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Rescuing the Long Tie

  • Eric Twardzik
Rescuing the Long Tie

Whenever I see Donald Trump in a tie, a slightly altered Blazing Saddles line comes to mind.

“But how does he tie such long ties with such little hands?”

He’s found a way, and it’s a tragedy for appreciators of the long necktie everywhere. For years those who prefer their neckties to fall a bit on the lengthy side have existed on the fringes of sartorial acceptability, and now the ex-game-show-host’s public adoption of the style threatens it with outright extinction.

But I will not allow the long tie to go quietly into that dark night. In fact, I’m going to propose a rescue mission.

This is how to save the long tie.

The 14 Ties to Consider This Fall/Winter

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By now the scarves, tweed and heavier knits have come out of their mothball-laden warm-weather hibernation and firmly reestablished themselves in your daily layering rotation.

Meaning, naturally, that the fall/winterization of your wardrobe is almost complete.

Key word: almost. So, lest you overlook the transition’s finer details, we’ve compiled for you some of the handsomest seasonally textiled four-in-hand options on the market right now. (Just don’t match them to your fall/winter pocket squares.)

Fall forward neck-first, with the 14 ties to consider this season, after the jump...»

Head to Toe: Madras

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

Madras

The 113th US Open went off this weekend, and it had us pining for the glory days of golf fashion. Back when the hair was feathered, the caps were newsboy and the prints were bold.

The ostentatious culture peaked around the time of Caddyshack, but thankfully, some pieces have remained steadfast. Most notably, madras.

The fabric is lightweight, easy to maintain and stays sharp when traditional suiting would fold under wrinkle-inducing humidity. So versatile, you can pretty much find any garment rocking its signature tartans. Hence, we went ahead and found all the gear necessary to don you from head to toe.

Wearing them all at once, well, that’s a lifestyle choice you’ll have to make for yourself.»

Sneak Peek: Hickoree’s Summer Sample Sale

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

Hickoree's

Sale season’s in the air, and the second annual summer sample shindig over at Hickoree’s is at the top of our weekend to-do list.

For today and tomorrow only, they’ve turned Floor Two into a pseudo-warehouse pop-up, packed to the beams with overstock and never-produced samples from five stellar NYC brands.

Designers from Stanley & Sons, Left Field, Battenwear, 8.15 August Fifteenth and The Hill-side will all be stopping by the scene, so there’s a pretty good shot you’ll be able to seek styling advice straight from the source.

We swung by last night to check the scene and found everything from swim trunks to trousers, shearling bombers, anoraks, henleys, oxfords, ties, tees and seriously handsome bags, among a host of other gems. They’ve even brought in a rack of goods for the ladies in your life by way of 8.15.

Here’s a closer look at what to expect...»

Heirloom Week: The Head Start

  • Najib Benouar

Hugh & Crye

We’ve spent the entire week speculating on the heirloom futures market, but sometimes it’s good to have a little head start.

Nothing too crazy, just 50 to 60 years or so.

Luckily, our esteemed colleagues at the Washington, DC, bureau of UrbanDaddy have just tipped us off to Hugh & Crye’s recently launched vintage stock. It’s mostly ties, pocket squares and lapel pins—which is a good start in the trinkets department—from the Eisenhower era, but that shouldn’t mean you’ll relegate these to the gray flannel suit days. In fact, a good amount of the ties sport a surprisingly modern slimness. (Plus, there isn’t a more timeless icon than the oriole bird.)

Take a few more looks at our favorite finds of the bunch.»

All the Handsome Ties Your Spring Requires

  • Najib Benouar

Ties

As you might have noticed around these parts, we’re excited about the impending onset of spring.

And one of our favorite things to watch during this season shift is the cottons, chambrays and linens replacing all that wool and tweed—something you can start doing immediately when it comes to your neckwear. To show you what we’re talking about, we’ve rounded up a dozen of the finest examples of spring neckwear on the market right now.

Heralding spring, neck first.»

The Morning After the Oscars

  • Kempt Staff

Avengers Men

Talking Tuxes: GQ sums up just about every tuxedo in attendance in the photo above, as modeled by the cast of The Avengers.

First Impression: The gents at Esky name Samantha Banks the most stunning red-carpet newcomer.

Pointed Argument: The Cut takes a look at the most heated debate during the Oscars: Anne Hathaway's dress darts.

Tie Goes to Runner: Apparently, the shocking “tie” for best sound editing was not unprecedented. Huffington Post looks at the history of Oscar ties.

The Five Things to Consider About Your Tuxedo

  • Najib Benouar

Connery

In our ongoing ruminations on black tie regalia during the lead-up to the Oscars, let us consider the little things that can make or break a tuxedo’s chances for best-dressed-list-ed glory...

As with everything menswear-related, attention to detail is paramount—we’ll spare you the lecture on how your tux should fit well (just make sure it does). We’d rather focus on the universally key factors like sizing up a lapel, the appropriateness of grosgrain and the employment of a pocket square.

Dissecting the finer points of a tuxedo.»