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Knit Ties

After I finished college and started to explore traditional men’s clothing a bit more, knit ties were one of the last hold outs – I just didn’t see a point in wearing them, especially when my regimental stripe ties seemed to work well with everything already. Like the rest of the more interesting things in my wardrobe, that eureka moment finally hit and I now own more knit ties than I do regular ones.

What I’ve learned: knit ties are useful in making a formal appearance look casual, and they also add extra texture to an outfit when variety is needed. The solid colored ties look better than those with the dots, and those with the dots look better than those with the stripes. Stick with widths between 2-3″ inches, anything wider and the tie becomes a bit unwieldy. J.Crew’s knit ties are sometimes difficult to get good knots out of, Ralph Lauren’s are generally safe to go with, and those made by Gallo and Drake’s of London are top notch but pricey.

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The Maestros

Men’s Ex was able to visit with a number of prominent men in the European clothing industry in order to learn a little bit about their own personal styles.  In Italy, particularly in the Naples area, the term Maestro is sometimes used as an honorable title for the head of a tailoring house or company.  From the September 09 issue.

Men's Ex Maestro Special
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Sportcoat Versatility, Continued

A couple of scans from Men’s Ex showing examples on how sportcoats can be worn both formally and casually.  You can see some more in this previous post as well.

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A Visit to Church’s Factory

From Men’s Ex March 2009. Some people claim that Church’s shoes are no longer well made since the Prada buyout, but they’re the same as always.

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The Versatility of the Navy Sportcoat

Examples on how to pair up navy colored sportcoats from Men’s Ex (click the image to see the full size).  As shown earlier, navy can go with just about everything.

Navy Sportcoats

Combining Patterns, Men’s Ex edition

There was a decent section in the March 2009 edition of Men’s Ex on how to pair shirts and ties with suits.  Some things you’ll notice:

  • If you pair up similar patterns, make sure they vary in size and scale so that they’re distinctly different from each other.
  • If you pair up similar colors such as a range of blues, pick different textures for each piece.

These should also be required reading on this topic:

Combining Patterns Men's Ex - 1
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