It used to be you could get by with just a four-in-hand and a smile... but times have changed. The collars are more complex, the ties are stuck between mod-thin and banker-thick, and suddenly your knot’s either busting the seams or lost in a chasm of empty fabric.
So we figured we’d boil things down to the bare essentials. After the jump, we’ll match the four most common types of collar with the ties and knots that suit them best, and along the way, show you where to pick up some of the better specimens.
A lot of new ideas arrived on the menswear scene this past year, but as we cast our gaze forward to 2012, we only see a few of them lasting through the next twelve months. So to let you know what you can safely count on wearing a year from now, we've rated some of the most discussed tricks in the book on a simple AAA-to-D scale (with apologies to Standard & Poors). If you want a credit rating for your double monks, look no further.
People Need To Know What Time It Is: Jesse Thorn lays out his surprisingly diverse watch collection, giving Seiko some well-deserved love. [Put This On]
Flipped: In the wake of what they’re calling Obama’s “mandal scandal,” Gawker counts down the vanishingly small number of situations in which it’s acceptable to wear flip flops. Strangely, this has never come up for us. [Gawker]
The Big Three: Mister Mort details the best vintage shops in New York. They’re pretty awesome. [Gridskipper]
Cut Away, Cut Away: Sart Inc comes down hard in favor of the cutaway collar. We must say, we’re not quite buying it. [Sartorially Inclined]