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Boys in Ties

by Kate Franco on February 15, 2011 · 2 comments

A missive to boys who wear ties

You will always be a step above the rest. It does not matter if you are going for dapper or disheveled — what really counts is that you got up in the morning, or went out at night and you thought about the way. you. look. Even if you picked your jeans up off the floor or didn’t get the chance to shower, the mere addition of the tie says that you put some effort into being.

Men’s clothing hasn’t changed in eons; it’s the same basic pieces styled different ways. It’s surprising that it is so easy to stand out in crowd. But trust me, if you wear a tie, you will.

My heart belongs to boys who wear ties.**

Notes to boys who do not wear ties

My advice is simply this: Try it. Trust me. But…just in case you want a more expert opinion, here are some tips from one of the most stylin’ guys I know {he happens to wear ties}. Blaine says:

  • There’s more than one way to wear a tie.  Are you going for the crisp, fully-buttoned up look, or do you have the panache to wear the tie a little looser?
  • Take a tip from Anderson Cooper — wear great solids that compliment your skin tone {and, in Anderson’s case, your foxy white hair!}.
  • Do NOT under any circumstances shop for ties at the Macy’s surplus rack — going discount is great, but try TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack.
  • Getting into wearing ties means getting into wearing pocket squares.*  In years past, no self-respecting man would leave his home with a bare breast, and nor should you!  {Plus, having a hanky on hand will give you the je ne sais quois you need to offer a damsel in distress your kerchief [and hence, your hand ;)]}

*+ 10 points if you pull off the pocket square.
**+ a milliondy points if you have enough swagger to pull off a bow tie. yep, a milliondy.

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dubs. @ teamhelllaswag February 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Is there a picture of this “Blaine Billingsley?” I don’t know if I can just take tie advice from anyone!


Lila February 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm

There really is something about a man in a tie…


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