Accessories Are a Necessity : The Necktie General Style 56 Comments

JKISSI : About every man has one in his closet.  It can be found mixed in with other clothing items or neatly hanging adjacent to other accessories. From remote memories of wearing tacky clip on ties when I was younger; to present day where I carry a slight obsession of purchasing neckties in the most intriguing of colors; the necktie has always been a part of my life and the overall male identity. But one of its more recent, essential uses is to compliment a dandified suit. Originally, the necktie never thought of as a fashion accessory could state ones’ status, occupation and identity. The military is a perfect example of this where Terra Cotta Army would loop silk cloths around their necks. The history of the necktie is just as vivid as the tie itself as researchers state the origin descends from 17th century Croatia.  After the first installment of the series post  “Accessories Are a Necessity,” covering the pocket square, we were well aware that we would have to do another post and the necktie was the perfect choice.

TM Design – J.Crew oxford – 3 sixteen Black Magic Wool Flannel Tie – Black/White braided belt – TM Trousers – Clarks Desert boot

Fit Description : As you all know, I like to play with different patterns. I’m no stranger to them so the purchase of this black and white speckled topcoat isn’t a surprise to many. Details such as the enclosed buttons when buttoned up give this jacket a clean profile. Unfortunately, that detail isn’t visible in this post. One of my favorite ties from the great people at 3sixteen is the wool tie made out of stout material. It’s my preferred width measuring in at 2.5 inches wide. In regards to another accessory, braided belts have once again gained my favor. This came after rediscovering my very own collection locked in an old box in my basement. The functionality of braided belts speaks for itself as adjusting to the correct waist size is just another braid stitch away.

The characteristics of neckties have also changed just as much as the time revolving around the accessory. From silk white-lace bow neck scarves to the simple universal shape we see today. The necktie can become a complex problem only if you allow it to be. I safely assume that every male of age has encountered their own scuffles with the necktie – whether it was selecting your perfect tie width – or having issues tying that much needed knot. The ‘Four in Hand’ knot was the first tying method I learned. It was taught to me by my Dad after my numerous failed attempts

One of my favorite photograph portraits on the Internet depicting a exquisitely dressed family from New York City. First thing I took notice to was the gentleman’s collars and ties.  -  from Scott Schuman’s blog

Below is my collection of ties. The brands vary from Gant, Hill-Side, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and vintage ties which still need to be shaved down to desirable dimensions. That is one of the great advantages of purchasing vintage ties, because they provide you with the opportunity to wear it present day and incorporate your own style into it at the same time.


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  • ericdwills

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :

    Great post as always. The necktie is a definite necessity and can make or break an outfit. Another advantage of purchasing vintage neckties (besides how cool and modern some of them can look despite being years or even decades old), is that you can get a handful of em for just a few dollars while current designers sell their faux-vintage looking ties for up to $100

  • sssence

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :

    A great post right here! I am a huge tie fan and build my collection whenever I am able. I like the variety of prints/colors offered here in your collection. I myself have several older ties that I need to have tailored for a slimmer look.
    Also, I love the coat you have on here. I have a smoking jacket with a similar look. The desert boots make it all perfect.

  • dayinthelyf

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :

    I feel like ties are something that have unlimited possibilities when it comes to whats on them. I hope to have a collection as large as my Dad’s one day.

  • demilade

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :


  • David A.

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :

    I very much approve of this post here. It is funny that this post come up because I just recently went to the local Goodwill and found a vintage Christian Dior tie. I was so pumped to see it had not been purchased yet. I had to buy it for myself because if people knew what was in front of them, it would not have been there long. Speaking of pick ups I like the vast array of the collection of your ties man. I see it now that you like to experiment with the many materials and textures that ties can be made from. I think that is dope because you don’t see to many people do that with their attire. Anyway, I think I will keep my ranting short this time and end it there, great fit as usual.

  • TomO

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :

    forget everything else LOL u know im a fan of the desert boots we done had this discussion but where did u get the jacket!

  • JLouie

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :

    Ties definitely add another dimension to an outfit. As guys, it’s more difficult to really make outfits look different day to day without having a really substantial wardrobe, and ties are a really simple way to do that. I agree, ties are really expensive just straight from department stores, but your can get vintage ties for a couple bucks ad they have a lot more character and uniqueness.

  • unitedstyle

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :

    Ties always add a bit of dimension and interest to an outfit. Plus, as I am finding out, they are the one piece of a wardrobe that doesn’t succumb to flucuations in waist size.

  • joseph a

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :

    good read i was actually expecting you to throw in something about bow ties in there as well

  • willy cheesesteak

        posted on February 1 , 2010 :

    You just reminded me one of my Brooks Brothers ties need to be tailored, lol.


        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    I’ve been eyeing that 3sixteen tie for a while now, glad to see it pulled off nicely! Another great post, the jacket is very nice as well.

  • Kenny

        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    A beautiful tie. 3sixteen killed it!

  • Jonathan

        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    I gotta give props where it is due, this outfit is very succesful my dude. The way you mixed the black and whites in a clean way and then thru it off with curry colored trousers is impressive. The vibrant color of the pants makes the whole oufit break necks. It makes the outfit jump out. It’s funny, i modeled that same wool 3sixteen tie for a photoshoot at this store in long island called extrabutter, alond with 3sixteen’s duffle coat. But yeah man overall successful outfit. Pure Style brotha man. Unapologetic and clean. Bless

  • ata

        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    Good Post man, 3sixteen is so solid. I have a ? for you regarding a post you did a little while ago about the Ronisr Zyl frames what size are you wearing in the picture? this info would be greatly appreciated, I’m considering purchasing but I’m not sure what size to get I don’t want em to look oversized. Thanks in advanced.


        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    Eric D. Wills : Thank you Eric, and that’s a great point because ‘a tie is a tie’ maybe the designer ones may be a tad bit more special because of the logo/branding but for the most part all ties can be worn and look goo depending on the outfit.

    sssense : Thanks like I said in the post that’s the great thing about vintage ties a lot of people probably reject is that they are colors/designs we just don’t see anymore frequently and the price just makes it that much better. You can pretty much walk into any thrift store and score some great ties at that.

    Reggie : Yes same thing over here my dads collection is pretty steep when it comes to ties and he pretty much stays in that realm , no bowties or anything else and most of the ties are 3.5-4 inch width or even bigger. The bigger ties can be shaved/tailored down so I’m not worried if he decides to give me hand me down the majority of them.

    Demilade : Thanks Dem!

    David A. : Someone just emailed us asking where could they purchase vintage ties the first place I said was the Goodwill , there has to be at least one in every state. I can think of the many vintage/thrift spots I know or heard of which had some pretty sick ties in different designs/sizes which could be fixed by some tailors or like in NYC we have tie crafters who specialize in tapering the width of ties that are too wide. Thank you my brother I have a good variety for I would say a ‘beginners’ collection compared to a lot of other males especially older men whop have been building collections for as much as our ages lol.

    ToMO : Thanks man the jacket is made by Topman Design – definitely was a eye catcher it was on sale.

    JLouie : I think you just added a great point to the article if I could go back and add it I would. Ties are definitely a great way to change the aesthetic and feel of a outfit without trying too hard. The ties I have come across in vintage stores have appealed to me more than the expensive ones I see in larger retailers!


        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    united style : Ties can definitely incorporate personality which translate to the whole area of style when it comes to expressing your own. There’s so much more to ties than people like to realize such as tie length , width , dimple on the knots so much comes with it. I guess everyone is not as anal about ties as some people lol.


        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    Joseph A : Thanks my brother not this time wanted to keep it strictly neckties on this post and not hint at any other type of neck wear ideally saving it for future post lol. thanks for the comment man.


        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    Willy Cheese steak : I know you have some nice BB ties , care to show images?lol

  • Chief

        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    Two Cheap Dudes That Wear Vintage, One of Whom Has an XTi?

  • Peter Sarizki

        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    ^ Hater …

    Great post as always gentleman they keep getting better and better.

  • willy cheesesteak

        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    I only have about 30 ties, lol. Small time compared to other dudes who are in the hundreds…then again, I don’t wear them everyday, lol. I’ll try to snap a shot for you one of these days of the collection.

    Also, the comment on this picture made me lol:

  • TPDJ

        posted on February 2 , 2010 :

    Sweet coat! Wish I could pull off pants of that color.

    Okay, this is a serious inquiry, but are you really able to comfortably walk with the Clarks untied in the way it shows in the photo? I have to tie my Desert Boots pretty tightly to avoid them flopping about.

  • Anastasia S.

        posted on February 3 , 2010 :

    Excellent post as always! Love the images, you look fabulous. I love to see young men take such care with their appearance!

  • G-reg

        posted on February 3 , 2010 :

    Great post!

    I started really getting into ties around the end of summer, and I’ve bought a few since then. Nice collection and nice jacket as well.

  • SwanDiamondRose

        posted on February 3 , 2010 :

    wow. impressive tie collection. i have maybe 10? i love ties.

    i’m curious about all the styles of tie bars. is that even what they are called? and i keep noticing a particular style in older films recently. it’s not flat, it’s a curved piece of metal, to of course hold the shape of a convex tie situation. anyway, seeking tie bar info.

    oh, and i don’t make them, but there are some sweet custom tie makers on etsy.

  • APR

        posted on February 3 , 2010 :

    Looking forward to the Genesis of Style video….

  • Jeff

        posted on February 3 , 2010 :

    Great post Josh. Loving the 3S tie. This tie post remind me of when I was required to wear ties for school. haha.

  • Mister Anderson

        posted on February 4 , 2010 :

    Man I’m really feeling that fit.

  • Matty

        posted on February 4 , 2010 :

    Great post!!!! I love that outfit especially the trousers. I have been following you guys and reading your posts for a couple months now and with this being my first post I have to commend you guys on what you are doing. Its something really different, and you are executing perfectly. Keep up the good work, I am always looking forward to a new post from you guys.

  • Torrey

        posted on February 4 , 2010 :

    Hey guys. Caught wind of your site not too long ago and really enjoy the substance. I must admit I have a closet full of ties because of my profession. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with using them as style accessories outside of the office. Thanks for the inspiration and continue great work.

  • TeoV

        posted on February 4 , 2010 :

    That coat is wonderful :-)
    tie is good too .I love the overall fit btw , well put together

  • refusestolabel

        posted on February 4 , 2010 :

    we just stumbled upon this impeccable spot… and while we could go on and on using metaphors and comparisons of just how incredible your style is… we shall simply say, thank you.

    adoring San Franciscans,

    alex and amy

  • Revo Naval

        posted on February 5 , 2010 :

    It’s my first time here in this website, all i can say now is.. the person behind this website is a genius! Cant wait for the upcoming posts! More power!

  • Corve DaCosta

        posted on February 5 , 2010 :

    I love neckties
    love em

  • Bronx_Bred

        posted on February 7 , 2010 :

    I like the accord between jacket and tie.

  • Rhamier

        posted on February 8 , 2010 :

    Dope post, i just started my tie collection and it’s coming along great lol all of them are from Uniqlo but i plan on purchasing some Band of Outsider ones and some from Alexander Olch as well.


        posted on February 8 , 2010 :

    Forgentlemen : Thanks man it’s a great tie one of my favorites out of the collection , it’s sturdy body great detailing literally sets the tie off from the rest of ties I have.


        posted on February 8 , 2010 :

    Kenny : Thanks Kenny – it’s much appreciated cant wait to see the result of SFTS man.

    Jonathan : Thanks my brother , I’m aware of the store Extra Butter because of 3sixteen I know they have stock of 3sixteen items. I think you guys stock the 3sixteen chukka navy blue If I’m correct. Thanks for the props man I think you perfectly dissected my outfit in its entirety which is impressive because a lot of people don’t have that eye to appreciate and break down each portion or piece. Nice blog btw checked it out.


        posted on February 8 , 2010 :

    ata : Hey thanks yes sure I’ll answer the question for you I was wearing size 46-22-150 I believe , I think you should ask them to send you some samples to experiment with style. Shuron is a great company and they’re known to have one of the best customer service I have experienced so far, Of course you would have to send back the samples that didn’t fit you too good. Just contact them through their site and let me know how it goes.

    BTW The Ronsir Zyl frames are incredible!


        posted on February 8 , 2010 :

    Chief : Thanks for visiting the site to drop that comment , always appreciated.

    Peter Sarizki : Thanks my friend no need to entertain the people who drop negative comments , I actually enjoy it knowing that they feel some kind of void in their lives so they try to take it out on other people.

    Willy cheeseteak : I’m floating around in the same area with ties that I have, Yup that’s the thing I know people with hundreds of different ties. Lol your too much William

    TPDJ : Thanks man yeah the left foot in the picture my shoes are are accidentally untied but the right is tied like I would tie them anyday , but yeah they never ever slip off my feet. All I do is tie them a bit loosely not tying them so tight , and it works perfectly.

  • Luca

        posted on February 8 , 2010 :

    Big fan from Europe, keep the posts coming.

    Great attention to detail. Really like mixing it up with those gloves of different colors. Any advice on where to get some?

  • LOLA

        posted on February 9 , 2010 :

    Dont see many ties around these days!
    Nice to see it back out!
    You look very dapper!


  • Jeremy

        posted on February 9 , 2010 :

    You look great man- but you need to cheer up- you look like the kid who’s mom forgot to pick him up from soccer practice.

  • Swedish Girl Sara

        posted on February 11 , 2010 :

    Hi, awesome shots. I liked how you brought the picture of goodlooking people from the past into this post.

    I have a question; I want to invest in a good camera for fashion-all-around pictures, any suggestions?

    Also, I was wondering… I’m sure you have seen or heard about Skandinavian fashion, but what do you personally think about it? From designers to actual streetstyle… It would be great if you wanted to share.

    Thanks for a great fashion blog filled with inspiration,

  • Damien

        posted on February 12 , 2010 :

    I’ve come back to the tie after a long hiatus. I’m pretty much stuck on vintage ties as you can get some of the classics like Gucci,YSL,Dior and some quality american makers for a quarter of what a new tie’ll cost ya and still look fly.


        posted on February 13 , 2010 :

    Anastasia S. : Thanks so much appreciate the good words

    G-reg : Thanks greg, give it some years and you will be floored by the collection of ties you have , the same thing happened to me.

    Swan Diamond Rose : Thanks , yes they are called tie bars and I know which ones you are talking about but not the specific name unfortunately lol ,you can try great online shop here in NYC who sell some very dapper items I recommend it for other readers skimming through this comment.

    APR : Thanks man should be hitting soon..

    Jeff : It’s definitely a tie you would want to keep in your collection , sturdy , unique design just great overall. I didn’t know you attended catholic school , that’s great man I bet you still have some nice ties.

    Mister Anderson : Thanks!

  • stan

        posted on February 21 , 2010 :

    Love this post on ties.
    My choice of ties was the one thing I could use to separate myself from the button up/sport jacket/sneakers wearing set a few years ago. Looking at your collection I have some buying to do!

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        posted on March 21 , 2010 :

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        posted on June 6 , 2010 :

    Excellent article about mens neckties. I am among a long line of tie collectors in my family. I believe my fathers collection is one of the finest I have ever seen. I am also a designer of neckties and enjoy adding newly concieved designs to accompany those now on display.

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