October 31, 2014

The Winter Flannel Collection – On Sale for $10!

Introducing our Handcrafted Winter Flannel Necktie Collection

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We’re excited to introduce our new Winter Flannel Collection, artfully handcrafted and designed by Blackbird. What is it about flannel that makes us want to start up a batch of hot chocolate and play holiday music in October? Maybe it’s something about remembering those favorite flannel pajamas we wore every Christmas Eve, or the classic combination of colors in a soft woven fabric. Flannel prints are a great way to infuse dark winter pallets with bold pops of color and still maintain a warm, wintery aesthetic. Woven from sumptuously soft cotton and cut for a trendy narrow width, these ties are ideal for updating your arsenal of expertly-tailored neckwear. Do your holiday shopping early while they’re on sale for only $10!

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The Flannel Skinny Tie with Scottish Plaid Pattern100% Cotton Flannel | Length: 58″, Width: 2.75″

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Trendy Flannel Plaid Skinny Tie with Tartan Plaid 100% Cotton Flannel | Length: 58″, Width: 3.1″

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Tartan Plaid Flannel Tie in Hunter Green 100% Cotton Flannel | Length: 58″, Width: 3.1″

October 15, 2014

Satisfy Your Need for Tweed

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Satisfy your need for tweed by mixing up tweed patterns and colors that clash and compliment. With fall peaking its head out and winter not far behind, the tweed pea-coats, blazers, and caps are making their appearance after hiding in back closets during the sunny months.

Harrington twill,  Prince of Whales check, or classic houndstooth –  there’s no reason you can’t wear them all at once with our latest collection of skinny tweed ties by Blackbird!

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Tweed features a soft, open texture that was traditionally used by the upper and middle class in the Edwardian period for outdoor leisure activities, like hunting and golfing. Tweeds popularity has withstood the centuries, and today it’s association with Sherlock Holmes as portrayed on the hit television series by Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as hipsters’ vintage sensibilities and the annual Tweed Run in London have brought the classic fabric to a contemporary light.

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October 11, 2014

Commuter Wear for the Workday Warrior

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Ah, autumn. The wind whistles and falling leaves tap against your window as you snore in harmony with the melody of the new season – that is until your alarm clock goes off. Once you’re out of bed, you throw on yesterday’s suit and a crumpled necktie. An obstacle course of leaf mounds, pummeling wind, and pumpkin latte guzzling pedestrians await to make your work commute a harvest-time hell.

We here at Cheap Necktie’s San Francisco office know the struggle well. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of commuter friendly work wear to keep you looking fresh once you hit the office. What kind of commuter are you?

The Brave Biker 

bikerThese Levi’s Commuter Slim Fit Trousers in khaki are water resistant to keep you dry on rainy days and have reflective stripes on the cuffs for safety. A convenient back pocket strap holds your bike lock while allowing you to comfortably ride. The Giro Wind Shirt features a breathable waxed cotton that’s wind and water resistant to keep you safe from the elements. Add a trendy edge to your look by pairing it with a Blue and Charcoal Flannel Plaid Tie in a skinny width by Blackbird.

The Ride Share Rookie

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These Chicken & Wafflecords by Betabrand feature a relaxed fit with a quirky chicken printed lining that makes a great conversation piece when awkward silence strikes on your morning carpool. Pair them with Betabrand’s Red Activewear Button-down Shirt and our Checkered Skinny Tie by Blackbird.

The Cross Country Commuter

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Create a 1950′s inspired look for your train commute from the suburbs to the big city with this Short-Leave Pea Coat in fleece by Betabrand and a vintage fedora from Etsy. Add a contemporary spin with this winter Chambray Wool Skinny Tie in charcoal gray. Don’t forget to grab a newspaper and a pair of sophisticated spectacles for the long ride!

The Traffic Jammer

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When you’re under the weather and that half-hour bike ride through the snow is out of the question, drive to work in a grab-and-go black two-button blazer and a pair of Dresspants Sweatpants, from Betabrand. Made from super soft french terry cotton, these pants feel like pajamas but still look business appropriate.

Finish the look with a pair of easy-on black loafers and a Regimental Striped Tie in green. Substitute your morning coffee with a hot cup of chamomile tea.

October 3, 2014

Wedding Inspiration from Hollywood’s Favorite Ex-Bachelors

With George Clooney at the Venice Film Festival in August 2008.

This summer, Hollywood’s two favorite men finally put a ring on it. George Clooney, a notorious bachelor, married superwoman and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in an extravagant ceremony in Venice, Italy, while bff Brad Pitt married long-time partner Angelina Jolie in a small ceremony and inexpensive (by celebrity standards) celebration in France. Follow Clooney and Pitt’s lead for your wedding day inspiration, and follow ours to get their looks at a price normal people can afford.

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Is that a pre-tied bow tie I spy? While we normally recommend wearing self-tie bow ties for black-tie affairs, Clooney’s too-perfect bow is a great match with that too-perfect signature smile. Wearing a black Giorgio Armani suit with a white shirt, black oxfords, and a black bow tie, his outfit reportedly cost somewhere around $6,000. And that’s not even counting the customized gold cuff links engraved with his name in Arabic that his new bride bought him for their special day.

As a former dashing bachelor yourself, we’ve put together some options for a Clooney inspired outfit at an affordable price. A two-button black tuxedo at $143.99, a pre-tied black bow tie for $9.90, and a pair of classic gold colored cufflinks at $14.90 will get you the look for only $168.79.

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There was no new expensive tuxedo for Clooney’s friend and Ocean’s 11 co-star Brad Pitt on his wedding day. Well, there was an expensive suit, but Pitt decided to save a few grand by pulling a navy two-button Salvatore Ferragamo from his bulging red carpet wardrobe. The couple opted for a low-cost, high-reward celebration by hiring their five children as their wedding planners and using them as inspiration for their wedding garments.

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While the media couldn’t get enough of Jolie’s wedding veil, which was embroidered with a collection of their kid’s drawings by family friend Luigi Massi of Versace, the Brangelina kids also played a hand in putting together their dad’s ensemble. Pitt forgot to pack a tie for the occasion, so his oldest son happily lent him one of his own.

Although the couple decided to keep their wardrobe costs low, Angelina did surprise her new husband with a 1952 Patek Philippe timepiece worth about 3 million dollars. We’ve put together a savvy groom’s look inspired by Pitt’s wedding day for the truly frugal shopper. With a navy two-button suit by Caravelli at $109.99, a Seiko yellow gold plated timepiece for $64.75, and a Puccini kid’s tie for $9.90, you can get the Hollywood look for just $184.64.

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September 18, 2014

Faissal Yartaa Showcases Our Preppy Skinny Anchor Tie

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Faissal Yartaa of All About Fashion shows us how he styles our ultra popular anchor tie. We love his  unconventional mix of patterns and fabrics to create a very global look.  Yartaa pairs this designer skinny tie with a chambray button down, patterned navy shorts and artisan socks from Sammy Icon. This on the go look is a perfect fusion of form, function and fashion!   Due to popular demand, we are currently sold out of our preppy skinny anchor tie but plan on having more in stock soon.  Check out more of Faissal Yartaa’s creative looks on his blog and Facebook.

Your Cheap Neckties Team

August 5, 2014

The Three Must Have Accessories For Summer Menswear Fashion

These Three Menswear Accessories Will Transform Your Style

 

Best 3 Summer Menswear Accessories 2014

 

White Pocket Square – $4.95

Narrow Tie Bar – $14.90

Skinny Summer Tie in Coral –  $10.00

Total – $29.85

Make your best investment of the Summer Season with these three quintessential menswear accessories:  the White Pocket Square,  the Skinny Summer Tie in Coral and the Narrow Tie Bar.  This combo comes in just under $30 and literally has the power to transform your look from drab to notably fab.  Pair this combination with a white dress shirt and midnight blue suit like shown above, or pair this combo with a tan suit and a light blue dress shirt. Your options are vast and endless with these versatile pieces; wear them all together or separately.

Your Cheap Neckties Team

January 30, 2014

Our Featured Color – Soft Green

Freshen Up You Menswear Look with Accents of Light Greens

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Freshen up your sense of fashion by incorporating a range of sophisticated soft greens into your wardrobe. Soft Green is a newcomer in terms of color in menswear, but it is quickly becoming a staple accent color because of its handsome versatility. More and more designers are creating innovative fashion pieces in pastel greens from shirts, to suits, to sweaters, to neckties to bow ties. These specialty shades radiate charm, coolness and creativity.  Soft greens mix and mingle aesthetically well with navy blues, grays and tans.

 

Popular Mint Ties

Striped Tie in Pistachio  |   Patterned Tie in Clover   |  Diamond Tie in Light Green

Soft greens come in a multitude of names including Pistachio, Clover, Light Green and Mint Green.   Find a solid or patterned tie or bow tie in your favorite shade of soft green and start accessorizing! Light hues of green are phenomenal in all months and also make wonderful additions to casual and professional getups.

Your Cheap Neckties Team

January 9, 2014

A High Style Look For Under $300

A Designer Look at a Fraction of the Cost

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Achieve a high style look at a fraction of the cost with our guide to emulating popular looks. Each week we are scanning the hottest trends and looking for ways to make high fashion looks economically sensible.  The realization is, as much as we like a fitted blazer, we’re not going to pay thousands of dollars for it.

This week we broke down a street wear look that we’ve come across on multiple fashion blogs. It is a polished menswear look that is both very fashion forward and wearable.  You can have this entire look for under three hundred dollars.  Look fashionable in the red without going into the red!

Blazer from Asos – $119

Checkered Dress Shirt from JCP  - $21.99

Skull and Cross Bones Pin from Amazon – $3.95

Paisley Pocket Square – $14.95

Plaid Necktie Tie – $10.00

Silver Tie Clip – $14.95

Black Levi’s – $44.00

 

Your Cheap Neckties Team

June 11, 2013

Three Great Summer Styles Using Seersucker

Three Great Looking Summer Outfits Using Seersucker Suits

Seersucker is the ultimate summer fabric. This lightweight and very “breathable” weave was first made popular during the British Colonial period, especially in warm weather British India. Seersucker eventually made it across the big pond by the late 19th century – where it became a popular textile in the south. Initially it was considered a poor man’s clothing choice, but this eventually shifted, and by the 1920s it became a popular clothing piece even among the affluent. Today seersucker is a must have fabric for men who often attend summer/warm-weather dressy functions. To give the classic seersucker suit a “fresh” look, we picked out three of our favorites found on some of our favorite style blogs.

The Classic

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Above is a perfect example of a classic seersucker suit combination. The classic blue and white colors are perfectly complemented with a solid blue necktie and matching blue pocket square. The brown belt complements the horn buttons, and the white dress shirt underlines the classic and timeless look. Image found on: http://giantbeard.tumblr.com

The Southern

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Pairing seersucker with bow tie and straw hat is the epitome of the southern gentleman style. The man on the left chose a double breasted cut that nicely complements his body type. The suit on the left is a 3-piece style. The pink color is another great alternative to the classic light blue.

The Trendy

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Seersucker can be worn for anyone’s style preference. For those appreciating a trendy/fashion-forward look, this example might just serve as inspiration to wear seersucker for the next summer wedding you are attending. The double breasted cut is nicely tailored to fit this slim body type. The tattersall check shirt adds contrast while the bright tangerine orange necktie adds a pop of color. The penny loafers (sans socks) are a nice choice – perfect for the warm summer day. Image found on: http://iqfashion.tumblr.com/

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April 26, 2013

How to Rock a Tie Bar

Smarten Up Your Favorite Looks With Tie Bars

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Tie Bars are very well one of the most under-utilized and under-respected accessories in the Menswear Fashion World.  The time has come to shed some light on these utilitarian super stars that instantly sharpen and smarten any menswear look.  The history of the tie bar is short and sweet;  they came about in the 1920′s to replace the tie pin.  The tie clip’s primary motive is to prevent ties from swinging and keep a look straight and tailored.  They work well with formal suits as well as casual get ups and they look great with all sizes of ties from XL ties, to standard ties, to skinny ties to kids ties.

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Tie Bars look sensationally chic teamed up with solid hued skinny ties. The placement of tie bars is key to creating a dapper look. Tie bars should be placed at the sternum just below the chest muscles.  A skinny, modern tie clip pairs handsomely with a solid hued skinny charcoal grey skinny tie.

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Tie Bars come in a variety of styles and metals. One thing to keep in mind is to always match your metals in a get up. You don’t want to mix a gold tie with a silver tie buckle for example.  Gold Tie Bars pair very handsomely with dark, warmed toned hues like golden browns and bright navy blues.  A gold tie bar would look smart teamed up with our Cascade Floral Squares Tie in Dark Blue.

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The biggest misconception about tie bars is that they are all about function and not about fashion.  This is wildly untrue.  Tie Bars are a perfect way to incorporate some bling into your look. We love this casual look of a polka dot tie, a tie bar, a cardigan, chinos and sneakers.

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Best Ties for Button Down Collar Dress Shirts

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