top is becoming less favourable due to lack of comfort.

A cravat is the perfect answer to this predicament, as it’s the perfect accessory to finish off an outfit for the sartorial chap, while bearing comfort and style at the same time. And as every woman knows, a well-dressed man is certain to stand out from the crowd and turn heads at social events!

Cravat Club, an online store British Made (11)

Cravat Club

Cravat Club, an online store which sells British made silk cravats and pocket squares is determined to appeal this long forgotten cravat to the younger market, with customers ranging from in their mid-late 20s to in their 40s. Of course, they have the more mature patrons visiting their e-commerce store too, but thanks to Cravat Club’s off-the-wall imagery on their site (think bearded and tattooed male models on motorbikes), they have turned this original concept on its head and opened up ideas for the cravat’s versatility.

“I wanted to ensure that Cravat Club’s image steered away from the stuffy and outdated undertones that cravats have traditionally had, and that a slightly edgier and more contemporary touch would be ideal for today’s market and to appeal to a wider audience, not just for the more mature gentleman!” – Jenny Meguro, Director for Cravat Club

If you haven’t tried a cravat before you may be surprised how comfortable it is to wear, and paired with the right outfit, how stylish it looks. You don’t have to make a huge statement wearing it; be as subtle or as bold as you like by positioning the cravat slightly lower or higher around your neck and show as little or as much as you like. It doesn’t have to be with a conventional shirt either, try it with a polo shirt, or wearing it tucked inside a waistcoat or slim fitting jacket. Once you find what suits you, you will be wearing it with conviction and brimming with bravado!

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Bow Tie – Stay Cool & Wear Them In Summer? http://www.menstylefashion.com/bow-tie-how-to-wear-them-in-summer/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/bow-tie-how-to-wear-them-in-summer/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:43:15 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=1615 bow tie men 2012 london liberty

Bow Tie

It seems the history of the black Bow Tie has had a revamp. Why wear a Bow Tie during summer? The common occasion in wearing a Bow Tie is mainly for weddings and special evening events. So wearing a dark or black Bow Tie seems out of place and far too heavy for summer.  The new inspired dashing Bow Tie in floral fabrics have opened a new way of wearing them.

Why Own A Bow Tie

They are a fabulous gift for all occasions. They don’t date. When you wear them it just brings a great smile on everyone’s face. They are clear personality winner. Men once you get tired of them don’t fret. Why? The collections are fantastic this summer and us women can wear it too.

How To Tie A Bow Tie



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Who says you can’t wear a bow tie in summer?

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When you have had enough of your bow tie, us girlie’s will take over

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Be cool this summer with your bow tie

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Have fun with your bow tie this summer, including your mates

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No excuse for buying a summer bow tie

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Ulterior Motive – Menswear Accessories To Set You Apart http://www.menstylefashion.com/ulterior-motive-menswear-accessories-set-apart/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/ulterior-motive-menswear-accessories-set-apart/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:33:01 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=24070 It’s very common that most businesses are formed out of frustration. So co- founder Bruce Hakan decided to come up with menswear accessories with an Ulterior Motive in mind. The one thing that stood out with this brand is the way they photograph their accessories. Trust me I have written thousands of articles and it certainly caught my eye. In fact at times I thought hell that’s subtle but very detailed at the same time. As you all know you guys are all about the finer details making sure it gets noticed. For me this brand has a very clear ambition, which is to offer something different as opposed to most of the accessories available today. This label is about inspiring any man if he dares to cross the conservative line, to break free and be a rebel without a pause.

In Bruce’s own words, Ulterior Motive is more rock than business.

Everyday Ties

The products Ulterior Motive designs have the goal to carry. For example the ties are an important part of their product range. When it comes to ties, Ulterior Motive’s philosophy is that you can wear a tie almost anytime. It believes the reason why (almost) nobody does this today is that the ties that you find in stores are either meant for business or dinner parties. That is a subtle edge, not to be in-your-face, but rather something you notice in the details. It would never put out a t-shirt with just the logo, but most likely a woven skull on the back lining of a tie. So with these subtleties in designs it’s all about giving your neck let alone your style some alternative respect.

Pocket Square

The first thing to keep in mind with a pocket square is to learn how to fold one. Once you’ve grasped that then it’s all about being bold by teaming your pocket square with your matching tie. However this is Ulterior Motive we are talking about, so why not mix and match your tie with your pocket square. It’s a great ice breaker for any occasion and what the hell, it’s all about that detail and who is noticing it. Clash of the prints is always a controversial statement that will keep your friends or businesses relations always wondering what is your alternative motive?

Wallets – Give Your Pocket Some Respect

Let’s face it when the cash is being used and abused a wallet can give out a clear message. What does the colour or pattern of your wallet say about you? You’re a man who is not afraid to push boundaries. One that likes to be noticed in a subtle way with the finer things in life. A professional clear message that your wallet may have another Ulterior Motive that style cannot be bought it has to be owned.


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Bow Ties – Fear Them Knot http://www.menstylefashion.com/bow-ties-fear-them-knot/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/bow-ties-fear-them-knot/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:18:30 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=23860 Bow Ties… Fear Them Not.

Gentlemen of the world do not be left behind! Do not miss this train. Don’t be idle as the world embraces the latest menswear revolution. It’s finally our turn to own the spotlight.  Tailors, shoe-shines, avant-garde grooming and, I dare you… Bow Ties. I know you know they’re in. And I also know that you secretly admire the fearless ones who wear them with apparent effortless casual elegance.  Think of it this way: it’s just a small piece of fabric crafted by a guy just as manly as you are. Wearing a bow tie is not the end of your masculinity; in fact, it is the opposite.  I will go as far as to say that wearing one is the ultimate sign of confidence in menswear. Having the, dare I say it, balls to wear a bow tie says to the world “look at me, I have balls!”

 Having the, dare I say it, balls to wear a bow tie says to the world.

You expect the comments, good or bad; you embrace the good and shrug off the bad, only to notice that the less supportive comments come from those wearing khakis and sandals with socks.

Imagine yourself walking in a room where every man wears a tie. A sea of men failing to impress the women they have been pursuing all night simply because they are fashionably outsmarted by the one guy in the room that’s different – the guy wearing a bow tie. It’s that simple and it works. Just ask my wife J One piece of fabric just 4 inches by 3 inches has changed everything for me. Question is…are you ready for that responsibility to outshine, out style, and out man every other guy in the room?

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Chester Barrie – 7 Seasonal Ties for 2014 http://www.menstylefashion.com/chester-barrie-7-seasonal-ties-for-2014/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/chester-barrie-7-seasonal-ties-for-2014/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 05:18:25 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=13213 Chester Barrie - Savile Row - London Collections Men SS14

At London Collections Men, I kept asking one question in all my interactions with men: “What should a man invest in when it comes to his wardrobe”. Two things came up every single time. A good suit and accessories. Chester Barrie’s presentation was small but very educational. Topics that were discussed is that a man should learn about quality fabrics. He should understand his colour pallet and most of all learn the art of choosing a well fitted suit. When entering the Chester Barrie store give yourself all the time you need in choosing your pieces.

High End Service High End Result

Don’t ever feel intimidated by the name Savile Row. They are experts when it comes to tailoring suits. Just be open and honest and say you have no idea what your looking for. Explain you don’t know what suits your body type. This is what you pay for, their expert advice. They will guide you in every possible way. Remember your suit represents their brand. You are representing their reputation when walking on the streets or in a business meeting.


Whilst browsing at the belts, ties and handkerchiefs it occurred to me to highlight the point. You can dress your suits with many accessories and in doing so representing many different occasions. That’s why it’s worth the quality investment when it comes to buying your timeless suit. But it’s in the way you use your accessories and its colour that will add to your high end look. Your ties are so crucial in showing the public a glimpse of who you are.


For this article I have decided not only to show the Chester Barrie collection but also zoom in on the ties the models were wearing at the presentation. You will see wide, paisley, pastel, printed, striped, chequered and colourful ties. The update variety shown in this collection is gorgeous. It caters for lots of different occasions. One of my favourites and I like to call them chunky ties, are gong to be huge next season. If you are a young gentleman, than bold wide chunky ties are always youthful and playful. Sam and Chris sets a great example in the interview. The dark paisley ties are perfect for evening wear and just will accentuate your evening attire look.


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Chris and Sam we are loving their ties

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Chunky wide tie

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Paisley Ties

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If your looking how to team you shirts with other pieces. The following examples will guide you in the right direction

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Adorable Shirt – Priceless

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Image credits: Maria Scard

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Style Tips – The Rise Of The Cravat http://www.menstylefashion.com/style-tips-the-rise-of-the-cravat/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/style-tips-the-rise-of-the-cravat/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:01:12 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=21484 As seen on the streets of Paris Fashion Week and on the catwalks for Autumn/Winter 2014, the cravat, has made a massive comeback, adding extra points of flair and a cultivated sense of style on casual and formal wear alike.

This manly accessory and great alternative to the bow tie has established itself as the ultimate chic accessory. Originating from Croatian soldiers during World War I, it became popular amongst younger dapper men, and it was later embraced by British aristocrats. This quintessentially british accessory may have been associated with a conservative and anachronistic elite, but during the past few seasons has established itself as the ultimate male accessory to formalize any casual outfit or give a stylish edge to a somewhat boring suit. Pair it up with a pocket square, a double chested blazer and tailored pants in a dark shade of maroon, grey, or navy, leather brogues and a pocket watch if you’re after the complete modern gentleman look.

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courtesy of Cravat Club

Types Of Cravats

There are two different types of silk cravats: printed and woven silk cravats. Printed silk cravats tend to be a lighter-weight silk and more often adorned in the warmer months and for more casual occasions, whereas the jacquard woven silk cravats are thicker and tend to be more lustrous in colour; therefore are more suitable for the cooler months of the year and formal wear. Most cravat makers tend to manufacture printed silk cravats, whereas only brand names like Hermes or Turnbull & Asser do woven silk cravats and at a hefty cost.

However, one company that stands out is Cravat Club. One unique selling point about Cravat Club’s products is the ‘Stay Put Cravat’. Their jacquard woven silk cravats are layered with rich colours and are a heavier-weighted silk, which unlike most silk cravats, require minimal re-adjusting, hence the ‘Stay Put Cravat’. This means the cravat can be tied less restrictively around the neck as opposed to conventional cravats, to allow for maximum style and comfort.

Cravat Club supplies both types of cravat (jacquard woven and printed silk), unlike what most cravat makers do. Their 25mm printed silk is more luxurious than other cravat makers’ (who tend to use a flyaway 18mm silk), so Cravat Club’s printed silk cravats are a superior quality.


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 Pocket Squares

Gentleman’s accessories such as pocket squares, man bags and the cravat have resurfaced over the last few years as men have become more interested in expressing an individual and more creative sense of style. The demand for male accessories is increasing and brands such as Cravat Club, who use a phrases such as “Cravat Comeback” have tapped into the need for exquisite, delicate cravats that are addressed to gentlemen who want to alternate their casual and semi-casual appearances. Cravat Club will be supplying jacquard woven silk pocket squares from May, so watch that space!

An open collar is charming but not preferable in formal occasions, so adding a day cravat to the outfit adds an intellectual sense of style. The way to wear them is quite easy, wrapped around the neck and tucked inside the collar of a shirt or even into a polo shirt. Another way to incorporate this style is wearing it on the outside of the shirt paired with a tailored suit or jacket.

  British and Aristocratic Cravat

But the resurgence of the typically British and aristocratic cravat isn’t just the name of a brand, it’s a fact. At least that was the case at this year’s Paris fashion week where the designers set a romantic 19th century scene for Autumn/Winter 2014. The multilayered suits where wonderfully accessorized by this staple, classic piece. The French designer, Downton Abbey showed carefully crafted silk cravats that complimented luxurious three piece suits and paired them up with leather brogues. But the cravat was very popular amongst street style sartorial chaps of fashion week. Long charming pea coats, or sleek biker leather jackets worn with jeans or tailored pants dressed up by adding colorful cravats to their outfit. Choose the pattern and fabric that blends best with your everyday wardrobe and opt for this stylish and sophisticated statement piece to take your outfits to the next level.

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How To Tie A Bow Tie – Step By Step Video http://www.menstylefashion.com/tie-bow-tie-step-step-video/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/tie-bow-tie-step-step-video/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:39:29 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=20983 If you are wearing a tuxedo to a wedding or black tie event, you will need to know how to tie a bow tie. These occasions are rare so we do not get to practice a lot the art of how to tie a bow tie. Watch this instructional 30 second video and you will see it as easy as how to tie your shoe laces.

This video is courtesy of Jacamo, a the leading menswear fashion retailer committed to offering the widest choice of men’s clothing with big brands in sizes small to 5XL. Jacamo aims to be the definitive hassle-free way to shop for menswear. For more information or to see the wide range of clothes they offer for all occasions, please visit its website http://www.jacamo.co.uk.

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Tie Use in Decline – Market Adapting to Changes http://www.menstylefashion.com/tie-use-in-decline-market-adapting-to-changes/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/tie-use-in-decline-market-adapting-to-changes/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:54:55 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=20087 Ties for men 2014

Tie Use in Decline – Market Adapting to Changes

The fashion world is driven by change – that’s what makes it so interesting and diverse, but it’s also the very thing that makes it so bewildering. Changing trends have always represented a major challenge for fashionable men, but these days there’s something else to tackle – let’s call it the sartorio-economic climate, for the sake of grandiloquence if nothing else. Economics has, at present, a big say on the subject of menswear, because it alters the environment stylish institutions operate within. Those that can’t change with the times do what all in-adaptable species do: they go extinct.

The latest fashion icon to go into administration is Tie Rack, following hot on the heels of Nicole Fahri. The high street staple expects to close all but a handful of its airport branches by the end of 2014. Once upon a time, it would have been unthinkable that an institution like Tie Rack would have reason to go under. It seemed perfectly adapted to the fashion environment – the business world was its bread and butter thanks to the neck tie’s enduring place in the formal wardrobe. Moreover, an inexhaustible stream of special occasions made sure that even those unaccustomed to business dress were familiar with the spots and stripes, plaids and paisleys, of Tie Rack’s silk-festooned walls. So what environmental shift, what Extinction Level Event, was powerful enough to bring about the demise of this sartorial stalwart? It’s easy to blame the economic downturn. Surely that alone has made conditions untenable for some traders? Well, that’s true – we’ve seen plenty of businesses disappear because they’ve struggled in the post-credit-crunch epoch. But if the neck tie is, in fact, a mainstay of business dress, wouldn’t that make Tie Rack recession-proof?

Fading of Tie Use

Clearly there’s something else going on. Fashion experts are well aware of the fact that demand for Tie Rack’s wares has been in decline for a while, and it’s all down to changing attitudes to style in the workplace. Ever since the late 1990s, the tie has seen its influence fade. Slowly but surely, everyone from estate agents to politicians have abandoned the neck tie and its perceived formality. In one sense, the neck tie has been made a scapegoat for more inflexible attitudes to working life – attitudes that don’t belong in the modern business sphere. Now, in an age when hotshot media outfits have pretty much done away with dress codes altogether, it’s all too easy to appear over-dressed. The ‘critical mass’ of formal dressing has diminished and diminished; the tie itself is largely seen as a step too far.

Is the neck tie really a fashion dinosaur at odds with the modern world of menswear? A lot of people think so and if trends are in any way determined by popular perception – which is surely the case – then there’s an argument for crying anachronism at the very sight of a neck tie.These days, open necked shirts are synonymous with a sense of readiness in the workplace, a flavour of flexibility and a commitment to the real issues at hand. Designers like Paul Smith and Ted Baker have championed this approach; newscasters and politicians have bought into it; business owners and executives have caught on, aware that they can make just as positive an impression with a well-cut suit and a fitted white shirt. Removing the tie removes some of the artifice – it simplifies and clarifies, celebrates no-nonsense assertiveness over gimcrack ostentation and provides a welcome antidote to the pure theatre of behaviour that values form over content.

Changes in the Market

Of course, reinterpretations of the neck tie have seen it incorporated successfully into the casual wardrobes of indie dressers, with knitted and skinny varieties displaying a level of versatility absent from silk numbers. This has bought the neck tie fashion credentials with a younger audience. Brands like Simon and Simon have proven that sporting a tie or not can be worth it either way. However, there is a sense that this new interpretation is more about self-expression than uniformity – it’s a way to stand out rather than a way to fit in. This trend isn’t enough to prevent demand for neckwear from dwindling. Throw in the fact that skinny ties and knitted ties are being sold cheaply by high street retailers aimed at younger audiences, like Topman, and you begin to see how happenstance has conspired against shops like Tie Rack.

Unless your dress code at work specifically demands neckwear, you’re at liberty to decide whether to join the tie-break. The positive news is that getting of the tie isn’t going to cause a stir. Too many figureheads of fashion have already given it the heave-ho.

However, if you do choose to retain it was part of your working wardrobe, it does give you an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Just be prepared take advice on the finer points, such as width, fabric, pattern and knot.

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Ties – What To Tie Around Your Neck http://www.menstylefashion.com/ties-what-to-tie-around-your-neck/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/ties-what-to-tie-around-your-neck/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:05:44 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=2808 Ties - What To Tie Around Your Neck For 2012

The only reason for wearing a tie is to add colour to drab, conservative work clothes. It is also the only item of male business attire that you can have any fun with at all. It is a powerful accessory that states a lot about how you feel on that particular day. The tie is a perfect accessory to be remembered by and it also can bring a smile on our faces.

Why do men wear ties?

As with most things, the answer can be found in history. Neckties date back hundreds of years, coming into existence as the direct result of a war. In 1660, in celebration of its hard-fought victory over the Ottoman Empire, a crack regiment from Croatia (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) visited Paris. The soldiers were presented as heroes to Louis XIV, a monarch well known for his tendency toward personal adornment. The officers of this regiment were wearing brightly colored handkerchiefs fashioned of silk around their necks. These neck cloths – which probably descended from the Roman fascalia worn by orators to warm the vocal chords – struck the fancy of the king, and he soon made them an insignia of royalty as he created a regiment of Royal Cravattes. Vanity reigns supreme! The word “cravat,” is derived from the word “Croat.”

How to tie a Shelby knot?

The Shelby knot is a more obscure knot and was popularized by anchorman Don Shelby in the 1970′s. It works best with wider ties that are made from heavier material.

  1. Start with the tie draped inside out around your neck, wide end on the right.
  2. Bring the wide end under the narrow end.
  3. Bring the wide end up and pull it down through the loop between your neck and your tie. After you pull the wide end all the way through, bring it to the left.
  4. Bring the wide end over the knot to the right.
  5. Pull the wide end up through the loop between your neck and your tie.
  6. Thread the wide end through the knot and pull tight. Centre as needed.

Prada has captured the retro spirit of fall with an exceptional collection of bold, geometric twill neckties based on 1920s and ’30s designs ($215 each). With flashes of bright color and patterns. It seems the more colour and patterns you wear the more you’ll get noticed. The width of the tie is much wider than usual.

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Great patterns

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Purple ties always look great

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Neck Tie – 5 Tips On How To Wear This http://www.menstylefashion.com/neck-tie-mens-fashion-accessories-for-2012/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/neck-tie-mens-fashion-accessories-for-2012/#comments Sun, 29 Dec 2013 06:03:58 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=1439 Johnny depp wearing a neck tie

Neck Tie

This season we saw on the catwalk the top labels using the neck tie in so many ways. I love neck ties on men for lots of reasons but the most attractive feature of the neck tie is its versatility. It can be worn with patterned, open shirts to achieve a care free, hippy-like look.

5 Tips on Neck Ties

  1. To achieve the look effectively, team the neck tie with an open shirt and the tie knotted loosely at the neck with the excess material tucked into the shirt.
  2. To make the overall look even more casual, instead of a shirt opt for a thin jumper or sweater and leave the loosely-knotted tie trailing down the front of the chest rather than tucking it in.
  3. Don’t be afraid of different neck tie prints so in for spring/summer 2012.
  4. To achieve another effective look you can pair the neck tie with a simple t-shirt and jeans with a leather jacket or blouson.
  5. You can wear the knot slightly off centre to heighten the effect of  the rugged man that lives within you. To smarten the look up, opt for a blazer rather than a casual jacket.
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Leather Bow Tie – Bow Ties Gone Wild http://www.menstylefashion.com/bow-ties-gone-wild/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/bow-ties-gone-wild/#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:52:20 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=15185 Leather Bow Ties For Men

Warren St John, an established American author and reporter, once said that “wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think” and I, my gents, concur! Unless you’ve been digging for gold in some gold mine somewhere remotely for the past year or so, you must have noticed that more and more men are sporting bow ties these days. Yes, bow ties are back. But what I think it’s really interesting about the bow tie trend is that it represents men’s movement towards a more sophisticated, classier and, most importantly, adventurous fashion style.

So because I believe St John’s interpretation of the trend I conclude that men are starting to have more fun with their fashion while showing more and more disregard for what some might think that they should wear. And that I call fashion liberation! Well done, gentlemen! Take risks, make a statement, stand tall and sharp!

Leather Bow Ties

Do you want to take it a step further, gentlemen? Then go for bold, bright patterns like Hawaiian prints, or soft, shiny fabrics such as faux leather! I love, love, love real leather! But I also love the softness of faux leather on a small garment like a bow tie. It just works and for those animal activists out there they make you look sharp while still supporting your cause.

Take these two faux leather bow ties brought to you by a young brand Lord Wallington of out San Diego, CA. I know what you’re thinking: what are bow ties doing in Southern California where shorts and sandals rule the cities? And yet the trend somehow works there too; just think of a younger version of Nick Wooster wearing loafers, shorts, short sleeve collar shirt and a faux leather bow tie! Still relaxed enough to make any young lawyer by day/surfer by night man feel casual after work yet still sharp enough to stand out in a sea of flip flops and t-shirts. Genius!

Leather Bow Ties For Men

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Christopher Chaun FW13 – The Iconic Bow Tie http://www.menstylefashion.com/christopher-chaun-fw13-the-iconic-bow-tie/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/christopher-chaun-fw13-the-iconic-bow-tie/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 09:17:13 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=15011 Fabolous in ChristopherChaun Bradley Waffle Knit silk bow tie

Christopher Chaun FW13

The essence of a fashion accessory lies in its ability to complete or accentuate, ultimately bearing the influence to make or break a look via its artistic prowess. When considering the iconic bow tie, the rules remain – and this now trending accessory has been re-imagined like never before.

Known for his statement design-style, Christopher Chaun leads his namesake brand with a keen sense of detail and an innovative imagination. With a love for bow ties, yet a taste uniquely his own, a hobby of creating bow ties for his event appearances that began in 2009 has transformed into an internationally recognized brand.

With names of discerning taste or rather, the incomparable Beyonce Knowles; legendary artist DaHuang Zhou; fashion industry elite Audrey Smaltz; and even all-star American hip-hop artist Fabolous endorsing the art of Christopher Chaun, it seems Mercedes-Benz Fashion week FW10’ was just an early glimpse of the brands design appeal. The avant-garde pieces have also been admired by men of sport, including American football star Ronnie Hillman and 3x European handball champion Hans Lindberg. Both chose the iconic Finale II bow tie, most widely known for its world debut on Beyonce as she surprised Oprah Winfrey during the finale of her legendary talk show in 2011.

FW13’ features a downpour of nearly 40 pieces in groupings of brights; evening; and newly introduced combinations such as wool with lambskin; and denim with leather among many others. Twenty existing favorites feature design updates from slimmer cuts to the finer details of stitching and hardware arrangement. Overall, this new collection is again striking as a mere glimpse into the direction the brand is headed. The re-invention of ChrisChaun’s innovation is evident in a collection offering an extensive variation of designs likened to assortments from champions Christian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton, – no matter what your look is this season or all that follow, there is a bow tie or two to be had in the FW13’ collection from Christopher Chaun.

See the new collection at www.christopherchaun.com and join the brands world to learn more via its social media handles.

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Beyonce performs in Christopher Chaun Finale II bow tie during Oprah Finale 2011

Christopher Chaun FW13 black and white assortment

Ronnie Hillman in Christopher Chaun Finale Giselle at ESPYS party

Christopher Chaun Oscar Houndstooth Multi color MSF

Christopher Chaun Piper II Denim a.s msf

Christopher Chaun FW13 Vert color and pattern assortment

DaHaung-Zhou in Christopher Chaun Cyclades bow tie


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Velsvoir Silhouette – Bow Ties All Day, Every Day http://www.menstylefashion.com/velsvoir-silhouette-bow-ties-all-day-every-day/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/velsvoir-silhouette-bow-ties-all-day-every-day/#comments Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:59:20 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=13212 Velsvoir silhouette - Bow Ties

At the Dolce & Gabbana opening I noticed a particular Bow Tie. It was a velvet bow tie and it dawned on me that the design was long time overdue until now. The next day I met Zak, he worked on creating the Velsvoir silhouette, a striking yet classic aesthetic bow tie, focusing on texture, cut and design. The inspiration behind these bow ties was to create a stylish piece which had character and personality, bringing the bow tie into a modern context.



New Trends

The versatility of the bow tie is that it can be worn to compliment a range of different looks. But this year men are taking it to a whole new everyday aspect. The modern dandy, as reflected in our LC:M collections, is not afraid to mix and match heritage pieces. Thus wearing a bow with tailored jeans or colourful chinos.

With summer amongst us, light linens and printed cottons work well. Just choose your shirt and team it with a cardigan or a blazer and the effect is heart throbbing. More men are also wearing Bow ties with sweaters which gives it a nice casual touch.

Equally, the classic velvet bow is a staple for gala events and soirées. There is no longer to shy away from this powerful accessory. Make sure it’s loud, bold and a reflection of who you feel to be in that given moment.


Velsvoir silhouette - Bow Ties London



Velsvoir silhouette - Bow Ties  London


Dolce & Gabbana - Velsvoir silhouette Bow Tie Matthew Zorpas

Velsvoir silhouette Bow Tie worn by Matthew Zorpas at D&G Opening


Velsvoir silhouette - Bow Ties

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Lisa King – Scarves, Bow Ties & Jewellery http://www.menstylefashion.com/lisa-king-scarves-bow-ties-jewellery/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/lisa-king-scarves-bow-ties-jewellery/#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:12:32 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=11740 Lisa King - Scarves for 2013

Lisa King

Lisa King has worked with many UK designers, Osman Yousefzada, Boudicca and Issa London. Along side international brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and Armani. NIce work Lisa. But for me one of the most amazing insides is she has for many years teamed up alongside stylist and Creative Director (and long-term Kylie collaborator) William Baker. For a short period Lisa worked with Judy Blame. For those who have no idea what I am talking about let me remind you.

Back in 2007 I went to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum for the Kylie Minogue Exhibition called, Image of a Pop star. One amazing costume, that stood out for me was the iconic centre piece dress. When looking at it I instantly thought who has the talent to put that together? Little did I know years later, I would run into the lady who assisted in putting this glamour gown for all to view. I’m excited to have met Lisa because in this tough economic time she has decided to go it alone. When you’ve had this much experience, your talent can only shine when you do things your way and have total control in building your own brand. For me, Lisa is one of the next up and coming talents you need to get hold of sooner rather than later.

Kylie MInougue - Image of a Pop Star

Steel Flora Collection 2013

This is her first collection of luxury accessories,  she prints the lining of the bags and constructs the jewellery herself. Her collection includes scarves, bags and jewellery which look and feel amazing. The silk scarves are printed and hand sewn in England. I am proud to say she supports British manufacturing. The UK has always had a huge reputation for high quality goods. Designers like this need to praised for holding onto British Heritage.


I am astounded how amazing these scarves look on any guy. The smart choice of prints and fabric chosen by Lisa will have you wearing these timeless pieces over and over. You can team them with a jean jacket, sweater let alone your blazer. The choice is immense and all down to what message you want to give out. In this case screw you all and wear what ever you like.

Lisa King says:  “Throughout my recent work I’ve studied the contrast between masculine industrial forms in engineering and feminine shapes and textures. I set out to create two very distinct prints, and manifest the different ways in which i approach print design.”



Lisa King - Scarves for 2013


Lisa King Sweater for 2013


Lisa King - Scarves for 2013


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