Tie as a belt? Yay or nay

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Eason, May 24, 2007.

  1. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    are you a little girl?
     


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    Nothing I'd do, but the fact that Astaire did it says a lot. For that reason I can't condemn it. I don't know if it's that much different from those colored fabric belts favored by the Trads.

    I'll give Astaire his due, but the man was only human. I don't think the tie belt worked for him, either. And if he couldn't pull it off ...
     


  3. Aaron

    Aaron Senior member

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    I'm wearing a d-ring made out of a tie from J Crew right now, I always get compliments on it. Using a tie itself seems a bit poncy though.

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    acidboy Senior member

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    Carson Kressley(sp?) was pushing this in their show's 1st season, FWIW.

    Nay.
     


  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    ah, but would you use a windsor knot?
     


  7. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    ah, but would you use a windsor knot?
    I believe that I am on the record with poncey for those as well.
     


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    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    >Is it a Royalist thing? FWIW, my ties which I tie four-in-hand (sometimes with an extra wrap or two) have >no lining. I find the large knots to be inelegant and poncey.

    Right, I agree with the no-no on large knots - I've seen the London wide-boy look and it's not good. But a windsor doesn't have to be a large knot.
     


  9. quevola

    quevola Senior member

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    As hard of a time I have in finding a decent, affordable dress belt in my waist size (27), maybe I should consider it. I reality, I think it looks kind of douchey. So nay.
     


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    Sebastian Flyte says 'yay'

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    I don't care if Fred Astaire did it, looking like a homeless guy just isn't cool.
     


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    strazzaque Senior member

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    Yay, have worn a cheap tie, solid beige, to match some shoes, for which I did not own a belt. It was only a casual look, though. I'd not try anything formal though, only jeans and beach-house party looks.

    Many are not daring enough to try something of their own accord without the approval of others, so if you try the formal 'do, please let me know how you went. ;]

    It can also be used as a belt for a trench coat, depending on how adventurous you are with paterns.

    I'd recommend a less than personal favourite, i.e expendable, tie.

    If you believe you can pull it off, without looking or feeling visibly uncomfortable, do it, with a devil-may-care air.
    If it does not work you can always remove it (if used as a tie it may be good to have an actual belt handy, in your bag, if you're carrying one, or wear a belt underneath, but well disguised, so as not to be visible.)
     


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    I don't think it looked good on Astaire.
    He just overpowered it with everything else.
    Didn't Michael Jackson try to rock the tie?
    How about wearing it like a thong?
    Thumbs down.
     


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    I don't hink I'd mind as much if it were done very subtly, whenever I see someone doing it it's always the distingishing feature of their outfit. Worn in place of those trad-style d-ring belts, with a jacket I could see it working.
     


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