And I don’t know where I am goin’ to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don’t need a reason why.
They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl is crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.
Does anyone else remember that song? I’ve always loved it, for some reason. Maybe that’s because I really have always loved when men are all dressed up. Tim’s a very casual guy. His preference is to be in jeans and a sweater (I can relate to this feeling!). Perhaps that’s why when he puts on a tie, it really is something special. He’ll usually wear a tie to work just once a week or so. I always think he looks exceptionally nice on those days.Tim is also the kind of guy who wears clothes until they are absolutely shot. I appreciate that about him, and I wish I was as disciplined. But I get tired of my clothes after just a few seasons. We recently went through his tie collection and actually got rid of several ties, many of which he has had since college (12 years ago). After he honestly assessed which ties he did and didn’t like, his “keep” pile was really quite pitiful. I knew it was time for a new tie to join the few that remained.I’ll just be honest, I always hit the thrift stores to see if I can find any great ties for a song. I’ve done it before with success, or at least I thought I had. Those thrift store finds from the past were all in Tim’s “discard” pile, as it turns out! I knew So I decided not to go that route again. I also knew that going to a department store and spending $40+ dollars wasn’t going to happen, either.
My preference would be to shop online, to get a good price, and for returns to be hassle-free. And yes, there’s a store where you can get all of this! Allow me to introduce you toABC Neckties. This site has an EXTENSIVE collection of ties (long ties and bow ties). You can search by price point, by color or even by style. If your guy happens to like wearing novelty ties, they can seriously hook you up. That’s not Tim’s style, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t have a great selection for him, though.
I snagged a beautiful purple striped tie for Tim on this site. Before I committed to it, I checked out their return policy just in case he didn’t’ like it. You have 30 days to make a return or exchange, and you just have to contact the company to get a return form that you submit with your package. Pretty simple, really. They only charge $2.95 for shipping, and if you spend $30 or more, shipping is free. Nice!
When the tie arrived, I showed it to Tim and asked him what he thought. He REALLY liked it. He commented that he was surprised by the high quality of the tie, and he also thought the style looked really current. Most of his ties are some combination of navy, red and yellow, so a purple tie fills a pretty wide gap in color choices for him. He actually wore it to work the day after it arrived, because he was so happy to have a new tie (that he actually liked) in his collection.
I can tell you now that this tie is going to be one of the ones that sticks around for several years, and joins the ranks of those other handful of ties that have made the cut for Tim.
EDIT: You have GOT to check out this fabulous video series that ABC Neckties has out. They show you how to tie a tie 15 different ways! So cool!
Buy it! If you are looking for a new tie at a reasonable price, check out ABC Neckties. They also offer big and tall ties and boys’ ties! And if you agree with me that Tim’s new tie is fabulous, you can purchase one for $20!
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Mandatory entry: Tell me anything about your (or your man’s) tie collection. Is it out of control? Is it sparse? What kind of ties are we talking about here? Are there any you absolutely love or hate? Anything related to the topic works for me!
My answer: My husband still has the tie that he wore on our wedding day, and I hope he keeps it forever, even if it falls out of style. I smile so much whenever he wears it!
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