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They look good, but neckties are never fun.

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...0AA8S4x2&fr=hp

This was featured on Yahoo's homepage with the caption: They look good, but neckties are never fun.

This woman bought her husband a tie and apparently he can't tie it and neither can the wife.
post #2 of 28
where's the bashing-head-against-wall smilie when I need it.
post #3 of 28
You can not call yourself a man if you can't tie your own tie. How did this guy get married without learning that skill. The same goes for ironing one's own shirt and shining a pair of shoes; both should be rights of passage equivilant to driving.
post #4 of 28
Well, I agree most strongly with the part about shining shoes! My dad was fastidious about it! I once had a boss that thought the necktie was the most idiotic thing ever invented. But yes, somewhere along the way every guy has to come to speaking terms with them. Ironing? I dunno, I'll be accused of being sexist, but I'd rather leave that for the ladies...
post #5 of 28
Here's the instructions they so dearly required.
http://www.realknots.com/knots/noose.htm
post #6 of 28
I can't honestly admit that neckties (well, in their traditional role anyway) are fun. Suits are fun, shirts can be fun, accessories (of all sorts) are most definitely fun, but I have never felt that way about ties. Regards, Huntsman
post #7 of 28
I am 20 and have no idea how to shine my shoes. Please advise.
post #8 of 28
Put down some newspapers to protect the table. wear old clothing. have a good quality paper towel or cloth available to dry-wipe over the shoe laces after you remove them. Have a decent quality shoe shining cloth available. Apply the wax or liquid polish with the "rough" side of the cloth to all surfaces- including the hard-to-reach tongue. Buff out later with the soft side. Use a good-quality wax or liquid polish. Some polishes suggest adding a drop or two of water. Never rub so vigorously that you could tear stitching on the shoes. After polishing, let the shoe cloth dry in a ventilated place well away from pets or children. Likewise dispose of the dirty newspaper safely.Be sure to check that this advice would apply to your shoes- I speak generally of leather lace-up dress shoes. Others may have better advice.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jerry52 View Post
Put down some newspapers to protect the table. wear old clothing. have a good quality paper towel or cloth available to dry-wipe over the shoe laces after you remove them. Have a decent quality shoe shining cloth available. Apply the wax or liquid polish with the "rough" side of the cloth to all surfaces- including the hard-to-reach tongue. Buff out later with the soft side. Use a good-quality wax or liquid polish. Some polishes suggest adding a drop or two of water. Never rub so vigorously that you could tear stitching on the shoes. After polishing, let the shoe cloth dry in a ventilated place well away from pets or children. Likewise dispose of the dirty newspaper safely.Be sure to check that this advice would apply to your shoes- I speak generally of leather lace-up dress shoes. Others may have better advice.

I have never, nor will I ever shine my own shoes, $2.50 @ Nordstrom.
post #10 of 28
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I have never, nor will I ever shine my own shoes, $2.50 @ Nordstrom.

This is my reason as well.
post #11 of 28
How does anybody manage to navigate puberty without learning to tie a necktie?

Never fun? Isn't being well dressed fun or have I been deluding myself all these years?

Those who don't polish their own shoes remind me of an anecdote about Abraham Lincoln. A snooty Englishman once remarked to Lincoln, "We English never black our own boots." To which Lincoln replied, "Whose boots do you black?" I'm in favor of Lincoln's kind of self-reliance. The same goes for ironing shirts.
post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 
I've found that most places that shine shoes for a fee never do it as well as you'd like.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by Huntsman View Post
I can't honestly admit that neckties (well, in their traditional role anyway) are fun. Suits are fun, shirts can be fun, accessories (of all sorts) are most definitely fun, but I have never felt that way about ties.

Regards,
Huntsman

I have a tie with BSDM patterns I'll lend it to you for a night on the town and then you can tell me how fun they CAN be
post #14 of 28
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I am 20 and have no idea how to shine my shoes. Please advise.

It is too late for you now... you are already spoiled
post #15 of 28
My father teached me to shine my shoes, tie my tie when I was maybe 12

My mother teached me to hand wash and iron my shirts when I was about 14
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