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Kresso: I agree with Shoelove on what is salvageable.  The differences between ties are normally the weight and quality of the silk (although there are many different weaves within the boundaries of high quality too; search some threads about ties!).  The other major difference is whether it's lined (with some soft material to give it some substance) or unlined, instead using additional folds of silk to give it body: you'll see expressions like "seven fold" meaning, well, you can work it out.  The unlined ones are usually more expensive.  They also take a bit more looking after.

 

If you want to replace a bunch of ties cheaply, then try www.thetiebar.com.  There's nothing too fabulous there, but it's all better than polyester.  And you can get a decent selection of ties for your hundred bucks while you acquire more high quality ones over time.  I'd suggest a couple of silk knits with no pattern for casual SF-approved-ness; green, navy, rust would be my colour choices (and I personally hate knits with patterns).  Then your business specials: solids or very small pin dots/patterns in dark navy, burgundy, brown, olive green, and then perhaps an occasional lighter pattern but still quite muted, in one of those colour families.  For variety, you might like to add a heavy wool tie or two - olive, burnt orange are nice mixes with this texture I find, and tend to go with the more country-style clothes that you'd use them with.  And one more, perhaps a regimental stripe: red and blue, blue and green, but not too bright and keep it simple, with the more sober colour being the dominant one.  You don't want to look like an air hostess.  

 

Final thing: plain, black, silk tie.  For funerals.  Every man must have one.  And if you ever wear a dinner suit (tuxedo), the same in a bow.

 

Regarding tie length, apart from your height/weight there are two more factors: I personally have a larger collar size than the rest of me would suggest.  Sometimes I find ties a little short.  And it also depends which knot you prefer.  If you have a lined tie and like a windsor knot, a longer one might be useful.  If you're average size in other respects and prefer a four in hand, regular is fine.  I would advise you to learn the Pratt/Shelby knot as a middle way between the two - nice and triangular like the first, but better for a shorter tie like the second.  And for a knitted tie, double four in hand will make Styleforum love you.

mimo,

  Thanks a ton for your input.  That really helped a lot.  I will check out thetiebar for to get some ties really quick to replace my polyester collection and try and learn more about ties.  Thanks for your suggestions on what to get for my core collection, that helps a TON.

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There's a real outbreak of good manners around here lately - you're most welcome and I hope you find what you want! :)

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mimo,

  Thanks a ton for your input.  That really helped a lot.  I will check out thetiebar for to get some ties really quick to replace my polyester collection and try and learn more about ties.  Thanks for your suggestions on what to get for my core collection, that helps a TON.

I will +1 Mimo and give more advice.

 

Search the forum for Luxeswap and look at the ties he has there. You can bid on good used ties and get some for $30-50 that are pretty solid. If you win, pm spoopoker (the owner) and you get free shipping as a SF member. 

 

If you want to get ties you can keep for a long time and be proud of, you should up your price-per-tie budget to around $100. You can get many nice lightly used ebay ties, Kent Wang ties, Panta ties on sale, etc. Even many ties at Sam Hober. 

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Thinking about getting a Narrangansett Leather belt (bright nickel finish) to match AE Park Avenue (Black)

Should it be 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch?

Is there other cheaper alternatives as well or is the narrangansett belt the best i can get in terms of value/cost

 

Also were these worth the price? Thanks!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-ALLEN-EDMONDS-PARK-AVENUE-OXFORD-BLACK-LEATHER-9-D-MEDIUM-325-/360689355026?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&nma=true&si=PWS%252BqkGIfMqaADM99UU4zET5liI%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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Thinking about getting a Narrangansett Leather belt (bright nickel finish) to match AE Park Avenue (Black)
Should it be 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch?
If it's to be worn with a pair of black AE Park Avenues, I'm guessing it's more likely to be worn with a suit (or at least with dress trousers), than with a pair of jeans.

So, you want 1" or perhaps 1 1/4". A belt width of 1 1/2" is too wide for a dress belt.
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Is there other cheaper alternatives as well or is the narrangansett belt the best i can get in terms of value/cost
Buy your belt straps at www.beltmaster.com. Not the finest money can buy, but they do represent good value for the price. Purchase your belt buckles separately. Then mix/match as appropriate. After all, a quality belt buckle can last a lifetime. A leather belt strap... probably won't last a lifetime.
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Which one should I go with?
1. Brooks Brothers' Golden Fleece at full retail minus 15% corporate discount
2. Isaia at full retail
This one's easy - Go for the one that's the better fit on you.
post #22673 of 29409
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Which one should I go with?
1. Brooks Brothers' Golden Fleece at full retail minus 15% corporate discount
2. Isaia at full retail

Isaia quality has declined, IMO.

I'd say Golden Fleece between these two.
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I have two pairs of wool pants that are a smooth worsted wool (gaberdine?). Much like suit pants. These are too dressy for my office

I bought one pair of flat front tweed pants that are great for work but run a bit warm most days.

Is a light weight flannel a good direction to try with these considerations?
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I have two pairs of wool pants that are a smooth worsted wool (gaberdine?). Much like suit pants. These are too dressy for my office

I bought one pair of flat front tweed pants that are great for work but run a bit warm most days.

Is a light weight flannel a good direction to try with these considerations?

Definitely!
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Originally Posted by sean anon View Post

I have two pairs of wool pants that are a smooth worsted wool (gaberdine?). Much like suit pants. These are too dressy for my office

I bought one pair of flat front tweed pants that are great for work but run a bit warm most days.

Is a light weight flannel a good direction to try with these considerations?

Open weave is another pretty good option - or tropical wool. There are trousers of each kind that won't look like half a suit, or won't look too dressy.
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This one's easy - Go for the one that's the better fit on you.

+1. Always, regardless of label.
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If it's to be worn with a pair of black AE Park Avenues, I'm guessing it's more likely to be worn with a suit (or at least with dress trousers), than with a pair of jeans.

So, you want 1" or perhaps 1 1/4". A belt width of 1 1/2" is too wide for a dress belt.
Buy your belt straps at www.beltmaster.com. Not the finest money can buy, but they do represent good value for the price. Purchase your belt buckles separately. Then mix/match as appropriate. After all, a quality belt buckle can last a lifetime. A leather belt strap... probably won't last a lifetime.

Thanks for answering my questions

Wouldn't a 1" be too skinny and weird to wear as a dress belt? I'm thinking 1 1/4" then.

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Originally Posted by DrunkenBuddha View Post

Wouldn't a 1" be too skinny and weird to wear as a dress belt?

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post #22680 of 29409
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Originally Posted by DrunkenBuddha View Post

Thanks for answering my questions

Wouldn't a 1" be too skinny and weird to wear as a dress belt? I'm thinking 1 1/4" then.

 

1" is the standard dress belt size.
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