Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Ties That Bind

My ties have languished in the back of my closet, unceremoniously hanging from an all-purpose tie/belt rack waiting for their call up to the big leagues. Since I have been a stay at home dad, they’ve been on reserve for special occasions, only coming out for weddings, Sundays, and the rare funeral. 

Between the plaid flannels and multitudinous button downs, they may peek out from time to time, trying to catch a glimpse of light from the overhead 60 watt bulb fueled by a pull chain that clanks against the thin glass. That light sometimes makes them shine if not only for a moment when they might catch my eye. The shimmery silks and iridescent patterns of years gone by. You can tell a lot about a person just by their tie.  It can be a statement about who you are and what you stand for. It can make you stand out or recede into a crowd.

There’s just something about a tie that says professional. I used to watch my mom get my dad ready for a business trips. She would line his sport coats and suits from our second floor bannister like an army of businessmen without heads just waiting to be filled with a body.  In each and every instance, she’d pull out his ties and hold them in her fist like a brightly mismatched colored octopus and she would walk back and forth measuring up their might like a matchmaker trying to find a suitor.

I don’t know if it was my dad’s lack of sensibility around color or his inability to match patterns but my mom was good and explaining why each tie went with each set of pants, shirt, and shoe combination.  Maybe it comes from the years of observation or just that artist’s understanding of pattern and color, but I’m pretty good and knowing when a tie just belongs with a shirt.

But I understand, that not every man is that guy. You don't have your mom to tell you something doesn't match and you can't rely on your significant other all the time. Your ability to match a tie with a shirt will say a lot about who you are as a person and what you are capable of doing. It’s the reason why in an interview, your tie may be saying I’m confident and capable but your shirt and tie combination may say that you dress like you did it in the dark. Who wants to take a chance on someone who can’t get things done within his own wardrobe?

So if your mom isn’t around to tell you what to wear and you really have no idea what you are doing when you wonder if a striped shirt can go with a polka-dot tie, good thing there is a guide to help you on your journey.

How To Match Shirt And Ties

How To Match Shirt And Ties at

This is a sponsored post done in collaboration with Jacamo. I was compensated for this post and if you don't know how to match ties, you should use our advice. 

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