August 28, 2015

It’s National Bow Tie Day!

Coney Island - Bow Tie

It’s all fun and games on National Bow Tie Day. To celebrate in full fashion, we collaborated with Denny Balmaceda of Look Rich, Shop Cheap who headed to Coney Island with a handful of bow ties. These are a few of our favorite outtakes from the shoot that will inspire you to celebrate National Bow Tie in complete style. From the boardwalk to the beach, Mr. Balmaceda shows us that bow ties are perfect for any setting. The featured bows ties are our Striped Bow Tie in Tangerine and Blue  and our Repp Striped Bow Tie in Navy + Green

Striped Bow Tie and Hat
Bow Tie Style - Coney Island

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August 26, 2015

Meet Fashion Influencer – Well Dressed Student

The Well Dressed Student in Our Blue Knit Tie

With school in full swing, we wanted to introduce you to  Sunny Murthy, creator of  Well Dressed Student fashion blog. His tag line is: It is a lifestyle, start living it.” We couldn’t agree more; the Well Dressed Student is a blog written by a student for students that covers life, fashion, travel + college life. Learn more about The Well Dressed Student with our Q&A and be sure to follow his blog and  Instagram. All photography was done by RJ Goodwin and Matt Owen. Thank you to Sunny for styling our collection of knit ties and sitting down with us and sharing his fashion insight. 

 Q & A With The Well Dressed Student

Bows-N-Ties: How would you describe your style?
Well Dressed Student: “My style is very personal, in every outfit you can learn a little bit about me. I have always been “weird” when it comes to style and in general. I will try anything if I like it from a tank under a blazer to Fred Astaire infamous tie as a belt. The biggest thing is I wear what I like, not what other people tell me to. This took me awhile to do, to be confident in myself that even if someone told me I looked stupid I didn’t care. In all honesty Kanye West was and still is a huge inspiration to me when it comes to confidence and style (huge music fan). 


Our Designer Yellow Knit Striped Tie

 

Bows-N-Ties: How did you get interested in menswear?
Well Dressed Student: “I enjoy it. I have an older brother, by 7 years and I am the youngest of my cousins. I was always surrounded by mature adults and they taught me the foundation on how to dress properly. From that foundation I have built my own, I am ambitious but I am also young. I realized that people take you more seriously when you look professional. I have typically lived by the motto “Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want” and “Dress like the man you want to be” And I want to be Harvey Specter so…”

Striped Tie and Blazer

 

Bows-N-Ties: What style tips can you give men in college?
Well Dressed Student: You don’t have to break bank to dress nice. I come from very humble beginnings and I wear nice clothes. It’s not all about the brand. There is a huge variety of menswear companies out there that are affordable. It’s all about finding deals. Goodwill is awesome too. I don’t spend my money on stuff the majority of college students do, I spend my money on clothes, watches, school, and currently saving for a car. I promise everyone reading this I am not just saying this, I love Bows-N-Ties- the price is amazing and the quality is superb. When you can spend $15-$20 on a good quality tie that has a stellar design instead of spending $150 for a tie that just because it is from a “high end” company why would you spend that much? Shop smart.”

 

Bows-N-Ties: What has been your best fashion purchase ever?
Well Dressed Student: Oh man, that is a hard one. I love watches, sadly my bank account hates the fact that I love watches. I bought this Citizen Eco-Drive. It is my favorite watch and my best purchase.”

 

Bows-N-Ties: What are common fashion mistakes you see on campus?
Well Dressed Student: Buttoning the bottom buttons on people’s blazers or suit jackets is the biggest one. Not matching your shoes to your belt, doesn’t have to be exact shade but get brown on brown or black on black. Also, a lot of kids wear sizes that they aren’t. Know your size and rock it, if you are a small don’t wear a large because you wish you were a large and vice versa.”

Hat and Tie Menswear Style

Bows-N-Ties: Where do you go to school and what are you studying?
Well Dressed Student: I go to Virginia Tech, currently studying Biochemistry, pre-med track. I currently work as a medical scribe while in school. I have big dreams, I want to get a MD and a MBA. There are a few schools out there that have dual programs that allow you to get both in 5 years. I believe this would set me up to reach my goal of being CEO of a hospital. Like I said, big dreams. I mean shoot for the stars, right?”

Pink and Blue Knit Tie Cornflower Blue Designer Knit Tie

Bows-N-Ties: How many suits and ties should college men own?
Well Dressed Student: “Talking bare minimum, at least one good suit. Make it versatile, don’t make your one suit a seersucker. Preferably I would say three suits though. The basics that every man should have is at least one gray, navy, and black suit. After you get the basics you can start investing in more. Plain preferably, like not a pinstripe or windowpane. After you get those down then start expanding into a light blue pinstripe or whatever else your heart desires. They should have as many ties, white and light blue shirts as possible. You can wear the same suit numerous times and completely change the outfit by simply changing the tie.”

August 24, 2015

Accessories For The Striped Shirt

Graphic Striped Bow TiePaisley Bow TieWool Striped Bow TieRalphLauren_Tie7Skinny Paisley TiesStriped Shirt + Crested TieAnchor Skinny Tie in MerlotTweed Skinny Tie

 

 

We took the iconic Ralph Lauren Blue and White Striped Button Down Shirt and experimented with all the dapper ways you can accessorize this menswear staple. We were pleasantly surprised by the versatility of this statement shirt. We paired it with 8 patterned accessories and loved every look from colorful polka dots ties to retro striped bow ties. Click the photos to shop the ties! And have fun mixing and matching your way to your one-of-a-kind style.

 

August 19, 2015

Vineyard Wedding Inspiration

Vineyard Wedding Ideas

The grandeur of Vineyard Weddings is truly spectacular; the stunning views and the stately sophistication will instantly inspire you!  Planning a vineyard wedding can at first be overwhelming with possibilities, so we decided to create a storyboard that helps you visualize the best parts of a vineyard wedding from how to utilize corkscrews to the best groomsmen accessories. We also created a Pinterest Board dedicated to Vineyard Weddings too. When planning an outdoor vineyard wine, remember to leverage all the natural beauty in your favor. Celebrate the natural earth tones with a pop of color. Some of our favorite groomsmen colors for vineyard weddings are palettes of  textured purples and blues. These colors compliment the picturesque landscape and look stunning with the luscious green grape vines as a backdrop!

Best Groomsmen Tie in Purples and Blues

 

 Light Lavender Necktie |  Pin Dot Bow Tie in Purple  |  Textured Tie in Grape

Mod Patterned Bow Tie   |  Indigo Linen Bow Tie  |  Striped Skinny Tie in Denim Colors

 

 

 

 

 

August 17, 2015

MENSWEAR STYLES OF THE 1930′S

1930's Menswear Fashion Trends

The 1930′s

The menswear styles of the 1930′s were vastly different than the styles of the 1920′s.  The Great Depression re-calibrated style, especially menswear and brought in a decade of new cuts,  enhanced tailoring, subdued colors and a style that bigger (literally) than ever before.

 

The Trendsetters

The fashion icons of the 1930′s are still widely celebrated for their fashion sense. Some of these trendsetters include:  The Prince of Wales, Fred Astaire, Cary Grant and Gary Cooper.

 

The Suit

The menswear suit was the most popularized and reinvented during the 1930′s. These suits celebrated the appearance of the larger torso and the unspoken fashion motto was: Bigger is better.  Jackets were designed with shoulder pads to create a broad, square shape.

 

The Neckwear

Neckwear became wider and men wore them shorter. The Windsor Knot became the most widely used knot choice and popular patterns included geometric designs and stripes! The colors were more muted and gravitated towards masculine earth tones like browns, grays and navy blues.

 

The Pocket Square

Pocket Squares were always color coordinated with the neckwear in the the 1930′s to create a a well paired elegance.

 

The Hat

The hat of choice during the thirties was the fedora! Much like the 1920′s, the 1930′s encouraged accessorizing!

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