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post #1 of 16
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I know we've done the tie wardrobe from scratch thing, but what I want to know is how to expand what I already have.  All of my ties, now consolidated, seem to be all dark red and blue.  Two ties are not in the picture; they are at home. One is a RL olive/green/silver abstract grass type pattern, and the other is navy with little VMI spiders on it.  The wardrobe thread suggested purples, but is this so different from the reds I already have?  Any suggestions are appreciated. PS: the second photo shows the fabrics of some better.
post #2 of 16
First thing I'd do is burn that plaid tie.
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post #4 of 16
You need at least one repp tie. They're indispensable. And why no Carlo Franco 7-folds? Any serious tie collector should have at least 1 or 2 Carlo Franco 7-folds in the wardrobe. Heh heh. For repp ties, I buy only Brooks Brothers. I don't care what people say about supposed quality, I think Brooks Brothers still sells some of the nicest, conservative, all-around-practical repp ties. I'd add a purple/gold (if you want purple) and navy/burgundy repp tie to that collection. Also, my tie collection tends to have a lot of simpler patterns (two-color ties with colors very similar, solid ties, ties with pattern in same color or slightly different color than background). You would be amazed how practical these types of ties can be, and they look very elegant. IMHO, it's a great way to add some color without getting too far from conservative (if you require this). Also, a solid gold tie, or a gold tie with light pattern, or a nice yellow, is essential to any dress wardrobe IMO. They just go so well with blue shirts, navy suits, etc. I posted a pic today in the "what are you wearing" thread that shows my outfit today, a gold Carlo Franco tie with navy blazer and lt. blue shirt. As you can see, it goes real nice with blue. I would consider at least one of these type of ties to be essential. Hope this helps somewhat. About brands: If you don't have a lot of money, pick up some City of London or Michael Kors ties. They're not 7-fold or anything, but a lot of their patterns look great, can be worn in casual or conservative environments, are modern and don't look cheap. Check 'em out.
post #5 of 16
lp, BB does make some nice repp ties, I prefer J Crew ties though, their quality has come up alot in the past 2 years and they are inexpensive with some nice styles.
post #6 of 16
There's something about buying a repp from anyone other than Brooks that just makes me extremely nervous. Heh heh. I have no idea why. Maybe 'cuz I grew up buying my repp ties at BB. There was no option when it came to ties in our house (maybe because my father is a Republican, who knows). I just picked up a couple BB ties yesterday and can attest that, although I hear all this stuff about their quality dropping off, I just don't see that. I think people are smoking crack. Seems to me that BB is making better stuff than they have in the past, and the ties are getting nicer.
post #7 of 16
I can attest that the quality of their suiting has dropped off somewhat as well as their shirts, at least in the last 10-15 years. Ties, however, are probably not going to be too different. I think BB is still a good value for suitings when you get to the top of their line (Golden Fleece, etc) but I'm not overly fond of their styling.
post #8 of 16
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First thing I'd do is burn that plaid tie.
Hah - it's the only one I like. Tastes do differ...
post #9 of 16
On an unrelated note, do you guys think using school colors for a repp tie is overdoing for a US college reunion? (10 year reunion is coming up near year), I would be using something in maroon/bronze-silver
post #10 of 16
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On an unrelated note, do you guys think using school colors for a repp tie is overdoing for a US college reunion? (10 year reunion is coming up near year), the colors in question are maroon/gold.
I don't think it's overdoing it at all. I'm always surprised when the school tie/colours thing isn't as big in the U.S. as I think it to be. I figure with the latent Anglophilia in many American veins that would be one tradition you Yanks would adopt. I take it an Arizona State grad?
post #11 of 16
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On an unrelated note, do you guys think using school colors for a repp tie is overdoing for a US college reunion? (10 year reunion is coming up near year), the colors in question are maroon/gold.
That's a great idea. Very elegant, and with a little school spirit.
post #12 of 16
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On an unrelated note, do you guys think using school colors for a repp tie is overdoing for a US college reunion? (10 year reunion is coming up near year), the colors in question are maroon/gold.
No.  A maroon and gold tie with little beavers on it, yes.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by drizzt3117,Mar. 04 2005,15:37
On an unrelated note, do you guys think using school colors for a repp tie is overdoing for a US college reunion? (10 year reunion is coming up near year), the colors in question are maroon/gold.
I don't think it's overdoing it at all. I'm always surprised when the school tie/colours thing isn't as big in the U.S. as I think it to be. I figure with the latent Anglophilia in many American veins that would be one tradition you Yanks would adopt. I take it an Arizona State grad?
Nah, MIT grad, our colors are red/grey but I thought red/bronze would be easier to find and is used on a secondary color on MIT regalia and for ceremonial stuff such as rings, etc. I did find a red/grey(silver) tie below that I thought may work, and is actually nice enough that I think I could use it for other things as well. The only question is whether the red is overly dark, which it may or may not be. One interesting note is that I had maroon/red as a primary color on nearly every school I've attended from middle school and up, kinda coincidental I guess.
post #14 of 16
Huh, I was thinking Minnesota. Maroon/Gold and Red/Grey are vastly different colors. You might as well wear purple/white - like my alma mater.
post #15 of 16
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Huh, I was thinking Minnesota. Maroon/Gold and Red/Grey are vastly different colors. You might as well wear purple/white - like my alma mater.
this is true. the red is more maroon than anything else though, I agree about the grey being a bit different. In print, it's fairly dark, but in apparel I've seen it anything from a light bronzish color to silver to dark grey. Maybe this will work: http://www.bensilver.com/eccstor....3_L.jpg Purple/white, Northwestern?
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