The Ugly Tie - Page 2
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As regular viewers of the WAYWRN thread now, I loves me an occasional ugly tie.
I think you have to wear them as the exceedingly ugly centrepiece of an otherwise neat & smart outfit... or go full bananas kaleidoscopic. In other words, it has to be obvious that you know it's ugly and just enjoy it for being so. It's all about tongue-in-cheek, not about looking elegant or even well-dressed. If you don't like that attitude, or don't want to project it, then bin the tie. If you do, enjoy it for what it is.
For what it's worth, I have a not dissimilar Liberty tie (OK, it's a little bit less ugly than yours, but we're talking a matter of degrees. Few would consider the funky floral Liberty ties to be subdued and tasteful) and I like wearing that tie with a navy or charcoal suit and blue striped shirt with a white linen square and black shoes. Or on the more intense side, a strongly checked plaid DB suit and a blue graph check shirt. You get my drift, anyway.
Holdfast's got a point there. If I had a tie like that, I'd wear it when I feel like "f***k you, world". I'd spend two hours grooming, put on my best suit, shirt and shoes, a neatly folded white linen hanky, and then that tie. Oh yeah
However, if that's not your thing, then yeah, burn it
You'd actually be surprised what types of items randomly show up with hideous freebies. I bought a really nice, discreet Marinella tie a few years back. It came with a Jerry Garcia-esque freebie in fine polyester. It gave new meaning to the phrase "I can't even give this thing away."
I like this idea. I found a tie at my church's lost and found, that was black with saltwater tropical fish on it. I took it apart and used it to make a pocket square. It looks awesome like that, but as a tie
I have couple of ties that I keep only because they are ugly.
I often buy ties when I travel (as a memento), and if I do not find sth. that I like, I get the ugliest I can find. Here look at those: (left to right: China, Germany, S. Korea, SAR, USA - all extremely well made except the last but utterly unwearable).
I will keep them if I have space on my tie rack.