Got My Halloween Bow Tie Today!

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    Oct 12, 2016 11:23 PM GMT
    I get theme bow ties for holidays, as well as bow ties for formal wear and other socializing. Most are made in Vermont, where they have my neck size on file, and custom-make the ones I wear with formal stand-up wing collars. I hate to have an adjustment buckle showing, so my formal ones are made to my exact size, no buckle adjustment.

    But my other bow ties, worn under turn-down collars, can have buckles out of sight. Actually makes them easier to tie. I tie them slack, then tighten the buckle afterwards.

    Today I had one delivered to wear at our "Wicked Manors" Halloween street party, along with some other bows. I also have theme ties for Christmas, Valentines Day, Fourth of July, etc, and just to match some of my outfits.

    So I've got all these ties, bow and 4-in-hand neckties, and I'm stuffing them in drawers, and hanging them off coat hangers. Enough of that disorganized nonsense.

    Therefore, I additionally ordered a bow tie hanger from this same Vermont company, that I also received today. The perfect solution, I'll likely be ordering several more of them. These hangers work with any ties, and also belts. About time I got organized and cleaned my act up.

    I highly recommend this company. Their bow ties cost no more than you pay at Macy's, Dillards, or any men's store. Everything is made in the USA, and the quality is top-notch. You can even order bespoke, as I do for my custom neck size.

    DISCLAIMER: I have no financial or other interest in this company. Other than being a satisfied customer of many years.
  • Geoffreysays

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    Oct 12, 2016 11:39 PM GMT
    A proper bow tie is the only thing that distinguishes us from our most savage ancestors.
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    Oct 13, 2016 12:15 AM GMT
    Geoffreysays said
    A proper bow tie is the only thing that distinguishes us from our most savage ancestors.

    LOL! Well, I dunno about that. But I do know that tying a bow tie, or even a good necktie knot, are becoming lost arts.

    I used to have to tie my ex BF's bow for him. He may have been a millionaire, and ragged me about being so poor myself, but he didn't have a clue how to tie a bow.

    Hell, he couldn't even do a decent necktie. I had to tie those for him, as well. Usually gave him a tight double-Windsor knot, really set off his face. Also I bought him a super-slender metal mesh band wristwatch, matching his cufflinks. Because he'd been wearing a black plastic sports watch with his tux!

    He still insisted on wearing fancy black cowboy boots with a tux. While I was wearing prescribed black patent leather pumps. That I still do to formal occasions. And will again next week for a fundraiser.

    Although with it so close to Halloween, I'm thinking about wearing my new Halloween bow tie with my dinner jacket. We'll see if the hubby will agree.
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    Oct 13, 2016 12:49 AM GMT
    OK, brought out my tux, showed my hubby the new Halloween bow with it. He thought it was great.

    But, I gotta buy a new formal shirt, with a turn-down collar, because this novelty bow has a buckle. I don't want that buckle showing.

    So hubby said (the professional designer who taught college courses, including teaching the use of color):

    "Buy a solid black shirt. Doesn't have to be formal. Worn with your black vest, it'll scream Halloween."

    And of course he's correct. But I'm not sure how I'll deal with the cuff links, I always wear a French cuff. But I may have enough time to take this black shirt over to a seamstress to add another hole to the cuffs. Won't be French cuffs, but this is just for a single event.

    My husband is so smart. It's just gonna be a knock-out. I can't wait to do this. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 13, 2016 1:10 AM GMT
    Hubby proves once again he's smarter and more practical than me about these things. He said tomorrow morning we go over to Men's WearHouse (2 miles). If they've got a black shirt with my neck size we buy it, and they've got an in-house seamstress to add the cufflink holes. No need to run anywhere else.

    He's just so smart. When it comes to stuff like this, I go to the expert. My own smartness is in knowing who's smarter than I am, for a given task.

    That strategy is part of what built me a career. Not with mere cufflinks, obviously, but involving much more important matters. Same principle. You look for the person who knows what you don't, because you never know everything.