Spring has Sprung!

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Gentlemen,

After a long and dubious wintery nightmare (Polar Vortex, anyone?), spring has finally sprung! So now is the time to put the wool ties on hiatus and move to lighter pastures. Linen and cotton are now up to bat through Labor Day, and this should get reflected from your suit down to your accessories. Bright colors and lighter textures are indicative of the springtime weather and your wardrobe should reflect that. No one wears the deep burgundy wool tie to the office while it’s sunny and 75°, that’s just ludicrous and we won’t stand for it. Here is your chance to rock that Yellow & Green Brooks Brothers cotton tie that you’ve had your eye on all winter, anxiously awaiting the thermometer to hit anything above 40° to get the opportunity.

See entire Spring Collection

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With the April Showers soon to bring May Flowers, be sure to get a jump on the floral trend before Mother Nature does and add some flower-patterned accoutrements to your queues. The FreshNeck stylists suggest this Michael Andrew’s Bespoke purple floral tie to help put that extra spring in your step (see what we did there?). Casual spring pocket squares are also a great way to brighten up your everyday dress for the season. Slap on this sea-foam green and sky blue Breuer pocket square to add some colorful dimensions to your navy suit or blazer.

Want to chat with a FreshNeck stylist on how to prep your wardrobe for Spring? Shoot her an email at stylist@freshneck.com

Some of our favorite Spring items:

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Armstrong & Wilson linen tie

Countess Mara linen-blend bow tie

Countess Mara linen-blend bow tie

Seaward & Stearn cotton pocket square

Seaward & Stearn cotton pocket square

 

Style Outside The Box

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Gentlemen,

While many of you are using FreshNeck to add to your rotation, supplement your own collection, or just add some extra flair, an aspect of the service that often flies under the radar is the ability to experiment with something outside your comfort zone, commitment-free (we know how men feel about commitment)!  We’ve all opened up a GQ magazine or seen a dapper gent on the streets, had something catch our eye, and had the inclination to emulate that look. But shelling out $50 or more typically stops us, as we know one time may just as well be enough. Well now’s your opportunity to try out all those accessories you’ve been reading about, no-strings-attached. So don’t be shy, try something new – it’s all a part of your membership.

Bow Ties – A perennial classic that has since burst back onto the scene in recent years. With the ability to cover the spectrum from formal to casual, bow ties are back so you had better embrace them with open arms. The change itself will cause others to look, but it’s how you present it that will have them noticing. The confidence to rock a bow tie is key in this scenario. Also a great way to learn how to tie one before purchasing. (How To Tie A Bow Tie)

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Lapel Flowers – A subtle accent that adds a combination of style and refinement to your outfit. Though small in size, they pack a dapper punch. It’s a unique alternative to the pocket square (wearing both can look a bit busy), and is now being adorned by musicians and athletes on the regular.

Lapel Flowers396x293-1 Tie Bar – We’re going back to basics here, as you should already have the Tie Bar as part of your sartorial arsenal. But for those late to the party, this practical accessory not only keeps your favorite tie in check throughout the day, but it can also add a dash of sophistication.  Creative tie bars can help differentiate you from the masses and their watered down style.

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DiBi Tie Bars

Suspenders – Another classic of the fashion world that has seem to come roaring back. Suspenders, like the tie bar, can not only be exceptionally practical in use, but also offer complimentary (or even contrasting), aesthetics to the modern mans daily style. Offered in both traditional and casual styles.

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New Casual – This one is not quite about what you choose to wear, but how you wear it. The concept is simple – ties and traditional accessories are NOT just for office. Use them to spice up your casual game on your next date or night out with the fellas. Keep in mind, the same power silk ties won’t work here – keep it slim and dark.

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To check out FreshNeck’s entire Collection, click here.

Extra-Long Ties

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FreshNeck has finally added a wide selection of extra-long ties. Typically 4-6″ longer than a standard-length tie, taller gentlemen can safely tie one on without worrying about it coming up just a bit short.

Traditionally, there haven’t been many stylish options for the taller men (men 6’2″ or taller should consider extra-long). But fortunately, designers are starting to cater to this group, and we’ve added options from Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Bros, Bocara, and others.

Check out FreshNeck’s entire Extra-Long Collection here.

A few more things to keep in mind:

– On the taller side but don’t have an extra-long? A skinny tie, even though standard length, may work as less material will be used for the knot, leaving more to drape below.

– A smaller knot will also give you more fabric to work with. Choose the 4-in-hand over that windsor.

Bow Ties and Pocket Squares are one-size-fits-all!

 

Grammy’s Style Recap

Surprisingly, we made it through the entire show.  All in all, we think it was pretty good entertainment, as the focus was squarely on the performances.  Our favorite was Kendrick Lamar with Imagine Dragons, but you can go elsewhere for those reviews.  We’re here to give you the lowdown on the mens’ style.

THE HITS:

1. What Is This, Velvet?

Though the Grammy’s took place in “70s and sunny” LA, the leading men embraced the Polar Vortex by donning the wintry fabric, in an array of bold colors.  LL Cool J chose purple, Macklemore a full-suited green , and a bevy of blues.

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2. Classic Cool and Jay-Z

He has an unfair advantage, as Beyonce, like cool whip, makes everything better. But Jay/Hova/Sean has really transformed over the years into a style icon. He rocked a textured and tailored tux blazer that remained true to classic tradition with just a hint of modern flair.Beyonce, Jay-Z

3. Jeremy Renner

He typically stays classic, but this time opted to step outside his comfort zone. We applaud the effort, and think he pulled off the monochromatic look by sporting a vest, shirt, tie, and leather jacket in different shades of gray. We didn’t love the pants, but will forgive Jeremy for taking a risk.

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THE MISSES:

1. Pharrell and His Interesting Choice of Headgear

Pharrell crushed the Grammy’s, picking up multiple awards, performing, and acting as Daft Punk spokesperson. The Red Carpet was another matter, though. We didn’t mind the casual look of jeans and red baseball leather jacket, but those hats (not, 1, but 2) were just terrible, even getting a nice live shout-out from Arbys.

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2. Bolo Ties

We aren’t sure where this resurgence began, but we highlighted Philip River’s interesting press conference choice a few weeks back. It seems as if this western wear hasn’t finished its 5 minutes just yet. Both Macklemore and Bruno Mars adorned the shoestring tie.

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3. Ryan Lewis

His partner (in music? life?) killed it (see above). But while he racked up the awards, we can’t get behind Ryan Lewis’ outfit selection. Houndstooth and similar old-school patterns are on-trend, but the print was just too big. We also would have preferred just the blazer, as the full-suit had the look of your grandparents’ old couch.

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THE UNDECIDED BUT NOTEWORTHY

1. Madonna’s Identity Crisis

Never one to follow the herd, she embraced the “menswear for women” trend to mixed reactions. We think she nailed it on the Red Carpet with her double-breasted black tuxedo, but missed big-time in her all white western getup during her (similarly lacking) performance.

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2. White on White on White

We always see a fair amount of “all black everything” at these soirees, but this year’s Grammy’s brought us our fair share of “all white everything.” This look was diversified by the likes of aging rockers (see above and below) and robots.

Singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

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Did we miss anything? Tell us – what were your favorite looks? Which made you cringe?

GQ Style Man of the Year, 2023 – Part 2

Last week we introduced you to Tobias Otting, FreshNeck’s youngest (9 years old), but but perhaps most dapper, member.

We received such great feedback (and so many questions!), so we decided to reach out to Tobias and ask him a few fashion-related questions.

FreshNeck: When did you first start appreciating fashion? What was your inspiration?

Tobias: I’ve always had an appreciation for fashion, but I got really interested in it when I saw a distinguished gentleman wearing a bow tie that fit him perfectly. I thought I could grow up to do that, too.

Looks like Tobias has the bow tie down, already.

Looks like Tobias has the bow tie down, already.

FreshNeck: How would you describe your style?

Tobias: I do not have one specific style, but I look for inspiration everywhere.

FreshNeck: How do your peers respond to your uniqueness?

Tobias: They have come to expect nothing less. (Yeah, he’s a baller).

FreshNeck: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years?

Tobias: In five years I see myself designing clothing.  In ten years I hope to be recruited to the Fashion Institute of Technology. (We have your recommendation letter ready for you)

FreshNeck: How did you get on board with FreshNeck? How do you feel about this type of service?

Tobias: A membership was my Christmas present from my father and I love the clothing. I am looking forward to getting more bow ties, cufflinks, and pocket squares (he can’t yet wear regular length ties). I also like that FreshNeck allows me to add variety to my wardrobe since I don’t like to repeat my looks too often.

imageLearn more about Tobias by following his blog, juniorsartorialist.com

Have a question for Tobias? Let us know in the comments.

 

Meet GQ’s Style Man of the Year in 2023

Meet Tobias Otting. Hailing from Boston, he lists his passions as fashion, dancing, dining, and travel.  He’s a FreshNeck member, and a fashion blogger with some dapper style. So why should you know about him (and follow his blog)? Because he’s 9 years old, and we can all learn a thing or two from him, namely confidence and being yourself.

His post on FreshNeck caught our eye (He rocked an Everett tweed bow tie and pocket square combo for New Year’s). Apparently his mother gifted him a membership for the holidays, and Toby is taking full advantage. He tells us that he can’t really wear our ties or suspenders because he’s too small, but fortunately he’s a master of bow ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks. Seriously, if he can tie his own bow, isn’t it time you learned once and for all?

Tobias in his Everett bow tie and pocket square from FreshNeck on New Years.

Tobias in his Everett bow tie and pocket square from FreshNeck on New Years.

We hadn’t grown into our personal style until our early twenties. When we were 9 (okay, 17), we were still in our sweatpants. It’s refreshing to see someone, especially at that age, forge his own path. We’re wishing Toby nothing but success. We have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear from him.

Some of our favorite looks from Toby:

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Looks like it runs in the family.

Looks like it runs in the family.

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Check out Toby’s blog here, or follow him on twitter @jrsartorialist

 

When One Barrel Just Won’t Cut It

Our #NewCasual ties have been such a hit, so we’re expanding the Collection. We recently added a selection of ties (plus one bow tie) from NewCasual master Everett, most from their Double-Barrel series, which features contrasting patterns and fabrics on the front and tail of the tie. They all come in a sleek 2″ width.

Some of our favorites:

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7 Things To Know Before You Knot Up

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You’re probably not a morning person (is there really such a thing?). You might be thinking about that upcoming meeting, afterwork date, or at a minimum, that first double shot of expresso. You don’t want to exert too much brain power on putting together the flawless outfit, but the way you dress will affect your attitude and performance for the entire day. So we’re here to give you 7 simple rules  that will have you looking sharp every day, with minimal effort in the new year.

1. Keep It Proportional.

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This one is pretty simple, yet often overlooked. Your jacket lapels, shirt collar, and tie should all be similar in size/width. Nothing looks more clownish than a fat windsor knot overpowering a skinny H&M collar. Many of the modern suits are being cut slimmer, so adjust accordingly.

(Our friends at Arden Reed have a great write-up on matching your collar to your tie knot. Check it out.)

2. Length Matters.

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Your tie should just touch the top of your belt. Skinny Ties can be a tad shorter (again, it’s that whole proportion thing).

3. Everyone Loves a Good Dimple.

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A tie dimple says “this guy know’s what he’s doing.”  Perhaps nobody was more iconic for their tie dimple than Cary Grant. TSBMen (The Style Blogger) shows you how to nail it every time.

4. Setting The Bar.

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5. The Combo.

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While there are endless parts of a man’s outfit that sums to the whole, the colors and patterns of the shirt/tie combo make it the center of attention. We’ve previously shown you the intricacies of pairing the solid and striped shirts with your ties (more pattern tutorials to come!), but the simplest rule of all will avoid epic fails: between your shirt and your tie, one should be simple/muted, and the other bold.

6. Play The Seasons.

rough-neck-wool-ties-gq-magazine-september-2013-fashion-04In the B.F. days (Before FreshNeck), it was a daunting task to amass a tie arsenal that allowed you to find the perfect tie for any conceivable occasion. Only Jay Gatsby’s closet would carry a full selection of light cottons and linens for summer, and wools and cashmeres for winter, in addition to the all-season silks. But now with over 1000 unique ties at your disposal, you have no excuse. So embrace the seasons. A quick tip: match your tie fabric to your suit fabric.

7. Nobody Likes a Sloppy Collar.

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Get yourself some good collar stays. We’re not talking those flimsy plastic ones. Go brass, or treat yourself to some nice engraved sterling silver ones.  A non-stiff collar can ruin an otherwise refined outfit with one swift blow. Sign up for a FreshNeck trial now and we’ll get you started with a dope pair of brass collar stays.

 

Got some other pointers you’d like to share? Tweet at us (@freshneck) with the hashtag #Fresh2014. We’ll choose one winner for a secret pack of dapper goodies.

New Bow Ties from Seaward & Stearn

Perhaps its just the holiday season, or maybe you’ve been stepping up your game. Either way, our bow ties are flying off the shelf. So we’ve added to the Collection, this time with over 2 dozen unique selections from Seaward & Stearn (and with multiples of each!).

Seaward & Stearn bow tiesTo see everything we have from the British designer, click here.

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FreshNeck on the Today Show!

We’ve received our fare share of good press lately, but perhaps none more exciting that being featuring on The Today Show!

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The segment was titled “Over the Top, Under $100″, and featured some great affordable gifts.

Calling FreshNeck the “Netflix for Ties,” they said it’s the perfect gift for the “Dapper Dude in Your Life.” We couldn’t agree more.