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How a Men’s Shirt Should Fit

3 Apr

Because it’s important that your shirt fit…and fit well.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or designer, but it needs to fit properly.

Just trying to shore up my male fan base as I’ve ignored them as of late. ūüėČ

This is called…end of an era.  On to newer pastures and as my cousin Mary Clare said, “May its new memories be as happy as its old”.

On to newer pastures. ūüôā

xoxo,

T.

Let’s tie the Knot

9 Mar

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MANic Monday… Oh how I have neglected you. ¬†Not sure why I do that, as ¬†The truth about sport coats¬†has over 150,000 views on my blog. ¬†Nothing to sneeze at and quite telling. ¬†While I do post more about women’s fashions then men’s, because I’m a girl, not a boy (or a woman, not a man, but trying to stay young and relevant to my younger blog fans) I seem to be more popular amongst the male viewers. ¬†Or my posts about men’s fashion draw more viewers. ¬†Who knew? ¬†Then last Monday when I should have published a true MANic Monday post, but it was all about me, ¬†so in turn I had to post about my¬†¬†1,000,000 blog views! #MillionViews #NeverGetsOld

If attempting to read all these 30 Spectacular ways to tie a tie is proving too much for you, sit back and enjoy the pictures! ¬†Plus, I have a sensational Song of the Day, which is appropriate for this blog. ¬†Zippy little tune! ūüôā

30 SPECTACULAR WAYS TO TIE A TIE THAT EVERY MAN SHOULD KNOW 

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So in trying to shore up my male fan base (thank you Bruce for that line which I do like to feather into the blog every now and then), I have found not one, not two, but 30 Spectacular ways you can tie your tie.  You are welcome.  You may thank Stumbleupon.com (link at end of blog).

Here is a list of many different ways to tie a tie, for every and any occasion, many of which you probably never knew existed. We’ve gathered 30 of the best tie knots ever created by mankind to give you just the edge you need to look your best at all times.

Each tie knot has been judged on four different factors: aesthetics, symmetry, difficulty, and knot size. You can make a statement with these knots any day of the week or simply use them to look elegant and stylish during those special events where you really need to stand out. Either way, you’ll practically be a forefather of men’s fashion no matter which style you choose.

THE ELDREDGE KNOT

There is no doubt that this knot is one of a kind. As opposed to the vast majority of tie knots, this one is produced by using the small end as the active end, creating a tapered fishtail braid-like effect. It’s a very fancy knot that will leave a great impression on your boss.

 

THE TRINITY KNOT

This beautiful knot has a three-way symmetry and resembles the Celtic Triquetra. The pattern converges at a center point, producing a very eye-catching effect. It might seem a bit intimidating at first glance, but the moves are actually fairly simple.

 

THE VAN WIJK KNOT

An augmentation of the Prince Albert, adding a third turning of the active end. When tied correctly, this long and slender knot creates a striking and unmistakable layered cylindrical effect. A very cool knot that works best with light colors. It’s best suited for narrow collared shirts and paired with a vest.

 

SEE ALSO: How Men Find Perfect Fitting Shirts

THE FISHBONE KNOT

This awesome work of tie artistry is shaped in the form of a fishbone, hence the name. It’s a remarkable formal knot that is increasingly gaining respect. While somewhat challenging to tie, it’s definitely worth the effort, because it never fails to make the ultimate impression.

 

THE ROSE KNOT

Looking to get in touch with your romantic side? Check out this amorous necktie knot crafted in the shape of a rose. It shares similarities with the Trinity Knot, but is tied with an extra loop. This knot is sure to be a hit on V-Day.

 

THE ELLIE KNOT

It’s a simplified variant of the Eldredge Knot, but easier to tie and consumes less fabric, leaving a tail that allows it to be tightened or loosened like a normal windsor. It works best with semi-wide collar openings.

 

SEE ALSO: 10 Everyday Struggles When You’re Six Foot Something

THE TRUELOVE KNOT

A sophisticated complex knot that is divided into four quadrants. This is a very difficult knot to tie that will take considerable practice. Consider a striped tie for a pinwheel effect. This knot isn’t for little boys, it’s for lady killers.

 

THE BOUTONNIERE KNOT

This knot is characterized by its long loops, making it good for wide collar openings. The moves are very similar to that of the Fishbone Knot, but it has a somewhat cleaner finish when tucked under the collar. Use it semi-formally.

 

THE KRASNY HOURGLASS KNOT

This is made up of the Four-in-Hand Knot with an additional knot tied using the small end right beneath the main knot, creating the hourglass look. It‚Äôs impossible to adjust after being tied, so you need to get it right the first time. You’ll achieve a great effect using striped ties.

 

THE MEROVINGIAN KNOT

Originally known as the Ediety Knot, if you’re a big fan of The Matrix, you’ll recognize this knot sported by the merovingian. This knot is very special. It looks like your tie is actually wearing a little miniature tie.

 

THE ATLANTIC KNOT

This is quite an unusual knot. It’s a reversed version of the Pratt Knot, resulting in an inside-out knot that shows the intricate tie knot structure that’s usually hidden on the back. It‚Äôs recommended for festivities or informal social events.

 

THE CAPE KNOT

The Cape Knot is a fundamental improvement on the quick and easy Atlantic Knot, which has greatly improved its symmetry and aesthetic value. This loosened-up knot works best with mono-colored ties and never passes unnoticed.

 

THE CAPSULE KNOT

The Capsule Knot is very similar to the Atlantic Knot and the Cape Knot, but is slightly larger in size and more difficult to tie. This fun tie knot is meant to be worn informally and with semi-wide collar openings.

 

THE GRANTCHESTER KNOT

The Grantchester Knot is a large, thick, slightly asymmetrical tie knot. It’s basically a larger version of the St. Andrew Knot, by an additional turning of the narrow end. The key to wearing this knot is to stick with silk or other lightweight materials, since wool or knits tend to look uncomfortably bulky.

 

THE LINWOOD TAURUS KNOT

Use it to make a statement. An extraordinary work of symmetrical art, this knot’s bull-like appearance works well for casual occasions only. It’s recommended for paisley or solid ties and wide collar shirts.

 

THE WINDSOR KNOT

A fabulous necktie knot that is ideal for business scenarios. The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. It is especially suited for the spread or cutaway collar.

 

THE HALF-WINDSOR KNOT

This is a modest version of the Full Windsor Knot. When tied correctly, it produces a neat symmetrical triangular knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It’s extremely versatile: appropriate for work or play.

 

THE NICKY KNOT

A great alternative to the Pratt Knot that requires fewer moves, producing a symmetrical knot that will fill the semi-spread collar, if tied properly. It looks great with wool ties, without causing too much bulk.

 

THE PLATTSBURGH KNOT

In contrast to the St. Andrew Knot, it produces a symmetric knot characterized by a broad cone with a narrow opening. A very sophisticated knot that’s perfect for business or work. For best results, we very much recommend wearing it with a knitted or woven ties.

 

THE BALTHUS KNOT

A terrific knot that should be worn at weddings or formal events. It works best with a paisley tie, a wide collar shirt, and a nice-looking vest. It’s also recommended that you use a long necktie, because this knot consumes a lot of fabric.

 

THE ONASSIS KNOT

The Onassis Knot is deceptively simple: at the end of a standard Windsor Knot, you simply loop the wide end of the tie behind and over the existing knot. Use with semi-wide or wide collar openings and long ties. #Lazy

 

THE PRATT KNOT

The Pratt Knot is versatile, elegant, and of a medium size. It’s indeed well suited for any dress shirt and somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics. You can‚Äôt go wrong with this elegant knot for formal meetings, as it looks very neat.

 

THE FOUR-IN-HAND KNOT

This is an easy to tie, slender, tapered, asymmetrical, self-releasing knot. It’s best suited for the standard button-down dress shirt and works best with wide neckties made from heavy fabrics. Use for semi-formal events, when you want to be discreet.

 

THE HANOVER KNOT

The Hanover Knot will make an elegant gentleman out of you. It’s large and symmetrical, best suited for wide collar openings. This knot works best with long and thin neckties, due to its large knot. Use dark tie colors for a better look.

 

THE CHRISTENSEN KNOT

This is a long, narrow, asymmetric knot that is perfect for shirts with narrow collar openings. It’s formal with a bit of an edge. It goes well with any tie pattern, and is versatile enough for both formal and social.

 

THE PERSIAN KNOT

An alternative to the Windsor Knot that looks just as good. It’s a large, handsome, triangular knot that’s best used on thin neckties and paired with narrow or semi-wide collar openings. Great for work or play.

 

THE CAVENDISH KNOT

If you like the asymmetric look of the Half Windsor, but want it slightly bigger and longer, then this is the perfect choice for you. It’s appropriate for work or formal. A narrow collar opening is ideal for this knot.

 

THE ERIC GLENNIE BRAIDED KNOT

A very interesting and unusual knot that’s asymmetrical and irregular. Use for semi-formal activities, not sure if it’s entirely ready for formal or work. This knot goes well with striped or knitted-patterened ties.

 

THE FOUR RINGS KNOT

Definitely, a unique tie knot! It’s meant to be tied loosely, producing a puffy knot comprised of four rings. This knot is best suited for a solid colored tie made of silk; recommended for parties or a casual weekend.

 

THE DIAGONAL KNOT

This is a highly asymmetrical and unusual knot that’s best served for evening occasions. It goes well with a tie made of light fabric, in a solid color, and with a subtle pattern, so as not to make the knot look overly confusing while still giving it some additional details.

 

Things Every Man Should Know…

3 Nov

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It’s Back! ¬†MANic Monday… It’s been awhile since I’ve done a MANic Monday post. ¬†I’m sure my few male followers will be super excited. ¬† Funny enough, I’m now over 900,000 lifetime views on this blog, and MANic Monday topics remain the highest read blogs. ¬†That, and¬†It’s All About Me¬†or¬†Stylish Things to Know¬†or¬†Things I Know. ¬†Perhaps I’ll post more MANic Monday topics. ¬†And perhaps I’ll post in the morning like I typically do, and not at 3PM. ¬†#lazy

There was this great little article, that boasts 40+ things every man should know. ¬†I’ve decided to pick and choose the ones I want to share and think men should know (again, it’s DressedtoaT so I do what I want) but know there are some things Men probably should know, that I’m choosing not to share…so I’ve shared the Entire post of ¬†48 things men should know at the end of this blog. ¬†#alwaysgiving

Enjoy!

Nice to Meet You

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Changing a car tire. ¬†This reminds me of a story when I was driving to a Bears game with Susan, Patrick and his friend Matt. ¬†I was driving (or pushing as the younger kids say) a Porsche Cayenne, and turned around in the street, because that’s how you get into the parking garage. ¬†There was no traffic and this was a safe maneuver. ¬†My tire clipped the curb, and it Immediately went flat. ¬†Changing a Cayenne’s tire, is not like changing other tires. ¬†It appeared to be complicated. ¬†Susan said we needed to call Roadside Assistance. ¬†Oh she of little faith. ¬†Within 2 minutes, I found 3 men, all in Bears jerseys, and explained that while I was Not a damsel in distress, I was a damsel who did Not know how to change the tire in my car…and could they please assist, and in turn, I would allow them to sit in my seats for 1/2 the game. ¬†Boom…tire changed, and they did not take me up on my offer, but asked that I frequent the restaurant, that a family member owns in South Barrington. Boom, I’ve frequented Jersey’s Pizza and Grill¬†¬†about 15 times since. ¬†#greatpizza ¬†#servesStella

 

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Tie me Up

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Hey Bear…clap. clap.

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Good Manners are Always in Style

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Positive to Positive.  Negative to Negative
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How to build a camp fire

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The 3-Button Rule

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How to break down a door

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How to make whiskey drinks. ¬†Kevin…this one’s for you. ¬†I do not care for whiskey, however my daughter does. ¬†Like father like daughter…and that’s about where the similarities end, btw.

 

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All about the Beer Glass

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Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.

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How to jump from a moving car. ¬†I’m sure this will come in handy. ¬†

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How to tie a bow tie. ¬†Featured in a previous blog, but it’s easier to include it here, than always refer back to old blogs.

 

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Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up?

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How to clean and filet a fish

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How to sew a button.  

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The wide world of beer

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Tie the Knot

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Movember

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Ways to escape zip ties. Hmmm…

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Meatheads

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I’ve fallen and I can’t get out

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How to Escape a Sinking Car.  #chappaquiddick

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Great weekend, only 1 trick-or-treater (correct only one) and a ¬†great wedding…More pics to follow, but this is me and Mer. ¬†Best line of the night came from my darling daughter who told me that I appear to Not know the words to any of the songs, I was singing, loudly, while dancing and singing to the band. ¬†#duh. ¬†I don’t know the words to any song, other than Paradise by the dashboard lights, or perhaps, Build me up buttercup. ¬†So, she says, “Hmmm. ¬†I thought you were a karaoke singer. ¬†So, what you really are is ¬†a dancer”. ¬†Yes, Mer Mer, your Momma, is a dancer. ¬†But I’m also a singer in a rock and roll band! ūüôā

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Song of the Day: ¬†Living on a Prayer, by Bon Jovi, which I love to sing (just not the right words) and dance to at a wedding. ¬†No matter, as I’m still fun at parties. ¬†And weddings.

She says, “We’ve gotta hold on to what we’ve got.
It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot.
For love we’ll give it a shot.”

Whoa, we’re half way there
Whoa, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand and we’ll make it – I swear
Whoa, livin’ on a prayer

Oh Monday…

oh monday

xoxo,

T.

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may your coffee strong and monday short

Things Men Should Know – the whole kit and kaboodle

 

 

 

It’s a May MANic Monday! Wardrobe Essentials for the Men!

5 May

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MEN’S WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

Things every man should have as part of his wardrobe.  Building blocks, if you will.  I will include some pictures, since I know that some men need a bit more than just hand-holding.

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As far as “other accessories” go… “rings”, should only be a wedding ring…lose the bling, bling, pinky ring. ¬†“Handbags”? ¬†Really? ¬†a Man-Purse/Satchel, should be just that, and called a satchel or briefcase. ¬†“Bracelets”? ¬†Please don’t. ¬†No need. ¬†“Shocks”? ¬†Guessing those are Nike Shocks? ¬†But, if you choose to wear a ring, carry a handbag, and wear a bracelet…all the more power to you. ¬†Then you surely do not need my tips, or tips that I have found…but maybe you just need a bit of humor in your life, in that case, keep reading. ūüėČ

SUITS

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TUXEDO

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How can you not love reading the blog, and WHAM…here’s George Clooney. ¬†And in a tux. ¬†Best. Day. Ever!

 

SPORT COATS

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PANTS AND JEANS

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DRESS SHIRTS

 

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THE TIE GUIDE

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I love this tie…pair with a white or light blue dress shirt and a dark navy suit. ¬†Does Not get better than this. ¬†I may even prefer this to a pink tie. ¬†Well, almost. ¬†Patrick will be sporting this at Mer’s graduation!

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And Kevin will be wearing this tie at Meredith’s graduation. ¬†#welldressedobrienboys

POCKET SQUARES Рreprinting this handy guide.  Pocket Squares properly accessorize the suit.

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BOW TIES

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Just in time for Prom…should a dashing young man choose to go with a “real” bow tie.

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True that…Be humble, please.

 

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More Pictures of things you should own

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A great belt!

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A classic watch.

 

 

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Sunglasses…Not with an opaque lense, or with a “hot car” logo on the side…but a classic pair of sunglasses.

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Two great coats show really “top off” the look.

 

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A great briefcase or laptop case.

 

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A great basic tee.

 

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Beautiful sweater with a great shirt underneath.

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Two words.  weak knees.

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Song of the Day – Just another MANic Monday, by the Bangles

Coming Friday…and just like that, and what seems like just yesterday that she went away to college…¬†a girl graduates from college. ūüôā

xoxo,

T.

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Amen!

Related Posts:

The Truth about Sport Coats

Unspoken Suit Rules for Men

15 Things Every Man Should Have

Unspoken Suit Rules for the Men

31 Mar

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MANic Monday! ¬†Here we go again…first full week of work, in weeks…perhaps Months. ¬†ūüôā

Found this gem on buzzfeed, so it’s just perfect for MANic Monday. ¬†Link to article, at end of blog.

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1. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.

The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.

It’s all about BALANCE.

2. In general, thin lapels are more modern. Wide lapels are more old-school, Mad Men style.

So choose your look accordingly.

3. A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.

A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn't match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.

Before you go totally conservative, remember that the pocket square is where you get the most freedom and the one place you get to add a little pizzazz to your suit.

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4. When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.

When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.

Tsk, tsk, John McCain. Shoulder pads should end at the shoulders. The shoulders are the hardest to tailor, so make sure they don’t stick out or stick up.

5. A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket.

It‚Äôs complicated. ¬†So much, in life is (or so I’ve been told)…don’t make dressing well, become complicated. ¬†Not when you have me.

6. Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral.

Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you're attending a funeral.

Dark gray is more versatile and goes with more colors.

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7. Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.

Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.

Union Made¬†makes these belts in a variety of leather and metal finishes. ¬†They’re a big “much” for my taste…but what do I know? ¬†Well, actually, I know quite a bit. ¬†I prefer these belts…Shameless plug, btw.

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8. You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide:

You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide:

The above is hard to read, so try these 2 to give yourself a better visual.

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You can save these images to your computer, enlarge, and print.

9. Double vents in the back are more modern and fashionable.

This look is also more flattering for larger figures, and it gives you enough room to do that effortlessly casual ‚Äúhand in pocket‚ÄĚ thing.

10. For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.

For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.

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11. If you’re going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket.

If you're going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket.

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12. The Savile Row Fold keeps your dress pants from falling off the hanger.

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13. You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.

You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.

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14. Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it.

Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it.

 

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15. The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel.

 

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The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel.

16. Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.

Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.

BIG HEAD = FULL KNOT. SMALL HEAD = HALF KNOT. If you’re not sure how your head size compares, ask one of your male friends. They should be able to give you an objective opinion.

17. If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.

If you're wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.

But plenty of men break this rule and are still able to pull off the three-piece beautifully.

18. There are practical reasons for vests beyond just how they look.

There are practical reasons for vests beyond just how they look.

A vest is best worn with single-breasted suits (so it’s actually visible). if you’re going to be wearing your suit in a cold climate, a vest can add a lot of warmth. It also adds a formal touch to your suit.

I’d like to go on record…I am NOT a fan of men wearing vests.¬†

19. Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.

Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.

For a harmonious look, try to match the visible cuff length to the amount of collar that is visible at the back of the neck.

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20. When you get your suit home, you’ll need a seam ripper or a small, sharp pair of scissors.

When you get your suit home, you'll need a seam ripper or a small, sharp pair of scissors.

Unstitch the jacket’s pockets, remove the tack stitches from the jacket’s vents, and remove the little embroidered label from the jacket’s left sleeve. Do this very carefully to ensure you don’t actually rip the fabric or neighboring threads.

21. Make sure that your socks are long enough that there’s no exposed leg when sitting down.

Make sure that your socks are long enough that there's no exposed leg when sitting down.

No one needs to see your hairy gams. ¬†And no need to wear these striped socks. ūüėČ

22. Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.

Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.

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23. The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.

The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.

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24. Your tie should JUST reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter.

Your tie should JUST reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter.

 

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25. For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.

For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.

For a more conservative look, the pants should cover the top of the shoe and parts of the laces.

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26. If you sweat a lot, wear an undershirt.

If you sweat a lot, wear an undershirt.

Preferably one with a deep neck so it doesn‚Äôt peek through. Nothing will cheapen the appearance of a suit more than a glimpse of undershirt. ¬†Also, the “muscle-tee”, should be left to the gym, not underneath your dress shirt. ¬†My opinion, btw.

27. Finally, go for the dimple.

Finally, go for the dimple.

The dimple is the little hollow beneath the knot of your tie, and it gives a slightly disheveled yet polished appearance to your finished look.

The below look does not have a dimple…but it still looks great.

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Such a fun week ahead…and a Critical Weekend!! ¬†Can’t wait!

Song of the Week…Peace of Mind, by Boston…and a shout out to my 2 favorite Bostonians…Cathy and Mark!!

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And that she did!  Peace out!!

xoxo,

T.

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Source:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/unspoken-suit-rules-every-man-should-know

15 Things Every Man Should Have

3 Mar

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Thank you Tom Ford!  

MANic Monday…and Mr. Mayor, this one’s for you!¬†I can’t help myself, so I have comments on each. ¬†I’m nothing, if not, consistent. ¬†You gotta love that about me. ūüėČ

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1.  Sense of Humor РMust Have.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it!

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2. ¬†Well read – again, even a wicked sense of humor can be overshadowed by someone not “well read”…Bad grammar and bad spelling, well, let’s not even go there.

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3. ¬†A sport you love or are good at. ¬†Not sure he has to actually “play” the sport, but a love of sports, is a good…make that a Great quality to possess. ¬†A love of football, is an ¬†even better quality to possess. ¬†Go Bears!

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4. ¬†Tweezers – yeah… no need to sport a uni-brow. ¬†This is easy to do, if you feel you cannot, ask your barber. ¬†Or you wife. ¬†Or your girlfriend…

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5. ¬†A good cologne. ¬†Grey Flannel. ¬†Still makes my knees weak, and have loved it since the 80’s! ¬†I even have Paddy wearing it. ¬†Kevin, didn’t have a choice. ūüôā ¬† And another shout-out to my brother, Mr. Mayor, who started wearing this in college.

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6. A good dark suit.  Nothing better.  Nothing.  Make sure it fits well.

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7.  Classic pair of black lace up shoes.  Shoes make the man.

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8.  A smart blazer.  I personally prefer the dark suit, but a beautiful blazer is also very nice.

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9. Dark denim jeans. ¬†Yes! ¬†Leave the boyfriend jeans, to the gals…like me!

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10. ¬†Lots of crisp white shirts. ¬†Hey…I just blogged about white shirts. ¬†Mainly for the gals, but I did feather some in for the guys!

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11. ¬†New socks and underwear. ¬†Again, a resounding yes! ¬†Same goes for the gals…at least as far as underwear goes. ¬†I rarely wear socks, unless absolutely necessary. ¬†And I don’t find it necessary to post a picture of men’s underwear. ¬†Boxers over briefs, btw. ¬†But boxer briefs, do have merit.

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12. ¬†A classic tuxedo. ¬†Two words. ¬†George Clooney. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Missed seeing him at the Academy Awards, last evening. ¬†On TV, of course, since I wasn’t there. ¬†Sadly.

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13. ¬†A beautiful day watch with a metal band… I’d edit this to a beautiful watch. ¬†I gave Kevin a Rolex for our 10-year anniversary…and I think it looks dated… I’d love him to sport a classic, round-face watch, with a black band. ¬†But he can keep the original Rolex.

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14. ¬†A great pair of sunglasses. ¬†Stick with the classics like, aviators or Ray-bans…none of those obnoxious, neon-colored lenses, or ridiculous flashy¬†sunglasses, screaming a designer name or worse yet, the name of a car. ¬† ¬†Those…are ridiculous. ¬†Go classic…you can never go wrong!

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15. ¬†Perfect teeth… In this day and age, if you don’t have perfect teeth, you are in the minority. ¬†It’s a good idea to use whitening strips while you are at it. ¬†Bradley Cooper…the new George Clooney…well, almost!

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Song of the Day:  I Saw the Light by Todd Rungren.  In honor of American Hustle, a movie I have yet to see, but know the soundtrack rocks!

A few comments regarding the Academy Awards

1.  Ellen Degeneres Rocked it.  Absolutely nailed it.  Just love her!

2. ¬†Lupita Nyong’o was, in my opinion, the best dressed. ¬†And I didn’t mind the headband. ¬†Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Hudson, Cate Blanchett, and Amy Adams round out the top 5. ¬†This is afterall, partially a “fashion-blog”, so needed to get my opinion out there.

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3. ¬†Matthew Mcconaughey gave a very heartfelt speech, thanking God, his father and family…then it went a bit “out there”… You can take the man away from the bongo’s, but not always the bongo’s away from the man. ¬†My goodness.

4. ¬†Kim Novak. ¬†Yikes. ¬†Best tweet of the night: ¬†Andrew Rossi¬†‚ÄŹ@AndrewRossi¬†¬†11h¬†¬†Oscar producer 1: “Should we meet Kim Novack face-to-face to confirm she looks normal and is lucid?” Oscar producer 2: ABSOLUTELY NOT. ¬†That…was awkward. ¬†And yes, she’s 81, but it was still awkward.

5.  How in the world could John Travolta, butcher the name of Idina Menzel, since hers was the only name he needed to pronounce.  One word.  Rehearsal.  Two Words.  Show up.

6. ¬†Not sure botox and plastic surgery always turn out well. ¬†Just sayin’.

7. ¬†I had more fun tweeting, re-tweeting (yes, retweeted the Ellen selfie, and participated in History) and laughing at everyone’s Facebook rants. ¬†And how about Lupita’s brother, just jumping into this pic? ¬†Guessing this will be his new FB profile pic.

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7. ¬†And second best tweet…It just wasn’t Liza Minnelli’s night (in the blue in the back). ¬†This is the back angle of Ellen’s selfie.

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Coming up in Friday’s blog…Things I know. ¬†World’s shortest blog ever. ūüėČ

xoxo,

T.

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Thank you Mark B, Noel, Jason and Mark D…for letting me be “that one girl”. Love you boys! xoxo

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This, happens to be true.

How to Tie a Scarf…for the Guys

7 Jan

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The first Monday of the month is supposed to be MANic Monday. Unfortunately, in 2013, I probably only posted 4 or 5 blogs aimed towards my male fan base (Mark Steve and Bruce and I believe that’s about all). ¬†And when 30% of my male fan base, asks me to post more blogs aimed at men (and one happens to be not only my brother, but an elected official, Mr. Mayor)… and we know I always aim to please, I decided to start yesterday. ¬†Only, I didn’t post yesterday, so MANic Monday is now MANic Tuesday. ¬†So much for being on task in the new year! ūüôā

Since tying scarves, or “It’s a Wrap” ¬†is one of my most-read blogs (15,000+), I thought one angled towards men would be handy, and hopefully well-received. ¬†And since the weather outside is most certainly frightful (Day 2 of “bitter cold” day, meaning 2nd day in a row kids are off school) so bundling up, is most definitely mandatory…and why not be “stylish” when you tie your scarf?

Found this snappy article on Ties.com… and thought it was worthy or pirating…I mean, reprinting! ¬†And some appear so basic, but we are dealing with Men…and, as I have come to realize, many have absolutely No fashion sense at all…while some rock at it. ¬†This is geared toward both!

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Besides a warm winter coat and polar bear repellent, a scarf is a gentleman‚Äôs best defense against the elements. But a scarf can be so much more than just frostbite protection. The right scarf knotted the right way can add boatloads of charm and personality to a your look‚ÄĒa great consolation during those frigid, unforgiving months of winter (or any windy, rainy, or chilly night). They’ve put together six of our favorite scarf knotting methods to illustrate the classic options a man should consider when bundling up.

The City Slicker

The City Slicker When out and about in the crisp city air, this classic knot is a no-nonsense choice that keeps your scarf neat and stylish with no fuss. Simply fold the scarf in half length-wise and wrap it around your neck, pulling the loose ends through the loop that was created by the fold. The City Slicker knot instantly adds a clean, put-together shape to your outfit, whether that be a cozy sweater and chinos or a dapper suit.

The Sophisticate

The Sophisticate This scarf style is the perfect balance between put together and laid-back. Drape the scarf around your neck, leaving one end shorter than the other. Wrap the longer end loosely around your neck once or, if you would like a more bundled look, wrap it around twice with both ends lying in the front. Allowing one end to be slightly longer than the other gives a more natural and spontaneous look, but the length can be adjusted to your preference. The Sophisticate style can be paired with anything from a winter coat to a T-shirt and cardigan. Everyguyed.com calls this look the Once Around.

The Ivy Leaguer

The Ivy Leaguer Look like a regular Harvard man with this elegant and studious scarf style. The Ivy Leaguer can go from very formal to a casual day look depending on the outfit and scarf itself. There are two variations: the scarf draped over the blazer (like step 1) or tucked under the lapel (like step 3). This style can be worn with an opera scarf over a tuxedo or with a blazer and sweater.

The connoisseur

The Connoisseur Because The Connoisseur is reminiscent of an ascot, it is perfect for a man who enjoys the finer things in life. To create The Connoisseur, lay the scarf around your neck so both ends are even in the front. Bring one end over and under the other like a single knot. Drape the front end over the back and adjust length to your liking. This style can be worn loose (like step 4), but also looks great when tucked into a blazer or a v-neck sweater. The Connoisseur gives a refined air to your everyday garb.

The jet setter

The Jet Setter Adopting this classic scarf style will give an effortless feel to your outfit. First, drape the scarf around your neck with one end shorter than the other. Next, wrap the longer end of the scarf across the front of your neck and let it hang over your opposite shoulder. If the scarf is extra long, wrap it around your neck once before placing it behind your shoulder. The Jet Setter will have you looking like a globetrotter in no time.

The weekender

The Weekender Like its name suggests, The Weekender is a more casual scarf knot that looks both contemporary and nonchalant. Start with one end in the front, close to your neck, and wrap the long end around your neck until it is short. Tuck both ends into the wrapped scarf and fluff out for preferred volume.

Source: Ties.com

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It’s been a week, and I’m finally getting over the Bear’s loss…and excited we still have 3 weeks left of football! ¬†And happy to see my favorite college team win the National Championship… as I was hobnobbing with them, with my critical friends on the critical wedding weekend. ¬†Best. Weekend. Ever.

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In our defense, it was o’dark thiry, I had my hair in a pony tail, for probably 4 hours prior to this photo, after a 90-minute massage, and took it out for the photo-op, with William Floyd, former San Francisco 49-er, current radio announcer for FSU, along with Steph, Beth and “the booster”. ¬†But here we were back in November, with our buddies from FSU! ¬†WTG Seminoles! ūüôā Gearing up for my favorite business trip of the year, so this Friday I shall post about Packing Tips…yes, it’s that time of the year! ūüôā

xoxo,

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